Sally and I are in the process of photographing the kitchens we’ve designed over the past year. As we’ve worked on them, I have become aware of a growing restlessness – an urge to break the mold, to forage ahead into new territory. No more cherry kitchens. No more white kitchens. Let’s take the time to discover ourselves.
I thought WKD had one of those discovery projects this past summer. I was sooo excited!!! Sadly it was put on hold – maybe to never see the light of day. So, between all the other things Sally and I have going on, I went back and revisited that kitchen to share a few ideas with you.
These are all very loose sketches. I call it “Noodling Around” or “Dinking About.” To me, this is THE most critical part of the design process. This is where the magic happens. The byproduct of this process are the things we pick, select, specify, etc. Out of these seemingly inconsequential sketches comes coherence, order and beautifully designed rooms and homes.
Out of all this doodling and noodling came the notion to build the scheme around the range – today’s hearth. Let everything spring and build from/off of that focal point. I went in three directions – black, white and patterned.
Here are three floor plans I used as a “template” for my thoughts.
The first two schemes use the typical island layout as part of the work area, with the eating area tucked into the bay window. The third sketch explores the idea of putting dining right in the middle of the kitchen, while placing two club chairs and a small table in the window bay.
The Black Scheme using Black Morracan zeliges.
The Black Tile Noodles and Doodles
Two Possible Elevations of Black Range Wall
Elevation of Side Walls in Black Scheme.
The White Tile Scheme using White/Pearl Delft tile…
The White Tile Noodles and Doodles
Two Possible Elevations of White Range Wall
Elevations of side walls in White Scheme
The Patterned Tile Scheme…
The Pattern Tile Noodles and Doodles…
Two Range Wall Ideas…
Elevations of the side walls in the patterned tile scheme.
In my next post, I will develop one of the ideas more fully, including a few profile sections and thoughts on materials, finishes and furniture. I suspect the overall feel will be be somewhat like our Spring Design Show Vignette or my recent Foyer Doodle post. Is this a style developing??? In the midst of it all, I hope there’s someone out there who likes what they see, has a sense of adventure and is willing to break away from the expected New England kitchen. I’m your designer…
And finally, a heartfelt shout out and Thank You to Gina of Willow Decor for her wonderful post on our French Country Style Kitchen. If you haven’t visited her blog, you’re missing some terrific posts and pictures!
PS: More of my design sketches can be seen here.
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