New House Diary: Kitchen Inspiration

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Today I am jetting off to High Point, NC, for High Point Market, the World’s Largest Furniture Market. It’s a great place to see the latest trends in home furnishings and since I need several new pieces of furniture, rugs, accessories, and more for my own new home and for clients, I have plenty on my to-do list while I’m there.

But before I start thinking about furniture, it’s time to start thinking about kitchens – my kitchen.

Here are a few of my favorite kitchen inspirations…


(from My Ideal Home)


(from Willow Decor)


(design by Andrew Raquet Interior Design | image by Jose Picayo | as seen in Clover Magazine)


(design by Studio Isle)


(design by Haynes-Roberts, via Elle Decor)


(design by Benjamin Dhong)


(from Better Homes & Gardens)


(from Shannon Darby Design)


(from New England Home)


(design by Anne Schlechter via House Beautiful)


(design by Michelle Workman via Veranda)

While at High Point Market, I am speaking to a group of design professionals at Lexington Home Brands with my friend Krissa Rossbund, Senior Style Editor at Traditional Home magazine. Krissa and I are sharing tips on how to get published. One thing I know is that Krissa is a bit tired of white kitchens. Of course it’s always classic, but from an editorial standpoint, it’s a little overexposed.

So what do you think: Which kitchen design above do you like? And what about color? I still love a white kitchen, but do you think I should mix things up a bit with gray or even another more bold color in my kitchen cabinetry, like blue or chartreuse? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

Wishing you a great weekend. I’ll be shopping away for furniture in High Point.


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10 Responses to New House Diary: Kitchen Inspiration

  1. KATHYSUE says:

    Since we are in the middle of redoing our kitchen I can tell you exactly what I love because we just did it in our own home. It is a simple re-do with new sink, counters and faucet, but boy oh boy did it make a huge difference.
    I have what I call depression era green cabinets. A nice warm green that you would have seen in the 1940s. It is Northern Green from Pratt & Lambert. They are now topped with beautiful slabs of Carrara marble. I am in love with the new look.
    I can see color in your new kitchen since you are my go to color gal!!
    Have a great trip!

  2. Jacqueline says:

    I think the amount of color depends on whether you want it to be a representation of your work (to be photographed) or if you want a kitchen that you will not grow tired of while you are doing everyone else’s kitchen. Both are beautiful, and you do white in a very colorful way!

  3. Karena says:

    Tobi we really love the same things ….there are several kitchens here that I absolutely adore!

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  4. Linda says:

    I always thought I had to have a white kitchen until I moved and my new kitchen has dark cabinets. I love them more and more every day.

  5. Karen T. says:

    There is something about each and every kitchen here that is beautiful! I think one would have to really give a lot of thought to that one special kitchen that he/she will have to be in every single day. The kitchen with the yellow on the island cabinets and the last kitchen with grey cabinets are particularly attractive to me. But, I personally think I would opt for a beautiful all white kitchen with marble and subway tiles. There are so many ways to impart color (in the stools at the island, linen and china collections, and even the small appliances if one chooses). This way one may not tire of their expensive kitchen reno so quickly, and they also can easily change their kitchen decor with the seasons, for holidays, etc. without much hassle or color clashes. My personal favorites above are the Andrew Raquet and the Benjamin Dhong kitchens.

  6. Carole says:

    The all white kitchens are the most timeless! I love all the colors and they are beautiful for a while, but if you have a limited budget all white is the way to go and change the color with accents of chairs or accessories.

  7. franki says:

    Your frequent flyer miles must be amazing!! I ‘m so weary of white kitchens so curious to know what kind of “twist” you will do with YOUR kitchen. Which door will she choose….hmmmm…. franki

  8. Diane Dyhan says:

    All of these kitchens are fabulous and I would never grow tired of white cabinets and marble counters. I prefer white grout with white subway tiles. The tile floors in Anne Schlecter kitchen speak to me and I really like brushed gold hardware on the cabinets. I think that you’ll get plenty of grey from the marble so using color on a large island with a marble top, with edges designed like Andrew Raquet’s kitchen would be my choices. The yellow barstools really make smile too so I would bring in color and pattern on those pieces. One more thing, the ceiling in the kitchen featured in New England home…love, love, love.

  9. Victoria says:

    I still love a beautiful white kitchen. Even if Krissa thinks they are “overexposed,” if you love something, you love seeing it a lot! I love a bit of certain shades of gray, something about it in a kitchen doesn’t inspire me, but that’s just me. But white with a bold color is vibrant like the food you are preparing and eating. I can see Tobi Fairley’s kitchen in white with a bold green, blue or yellow. Whatever you come up with, I’m sure we will love how you put it all together. Living vicariously through your kitchen design right now as we have put ours off for another year. Our master bath shower leaked so we are getting a new master bath instead. Wish you were designing it! But I’m learning from you, so I can’t wait for the final reveal.

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