Monday, 11 May 2009

Kitchen Furniture



In a kitchen I am very fond of using old pieces of furniture instead of cabinetry, where I can. I find it gives a kitchen a more lived-in, individual look.



In my own kitchen at home I have used a chest of drawers which houses my napery collection and also an old French Armoire which we use as our pantry.

When I stumbled across this image {top} I instantly fell in love with the old table which they used in the centre of the kitchen. I love the look of the aged marble with its dints and scratches and chips.

Talking of dints and scratches and chips...I often have clients who are worried about marble getting damaged. I always say to them that in actual fact, marble looks better with age!

Image 1 - Source unknown
Image 2 - Anna Spiro

32 comments:

Heidi Lyn said...

Inspiring idea! These examples are simply gorgeous!

Chrissy said...

I totally agree w/you... I am amazed that small chest fit just right in that space!.. Also, I like the white w/the dark pieces u used... it is unique and funky...

Yvonne Anderson said...

I just adore the simplicity in the first picture!

Janet K @ Manly Gallery said...

Hey Anna, the painting sets your cabinet off so beautifully & gorgeous teapot with shabby-chic colours.

Patricia Torres said...

Amazing... how such a small idea.. can give so much character to the room!! Lovely inspirations! Thanks for sharing them!

Jeanneoli said...

The piece you used is beautiful and it works/fits perfectly!!!

Marge said...

That top kitchen is one of my favorites! It is an Elizabeth Martin design but I'm not sure where it was featured.

Sarah said...

Really love both of these images! Very, very pretty.

gretchen said...

love it. white marble is my favorite. i like wood floors to show some wear as well. perfect looking doesn't look at all real to me. thanks for finding and sharing such gorgeous images.

Hill Country House Girl said...

I agree with you - the kitchen table with the marble top is wonderful! I love your use of the chest of drawers, too. Lovely post.

rustic rooster interiors said...

I couldn't agree more . . . I love using pieces of furniture in random spaces for my Interior Design . . . more REAL, COMFORTABLE and FUN! Thanks for sharing!
XOXO, Alexandra

ana said...

Amazing!
beutiful kitchen


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naphtali said...

Love the chest of drawers. It's so wonderful to bring life into the kitchen, by older pieces. The first photo marriages new and lived in pieces perfectly! Great post!

{Amanda} said...

yes, I love this! i'm still jealous of my mom's kitchen island- an antique desk that was converted with a granite top and turned wood legs that extend it's counterspace.

kitchen antiques soften the otherwise industrial look of a kitchen's expance...lovely inspiration photos!

Tricia Mitchell said...

I saw this image in Elle Decor's article on the home of Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos. However it was a bit confusing because there were two different kitchen images in the magazine article, this one and one tagged as being from their previous home. Online they have the previous homes kitchen featured and this kitchen isn't shown. As I said, a bit confusing.

Tricia - Avolli

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

i agree, anna, the use of vintage pieces in a kitchen definitely give it warmth. both pics are great.

Marianna said...

Beautiful pictures! I just loved the painting on the wall!
Have a nice week. Marianna

Beach Vintage said...

Dents, scratches and chips in furniture. A few of my favourite things.

It' an Evolution said...

I love that kitchen...so fresh and open. The richness of the wood is so comfy...I love your piece of furniture...same richness.
Love your blog
Janet

Katherine Lee said...

I totally agree with the patina theory. I just got this amazing industrial stainless steel table, and I love the fact that the finish is far from perfect. I certainly wouldn't want to feel like I was living in a museum... great post!
xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea
www.urbanfleadesign.com

Lindsay said...

Absolutely love this!

Patchwork Harmony said...

great idea... I love that chest of drawers with the china on top... I wish my kitchen was big enough to do this! :)
x

Ana Laura said...

I Loved the painting on the wall above the chest!!!Simply lovely!
Was it made by you????

xxx,

AL from Brazil

katiedid said...

YES! I agree! And your chest is lovely and perfect. :)

Lori said...

I adore the pale blue on the wall.

Chloedezigns said...

I love perusing through your blog. You do your title "absolutely beautiful things" justice! I added you to my blogroll.
Chloe

Talking with Tami said...

I love that old look simple pretty!

rikkic said...

great kitchen also...have always loved beaded board.

Virginia Janet said...
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handcrafted furniture said...

I would have to agree with you as far as the marble table is concerned because when I went to change mine my interior designer said...the old ones cost more than the new ones and there was a demand for the old and patchy ones...so I am still with it and seeing this picture I am glad I did not part with it.

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David James said...

I just adore the simplicity in the first picture!
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nyc said...

Beautiful wood table in the kitchen, matches nicely with the white cabinets. Thanks for sharing.

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