Friday, November 9, 2012

A colourful fairy land kitchen

Last Friday, I met up with Heather {Hi Heather!} from the blog Setting for Four at Starbucks/Chapters. While I tried to look cool and inconspicuous waiting for Heather, I nonchalantly flipped through a few magazines {which are conveniently located right next to Starbucks}. When I came across this kitchen, all my pretend coolness slipped away, because I’m pretty sure my mouth dropped open and  my eyes popped out of my head…

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Being the last person on earth without an iPhone and nothing to write on in my purse, I tried to remember something about the kitchen so I could Google it when I got home. Not a chance of remembering the designer’s name –  Elina Katsioula-Beall – but I did remember DeWitt Designer Kitchens and something about it being a fairy kitchen. That was enough to find out more about this awesome colourful kitchen that won the 2012 National Kitchen & Bath Association award for Green Design.

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The home owners were inspired by the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán, who is renowned for using colour to augment space and light in his designs. They wanted to create a fantasy fairy-like garden for their two daughters – the green cabinets and bright pink countertops are meant to evoke fuchsia flower beds. And the eco-friendly flooring fits nicely with the nature theme.

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A little bit of pretty turquoise around the corner – not really diggin’ the creepy figure on the counter, though!

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Also designed by Elina Katsioula-Beall, this colourful bathroom won the 2012 National Kitchen and Bath Association award for small bathrooms:

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It should come as no surprise that both these room can be found in this colourful house in Santa Monica, California:

Bath_of_the_Year_Katsioula-Beall_houseImages via Custom Home Online, KBB Online, Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes, Decor Girl

I’d love to know what you think – are the colours in and on this house too much or too cool?

On another note… thanks for all your sweet comments about Malcolm :-) He’s doing well in his new home and it looks like he and his new doggie brother are going to be best buds :-) I may have a little something{s} furry to share with you on Monday… ;-)

Happy weekend!

For more information on this kitchen, see Trends.
Kitchen photographs by Suki Medencevic

17 comments:

  1. Wow!!! That is a colorful house!!! I love it, but I don't think I could live in it! It might be too much on a daily basis for me. With that said though, my classroom was super colorful and I was in it everyday. Hmmmmm....

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  2. That sure is a lot of color! I need to digest this one a bit...but, first thoughts are, if the homeowners love it, more power to them!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The homeowners are definitely brave and not scared of colour! I agree, the main thing is that they love it. Personally, I think it's super-cool, but I don't think I could live with it.
      Kelly

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  3. To each their own Kelly, BUT ....... even though I do love colour and regardless that it won a Green Award, I personally would be sooooooooooooooooo tired of it within a week! -Brenda-
    P.S: Thanks for sharing it though. ºÜº

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    1. I'm with you there, Brenda - I couldn't live with this kitchen long-term. But it would be fun in a vacation home where you just spend a week or two at a time.
      Kelly

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  4. Wow! That is something! It looks really good, but definitely nothing I would ever do in my own home haha!

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  5. O M G not for me, maybe the bathroom, but the house and kitchen make me cringe

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  6. Kelly
    . Wowww is the colorful house!!!. the kitchen and the bathroom I love oi
    Thanks for sharing

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  7. Kelly, for me, I find this is too extreme. I do love colour but this is garish -- but that's me, of course. They'd have a tough time selling this house and would either have to make some big changes in colour or bring the price down big time when the time comes. Definitely not for me -- and I actually like colour. :)

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  8. Kelly,

    Ya know after a few cups of coffee in the morning and your out the door to work or head to the design studio you'd get use to it. It's like a movie set really for say Willie Wonka and the Chocolate factory?

    It won because you're speechless upon being in these spaces sort of like a color shock therapy lol.

    All in fun and stepping out of the box!

    Bette

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  9. It looks like they used a gelati bar as their paint chart - good fun !!

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  10. Wow! too much color for me except for the white bathroom. Thankfully there was a place to rest the eye! I am so curious to know who the homeowners are. I bet they're a lot of fun!

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    1. I think only fun people could live in a colourful home like this! I'd like to meet them :-)
      Kelly

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  11. Well that is a lot of colour. Definitely would get your attention. I personally couldn't live with it, but it's great that they love it. Our homes are supposed to represent ourselves so they must be a fun and colourful family!

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  12. Hey Kelly - it was so much meeting you at Starbucks! I can see why this kitchen won awards, it is a clever combination of colors! It takes a talented eye to put those color tones and hues in that particular combination. While those are not colors that I could have in my home (other than pillows or accessories) I do appreciate the 'design concept'! I do believe like Lisa said that your home should represent what you love so I am sure this homeowner is very happy!

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  13. This kitchen is ultra cool, though I have to say, its colours feel like a throw back to the '80s neon palette. I admire it for its design and forward thinking, but it's not one I could wake up to every day!

    PS - I don't have an iPhone either! I'm waaay off the grid on that one, but my family keeps threatening to put one under the tree for me!

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    1. I'm not even being threatened with an iPhone! To be honest, most of the time I'm OK with not having one. But every now and then, it's a pain in the butt not to be able to connect to the Internet. I may give in one day....
      Kelly

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