I believe I’ve mentioned several times about how my tiny kitchen drives me crazy. It has approximately 14 inches wide of counter space and that is not an exaggeration. So, in my spare time I like to dream big. Really really big…

I blogged about this kitchen back in 2008 (does that make it a vintage post or what? jeez.) but I’ve been infatuated with it ever since. The owners took great care to maintain the integrity of the historical details while creating a modern (and quite interesting) space, and it resonates with my sensibilities on such a strong level. Which is why I’m adding these two kitchens to the same inspiration folder…

Similar style, no? I don’t know where the hell they store anything, but whatever. The balance of modern and historical is definitely in place, along with plenty of white and marble, so I’m in.

This one might actually be my favorite. It looks much more functional, while still showing off some lovely original cabinetry and holy moly that doorframe! Plus, I think having a fireplace in the kitchen is so cozy. The only change I’d make is some dramatic lighting. And maybe not blonde wood floors – they’re my least favorite, but they do lend to the lightness of the space.

Which you like to take your pick? In the meantime, I’m seriously considering rigging up a little counter space in my own kitchen using this as my inspiration. Or… maybe it’s time for a new apartment?

*images: eric roth // r. brad knipstien via desire to inspire // rundell associates


  1. Donna

    The second picture with the beautiful and ornate chandelier has me captivated. A room speaks with great lighting.

    Donna –

  2. Callie Grayson

    I prefer the first two, love the white contrasted with the wood and the old and new.
    I am designing my new kitchen at the moment, need to remove two walls to open it up and gain more cabinet and counter space.

  3. Kayla

    What is it about the all white kitchens that make them so dreamy? I have the tiniest kitchen ever as well. So small you can’t open the pantry door all the way due to the fridge being in the way. I think I may get lost by the time we move to a place with a large kitchen.

    Memoirs & Mochas

  4. alison

    I love the third one as well. The first two are breathtaking for sure, but the third seems a little bit more real life- like you could make a huge mess while cooking in there, and not have to feel bad about it:)

  5. Diane

    It’s amazing how the color white can make a whole lot of difference. The designs are fabulous! Love the kitchen with the vintage brown cabinet!


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Cassandra LaValle is the founder and editor-in-chief of coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle.