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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Kitchens For Sunny Living

We are currently smack dab in the middle of tearing out all of the kitchen flooring here at Storybook Cottage. The refrigerator is currently sitting out on the back porch. #stayclassy

But instead of focusing on the inconvenience I prefer to be inspired by lovely summer kitchens.

One Kings Lane Southampton Store

Now this first kitchen is not an actual kitchen at all. It is a space designed by Sarah Blank Design for the One Kings Lane Southampton store. However there are so many elements to love in the space. Let’s start with the hand painted light fixtures. (I spy a DIY.)

One Kings Lane Southampton Store

This tranquil kitchen color palette just instantly makes one feel cooler on a hot summer day.

Hello again! I know, I know, I am completely unpredictable as to when I write my posts here, there is no rhytm at all in my writing, but never mind! My short summer vacation is getting closer and closer and I can't help thinking of beaches and seaside hous:

Crisp clean white also provides a bit of classic cool.

The keys to creating a fresh summer kitchen are very similar to the suggestions I made last week in the summer bedroom decorating ideas post.

Clear away excess clutter.

Breezy Summer House On Lake Wisconsin Clad In Chic Modern Rustic Style:

Use light or cool toned colors.


Add seasonal accents such as garden flowers or fresh fruit.


Remove heavy drapery and leave window bare or cover with a sheer panel or bamboo blinds.


A bit of rattan or bamboo always provides a happy touch of tropical flair.

Coastal kitchen | Allison Paladino Interior Design:

While a pretty lemonade vignette can work wonders too.

Photo: Anthony Tieuli | | from 6 Before-and-After Kitchen Cabinets:

For many people a summer kitchen means an outdoor kitchen. This is a pretty example of such a space.  

French outdoor kitchen, one of

A kitchen that is somewhat both indoor and outdoor is also such fun. 


How about a summery backsplash?

Our ever popular "Are We There Yet?" mural shown in 18"x18".  #wetdogtileco…:

It would be perfect at a beach house.

This custom 18"x18" handmade mosaic kitchen backsplash has a matching 4" border that wraps around a good portion of this beautiful kitchen. Using glass, stone, and various glazed ceramic pieces, we created this mural + border combo and we think it fits this kitchen pretty well! #wetdogtile:

I can’t  WAIT to share my summer kitchen with you once the flooring is finished!


Linking to:

Inspire Me Monday, Merry Monday,The Scoop, A Stroll Thru Life, Savvy Southern Style, Share Your Style, Vintage Charm Party, Thursday Favorite Things, The Inspiration Gallery, French Country Cottage, Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, Foodie Friday, Best Friday Feature,The SITS Girls, Funky Junk Interiors, Sundays At Home, Happiness Is Homemade


Eilis said...

How exciting to be getting new flooring! In the meantime, I guess cold drinks are convenient when you are in the backyard.... Love your inspiration photos.

Linda said...

I'm sure your flooring is going to be lovely. :)

Love the kitchen ideas, though I'm most partial to the first couple of photos and those hand-painted light fixtures, which got me thinking that someday we really need to replace the old broken plastic light box that we still have in our 17 year old kitchen. I also like the idea of the oriental rug with muted colors underneath the kitchen island and I think I may try something like that in our worn-out kitchen. I like to clear out clutter too and have nearly empty counters but that's a task that I haven't really been able to accomplish in our house because it's such a small home that there really isn't any place for things other than the counters in some cases.

Jeanie said...

These are all so light and inspiring. And big. I could use another half-a-kitchen added to mine! Very clean and lovely. Beautiful vignettes. And I'm such a sucker for blue!

Botanic Bleu said...

All of the kitchens are refreshing rooms for summer. I am in love with the bar stools in the white kitchen and the rustic plate rack in the outdoor French kitchen. Are we surprised I love the French elements?! 😉
I also love Eilis's observation that cold drinks are convenient in the back yard. Can relate...When we redid our floors this spring, the refrigerator was in the living room.


Mildred said...

Kitchen renovations are tough but the end result will be worth it. I look forward to you sharing, Laura. Since the woods surrounding our mountain home have turned green, I eagerly removed curtains from the windows....I love being able to watch the birds/squirrels and see the sun set from the kitchen.
Wishing you a lovely day.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Can't wait to see your new floors.

Kristi Wheeler said...

I love all of these kitchens! I would feel lucky to have any of them. I really love that shell backsplash. It's very original! #ThursdayFavoriteThings

Sandra Lee said...

I could live happily ever after with either of these kitchens. The photos provide lots of inspiration, thank you!

Auntie Em said...

New flooring is a pain while you are going through installation but what a lovely feeling when its all finished and your home is back in place. And the kitchen is the biggest household upset of all, unless you only have one bathroom! lol
Love the painted lampshades and those little turtles with the glass'bubbles' are so adorable in the tiles. My kitchen is still off white. I have to decide a colour soon but this way I can dream and think and plan on what the final look will be.
Have fun and while the kitchen is being redone its take out, restaurants or if you are really lucky, dinner invitations for a home cooked meal at a good friends or loving relative. :)

Katie Mansfield said...

I can't wait to see. Great inspiration photos.

Katherines Corner said...

looking forward to your kitchen reveal. Thank you for sharing at TFT. Pinned and you were featured today. xo

Gentle Joy said...

Those kitchens are wonderful... I especially like the blues and greens. Lovely. :)