Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thanks Brooke - my go to Designer xx

A pale palette in a kitchen, well anywhere really, for me is a wonderful base to start adding texture and kitchenalia to give a sense of warmth and interest to the family hub. This kitchen above, is wonderful and something I could easily live with. Everything here adds interest, right from the beaded board on the range, subway tiles, moulded doors, basket drawers, old cutting board...and the all white appliances and crockery.
I have long loved bin pull handles on drawers and mortise knobs for cupboard doors - so....
...last week I ordered 11 of these and 6 bin pull handles to match in brushed nickle to adorn our kitchen, below.The doors are still waiting for the new knobs, which will arrive in about 10 days and I cant wait to get them on. i am, however becoming a dab hand at opening the tall pantry doors with my big toe...well I cant chip the new paint now!
I have been thinking of the kitchen at the top of the post and thinking how I can add more textural interest in our kitchen. I have a few pieces already, but it needs something else and I knew who I would ask....

Brooke Giannetti from Velvet & Linen.
We seem to have the same aesthetic and sense of style, so when I found her recent post in my email inbox I was SO happy. Brooke and I have spoken about how much our style is alike and I look around her 'new' kitchen, which was made over for a photo shoot and as an updated relation of her style, and think we really do have similar tastes - and that the thing I am missing is some potted greenery. Our kitchen needs some green!
I have 4 little European box topiaries out in the shed which have been waiting to be potted in little zinc buckets for some time now...must get on to that.
They will sit on our kitchen bench.

traditional home
...Like this one.
I think it will add that softness that our bench needs. Although I am a stickler for an uncluttered bench top, I do love it when we have fresh flowers and greenery on them, so a permanent patch of green will be perfect...and it will sit so nicely against the white.
I am just so happy to have someone like Brooke to bounce ideas off, knowing that we are on the same wave length.
So, this post is for you Brooke to say thank you for all of your encouraging support, friendship and for being a great mentor to me - you are the best!
Ness xx


  1. Hi Ness - how wonderful that Brooke was able to help you with that missing link for your kitchen and even better that it was something that is relatively cheap!!! I can't wait to see your new greenery in your kitchen - hope you will post a pic! Have a lovely evening - Tina x

  2. Can't wait to see! love the look gorgeous! lulu

  3. Brroke is so amazing, Can't wait to see the end result!

  4. Oooh...what lovely kitchens! I have cupboard hardware like that too!

    : )

    Julie M.

  5. Bin pull handles, potted mini topiaries, subway tiles...these all conjure up some pretty images in my mind. Have fun with your kitchen Ness.

  6. Really wonderful pictures you show! I can't wait to see the pictures of the new greenery in your kitchen - I hope you'll show us.

    Have a nice day!

  7. Hi Ness, cant wait to see the finished product..Im sure it will be jaw dropping ;) x

  8. Good idea Ness, that would really add a nice lift.

    i see a lot of similarities between you and Brooke, she is such a lovely girl!! And that kitchen makeover - man!!

    Where did you order the kitchen knobs from, i'm on the scout out for some new ones, would love to take a look if it's online.


  9. Lovely kitchens!! Love them all!

    ... cant wait to see the finished product;)


  10. Gorgeous kitchen ~ is that a fireplace I see? I hate a cluttered countertop but I love greenery and maybe a wicker basket or two. Can't wait to see more!

  11. It's going to look to lovely...I am really starting to get why blogging is so wonderful...sharing ideas and talent with kindered souls!

  12. wonderful eye candy.. will be waiting to see the final result...

  13. Noice! Loving the word 'Kitchenalia'!!

  14. Greenery in the kitchen is a must for me too. I'm very disciplined about decluttering here, but the greenery softens all the hard elements that are necessary in the kitchen. I have zinc buckets with babys tears spilling out of them at the moment.


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