Monday, August 30, 2010

A Tale of Two Kitchens

It is always interesting to me to see how different two similar spaces can look. I wanted to share with you this wonderful restoration of an Edwardian Duplex in San Francisco by Marsh and Clark Design. By altering the choices of cabinets, furniture and lighting these nearly identical kitchens each become unique spaces. Designer, Stephanie Marsh Fillbrandt created the first kitchen in a more formal tone with ebony cabinets, marble backsplash and marble counters.
The second kitchen in lighter tones has a more relaxed look. Notice that the space and layout are almost the same but the feel is very different.
This first unit lacked a formal dining room. In this case, it was important to have the dining area and the kitchen itself, take on a more formal atmosphere. The lighting and furniture choices are more dressy and sophisticated. Notice the upholstered chairs, chandelier and pendant lights, all would be equally at home in a dining room.
I love the contrast of the white marble against the dark cabinets. Also notice the steel counter stools. I love the sleek contemporary feeling of this space.
The other unit had a formal dining room, so the kitchen was designed to have a more relaxed, informal feeling. By choosing warmer wood tones and wall colors you immediately can see this space has a completely different feeling than the kitchen above. It is interesting to note that the backsplash and counters are the same marble as the kitchen above.
Rattan and wood chairs, small pendant lights and textured shade chandelier give the kitchen a more warm and relaxed feeling. Here you peek into the dining area. The side area of this kitchen doubles as a wet bar for the dining room. This is a wonderful example of changing wood tones, lighting and furnishings and transforming two almost identical kitchens into two very different spaces. Click here to see more wonderful projects from Marsh and Clark Design.
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Finally, after a short hiatus to spend more time this summer focusing on my family, bi-weekly posts at Willow Decor will begin again in September. Recharged, refreshed and more inspired than ever! Exciting things lie ahead!! Glad to be back!!

22 comments:

  1. Wow that is fascinating - great post. For interest's sake, I prefer the more formal one I think.

    Katie

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  2. This is fun seeing the difference between the two kitchens. I also prefer the more formal kitchen it just looks a little more updated. Thanks for sharing and Happy Sunday!

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  3. This is fun seeing the difference between the two kitchens. I also prefer the more formal kitchen it just looks a little more updated. Thanks for sharing and Happy Sunday!

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  4. Olá! Ficou muito bom!!Eu gosto de cozinhas mais tradicionais, com pequenos toques modernos.
    Parabéns.
    bjosss

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  5. So interesting to see the differences. Both are beautiful spaces. It is fun to see how the spaces can have the same layout, backsplash and even flooring(?) and yet have a completely different feel. Thanks for sharing:)

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  6. When we build a duplex to sell I always do them completely different. They may look like the same home on the exterior but I want to create a different feel and vibe once you walk in the door. One white kitchen, one ebony stained, marble vs. granite, chrome vs. bronze, it really is a lot of fun!

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  7. We've missed you! Glad you were able to have some quality family time!

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  8. Love the post. My preference too is for the more formal example - in fact looking for some similar chairs in England for my own dining room! But love how such similar spaces can have such different appeals. Thanks. x

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  9. Glad you are back! Interesting how they feel different. I do prefer a more traditional style .

    have a great sunday

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  10. Wow, I can't believe the differences! I happen to like the lighter, less formal one. Amazing how similar spaces can accommodate such different tastes!

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  11. Omigosh I love the white marble!! How gorgeous!! and the chandelier! looks so perfect!

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  12. The formal for me more sleek and sophisticated!!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  13. oh wow, I prefer the more glam one, but would be happy with either because they both look great to me!

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  14. I love the arched curves,the clean lines and proportions here. The contrasting color palette in each rooms are just fabulous!!With the right accessories this would be perfect!Glad you share. thanks inspiring Blog.

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  15. Gina,

    So good to have you back! Are you busy finding spots in your home for all your new beach shells? (:

    Both nice kitchens. And you are right -- it is interesting and fun to see identical rooms with different looks. But I still think of your kitchen when I think of lovely kitchens!

    Love to you, willow sis

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  16. Wow...unbelievable...just shows what a difference interior design can make!

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  17. both these kitchens are absolutely great looking, i fell in love with them as they personify style plus a great working environment

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  18. Wonderful recommendations! I am building my own website www.macbdecor.com & truly appreciate your inspiration! I look forward to subscribing...

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  19. by the way, got some housecleaning done and finally put you on my blogroll. have a great weekend!

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  20. Very interesting. Autumn greetings from Finland

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  21. While I appreciate the beauty of the Tudors; they certainly are charismatic, there is something austere about them which is off-putting, at least the exteriors are. The one picture I remember seeing of your house, it was more inviting, warmer. And finally, that is one fancy mud-room!

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