Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Kitchen Armoire

Via House Beautiful

It is no secret that I have a penchant for free standing furniture in kitchens.


... for pretties...


.... to hide the fridge!.....


.... to store the staples.

From my files

I want to do something like this again.


This was the piece I used last time....



Now I'm hunting for the next one... before I design my kitchen... 

..... something a bit French perhaps?...


... or a little less French?.... with a touch of black?
.... to tie in with the French Industrial Pendant Light I am scheming to go over my black island bench with white marble top?


... something like last time, but with more black? ....
(I love this piece. In real life, it stops one's heart. Big statement, but true.)


See! (sort of real life)



... or something a bit more formal??...


... I can see this in a study..... in a matching pair..


... and this in a hall, with pretty linen in it ...


... study.... or rustic kitchen ...


.... in a kitchen nook?....


... more black accents...


... even more heart-stopping in real life!

I love creating rooms around furniture. When I see a beautiful piece at the trade fairs, I always imagine the room I would build around it. 

I'll start with the kitchen.. but I envisage looking for something for the study.... and maybe a linen armoire for the bathroom. Nice decisions to make.

Do you like to use furniture in utility areas?.... a cabinet in the laundry?... a cupboard in the bathroom?.. an armoire in the kitchen?
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PS. All of these beauties, I have sourced for clients and are available through Cape Cod Designs. Just email me.

24 comments:

  1. Ok, I love the black one! The one with the little bit around the doors in a criss cross.... hit me with the $$ damage! LOVE IT!

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    1. It's $2699, inc GST, plus delivery. Antique white. xx

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  2. I'm breathless! my heart literally skipped a million beats! Your thoughts are inspiring as always! beautiful thoughts to have too...love each and every piece. Have a beautiful day A-M xx

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    1. I know that breathless feeling! It's the feeling I get when I cast my eyes over the new collections of a certain talented someone at the trade fairs..my heart skips many beats.. and lovely D can't get a word in edgeways while I gush. xx

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  3. Love these pieces A-M! You have great taste! I have kind of a love-hate relationship with free-standing...I grew up in a house with pieces like it and some were great, some not so...I do like them in the kitchen, I love to have a bench on wheels I can move around or a cabinet. I do have a freestanding cupboard in the nursery, which I repainted and tizzied up. I have had a cabinet in the loungeroom but I sold it, wish I hadn't now... For the most part though, I prefer things static...but in saying that, there's no chance to mix it up! I saw a house recently where the entire kitchen was mobile not just within itself but within the house, you would just need to replumb! I loved that idea IF you had the room/s to MOVE it of course!

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    1. Yes, history does effect how you feel about certain pieces. I think the kitchen is my favourite room for a free standing piece... although with the cost of cabinetry today, I am thinking of doing more freestanding furniture in my Great Room this time around, rather than built in bookcases, etc. xx

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  4. I have really taken lately to bathroom's finished like living rooms with curtains, chairs (even lounges if one has the luxury of a large enough space) and armoires for displaying linen and perfume bottles etc. (I am now envisioning natural stone a la Sarah Richardson).

    I also love all the photos you’ve posted above and can’t wait to see how you incorporate it into your next project.

    Ash.

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    1. Oh yes, I love 'furnished' bathrooms... the luxury of flowing curtains, pretty chairs and little consoles and ottomans.
      Thanks Ash. xx

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  5. I wish I had room for a piece like this in my kitchen! :-)

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    1. Tinajo, the kitchen I am in at present, is so tiny, I use the hall cupboard for my pantry overflow. I would kill for an armoire right about now! A-M xx

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  6. YES YES and Double YES. Free standing furniture is my dream....I am not a fan of the built in although I do like built in shelving you know the recessed sort of ones often on other side of a good fireplace. I also love lighting in free standing furniture in kitchens bathrooms and laundry and curtaining behind glass... a lot to love one day I will have it!!! I think you will have to a blogging open house so I can come and drool at your kitchen and stroke the furniture xxxx

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    1. Oh you make me laugh Katherine. I can just see you stroking the furniture! xx

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    2. She'll lick it if you're not careful...Also did Katrina help you with the comment reply thing? I will have to get mine rectified as my reply to comments is so woeful. xx

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    3. Ha,ha,ha... I would not be surprised Brismod! Yes, Katrina fixed up the comment thingy for me... can't you tell?!! I feel like I have been 'unsilenced'! xx

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  7. I love a free standing kitchen but its the old stuff I love!! Our linen press is 10' high and 130 years old and very like the one you would like to hide your staples in...I guess it all just goes round and round!! Love the one from your original kitchen. J. xx

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  8. Lots of lovelies here. Have to say I still like the first one. How much will that set back nowadays? What is the less time for these sort of pieces A-M.? Is there somewhere to look at dimensions? Struggling to find a divine couch that isn't over $10,000 as well.....

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    1. Lead time depends on the piece. Sometimes it is in stock.... which causes much hyperventilation! That beauty is also $2699. It measures 236cm high, 160cm in width and 36 cm depth. I did hold my breath in my kitchen when they were installing the bulkhead beam as once the gyprock went on I was praying that my cabinet would fit. It did, with room to spare! Email me if you want help with your couch. Happy to help. A-M xx

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  9. I love your kitchen from the house! It is AMAZING. Its one of my top inspiration pics for my kitchen reno. Also loving the valdore dinner set! My favourite!

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    1. Thank you Jenna! yes, that Valdore will stand the test of time... so classical. It's in a box in the shed at the moment! A-M xx

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  10. Your penchant is well noted A-M and I love that you keep turning up such perfect examples of these. I love them all! I think your kitchen would always stand the test of time. Perfect.

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    1. Yay Siobhan, you're here again! ... and I can talk to you now... oh, the luxury! I am a new person with this comment reply thingy! I think with a classical piece, it will stand the test of time... after all, most classical pieces are variations of pieces that have stood the test of time.... centuries! A-M xx

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  11. Oh A-M,
    I just love the grey one in the Home Beautiful Mag, That grey French paint finish with all white china and pewter collection.
    You have me all inspired to look for this sort of thing in my next kitchen, bathroom, bedroom job.
    Also love the one with fabric panels behine the glass doors. So easy to do with any you have selected by local suppliers.
    The last one and the one you suggested for a hall are real beauties.
    Now why would anyone use a standard wardrobe with these babies just waiting to be used ?
    A-M I can see your next kitchen with the second very French one. So so lovely with glass, Linen and china stacked to the ceiling. I tried to get this one myself for the store this week but missed out. (only 3 in the country damm it, you have to be fast these days).
    Warm wishes, hope your well,
    Daryl
    x

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    1. Oh I know Daryl, we have to wait for everything here... there's always a wait list. Makes it difficult at times. I do love the second one too. You have such good taste. Knowing that you wanted one for your store confirms to me that it is the pick of the bunch! A-M xx

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  12. I love all of these pieces, all gorgeous! I think my favourite is the 4th photograph down, the tall, white piece. That would do my kitchen well. I have a free standing triple cupboard country style buffet with glass cabinets in the top which I love and might paint white to compliment everything else in the future. I would be lost without it. I love free standing middle kitchen bences too. Sigh. Mx

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx