Friday, July 18, 2008

Elements of a Christopher Peacock Style Kitchen

A sincere "Thank You!" to the Washington Post for including this post in your Blog Watch, July 24th, 2008!

In my quest to revamp my kitchen and pantry, I have studied countless Christopher Peacock Kitchens for inspiration. Because Christopher Peacock limits images which can be copied I was able to locate some of his work via Real Estate listings in Hampton, NY and Greenwich, CT. All the pictures below are from real estate listings which noted that the kitchen was designed by Christopher Peacock.

The signature Peacock White Scullery Kitchen. Counters are carrera marble with a white subway backsplash. Notice the pot filler behind the stove and high arc faucets. The pendant lights are usually hung in twos or threes. These lights are from Circa.


Another signature Peacock white kitchen. Cabinetry is inset and counters are soapstone. This kitchen also has High arc faucets and pot filler. Note that the stove hood design is similar. Also notice the notched corners on the island, both are signature Peacock styles. One interesting feature of this particular kitchen is the sink in the center island. I read an article where Peacock mentioned he does not generally prefer to have a sink in this location. He said he liked the center island sleek and unobstructed.




Another carrera marble kitchen. I love the darker wood floors with these cabinets, versus the lighter floors above. Notice the faucets are also high arc and brushed stainless. These particular faucets are KWC Systema style, very pricey. Also notice the ice box style hinges and latches on the doors. This kitchen has inset stainless steel drawers. I am not a fan of these, as a mother of two, I just could not keep them fingerprint free.


Here is a lovely Peacock kitchen in the Hampton's. These floors are not wood, but a lovely slate - very pretty. I love the butcher block and marble island. Notice the glass front subzero refrigerator. I love the color of this kitchen and the multiple surfaces; marble, soapstone, slate and wood.


These two pictures are from a Peacock kitchen that is in a new spec home in Greenwich. The floors are amazing! Notice the marble and soapstone counters; and classic bin pulls and latches on the cabinets. I like how you can see the microwave in the bottom right photo, but when you enter the kitchen it is hidden on the side by the refrigerator. Inset cabinetry, pot filler, subway tile - seeing some trends?



Here is a different style Peacock kitchen. This is from an older home. I think probably a kitchen done by Peacock before his White Scullery Kitchen got so popular. Notice the heavier mouldings on the door and corbels. Notice the apron front sink, classic white school house pendant lights and large wood cabinet knobs. I am not a huge fan of the green hood though.



Here is another one from the Hampton's. I love the warmth of this kitchen. Although a white kitchen, it does not have the starkness of some the others. The backsplash behind the stove is lovely. It is small marble bricks with an inset arch; nice touch. The ceiling and the fixtures lend a more rustic feel.



This kitchen is obviously more formal. I love the X cabinetry. Pendant lights, ice box latches, bin pulls, marble and soapstone complete the look. Another notched corner island with a rectangular sink.

All above photos MLS

Here is the final kitchen from the real estate listings, notice the backsplash behind the stove. Here they use a solid piece of marble - you really get to see the veining in the stone. Also note the center island with sink and wood top. Perhaps clients do not always agree that a center island should be unobstructed.






These two final kitchens are the only images from actual Christopher Peacock ads. The first kitchen is called the Refectory Kitchen. I love the pendant lights, similar to the lights in one of the kitchens above. In the second kitchen I love the backsplash behind the stove. The use of subway tile and then marble surround is beautiful and elegant. I love the way they flip the backsplash design on the side counter and use the marble surrounded by subway tiles. Notched center island again, marble counters, square style hood, bin pulls and latches. Classic and beautiful. No wonder its one of the most envied and most requested style kitchen in America today.

44 comments:

  1. just beautiful! great detective work.

    Joni

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  2. Fantastic posting! Thanks for finding all of these wonderful kitchens! Simply amazing kitchen designs -- so elegant but comfy and livable! A great reason to buy lottery tickets! LOL!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  3. Gina - congrats on your mention in the Washington Post!

    Linda

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  4. Oh my goodness, my heart stopped about 3 times while reading this post - best sexiest kitchens ever!! And that floor!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am using the CP white kitchens as a model as well for our kitchen. We are designing all the cabinets and having local craftsman make them. We've picked the appliances, sink and the countertop but I am seriously struggling with the floors!

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  5. Linda - Thanks so much for the heads up! Very exciting!

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  6. Great post. I have always loved the look of a crisp white kitchen, even before the Christopher Peacock style became the rage. My absolute favorite picture is the last one...I like everything about it.

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  7. YOU ARE THE BEST!!! Thanks for doing all the leg work and posting these fabulous kitchens!

    Karin

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  8. Congratulations Gina on your WP mention! Well deserved as this post is truly wonderful. The detailed work you put into each post is awesome!
    Millie ^_^

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  9. Thanks everyone for the kind words!

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  10. all images are beautiful , my favorite is the first one. lovely post, thanks for charing this posts.

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  11. What a fabulously comprehensive post! I have been trying to find these nickel pendant lights for clients here in Australia - will have to see if the companies you mentioned will ship to us. Thanks for leaving a "congrats" comment on our site - looks like you deserve one too. It was a great surprise to be mentioned on Washington post.

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  12. These are great kitchens for inspiration. I'd love to paint my cabinets white, short of actually getting a Peacock design.

    -Lana

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  13. Have you ever found a white paint that is comparable to the paint used in the CP white kitchen? Also, do you know if it is a matte finish?
    Thanks!

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  14. I have had great success with Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo. We have used both the oil (which I prefer - (though the whites tend to yellow over the years) and the latex. (non yellowing) I prefer a sprayed finish to a handbrushed one, but your painter can show you samples of both. Others have had success with Farrow and Ball, though both my cabinet maker and my painter have not had success spraying it and will only handbrsuh it. The finish is satin not matte. I prefer BM Dove White, BM Simple White or F&B Pointing, but any whites will work. Good Luck!!

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  15. Looking for the hardware, specifically the latches on the Scullery Kitchen. Any ideas?

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  16. susanne-
    please email directly - find my email in my profile.

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  17. I really enjoyed your collection of photos. I am actually a kitchen designer with a family owned custom cabinet shop. We just completed a CP inspired kitchen in the Main Line, Phila. area. It is beautiful! I tried to get idea's off of his web site but your collection of photos is much better. Keep us the good work.

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  18. Hi,
    I am also wondering if you know where you can find the Christopher Peacock like cabinet hardware and can't find your profile to find your email address. thanks! Jess

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  19. I love the Christopher Peacock kitchens, I will be renovating my kitchen soon. I will certainly use this pictures. I also love the walnut wood floors. Would you know what brand or where can I find flooring like it ?
    Thanks ! Tania

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  20. We just installed a CP complete kitchen. It's an old house so we went with his beautiful QS Oak. But the one thing you'll notice different about his kitchen look and all others are the proportions -- it's not just having white or oak cabinets made. It's that he realizes that a substantial "curb appeal" cabinet is one that has wide and thick stiles/rails and sides. You can't see it in the pix, but all his wood is a full inch thick. You never see anyone make a cabinet like that. He also uses full maple insides but with a beautiful 1" walnut top rim all the way around. There is also always a substantial base for the cabinets to sit on and a full featured crown of some sort. By the way, another neat thing he does is cabinets with wire mesh panels - he calls them pie cabinets. They are very unique and beautiful too. The difference between a standard cabinet and CP has a lot to do with that super thick and well proportioned wood he uses. Using the regular 1/2" or 3/4" just won't look the same.

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  21. I'm trying to find the lighting fixture used in the new Christopher Peacock ad in the May 2009 issue of Traditional Home magazine. It's a hanging square lantern with another lantern inside of it containing three candle bulbs. Any idea of who makes it? Pretty sure it's not Vaughn. Thanks so much!!!!

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  22. There is a company out of Utah (woodcraft mill & cabinet) that is doing a Christopher Peacock copy of a scullery kitchen in Atherton California. Just saw it last week (fantastic!!) and talked to the owner. Apparently they were about 1/2 the price of the Peacock bid. They also have the exact hinges, magnetic catches and ice box latches that are in the scullery kitchen in their s.f. showroom

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  23. wow that sounds amazing, tell me more. we are in LA and would love a scullery kitchen. He makes his own hardware so how do they get it?
    We have seen his work and nothing compares to it. All of the copy's are just that..copy's We have friends who did a Peacock kitchen in Chicago and they were surprised at the price thinking it would be a lot more than it was, actually it was around 75k for the cabinetry and it was a big kitchen.
    He is the best but not not sure we can afford to spend that given the new economy.

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  24. I think it is totally worth it. It is great for re-sale and the quality and design is just amazing.

    There isn't much mention of his paint company -- Christopher Peacock Paint www.peacockpaint.com. there are gorgeous colors and he has a Cupboard paint especially for cabinetry. The paint also comes in a primer, wall paint and trim.

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  25. The paint is actually Fine Paints of Europe, they just buy in bulk, repackage and rebrand it. The hardware comes from Merrit, and their largest reseller is White Chapel..you can buy the exact pulls and latches that they use, you can even get them engraved for minimal upcharge if you would like. There are no miracles here with what he is producing, I have been making the same stuff for years. But for a "name" kitchen you can not go wrong with CP, although I have heard that he sold the company back to his last employer Smallbones

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  26. where can I get those large drawer pulls, they are like 8" long. does anyone know.

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  27. I've always loved Peacock Cabinetry as well as Clive http://www.clive.com/. However, recently i came across Kingdom Woodworks, Their prices are a lot more competitive than both Peacock & Clive.

    Check them out - lots of images www.kingdomwoodworks.com

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  28. Hi, wonderful blog. The kitchens look fantastic. If you wouldn't mind, could I get the source for the ice-box style hinges you mentioned on the third photo from the top?

    Many thanks,

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  29. Marta.
    For all hardware questions please read my follow up post:
    http://willowdecor.blogspot.com/2009/06/hardware-in-christopher-peacock-kitchen.html
    Thanks,
    Gina

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  30. Gina, thank you so much for the resources. Love your blog.

    Thanks, Marta

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  31. I love the marble counter tops in the Christopher Peacock kitchens. How practical are they for a family of four that loves to cook?

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  32. Love the scullery kitchen and trying to do the same with our kitchen renovation but I'm overwhelmed by the wide variety of "white" paint chips. Any idea what the Benjamin Moore equivalent is to a CP white?

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  33. Willow... in CP white kitchens is the hardware PN, BSN or PC? the ones with the ice box latches??? ajard from gardenweb

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  34. Brilliant designing!I've gotten a fresh feeling.

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  35. Could you please tell me the lighting name in the Christopher Peacock Kitchen ad for May 2009 Traditional home ad. I saw you said it was located for velvet and linen.

    Thank You

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  36. Check out the October 2010 issue of Traditional Home. Christopher Peacock's actual kitchen is highlighted.

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  37. What is the finish on the hardware in the CP kitchen...chrome or P Nickel...thanks RGB

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  38. I love the CP kitchen in picture number 8 (white Hampton's kitchen, with wood ceiling). Where can I find more infomation/pictures about this kitchen?

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  39. Amy idea of the wood and how it is protected on the island?

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  40. You blog was very informative and has great photos. I saw a few other people were trying to find hardware like what was shown is some of the spaces and The Knobbery in Arlington Heights, IL is a great resource for these looks. Happy remodelling everybody!

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  41. Your blog is fabulous. I am wondering if you know the width of the "legs" on his island? And the knotted ends on the islands, in our research did you ever learn the dimensions of the notches? 1 1/2 inches maybe? Thanks!!!

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  42. Peacock uses hardware from Martin's in the UK. Can't remember the width on island legs, but they are made of 1" MDF. Nothing special about the paint they use...

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  43. Any suggestions for a stainless steel sink to go w/ this style of kitchen. Everyone is pushing the zero radius but I'm not sure I love it!

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