Category Archives: kitchen


industrial bar stool

We get a lot of questions about bar stools. They really are a difficult item to source, yet they pull together a kitchen seamlessly. You definitely miss them if they aren’t perfectly positioned at a bar or counter. We’ve compiled a gigantic roundup of our most coveted bar stools of every style and price, so […]


  1. Taste of France

    Oh, that first photo is just what I want. I have something more like #2 in transitional–perfectly OK, but not the kind that makes everybody say they wish they had them, like the first photo.
    I really don’t like backless stools. Maybe if you’re working and just resting a hip against it, but not for sitting.

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light wood and marble kitchen with brass details by studio DB via coco kelley_1

I’ve been pretty quiet about our upcoming kitchen renovation lately – probably because I’ve been completely overwhelmed with making decisions for it! With so many options out there, it’s hard to pick one direction and just go for it. And with the number of kitchens I’ve been looking at for inspiration, it takes a lot to impress me these […]

7 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 4.6

  1. barbara meyers

    This is a wonderful space ! Agree on the pedant lights-
    My favorite space is the dining booth! I can see late nights after going out….sitting in black tie attire having a night cap and chatting about the evening’s events!


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apparatus home2

This is yet another one of those homes where showing one room simply will not suffice, but we’ll start with the one that inspired us most… To say I love the home of Apparatus founders Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson could possibly be the understatement of the year. THIS is the room I love the […]

11 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 9.17

    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      Sharyn, mine is just a similar shade – I have no idea what the exact color is that they’ve used on the walls here! Lighting in every home is so different, if you were interested in replicating this color I would suggest bringing a photo in to a professional and having them suggest a few samples to try on your walls!

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  4. dolores oconnell

    i saw things i could drool over……………….the wood , the bricks…………..delicious……….all my style…………just never thought it was around………….thankyou……………….doe


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I’ve had kitchens on the brain lately. Well – to be honest – I’ve had house renovations on the brain for months, but recently the stars have aligned in nudging us into the direction of a kitchen remodel, so naturally I’ve been hunting down inspiration. Which is when I stumbled on this gem: This kitchen as […]

3 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK 8.7

  1. Teresa McLeod

    I have seen this kitchen twice. I showed it to my husband and we discussed it. There are three elements that stand out. One: the layout: it’s a galley kitchen. They are the most efficient which is why they are used by commercial restaurants. So not all of us have this possibility, but good to recognize it. Second: there is something about black metal windows that make us swoon. Is it the heritage quality? or the contrast with everything else? I don’t know, but it’s there. Third, the light into the space. That’s definitely primal. Not too much, not too little, juuuust right.. That’s the key: humans like light, and smaller spaces (not too open). This is a wonderful kitchen.

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white kitchen with dark brass and black hardware litchfield-and-lanham-prep

Moving in with someone always has it’s bumps – and, my friends, I’ve just discovered our first one. My man’s aversion to brass. *gasp*. Now, I’ll admit that he has a pretty open mind when it comes to designing and updating the house, and he’s starting to come around to the idea of my favorite […]

22 responses on “KITCHEN TREND :: BLACK VS. BRASS

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  2. Julie

    I couldn’t agree more! I recently toured a newly renovated home and the first thing that caught my eye in the kitchen was the matte black faucet. Intriguing, unique and glorious!

  3. Heather

    These matte black fixtures are hot and so is matte brass. As a designer I have found that brass is a hard sell to most dudes, including my man. We compromised with brass allowed upstairs and oil rubbed bronze or black downstairs. Good luck -Divide and conquer!

  4. Kristin

    I always thought black and white in combo looked very timeless and elegant – and you can definitely play up the look and feel with more modern fixtures and sleeker finishes. I absolutely love that kitchen – those windows!!!


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  6. Laura Dunn

    Although I hate to admit it. Sometimes its the collaboration between my husband and I that ends up with the best result. If I had it all my way we would have a peach bedroom instead it is a dark blue grey that looks amazing with my black and white obsession. It is hard for a head strong interior design girl like me to give someone else an opinion, but it’s worth it to have a space we both love. Best wishes to you on this big project!

  7. franki

    There WILL BE challenges….fortunately, this time, the matte black is cool (I’m a tarnished brass kinda gal so that didn’t come easily.) franki

  8. Megan

    You should look into Newport Brass. Their Matte Black finish can applied to all their faucets! Beautiful options and made in California too!

  9. Kevin | Thou Swell

    I was looking at hardware recently for a project and I didn’t even consider going with matte black, but this post has convinced me that its great looking and can go both modern and traditional!

  10. Elizabeth

    I would present him with divorce papers right away.. kidding! I love brass, however I admit the matte black looks amazing. If it starts looking a bit dull, how about covering the floor with patterned tiles in your favourite green? That way you’ll get close to the style that goes with brass and away from the farmhouse… 😀

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  12. Patricia

    Don’t know why I didn’t comment before, but the marble bathroom in your post is mine, and I have to say we haven’t regretted our black fixtures one second. We’ve had them for about a year now and they are a dream, it is my favorite room in the house. 🙂

    It does look great with some wood, we’ve opted for hardwood flooring and it works really well!

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