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Brian Edward Millett

Where all things beautiful collide

The kitchen is the first room I will talk about that is in the wing extending from the back of the main house.  Other rooms in the back wing are the more casual eating area, laundry room (that leads to the garage where I’m sure a Prius would be parked), family room, and guest bedroom and bath.  The kitchen is pretty much a large square with an island in the center.  The breakfast area flanks it and is the same size creating a rectangle that you walk through to get to the family room.  I have always loved Drabware dinnerware by Wedgwood, and it inspired me greatly for the kitchen, and just so happens to work with the home’s color scheme so far!  Into the kitchen we go….

an inspiring kitchen

I adore this palette!  The rich chocolate milk color that covers the walls, window trim and cabinets is the perfect counterpoint to all that chalky white marble.  I’ve always loved the idea of a farmhouse sink, even in more modern kitchens, and this one is especially beautiful made out of the same marble.  The wood veneer on the cabinet faces is unexpected and adds some modernity to this fairly traditional kitchen.

floor color

The concrete floor continues!

color inspiration

A beautiful display of the dinnerware that inspired my color palette.  Notice the one little pale blue creamer?  That’s a nod to the blue accents that have found their way into every room on some level.

window shade fabric

The one large window over the main sink with have a simple Roman shade in this John Robshaw fabric that has been seen as pillows in the living room.  It picks up on the cream walls and taupey cabinets and will find its way to the adjoining eating area.

Wedgwood Drabware

wall color

Would you like some tea?  …oh, and maybe a splash of cream?

an inspiring kitchen

This kitchen shares a very similar color scheme and overall feel.  My island would serve as place for linen storage as well as a decorative display for stoneware, Drabware, etc.  A combination of open shelving and drawers would be ideal.  The brass drawer pulls used here are what I would use as well, only in a nickel finish.

cabinet color

drawer color and style

carrera marble counters

The cabinet color draws from the variations in color in the veins of the marble.

kitchen cabinets, hardware, counters and backsplash

Here are the foundation elements at work together.  I love a good white kitchen, but by just painting the cabinets a rich neutral they became more appropriate for the kitchen and the home as a whole.  I picture solid cabinets mostly with a few glass-front doors for display.  White marble and subway tile is always classic.  A couple ideas to spruce the tile up would be to use grey or a taupey grout, or to lay them in perfect rows instead of staggered.  Any way it’s done will look great…oh, and black subway tile is gorgeous too!


I would collect a lot of creamy stoneware and porcelain for the kitchen to use for display, flower arrangements, and more importantly, use in the eating area and dining room for serving and eating.

farmhouse sink

There will be a small prep sink in the island, but the main sink will be a large classic modern farmhouse sink for this classic modern house.

blue and white Burleigh ware

More stoneware, this time blue and white, will add the color this kitchen needs.

kitchen faucet

A modern interpretation of a classic faucet style.  This will be found at both sinks.

organic soaps

More natural soap!!



Viking appliances are pricey, but their quality and efficiency makes them worth it.  I would also have a stainless Viking dishwasher.  They make everything so it matches.  I also love Sub-Zero refrigerators and their company and kitchen partner Wolf ranges, but they don’t make all the appliances you would need.  In that case you could have your dishwasher covered with a matching cabinet front.

an inspiring kitchen

I love this combination of white and stainless steel cabinets, white marble, and sunshine.

a place for spices

Don’t forget pretty containers for everyday items like spices, sugar, etc.  Be thoughtful about how much you have on display, especially if your kitchen is small.  Remember things like toasters (get a Dualit if you can), and other small appliances may be fighting for counter space, so restrain yourself from visual clutter.


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