I’m driving to San Diego to hang with the Kitchen Cousins and the folks at Lowes to spruce up a few homes for the summer.
On the way, I wandered into In-N-Out. For those of you not in SoCal, it’s a cult favorite burger joint in business since the late 1940s. I was reminded all over again why I like the color red in a kitchen setting.
Now… this juicy burger is really appealing, right?
In-N-Out – like the band The White Stripes and the super store Target — is immediately iconic for its red and white color scheme. There’s more to the bi-color combo than meets the eye when it comes to our mouths. Red actually stimulates our taste buds. It’s been clinically proven that the hot hue conveys excitement and passion, and it releases endorphins into your system that stimulate the appetite.
More Red Kitchen Eye-Candy
Okay, I’ll admit it, I peek in people’s windows from time-to-time. You know you do it too! I just love checking out other designers’ amazing remodels for inspiration. This week I took a look at designer Tyler Doran’s gorgeous kitchen and had to ring the doorbell to find out more. Here’s what he said…
What were the main items on your kitchen wish list?
Tyler Doran: The main goal was to make the kitchen brighter and open, which was a challenge due to the 1730s ceiling. We also wanted to join the kitchen with the living room, giving the space a better flow.
What would you say were the biggest obstacles?
Tyler Doran: Tearing down the walls while being careful to preserve the raw-hewn beams and wide floorboards was tough. I was also really concerned about adding the skylight. I wanted to maintain the organic feel of the space. In the end, I think it works because it’s subtle and it really brightens up the room. More from Tyler
Growing up on the East coast, I saw my fair share of brick walls. Certainly on my college campus we were surrounded! In a weird way, brick came to suggest stability, sturdiness, and a touch of class. Once I moved to Los Angeles, bricks became a less visible building material for a few reasons – one of which are the earthquakes our region tends to experience. I came to love and look for brick throughout the years I’ve lived here, really enjoying the messier version of bricks in an industrial, reclaimed, or loft setting.
I started to see brick that had been painted over. What do you think – clean, or sinful?
Exposed brick gives off an industrial, vintage look. It’s speakeasy, it’s steam-punk, and it feels like a joyful return to admiring the actual structural components of a home for their own beauty.
I came across a fun tutorial for how to add your own faux exposed brick with 1/2″ imitation bricks, if you don’t already have the real deal in your home. Check out my Pinterest page for a link – maybe it’ll get you into that “New York state of mind.”
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The thing I like about brick is it’s instant addition of character in any room. Older homes might have their bricks painted over, and even hiding underneath the plaster walls. You can expose and restore it, if you’re up for breaking a bit of a sweat. Here’s a list of the pros & cons over on the DIY Network.
There’s quite a bit of debate on painting over materials in the home like brick or wood paneling. Done with a capable hand, it can change the feeling of a room. Some people argue it’s a huge no-no.
What do you think…
Bare your bricks or painting is ok if you do it well?
My clients, Nat and Mike, bought a house chock full of potential and I couldn’t wait to dig in. This 20s era gem had so many adorable and unique features. It was love at first sight. I roamed around ogling the coved ceilings, beautiful arched doorways and kitschy built-ins.
And then I saw this…
And I was like this…
And I knew. I knew the way you know when your special guy starts honking from the driveway instead of coming to the door…
This bathroom was history, I just had to tell him.
Dylan and crew are rebuilding an 1892 cedar shake cottage
in a cozy beach town in North Carolina. The best part is YOU CAN VOTE
on the materials and choices they make on the cabin.
This week you can vote on the master bathroom features
(hey, try to vote with me on this one, huh??) There is an amazing community of folks already avidly following the progress on the house. Join in.
We’re filming some behind the scenes goodies and sneak peeks of some special elements you won’t want to miss. I’ll make sure to share them when they go live.