How would you feel about having your kitchen designed with brand new, classic, vintage style, frost free, Energy Star-rated kitchen appliances that are made and assembled right here in the U.S.A?
Let me repeat that again- Made in the U.S.A kitchen appliances!
Now that I have your attention…. How fantastic is that?
Take a quick peek at what we are about to explore…
Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 2001, I now introduce to you, Big Chill.
Doesn’t this lovely shade of blue contrast nicely against the traditional style white cabinetry and the gorgeous gray/ blue veining in the countertop selection?
The next question I have for you is how do you feel about Pantone’s Colors of the Year for 2016?
You know- Rose Quartz and Serenity?
I know some of you are feeling a bit apprehensive about them while many others are completely enamored with Rose Quartz and Serenity. I must admit, I do understand the sentiments on both ends of the spectrum. The aim here is to provide a fresh viewpoint of how Rose Quartz and Serenity will beautifully work in kitchen design.
The kitchen truly is the heart of every home.
Even if colored kitchen appliances really aren’t your thing… you have to admit that Beach Blue is a gorgeous color.
Don’t you think so?
For those of you with neutral color preferences, you have options too. With over 200 colors to choose from and Big Chill with the ability to custom make colors specific to your needs, there are plenty of options for the neutral lovers as well as those who would prefer vivacious bold color in their kitchen.
When I was asked to write this post for Big Chill and design a kitchen- you know I was going to invent a way to incorporate a faux finish into the design.
I would opt to use the backsplash as an opportunity to add a luxurious layered finish using a scallop mosaic stencil pattern, finishing the edges with a touch of genuine polished marble bullnose trim. A little further ahead I will dish about my feelings regarding marble. Backsplashes are a great area to pull in a touch of color without overwhelming a space with a kaleidoscope of color. Instead, the backsplash with the scalloped mosaic provides an opportunity to unite the colors from the appliances into the overall theme of the kitchen and it adds an interesting textural element without being overpowering to the senses.
To complete the cooking range, I discovered a complimentary brushed steel stove hood that picks up on the chrome hardware in Big Chills 36″ Retro gas stove. The curvilinear lines of the hood lent a bit of old world style to the cooking space, complimenting but also countering the sleek vintage lines of the classic retro style stove. The hood can be found on My Rustica.
Another selling point for me is that this sleek colorful hunk of a stove comes complete with a convection oven fan. I currently have a convection oven. I don’t know how in the world I ever lived without one. Avid bakers and chefs already know the virtues of cooking in a convection oven.
Simply put- A convection fan is the secret to faster cooking times and more even cooking through the dispersion of heat. The fan continuously circulates hot air over and around food also resulting in more even browning, less hot spots, and the need to rotate pans several times throughout the cooking process. This feature alone is worth its weight in gold.
Due to natural moisture that food contains there is a higher humidity level inside of regular ovens. Convection ovens utilize an exhaust system to filter old air out while bringing new air in, then evenly dispersing it around the oven. The result is faster cook times at lower temperatures and energy efficiency that saves money over the long run.
Even with a fashionable Big Chill dishwasher nostalgic of the 50’s era, we still have an unfortunate need for kitchen sinks. I’m pretty sure every French Country kitchen needs a fluted farmhouse sink with a convenient pull down single handle water faucet.
Getting back to the earlier mentioned marble discussion…
I do love a few touches of marble in design. It never fails to add elegance and luxurious touches to any space. However, using marble throughout a kitchen would not work for me.
It comes down to this- stains drive me crazy!
That concern coupled with a severe lack of desire to be in an ongoing relationship with countertops is what led me to discover a marble look alike.
Check out this marble look alike quartz countertop instead.
This is a countertop that comes without the worry of stains but still retains the character of marble. This white quartz option is something I would definitely consider using in my home.
The samples of look alike marble pictured below is the same image pictured above and also in the image with the chunk of a refrigerator from the Big Chill Retropolitan line. Don’t forget- this is a frost free fridge! This new refrigerator design definitely surpasses the models from yonder years. You know… back before I was even alive. As if I personally know about chiseling ice. Pfft. I only know of shoveling snow since I live in Alaska, but I do recall watching my elders set up for the daunting task of defrosting a freezer. Good thing I was so little that I wasn’t enlisted to help. Though, I am recalling a vague memory of someone poking a giant hole through the freezer with an ice pick too.
Those of you who remember such things a bit more vividly might need to share your terribly-not-so-funny-then-but-they-are-now stories with me. You know I love a good story like this the one about this shabby romantic shelf . Incidentally, I need to finish telling that story now that the holidays have passed.
Come on, give me the scoop. In the spirit sharing within the theme of this post- vintage classic retro kitchen appliances- do dish the details of your experiences with chiseling freezer ice.
Of course every kitchen design must include essential design elements such as flooring, area rugs, gorgeous chandeliers, and cabinet hardware.
I opted to go with a dark walnut hickory engineered hardwood flooring to anchor the space. I talked a little bit about how just a touch of a dark color can ground a living space back when I was styling a French Country dining table that I refinished in a classic black paint finish.
While I was shopping for this kitchen design project, I discovered a beautiful Turkish area rug that has since sold out. A link to the supplier will be in the source list below. They have unequivocally gorgeous floor coverings!
When it came to selecting cabinet hardware I decided the gold finish was a must have essential. A silver finish would work just as well, but I am fond of the current home design trend of mixing of metal finishes. Typically, I do not follow or even care for trends, but every once in a while one comes along that I can get on board with. I give two thumbs up to the mixing of metal finishes in interior design.
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The finishing touches are in the dishes, stemware and a couple of pretty colored candles.
A Kitchen Aid mixer in Ice Blue is an essential for cooking. Plus the color of the mixer pairs well with Beach Blue. Of course a chrome finish or pink, even pale butter yellow would look lovely as well. Rose Quartz is brought in through the stemware and candles. They compliment and contrast against Big Chill kitchen appliances. Other color options are cream, white, pale yellow, even a lovely shade of coral or orange would be a fun unexpected way to include additional colors.
The bar stool with neutral linen-like fabric and tufting in the wing back chair style is reminiscent of home styling fashions during the 1950’s. Tufting is always the way to go when wanting to incorporate textural elements and a dash of functional elegance into a living space. The espresso finish on the legs of the barstool blend well with the walnut hickory flooring selection.
A collection of styles from various eras and periods are pulled together while retaining a bit of more of a contemporary French Country style. My goal was to retain French country style but also make it work with the retro lines of Big Chill appliances. This kitchen design was a fun challenge. It pushed design boundaries and made me look beyond the types of design elements that I am typically drawn towards. This kitchen design is certainly one to love and create memories in for many years to come. Now that I have completed the task of designing the kitchen around retro appliances, I can say with certainty that this kitchen is one that I would very much enjoy working in.
Can you answer a couple of questions for me in the comments? In addition to hearing your ice chiseling stories, I would love to hear your thoughts on a couple of things-
-Could this Pantone Color of the year inspired kitchen design be the heart of your home?
-Would you go for brightly colored appliances or stick with standard colors; black, white, stainless steel?
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