Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Not-So-Purple Kitchen

So here's the design board for the kitchen as promised.

  1. The pillow pair that inspired the design from Layla Grayce
  2. Owl salt and pepper shakers from Jonathan Adler
  3. IKEA Bjursta table in birch 
  4. Silhouette tidbit plates from BHLDN, a new favorite store. 
  5. Martha Stewart paint in Dolphin from Home Depot
  6. Utensil crock in white from Seng Ware.
  7. Paradise Lake Silver Oilcloth from Country Oilcloth on Etsy
  8. Plum/putty Jaipur upholstery fabric from Serena and Lily
  9. Moorish Fleur de Lis stencil from Royal Design Studio

Royal Design Studio has AMAZING stencils. I haven't entirely decided which one I want to use yet. I love their all-over patterns. I can picture this one in a lighter gray with a sheen over the flat, dolphin gray for a very subtle look.

SO, when I showed this design board to my hubby he said "Uh, it's purple... you want a purple kitchen?" Um, no, not exactly. Here's the color breakdown in case that was your impression too:
  1. Things that are white - cabinets, woodwork, banquette, appliances & part of the stencil.
  2. Things that are gray - walls, counter tops, banquette fabric and hardware (brushed nickel).
  3. Things that are light-colored wood - the floor and the table
  4. Things that are "purple" - the embroidery on the two pillows, the teeny, tiny diamonds in the stencil and part of the print in the roman shades.
We will not have a "purple" kitchen. Glad I could clear that up.

On to Oilcloth

I'm loving the modern takes on oilcloth from various designers. Until recently, when you said the word oilcloth I'd think of this:

All available from Country Oilcloth
I like the vintage oilcloth. I can see making a fun, retro picnic basket and using a vintage-print oilcloth for the blanket, but it's not something that I'd use in my kitchen. Vintage decor is not my thing.

What is my thing is wipe-able fabric on the banquette seating. Here's the problem, I'm a total slob a little messy and my children are worse than total slobs also a little messy, so using anything other than a wipe-able fabric in the kitchen is out of the question. Regular fabric would last about a day... actually I'm being generous, I'd give it one dinner.

But now fabric designers like Heather BaileyAnna Maria HornerAmy Butler and Nani Iro are making parts of their lines in oilcloth or laminated cotton.

Clockwise from top left: Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Amy Butler and Nani Iro
These fabrics have great prints and are suitable for tablecloths, raincoats, and yes, banquette seating. Needless to say, I was very happy to find the silver print (wipe-able) oilcloth. Nice, me proof kid proof fabric. Although, upon further consideration, I may have to frame the embroidered pillows. They might not last for a dinner either.


  1. You are so funny, Heather. It was like you were sitting here with me making me laugh. And I LOVE the owl S & P shakers!


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