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East Hampton Dream Kitchen by Phoebe Howard

OK, this might be it – my dream kitchen! This casual, yet elegant East Hampton kitchen was designed by Florida’s self-taught Phoebe Howard. With her husband and fellow decorator Jim, they own an interior design firm, James Michael Howard Interiors and southern retail chain stores, Mrs. Howard and Max & Co. What a dynamic duo!

The neutral color palette and high ceilings give this grand eat-in kitchen a welcoming and peaceful feeling. The kitchen’s glass-fronted cabinets, marble counter tops and white subway tile back splash contrast nicely with all the wood in the space. I also like that all the wooden elements – table & chair, flooring, ceiling and cabinetry – are different hues.

Tucked in between large windows, the kitchen nook’s custom upholstered “sofa” benches are inviting. The pair of square wooden tables can be easily moved around to suit the home owner’s needs. What a fun place to enjoy a cup of morning tea!

If you need more kitchen nook inspiration, take a look at one of my earlier posts.

This gourmet kitchen has all the modern amenities including two sinks – one double sink located on the island and one farm sink under a window. A large professional-grade range and hood take center stage.

The stainless-steel appliances, polished hardware and pendant lighting fixtures provide contemporary elements in an otherwise traditional space.

The large kitchen island offers plenty of counter space for food prep, loads of storage and additional seating.

What a delightful space for entertaining. Love, love, love it.

*all images from Phoebe Howard
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Read full story By on July 7, 2009 in breakfast nooks, furniture, interior design, kitchens, lighting

Back to Basics – Breakfast Nooks

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Love, love, love the breakfast nook. They are practical, inviting and social. This fabulous nook is in the Manhattan apartment of New York’s very talented designer, Amanda Nisbet. I love how she brilliantly combines multiple styles with stainless steel chairs, fuschia floral upholstered bench and mahogany table.

I am a huge fan of black and white kitchens. This one found in House Beautiful and designed by Carleton Varney is striking with black & white Unity and Embrace baskets from Rwanda against the white wall (Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White). The black Catalina Chairs from Ficks Reed are divine.

This airy kitchen banquette by NY designer, Evelyn Benatar combines traditional, contemporary and retro styles. The crystal lighting fixture is my favorite element. And one suggestion – add a chair with an upholstered cushion in a fun modern blue & brown print to the table.

This breakfast nook in action was designed by Markham Roberts for this late-19th-century Southampton home is as comfortable as it is functional. He upholstered the bench in durable cotton strie. Image from House Beautiful.

What’s for breakfast?

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Read full story By on June 14, 2009 in breakfast nooks, chairs, interior design, kitchens