Friday, July 27, 2012

Kitchens Outside of the Box, Last Day to register for the Giveaway!

What causes  a kitchen to be “outside of the box”? To me it is neither contemporary or traditional  but rather the use of the unexpected.  Some of the images below combine traditional elements with contemporary surfaces.  Some use unconventional lighting, recycled materials or unconventional combinations.

 No “outside of the box” post could be complete without something from Erin Martin.  Look at all the interesting finishes and surfaces she has used in this kitchen.



house of mirth california home and design


Love the barrel ceiling, the lighting, the old beams, Moroccan inspired tile, and the gutsy bar stools!


Ceiling...tuscan with a touch of the wild with animal print barstools


Love the lights over the island , and the clever combination of elements here by the ladies of MElle


MElle Design


McAlpine Tankersly always does something unexpected. Notice the double islands with a cross through

Kitchen by McAlpine Tankersley

McCalpine Tankersley

This combination of what appears to be old limestone with marble is rather unique.  The rough with the sleek…

Kitchen by Joseph Dirand

joseph durand

Another Bobby McAlpine  gem note the curtains.

McAlpine Tankersley

Meg Ryan’s kitchen combines industrial looking windows and lighting with a more organic looking island.

Kitchen of Meg Ryan via Elle Decor

I adore everything about this kitchen by the fabulous Eleanor Cummings

eleanor  cummings

Local designer Ken Fulk’s South of Market Loft …Love those lights!

Ken Fulk via the Style Saloniste


This kitchen draws elements from both contemporary and traditional styling with flair

the style saloniste

The Style Saloniste

This kitchen from the House of Windsor has a huge wow factor

House of Windsor via Veranda


 Crazy about the mix of surfaces here!  Love how the sleek stainless steel top contrasts with the rough plaster walls.



via french by design

Love the herringbone barrel ceiling!

Ceiling love.

via postcard from paris

The addition of the stone wall here really creates interest don’t you think?

This kitchen is current without being trite. wow.

via southern living

Stephen Gambrel never disappoints.  The fireplace is definitely the heart of this kitchen.

Steven Gambrell via heirloom philosophy

stephen gambrel


Would you want to make one of these kitchens your own?  If so which would you choose?

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  1. This is a tough one Cindy because I think you have collected the best of the best.

    For a house in Maine...I would pick Meg Ryan's kitchen. For a travelling home...I would choose Moroccan inspiration from Houzz...

    I would snap any one of those chandeliers...the more creative the better. I saw some today that I think you would adore. I will try and sneak a pic next time I am in the shop.

    Happy Creating Cindy!!

    Jeanne xx

  2. It also involves engaging an adventuresome client...I love, love every space here, because I can't think any way but out of the box. Unfortunately most clients want to play it too safe...if they would just trust more along the way...they would love it in the end. Great post. Mona

  3. Hi Cindy
    House of Mirth and french by design ...difficult to choose when presented with such a GREAT selection of kitchens with personality and heart, excellent lighting ideas! thank you for sharing.


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