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Sunday, May 2, 2010

A beautiful Atlanta kitchen

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Recently my husband and I were invited for dinner at the home of friends from our children’s school. As soon as I entered the home, I knew that the owners were kindred spirits when it comes to love of interiors, as their home was decorated with such beauty and attention to detail.

The entire house was beautiful, but it was the kitchen that really spoke to me. The house was built in 1990, and a few years ago the owners decided to update the kitchen. With the wonderful team of Will Huff from Huff-Dewberry, as well as kitchen designer Beth Barfield , the kitchen was transformed into a space that combines classic design as well as high function for a family that cooks regularly.

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My interior photography skills (or lack thereof) really don’t do this kitchen justice! When the owners renovated, they knew that a large island with a solid work surface suited their style; it provides an uninterrupted surface for preparing food, and also provides a great place for their children to do homework and visit with the cook. I like the contrast of the marble on the perimeter, and the warm wood on the island.

Note how the space above the refrigerator is handled – glass front cabinets! What a clever way to handle a space that is often unused.


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The backsplash is a classic subway tile. One of the most charming vignettes in the kitchen is the window over the sink, framed by a lovely Brunschwig & Fils fabric. The sconces on either side of the window are the perfect touch, and mimic the lines of the greenery in the fabric.


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The fabric is carried over to the bay window that looks out over the back yard. The paint on the walls was selected to bring out the green in the fabric; Will Huff told me that it is Benjamin Moore Hancock Green (HC-117). I love the upholstered seating that is on one side of the table; it makes the seating area feel very elegant. Also note the touches of glass front cabinets in this kitchen mixed with solid cabinetry.


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I am a big fan of herringbone patterns, and immediately noticed the tiles in the backsplash behind the range; they are the same size and shape as the tiles that are used in the subway pattern. It is a subtle touch, but one that I appreciated.


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The food pantry is located in the cabinetry between the kitchen and family room. One of the drawers is devoted to cereal, an idea that I want to incorporate into my new kitchen. I appreciate how the kitchen is defined separately from the family room, yet there is great flow and connection between the two rooms.


I have had these pictures for a few months now, and when the owners told me that they were listing their beautiful home for sale, it seemed like the right time to do a post! Here is a picture of the kitchen from the real estate listing; what a difference professional photography and a nice sunny day makes! I think this picture really captures how fresh and airy the kitchen appears in person, and of course the wide lens provides a view of the entire kitchen. Image via real estate listing.

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A great view of the view of the length of the kitchen. I love both lighting fixtures used in the kitchen. Image via real estate listing.

To see pictures from the rest of the house from the real estate listing, please click here.

To view Huff-Dewberry’s website, please click here. Will Huff and Heather Dewberry began collaborating together when they worked for legendary Atlanta designer Dan Carithers; they formed their own firm in 2001, and have been featured in both national and local publications. Check out their portfolio – http://huffdewberry.com - it is fantastic!

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48 comments:

  1. It's beautiful. I especially love the herringbone pattern and the choice to compliment the kitchen with a pale mint green tone, so pretty!

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  2. This kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! You know how you see bits of kitchens that you love, but rarely all in one room? Well this one is pretty close to perfect for me! Love it all...
    :) Flick

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  3. Love this kitchen! Love the island and how roomy the whole kitchen is. Plenty of room to have guests or assistant chefs and not be bumping into each other. The window treatment fabric is gorgeous.

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  4. Gorgeous! I love the beautiful window treatments...

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  5. I just checked out the real estate listing.. What a beautiful residence. The kitchen update is certainly giving this home a young vibe. I too love kitchens that are well planned for function, and I am not big on the open floor plans of today..so this kitchen is a definite "save to faves".

    Off tee see Huff Dewberry..
    Vie

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  6. Beautiful! I like the functional island with the wooden counter - and the stove/oven area. Keep sharing friends' houses -this one is great!

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  7. Love it! The fabric and paint color is just the frosting on the cake. The floor and island countertop really keep the kitchen cozy.

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  8. Actually, I preferred your photos of the kitchen. I did check the RE listing, it is really a beautiful home very elegant I would love to visit in person!

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  9. I am in love with the fabric on the windows and the beautiful sconces. Saved that image. Wonderful kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. The overall feeling of the kitchen is great, but I am dying over the crown moulding, especially in the window alcove over the sink. Love the herringbone pattern over the stove; we just laid a herringbone pattern in our daughter's bath floor. And while they probably won't stay with the house, those english style windsor chairs around the eating table are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. So many wonderful, unique touches that indeed make this kitchen special. I love the sconces flanking the window!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  12. Here's what I like: White! Yes. Minimal stainless - yes. Right size, not too big - yes. Dining sofa - yes - that's living. The molding details in the window niche above the sink - fantastic. Not having one of those farm sinks - yes. One side of the island is for working, the other side for hanging - yes.

    Anyway it's a super kitchen for a family rather than for a showroom.

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  13. The pictures took my breath away, FABULOUS!!!!

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  14. This kitchen is divine..absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing .

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  15. Very pretty! I love the window over the sink, lovely. xo

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  16. There is not one thing I do not like about this kitchen. It is beautiful, no stainless-steel overkill and the glass door cabinets are in ideal locations for display. I do love the ones above the refrigerator. Very practical.

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  17. Classic and timeless. I can't imagine this kitchen ever being dated.

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  18. Charming, simply charming. Great warmth. I am always facinated by what lighting fixture is chosen to go over islands, which really set the tone for an entire room.

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  19. What a beautiful kitchen, I really love that they used the same size of subway tile in a herringbone pattern over the stove. I've often seen a longer rectangle of tile used in a herringbone pattern, but it looks so nice to see the exact same tile laid in two different patterns in the same space.
    Nancy

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  20. Simply beauftiful.
    I am an interior designer and I love this for so many reasons.
    It is white, has marble around the perimeter, wood on the island, no stainless except for the stove, a sink with a window above, no sink in the island... this is about as close to perfect as you can get.
    It seems like every kitchen you see now has an island with a sink in it. I always ask my clients to think very hard before they do this. I would much rather see a beautiful bouquet of flowers on an island then a sink! I think it is the biggest mistake a person can make.

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  21. Everyone uses their kitchen differently and this looks like a real cooks kitchen! We have a sink on our island and I prefer it to our last kitchen were my back was always to the action while now I can interact with my guests and family across the island. Very attracted to the herringbone backsplash. Beautiful.

    I also agree with Julienne, your pics are much more appealing, Holly!

    Marija

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  22. Beautiful! There were several design elements that I liked, but the depth of the window above the sink is something I dream of. I'd love to have more than just the normal trim-board depth for a shelf. I like to display vases for fresh flowers and favorite framed photos where I can enjoy them - the deeper ledge would be great.

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  23. Hubby and I have poured over this real estate listing. I can't believe how much bang for your buck you get over your way. For that price here, you would get a very basic, modern home (here in Australia)... with none of the exquisite detailing you have in every one your homes. Sigh.... living in the wrong hemisphere. A-M xx PS Oh and I love how a house for sale in your hemisphere has a list price.... auctions are the only way we really sell down here and it is infuriating... just tell me the damn price..ok.. PPS. Oh and LOVE the kitchen.

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  24. Beautiful understated kitchen. I love the table and chairs, I wonder if they're custom. The
    window is a gem I love the molding.Great post.
    bg

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  25. I am with group - I love the window and the moulding! Stunning kitchen and a new design friend - what a great combination!!
    xx-Gina

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  26. what a lovely Kitchen....I especially like the window treatment at the Kitchen sink!

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  27. Love the window treatments; they make this space just pop. Lovely!

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  28. Love the Herringbone pattern using the subway tiles. We are seeing this look more and more in the kitchens we do and it impresses every time! The glass cabinets over the refrigerator is also a well thought out touch. Great idea!

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  29. This is MY kind of kitchen! Love that window vignette too...so much! And the lovely breakfast nook in the bay window! (your photos hold up just fine btw!)

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  30. Yep, yep, yep, there are many things to love in this kitchen. Funny you should point out the upper glass cabinets: I just visited Willow Decor and the Scandinavia kitchen shows upper glass cabinets! My first thought was, "Aha! Holly might want to consider doing that bank of cabinets this way." (If you're still concerned with the look of messy dishes that is). ALSO, that same kitchen shows, of all things, a wall sink! If you haven't already been there, quick, take a look!

    Quick note: If you are considering bumping out the sink cabinet, it would allow you extra space to place plants or pretty accents behind the faucets! Always loverly in my opinion.

    Oh, and if it's not too troublesome, could you possibly find out where those pretty, pretty sconces came from?

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  31. What a gorgeous kitchen! The wood countertop on the island is a nice contrast to the cooler marble. The herringbone tile pattern is a nice detail as well. I could go on and on... your photos are great!

    xo,
    cristin

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  32. So clean and simple! Love the backsplash over the cooktop. xoRH

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  33. Very pretty, feminine touches, love that wooden countertop and that sink vignette- the sconces, the curtain and that seating area looks so serene.
    pve

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  34. What a beautiful kitchen. So cheerful!

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  35. Gorgeous! I love the herringbone pattern. It is so bright and beautiful!

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  36. That kitchen is begging for a personal chef to come mess it up for a few hours. I'm volunteering.

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  37. You're not kidding. I LOVE the herringbone tile. A really great touch. But my favorite is the window - it's just trimmed out beautifully, and the soft fabric colors make it extra special. Lucky people! Thanks for capturing this kitchen!
    -SF

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  38. We love the tile in this kitchen.

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  39. Lovely. I'm hoping to add a giant island in our new house. *fingers crossed*

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  40. What a wonderful space- the island chandelier and upholstered seating make it for me.

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  41. beautiful fresh uplifting kitchen. i especially like the stove, hood and herringbone tile design. Well done!

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  42. Beth Barfield is a VERY talented kitchen and bath designer! I would definitely recommend her!

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  43. I love the idea that you used a italian cabinet .
    thank you for nice post .


    cheer, :)

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  44. Such a beautiful kitchen! Nice to know that it's actually used, too - LOL. I think your friend and I have the same barstools! Those were perhaps the best thing I bought when we built our house. I love how they look and we use them all the time.

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  45. Love this more than words can say!!! Do you know what color they used on the cabinets? It is the perfect white - warm and soft, but bright - like it glows!

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