Five reasons black kitchens are best

Are we getting tired of the white kitchen? There is a long list of reasons why someone might choose a white kitchen but all that can also be said about a black kitchen too. With one major addition to the list; courage.

Why are black kitchens best?

  1. They are timeless and will stay current. A kitchen is a huge investment and not a renovation you want to tackle any more often than needed.
  2. The black kitchen is essentially a blank slate. Just like the little black dress it can be dressed up with fabrics, hardware and fixtures.
  3. It is versatile and will fit with any alterations to colour schemes in the rest of the decor.
  4. The black kitchen is elegant and unexpectedly sophisticated.
  5. The black kitchen is a gutsy choice. Come on, you know your dinner parties would be so much more interesting in a black kitchen.

 

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There are lots of factors to consider when contemplating a black kitchen;

  1. The type of material used for the cabinets. Laminate will be darker and more saturated than painted wood.
  2. The type of finish. Matte, satin, semi-gloss or high gloss all reflect or absorb light differently.
  3. A gloss finish will reflect light and be brighter overall but is higher maintenance.
  4. A matte finish will make a darker room but is more contemporary.
  5. Lighting considerations are crucial. Different levels of lighting from ambiance to task lighting have to be considered and you’ll need more than you think.
  6. There are many, many different shades of black from red black to a blue black.

I’m not sure I’m ready to take the plunge but I sure do love to look at these beauties and day dream.

Best of the Season: Wreath Edition

Even though some houses have wreaths on the door year-round this is still the time of year for wreaths to shine. Here are some stunning examples.

When I see wonderful examples like the moss and bottle-brush tree wreath below I’m reminded that faux elements can be used really successfully mixed with natural greens. This strikes just the right blend of whimsy, charm and simplicity.

bottle brush wreath

I have no idea what material was used in the wreath below… grass? hay? Whatever, it’s stunning.

grass wreath

How pretty, how lazy, but how perfect. This example was found on a UK website coxandcox (click here for link) but the lights are readily available in lots of retailers locally.

naked wire wreath

The right mix of greens is essential. Texture and colour contrasts make this example from bhg (Better Homes and Gardens) a standout.

Mixed green wreath

My all-time favourite wreath example. Just stunning in the choice of greens, the fruits (kumquats?) and the slightly asymmetrical and exuberant feel. Found originally on the Saipua site here.

mixed green wreath

I usually shy away from red/green colour combinations at Christmas but this is one of the most stunning wreaths I’ve seen. Is it the deep, deep red used? Is it the wonderfully frothy greens? The luxurious but perfectly, slightly crumpled ribbon? Or is it the contrast of the gorgeous wreath and distressed wood background? Don’t know what makes this perfect but I know it is.

red and green wreath

OK, can i hear a hallelujah for simple unadorned wreaths on majestic doors?

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In my dreams I spend Christmas in a cottage where the snow gently falls and this hangs on my gate to the ocean-side garden.

Juniper

The web site where this was found is simply lovely and bright. It’s like Christmas in a snow globe. They sell this ribbon here.

red and white wreath

Again… here’s another example that would hang in that ocean-side cottage at Christmas. Found on a beautiful blog here.

hanging bells

I ‘m pretty sure  I’ll never be sophisticated enough to lead a life where this fits in but it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the beauty. See it here.

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I normally don’t post photos that I cannot link back to an original creator. For some of these photos I searched high and low for attribution but have been unable to find it. However, I wanted to share this incredible creativity that I admire so much.

Best Road Trip Podcasts | podcasts

road trip podcasts

You’re three or four hours into your road trip and you’ve exhausted all musical and conversational options. What do you do? Plug in to a podcast and time will fly by. There are so many hours of listening here you can take that epic road trip with ease.

  1. Serial; This American Life WBEZ Chicago
  2. Vinyl Cafe Stories; Stuart McLean CBC Radio
  3. M 24; Monocle Radio
  4. The Current; Anna Maria Tremonti CBC Radio
  5. James O’Brien’s Mystery Hour; LBC
  6. Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin; New York Public Radio
  7. Under the Influence; CBC Radio
  8. Ask Me Another; NPR
  9. Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me; NPR