Designing A Parisian Sweet Store Kitchen
The environment I was attempting to realize on this traditional kitchen was that of a 1915 Parisian Sweet Store. Once i walked into the prevailing kitchen I was thrilled to seek out the fundamentals would easily transition to the candy shop look. The wonderful “bones” of the kitchen included cream cabinetry with stainless classic handles and pulls, stable black granite countertops, deep crown moldings and at last excellent home windows including a floor to ceiling bay window.
I need to stress the importance of utilizing traditional styling, stone and excessive-finish appliances in a traditional kitchen. These rarely date and can simply be “freshened” up. In the case of this kitchen I took several steps to maximize the sweet-shop kitchen while still adhering to a strict funds. I knew immediately I needed the colors to be black, cream and murky rose. The partitions acquired a new slightly pink based mostly cream by Benjamin Moore known as Butter Pecan. The trim painted in White Dove (always a favorite). The too fashionable stainless pulls and handles have been removed and spray-painted matte black – voila – immediate iron pulls!! This step alone saved hundreds of dollars.
A trademark of my kitchen designs have all the time been the usage of open shelves. Whether or not Fashionable, Traditional, Tuscan, Asian or French I feel that higher cabinets tend to create a claustrophobic setting. A more European method is to replace a number of upper cabinets with shelves. These particular shelves were made with Asian-inspired wrought iron brackets, unfinished store-bought pine shelves that have been painted deep pink, antiqued and finished off with velvet pom-pom curtain fringe connected with upholstery tacks. The pink shelves were antiqued by rubbing in and then wiping off a black stain to give them the aged finished I used to be on the lookout for. With open shelves I could now casually show a faux Degas’s painting (present in a discount store for $19.Ninety nine) behind the antique dishes now displayed proudly on the open shelves.
I now turned my attention to the lighting. I changed the 2 recess lights above the island with giant drop lights from Dwelling Depot. The problem was these steel lights looked too modern – so once once more black spray paint was used to transform the stainless steel retailer bought lamps into in a matt black iron look that complimented and related with the matt black pulls on the cabinets.
Maybe the trickiest aspect of the redecoration was finding the antique opal-rose chandelier that was put in over the kitchen desk and the petite model that was placed over the sink. I was very lucky on eBay finding them three-months apart and from separate sellers. Other prospects are Craig’s listing, property sales and antique shops. My advice is when you’re visiting a small town, uncover their local antique shops and if you happen to see a chandelier that makes your heart race and isn’t too hard in your wallet – splurge!!! A good electrician can rewire and hold it for you. My husband typically jokes that “My spouse doesn’t have diamonds she has chandeliers”. It is a bit obsessive however in my view nothing provides more fashion to a room than lighting and artwork work.
I moved on to the glass cabinets and searched for fabric that could possibly be hung on the inside to disguise any mess. I settled on a pattern of Heraldic cream-coloured lions on a dusky pink back floor. I choose this over the plain French stone island button up jumper toile, as I feel too much of one fashion can create a theme park setting not the eclectic warm look I was aiming for.
My closing step in creating the ultimate candy store kitchen was the most pricey and boldest. The main kitchen wall was lined in ARTWORK. A number of the artwork was positioned on ornate black brackets to add dimension, some encased in gold chunky frames, and others were extra trendy black and white pictures. I wished this wall with all its particular person artwork that when hung in such a large grouping would itself turn into one big work of artwork. More IS more with regards to groupings. Ornate antique silver candelabras on a large black desk full the gracious feel of a bygone stone island button up jumper period.