8.31.2011

brass in the kitchen

Brass has made a comeback in a major way, but many of you are still apprehensive.
Give it a chance!  

Besides thinking of the work I'm doing for clients, I am constantly dreaming of ideas for the changes in my own home.  Lately, I am thinking of these for when we "do" our kitchen.
This example is what made my head spin.  
Ikea cabinets and brass hardware make this kitchen amazing.  Notice she used a stainless faucet and hood, but tied the metals together with the spectacular fixture over the fireplace.  Could you die over the brass baseboards?  I wonder what they used.  She also has my dream floor: herringbone wood floors.  DREAM.
Another example of mixing metals, this time chrome and brass. 
 I've never seen subway tile with dark grout I didn't like!  
I even like the brass with other colors besides white.

Clean, simple, vintage and right up my alley.  Although I tend to not have much on my counters.
I am crazy for this light.  Crazy.  
I love how it stands out against the grey cabinets.
Love this one too.
Here are more stainless appliances mixed with brass and painted cabinets.  Love.
Do you like any of these kitchens?  
I'm working on two client kitchens right now, soon to be three, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you!  In the meantime, I'll be dreaming about painting my own cabinets, changing the backsplash, and adding new hardware.  So thankful I get to do this!

Sidenote: This arrived on my doorstep yesterday.
It's breathtaking in person.  I originally ordered it ages ago for our dining room but when I unrolled it in its full glory, the background color is almost identical to our new living room walls!  Now I need about six more yards to magically appear. ;-)

17 comments:

  1. Love them all. Brass has my full attention lately. So classy. Love your new fabric too. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  2. Abby I have always loved brass, and against white it is wonderful!! The pendant is very cool!

    Oh your dining fabric is gorgeous! Or is it wallpaper (its early for me)

    Come and join my new fashion Giveaway from Fresh Produce!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  3. I love unlacquered brass. But I lost the fight with my husband when it came time to replace our kitchen cabinet hardware. So I'm stuck with chrome.
    Your new fabric is beautiful! But on my screen the background color looks aqua. I thought your living rooms walls were white.

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  4. I agree brass is back! I love the inspiration photos you found! It is so hard not to want to change your space when you change others all day... it will come! Love the fabric!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

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  5. Well you know I LOVE brass in the kitchen- all of my hardware is brass with stainless for appliances...I think it's gorgeous and agree, that first kitchen is the best I have ever seen in a magazine. Apparently the kickplates are vintage salvage...they're amazing!!! So yes, I'm all for brass in the kitchen.

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  6. Abby, I'm so with you! Love brass details! x S

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  7. abby, i share the same love for brass! i love mixing metals and herringbone floors!!! that first kitchen image is GORGEOUS!!! i am in love with those brass base boards. your living room looks amazing btw!
    xo -kristi bishop

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  8. Great photos. Love the brass on the cabinets!

    'Please visit our new website www.tableandtop.com'

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  9. We are too much alike!!! That is my #1 inspiration kitchen... I DIE over the kickplates! Also... just got that same fabric to use in my mother-in-law's house!

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  10. I was just hunting for throw pillows in the Dwell fabric yeterday on Etsy. I just can't bring myself to spen $70 on a pillow. I'm sure I'll cave eventually!

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  11. I love all that brass...so glamorous. Funny thing is, I spray painted my brass chandy in the dining room last year...now I'm adding as much gold as I can to my house?!?!? how can i change my mind so completely, and so quickly?!

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  12. It's amazing how trends come and go. Thankfully, old trends return with a different twist. Where's the hunter green? Noooo!!

    This is truly a beautiful kitchen! Gorgeous!

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  13. The brass details are gorgeous! Love that it's back in a more modern way.

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  14. Dang. I put brass in my white kitchen in 1993......then changed it to iron and now chrome a glass. I might have to miss the brass this time!!! Love the Dwell fabric.

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  15. I never stopped loving antique and burnished brass even though it was out for a while. It's too classic to dismiss. These are great images of mixing.

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  16. Seriously? I'm still taking brass off to replace with brushed nickel. I can't believe its coming back already! Aw well, I'm still lovin' the nickel or bronze!

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Abby Manchesky Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby Manchesky Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com | 616.719.9400

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