IN THE KITCHEN :: COMMERCIAL VS. CONVENTIONAL

i come from a restaurant family, so it’s no wonder that I’m drawn to a bit of a commercial style in my kitchen. After all, open shelving, plenty of stainless steel and a more ‘deconstructed’ feel isn’t anything new…

industrial kitchen with light wood

But, how far is too far when taking this look into the home?

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The kitchen above just about hits my limit. However, if you swapped out the stainless steel backsplash for something more conventional, and added some touches of materials like wood or ceramics on a few floating shelves… I might be persuaded to change my mind.

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This? Well, it’s a bit better – with warmer tones and a little less steel. But there seems to be a fine line here when finding just the right balance! Here are a few interiors that incorporate the commercial look well (in my opinion…)

industrial style kitchen with marble

The addition of the rug makes a world of difference in this all-stainless kitchen! While the marble is cold, it’s still a nice rich visual texture, and the wood shelves and swing arm lighting add personality.

industrial style kitchen with dark walls and wood accents

If you’re gonna go stainless… go all the way grey and saturate those walls! It actually adds a nice rich look. Just make sure you’ve got lots of light if you actually plan on cooking there. The touches of wood,  grey shelving – instead of stainless – is also helping matters, as are the accessories all over the kitchen that make it look lived in.

industrial style kitchen wiht old world tile floor

Frankly, you could do just about anything with those floors and wood beam ceilings and this kitchen would work. But I love the contrast of super modern and industrial with old world charm here – it works for me!

modern clean industrial style kitchen with black walls and marble counters

This kitchen could be borderline for some, but all the stunning windows and the fact that the island is a nice marble (or something similar) is helping me come around to the potential in this one. I actually really like the black in here for contrast with those white floors! Gorgeous.

industrial floating island in classic kitchen setting

For the majority of the traditionalists, I have a feeling this is just right – a touch of industrial in an otherwise classic – even a bit rustic – kitchen. And I’d have to say I’d agree. 

Which style is appealing to you the most? For our picks on industrial accessories for your kitchen, check out this collection we created on eBay! I even found some affordable pendants that I’m seriously considering for my own home…

images :: remodelista // unknown via the d pages // apartment34 // trendenser // belgrade apparel // planete deco //   remodelista // veranda

 

8 responses on “IN THE KITCHEN :: COMMERCIAL VS. CONVENTIONAL

  1. Minna

    It’s so funny because whenever I see photos of such beautiful kitchens (mostly on pinterest), I always surprise myself at the really big variety of styles I’m drawn to. While at heart I love my classic kitchens with a more rustic feel, I also have seen some uber-modern, sleek and minimalistic kitchens I love. That last kitchen is just the right balance though- so gorgeous and can only dream of having something like that one day!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Caris

    I love the romantic, industrial inspired kitchen with patterned floors, as well as the rustic, traditional kitchen with the morning light flooding in!

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  3. Serena

    I like the last kitchen with the glass door and the window with flowers or herbs beside because I’m into big romantic traditionally looking kitchens. Like you said, the light is very important when you cook and for me, also the possibility to get fresh air into the room very quickly is quite essential, especially when something goes wrong during cooking. ;) I moved to Toronto a month ago and I want my new flat to be original so I’m thinking about trying vintage style. I found a list of some shops here last week and I’ve already visited some of them. They had some unique pieces even for the kitchen but I’m still not sure. What do you think about vintage kitchens? Is it a good idea? I would be thankful for any of your recommendation!

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CASS’ KITCHEN :: CHARRED ENDIVE SALAD WITH LENTILS + RADISH

When I latch on to an ingredient that I like, I tend to find tons of different ways to use it. This summer, one of those ingredients was endive. I love the somewhat bitter crunch it has, and how the size and shape is so perfect for entertaining too! So, I put it in salads, I topped it with citrus, I filled it crab, and I served it up to friends.

But now that we’re transitioning everything else to fall, I felt like I wanted to come up with a dish that included my beloved endives, but also felt a little more hearty…

charred endive and lentil salad with radish and chevre // recipe via coco+kelley

So I came up with this!

Recipe: Seared Endives with Lentils // serves two

  • 3 endives, sliced in half
  • Pre-made lentils (I buy mine at Trader Joe’s where they’re already seasoned and ready to go! You can make your own as you like them for this dish.)
  • 3 – 4 Radishes, thinly sliced
  • Chevre to top

charred endive and lentil salad with radish and chevre // recipe via coco+kelley

This is seriously the easiest dish. The lentils – if you choose to make them from scratch – are probably the hardest part. As much as I love cooking, anytime I can get my beans all ready to go, I’m in.

To start, slice the endive in half, and then heat up a non-stick pan on high. Take the endive and place them on the pan, flat side down, to briefly sear them until they are warm – less than 30 seconds usually.

Lower the heat to medium, and heat up the lentils to warm. The trick to this salad is that it should still feel fresh, so you’re really just getting things to about room temperature.

charred endive and lentil salad with radish and chevre // recipe via coco+kelley

Lay out the endives, flat side up, then top with the lentils, followed by the radish and chevre to your taste!

Lentils are surprisingly filling, so I’ve certainly eaten this as a whole meal before, but it’s definitely on the lighter side for some, so consider it as a compliment to other dishes, or on its own! If you wanted to make a version of this that was easy to pass around, you could char the endive, and then use the outer leafs to make a shell and fill it with the lentil mix.

Fair warning: lentils also fall under the category of ingredients I’m obsessed with, so you can fully expect to see more of those around here this fall and winter too!

credits :: photography by meghan klein // styling by cassandra lavalle

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DULY NOTED // 9.12

Sorry guys, but my in my head it is sooooooo already fall…

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1 // Instead of coats, this year I’m obsessed with adding vests to my wardrobe. They’re such perfect layering pieces for our indecisive weather patterns around Seattle. Currently this leather and shearling vest is at the top of my list.

2 // Excuse me if I gush a bit about this project we worked on with Starbucks for fall. If you didn’t catch the post earlier this week, check it and our collaborative site out this weekend! There’s a ton of content for you to devour and pin!

3 // I’ve recently added the dream of totally transforming a trailer onto my life goals list. In the Pacific Northwest, hipster version of that dream, this is what it would look like.

4 // Is there anything more classically fall than a red and plaid motif? Only if it’s on a classically designed bag. I’ll take it.

5 // There’s a chance that one can own too many table linens, but I certainly haven’t met my limit yet. I love these herringbone napkins not just for fall, but year round entertaining.

6 // Being a loft-dweller myself, I love seeing how people decorate theirs. But this one is on a whole other level of goodness! Check out the whole tour.

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  1. Kate Zucconi

    I love these picks! Yes, Fall is definitely coming!
    That bag is gorgeous!
    The loft is really stylish, a beautiful mix of natural colours and textures, very masculine!
    My husband would be jealous of the pool table!!
    Congratulations on your starbucks collaboration the styling and ideas are amazing, as usual! well done!

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ONE ROOM INSPIRATION :: DARK + PREPPY

Ok, I know. Dark and preppy aren’t normally words you put together. But maybe that’s why I’ve always been so into this gingham-covered room for so long now…

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It’s a little bit traditional, a little bit badass. I mean, it takes guts to cover an entire room with gingham, after all. And I love the herringbone carpeting with it too – such a cool mix of classic patterns.

So I decided to reinterpret this room into my own design, taking cues from the original mix of furniture and accessories…

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The result is part classic, part edgy, and a little bit quirky modern. I’m digging it – are you? And for the record, my two favorite finds here are that dining chair – which comes in many different colors – and the fact that Terrain is now delivering those gorgeous pots with those gorgeous plants. For those without a green thumb or nursery in sight, this is good news. Also, hello awesome alternative to sending flowers.

Here’s how you can get the look too:

images :: prue ruscoe

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  1. Jen, The Emerald Girl

    I love dark & preppy – it’s kind of more like country club or a hunt room. I always remember a quote I read in a magazine that said ‘one thing overdone is kind of like not overdoing it’. I always tell myself that! :)

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  2. franki

    This is SO COOL!!! Think how much fun seasonal accessorizing would be!!! That black and white check is a STATEMENT!! franki

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SATURDAY SUPPER CLUB // 4

Every time we do another Supper Club at our office, I’m totally blown away by what our Chef (and fearless leader) JJ Proville cooks up, but I knew  that August was going to be the best month of all…

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And I wasn’t disappointed!

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I love watching the guys work their magic in our little kitchen, putting together the most beautiful (and delicious, of course) appetizers and dishes I’ve ever seen…

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Me? I’m quite happy with mixing the cocktails and setting the table. This time we came up with our own concoction of a limeade, cucumber, gin and mint – the best ingredient being the mint sparkling water you can buy at Whole Foods. Whaaaat? So good. So refreshing.

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As the season changes, however, I’m curious to see what Chef JJP does next to bring us into fall! Interested? Join us September 27th for the next course.

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And if your’e interested in being on the mailing list (we send out our emails to this list before posting the tickets on coco+kelley!) then you can join right here.

photography :: miles fortune

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  1. Nichole

    How gorgeous this all looks! I love the idea of setting a plate with flower petals – I’ve seen it done with edible pieces before, but the fall colors really bring everything to life. Thanks for sharing!

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