Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wall of windows

I recently had the opportunity to tour a house that was just built in Brookhaven, one of the most beautiful parts of Atlanta. The house is custom in every way, and is incredibly beautiful. One of my favorite parts of the house is the kitchen. The lot was very carefully chosen, and the architect placed the kitchen on the east side of the house so that the morning light will stream in through the windows. There were only a few upper cabinets in the kitchen (as seems to be the style these days), and perhaps most charming of all, the entire east side of the kitchen was a bank of windows.

I looked through a few of my design magazines, and realized that my magazines from the early 2000s have a few kitchens with the wall of windows. According to something I read, this is the time when there was a change in kitchen design towards making the kitchen more like a furnished room. This charming kitchen is from Southern Accents Nov/Dec 2002; interior design by Suzanne Rheinstein, photography by Tria Giovan. I had this page turned down at the corner; even six years ago, this style of kitchen captured my imagination.

Look at all of the windows in this beautiful kitchen. It does not even look like a kitchen! The house has low ceilings (7'10"), but the architect and designer used a lot of floor to ceiling windows and an open floor plan to make the space feel expansive. Traditional Home, October 2008. Interior design by Susan Marinello, photography by John Granen.

The kitchen of designer Dan Carithers, which he 'redid' 30 years ago. Carithers has long favored using furniture pieces in his kitchen, rather than wall to wall cabinets everywhere. The kitchen overlooks Carithers' beautiful sculpted English garden. From Traditional Home.

This looks like a remodelled kitchen from an older home, based on the ceiling height. The windows really open up the kitchen and give it a modern feel.

I love this gray and white kitchen, and although I am not certain whether the windows extend along the entire wall on the left, I like to imagine that they do.

It helps if the wall of windows has a beautiful view, and if the view is nice, I prefer no window treatments at all. If I ever build or remodel a home, I will pick the lot carefully so that my kitchen has a nice view. My current kitchen overlooks the brick wall of my neighbor, so I have no plans to take down the cabinets and expand the windows! (This kitchen is from Lindy Weaver Kitchen Design.)

These windows are quite contemporary, but I like the overall effect of lightness that they give the kitchen. From Southern Accents, Nov/Dec 2008, interior design by Sara Steinfeld.

Finally, a lovely kitchen that I found in one of my new favorite blogs, Velvet and Linen. The author of the blog, Brooke Gianetti, is an interior designer and has just launched a store in Los Angeles. I love the colors of the kitchen, but most of all I love the wall of windows and the lanterns about the sink. Image from British Homes and Gardens.


  1. I have always adored Dan Carithers' kitchen. Simple and lovely.

  2. I love the look of the living room of that house, airy and bright.

  3. I love all of the images of the kitchens. The grey and white kitchen is just beautiful. Love the tile behind the stove.
    Thank you for sharing your images and for your lovely words about my blog.


  4. Gorgeous images....loving the grey and white kitchen too !!

  5. Thanks for the comments! This post was actually a good way for me the clarify my thoughts, and the big bonus: my husband read it, and really loves the light and openness of a wall of windows in the kitchen!

  6. I love kitchens with windows. Great pictures you have shown.

  7. You always post homes you just want to move straight

  8. I Love windows and all they bring to a room. Beautiful post!

  9. There really is nothing better than natural light.

  10. I grew up in Brookhaven and agree--it is a beautiful neighborhood. One of these days I need to do a post about it.

    These walls of windows are fabulous. If I ever have a kitchen remotely big enough to do the same I would. Right now I need every square inch of wall space for cabinets--except for the little window over the sink.

  11. Some lovely kitchens here! I love a good kitchen.:)

  12. Honestly, I love all of these kitchens. There is nothing quite like streaming natural light.
    THanks for the inspiration!

  13. Oh, how I love kitchens with lots of windows! I love the grey and white kitchen the most. What great finds. THank you, thank you!

  14. Heavenly kitchens. You can't beat a wall of windows with exquisite views, can you?

    x Terri

  15. Beautiful rooms!

    I just discovered Velvet and Linen, myself, and love her blog.

  16. A wall of windows in the kitchen is such a wonderful idea -- imagine eating breakfast with the early morning light pouring in . . .

  17. These are really an amazingly cozy kitchen designs. Good to see such nicely designed kitchens. Everything including space management is quite good. Thanks for the post.


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  18. Nice Blog. All kitchens are beautiful. I love white & Gray kitchen and Velvet & Linen Kitchen. Nice collection. If you want checkout my site as well http://www.kitchencabinetsanddesignsonline.com/


  19. Saw your blog in the Post today- Congrats!!! :)

  20. Amazing and attractive kitchen. This is nice looking kitchen I love it. Thanks for posting.


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