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Kitchen Eye Candy

I need some kitchen eye candy. I've worked solidly for two days (this weekend.) Tons of detail work doing an electrical plan, plotting very specific dimensions for lighting and appliance centerlines, switching, and receptacles, only to have beams be in the way, I'm sure! Also, uploading plans to my out of state clients.

I also designed a kitchen within an entire space, designing around a structural column in the middle of nowhere, adding in furniture for the family room, again for context, as it is important to understand the negative space as one moves around furnishings, cabinetry, etc. That negative space is equally as important as where to put kitchen cabinets! You have to see it all. Remember that, in your great room design adventures...do not forget to have the surrounding spaces/furniture drawn into your plans. Otherwise, you're driving blind, so to speak.

But, I'm wild about my monitor. It's truly the best thing I've done for myself in years! So fantastic, so crystal clear, so vibrant! But, I digress...I need some mindless kitchen eye candy, so let's look at it together and think some really luscious kitchen thoughts...Scandinavian kitchen thoughts, something I have not shown you in some time.

From Vakre, a magazine so beautiful on every page, I can hardly describe it...

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Reader Comments (5)

Hi Susan-- You were kind enough to ask about my kitchen a while ago. It's still in progress (7 mos and counting...) but photo #2 of the barnwood framed hood captures some of the feeling of my upcoming kitchen. Very rustic, or rather, as rustic as my husband will allow. We're doing painted cabinets, for example, where I advocated plank, carpenter-built ones. Our house is what's known here as California Rancho...combo of American farmhouse and Spanish hacienda. Sounds like a hot mess?! Hopefully, it will all come together. Anyway, you can see why I troll the internet for ideas, including your great blog.

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Droolworthy. Do you know if "Vakre Hem"--is that Danish for Beautiful Home? --is available in the US?

By the way, I wrote you before and thank you now again for everything you've contributed to the NYTimes Dream Home. Aside from comments like yours, that "blog" has been such a frustrating wasted opportunity. Yucky. Your comments were a real bright spot; glimmers of what happy surprises are achievable with skill, care and imagination.

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSanni

Wendy, your kitchen sounds great! I want pictures!

Sanni, it's actually a Norwegian based magazine. I'm not sure what Vakre means, but I know the second word is Home. And, no, I have never seen it in the U.S. I have a subscription.

Thank you so much for your comment on the NY Times blog. I have finally commented on this blog about it. Your comments are so appreciated, thanks so much.

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Nice pictures....!

April 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.

April 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkathleen

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