“It’s all in the details…kitchens… making them highly detailed, beautiful and super functional…”

by Erin Paige Pitts

I am sure most everyone will agree that the kitchen is in fact, the most important room in the house, right?  In my house, it is command central.  We have our meals there, the kids do their homework there, we even host most of our cocktail parties from there,  so why not make it the most smashingly beautiful space possible and make it ubber functional?  One of my favorite areas to go crazy with details on is a kitchen.  There are so many opportunities to add detail.  I am currently working on two such kitchens for clients, both are renovations of existing kitchens and both clients want the ultimate kitchen.  In today’s post, I will share not only details from kitchens I’ve done and am doing, but details from kitchens by other designers that are very clever and worth “stealing” their ideas!  Btw, I love all kitchens, but I mostly love white kitchens!

This is a kitchen I love and it isn’t on the Southern Accents website any longer.  I used this kitchen as the inspiration for a kitchen I did for a family on Gibson Island.  Some of the details that we incorporated were having the base cabinets recessed under the sinks.  We used a similar upper cabinet mullions detail.  We didn’t go with a yellow painted finish,  we used a whiter finish but you will notice some similarities.  See the kitchen this picture inspired below.

Another kitchen I loved for years, with great detailing was in Southern Accents as well, years ago.  Forgive the scanned images but when they are no longer available online, this is the only way to share them.

Here is the kitchen the above pics inspired…

Here is a kitchen inspired by details I have admired in kitchens by Barry Dixon. This kitchen is just starting construction, I will show you pics when it is complete. See attached elevation of kitchen under construction.

Lastly, my favorite the white kitchen… with some blue accents.  No one does it better than my all time favorite designer and the designer I most relate to, Victoria Hagan.  Here is a kitchen of hers I have admired for years.  One of the kitchens I am currently working on is strongly influenced by this kitchen.

I can’t finish a post without a picture of my kitchen, one of my favorite places on the planet.  It too is blue and white, in my own way. 

Each client is different and has different requirements.  Some are into the gadgets, such as the built-in Miele coffee maker or a pot filler, or an organic shaped sink.  Some clients just want their cabinetry to look like furniture with fine craftsmanship and details and some want a combo of both.  Whatever you prefer, don’t go for “status quo” or an average kitchen if you spend as much time in your kitchen as I spend in mine.  Make your kitchen special and if you don’t know how, consult someone who knows how to incorporate these details and make it special for you.  (photo courtsey of Traditional Home, June/July 2009 by Gordon Beall)