The Kitchen – It’s in the Details

It’s always the little details that make any project special. I spent an outrageously long time looking for the perfect knobs, lights, faucet, tile – you name it. As a result, when the right option came along, I absolutely knew it was the right thing.

The cabinets have bin pulls in different lengths so that they are in proportion to the door and drawer sizes. I chose a rectangular bin pull because it had more of a modern vibe than the classic rounded ones. Pulls like this are great in the kitchen because the way you open them keeps fingerprints and dirt off the doors.

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The knobs on the dining room cabinets are large in scale and have a wonderful concave surface. Notice how the drawers in the kitchen have a solid slab front, and the ones in the dining room have the Shaker detailing. I thought this, along with the different hardware and countertops, would help differentiate the kitchen from the dining room just a bit.



With all that black, white, and gray, a little bit of color is important (since we can only have that Halloween pumpkin out for a little while!). Here’s our fab orange teakettle and a close up of the backsplash. We are coffee people, so it’s pretty rare that we use the teakettle, but I love the pop of color it provides.

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One of the coolest things we used were these screwless switch plates:

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photo-2 (2)White plate on the wall. Notice this one also has a double switch on the right side – using one opening for two switches allowed us to use a smaller (4 opening instead of 5 opening) plate, so the wall is less cluttered with switches.

photo-3 Black plate on side of tall black pantry cabinet. (This is solid black, but photo shows glare from patio door next to switch!)

Once you see that clean look, the switch plates with screws in them are so hard to look at! Eventually I’d like to switch all the plates in the house over to this screwless style.

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The pendant lights in the dining room have Edison-style filament bulbs, a black cloth cord and shades that are mirrored on the underside. They look beautiful at night!


Here’s the dining room wall, complete with the mercury glass vase and Elk antler mentioned in my last post. The aged iron window-style mirror makes up for the fact that there’s no window on that big wall. The handsome fellow in the photo in the corner is my late grandfather, lifelong Boston resident. Every time I look at it I can just hear him say, “It’s awfully nice to see you!”

UPDATE: After I wrote the above post but before it had been published, my daughter upgraded the Elk antler by adding lights. I just had to share – it looks great!

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The details of the details:

Kitchen Pulls: Duluth Pull, Satin Nickel, 4″, 6″, 8″, Restoration Hardware

Dining Room Knobs: 1 1/4″ Asbury Knob, Satin Nickel, Restoration Hardware

Backsplash Tile: AlysEdwards Mod Rocks collection, 1×1 Mod Dot Mosaic blend  in Ebony, Flannel, Carrera. Purchased at Country Floors. (Grout Color: Delorean Gray)

Teakettle: Rachael Ray 2 qt. Curve Teakettle,

Wall Plates: Claro by Lutron,

Pendants: Reflector Filament 7½” Pendant in Polished Nickel, Restoration Hardware

Dining room mirror:

Antler lights: Starry String Lights, Diamond Lights on Silver Wire, 10 foot strand, purchased at Restoration Hardware Outlet.





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