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Montage: 24 Kitchens with Built-In + Hidden Microwaves

Lately I’ve been receiving a rash of press releases from appliance companies, like GE and Miele, as well as stores that deal in appliances, such as Home Depot and Tesco. Although I’m a fan of a great appliance (I love my Bosch dishwashers, for example),  I haven’t ever really covered that segment of the home market here. I probably won’t be doing thorough cross-comparisons of stainless steel refrigerators or ultra-quiet dishwashers any time soon, I can certainly showcase well-designed kitchens that display such appliances to perfection.

So let’s start with microwaves. The design of these 24 kitchens thoughtfully incorporate its microwave ovens. The microwaves are built-in beautifully, whether tucked into an island or stacked with a traditional oven, flush with the cabinetry. Other microwaves are hidden behind doors in dedicated appliance pantries, perhaps combined with a coffee station. I’m not sure I’d want to have to open a cabinet door every time I used my microwave.

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J.A.S. Design-Build

I expected to spot the microwave behind the frosted glass barn door, but the microwave in this kitchen is in the island, just under the black countertop. That desk behind the barn door is nifty though.

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IKEA

This sleek IKEA kitchen lines the appliances on a  wall of walnut cabinetry that is oddly perpendicular to the island. Maybe it’s just for show.

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Kitchen Architecture

This glossy white Bulthaup kitchen features an appliance garage and two wall ovens; I think one’s a microwave.

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Sliding Door Company

Another kitchen in which the appliance wall is perpendicular to the  island. Check out the fridge? drawer at the bottom of the island too.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Jade green kitchen cabinets with a microwave in a cabinet with a slide in door, as though it’s an armoire hiding a television. It’s the exact size of the microwave. What happens if it needs to be replaced and that model’s been discontinued?

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Photo by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Smitten Studio

I love the brass pulls and expanse of marble, and the larger size of this built-in microwave oven.

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Brayer Design    Photo by Nick Smith

Mini microwave in a tall black wood pantry cabinet, along with a toaster, and coffee maker.

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Minosa Design    Photo by Simon Kenny

A thoroughly contemporary kitchen that hides everything, microwave included.

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Project M+  •  Photo by Mimi Giboin

A compact plan, but the handle on the door of the microwave seems like it would impede usability at the counter.

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Divine Design + Build

I like the look of all the compartments in this contemporary wood kitchen, but hide-and-seek comes with a price. Doesn’t it take that much more time to remember where the appliances are, and open and shut the cabinets?

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The microwave in this kitchen, which is at once classic and a touch glam, is in a tall cabinet off to the side. I like how the appliances all sport a monochromatic brushed chrome finish.

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Modern House Architects

A hard-working appliance wall. Seems efficient to me.

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Alison Davin of Jute  •  Photo by Drew Kelly

Another microwave in a cabinet. The mixer display is lovely, but one can’t possibly create a batch of muffins in there.

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The microwave in this classic white kitchen is on the front side of the island. Seems inconvenient.

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via Zillow Digs

I love this pantry. But I think you’d have to get down on your knees to access that built-in microwave.

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Jenna Sue Design

I like how this built-in microwave is completely flush with the island.

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Design Dump

Apparently this built-in microwave is not a custom feature, but a DIY solution.

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The Sky is the Limit Design

I love how large this cabinet is, and that the microwave has room to breathe.

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Photo by Julian Wass for This Old House

Pretty blue cabinets and a convenient service area off to the side of the fridge.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Microwave slotted into a tall cabinet. Doesn’t it get hot in there?

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Wendy Johnson of Designs for Living    New England Home

Ah, this coffee station pulls out for ease of use.

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Yvonne Eijkenduijn  

The microwave in this charming Nordic style kitchen is behind a clear glass door.

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SHED Architecture & Design

The microwave is hidden, but it looks hard to use. That gray brick is cool though.

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Photo by David Fenton for This Old House

Doesn’t the microwave get more use than the oven. Nobody pulls a door over that.

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Montage: 24 Rooms with Cork Floors (Plus My Own)

The cork floors have been installed in our Florida condo! And the walls are all a bright, sparkly white. So happy. The cork floor is amazing. It feels good under my feet (it’s not squishy though, more like a pressboard with a coating, like you’d find as the backing of a picture frame, as unappealing as that sounds), cleans well, and looks cool.

I was worried that the 1’x3′ tiles would read too traditional, but the look is practically seamless. There are a number of manufacturers of cork tile out there, in different shapes, colors, and finishes, though I chose the plainest one possible. (I wouldn’t have minded a lighter color, but this is probably more practical.)

The cork floor has the funky, almost unfinished loft look of the plywood floor I had been contemplating, but is much better in terms of feel and durability. The price was very reasonable. They even installed new sharp-edged baseboards. I’m thrilled. Thanks to Steve Gee/Tiffany’s Flooring for doing an impeccable job.

Cork Floors In South Florida Condo

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot
New cork floor in Florida condo.

M O R E   C  O R K  F L O O R S

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Wicanders

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DISC Interiors

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Good Housekeeping

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Real Cork Floors

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This Old House  •  Photo by Susan Teare

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Christina Simon  •  Apartment Therapy

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein

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Photo by Leela Cyd Ross

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Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein

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Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Butler Armsden Architects

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Tom Scheerer  •  Elle Decor •  Photo by William Waldron

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Sunset Magazine

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Real Cork Floors

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Design Sponge

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Design Sponge  •  Photo by Emily Gilbert

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House & Home

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Better Homes & Gardens

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Real Cork Floors

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Real Cork Floors

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Montage: 20 Vintage Bathroom Vanities

I tend to skew towards a modern aesthetic and certainly in the bathroom, where function, ease, and cleanliness is crucial. A year ago (it feels like yesterday), I posted  Montage: 20 Bathrooms with Modern Vanities along with Get the Look: 28 (Mostly) Modern Bathroom Vanities, precipitated by my lamenting our atrocious pink and nude bathroom in Delray Beach. (Yeah, I know, a flesh-toned Florida bathroom is better than no Florida bathroom!)

There are so many modern vanity options—I particularly like this style of natural wood modern bathroom vanity that hangs on the wall. Of course, I’m always up for a classic white marble bathroom too. If we ever redo the Boston bathroom (my biggest home decor wish), that’s probably the way we’ll go, given the style in these parts.

 Today I thought I’d play with a more vintage look, at least here on the blog. Designers who favor an antique, country, or rustic feel, often use a chest, console, or other interesting cabinet as a bathroom vanity. While an old chest could be annoying, with sticking drawers and peeling paint, a console table with a shelf running along the bottom is a great idea, since it provides storage for towels or baskets, without being blocky.

Here are 20 examples of vintage bathroom vanities that still manage to look fresh.

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Kali Cavanagh
Photo by Armelle Habib for Inside Out

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Ekenstam

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Photo by Fabienne Delafraye

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BHG

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Antonio Martins  •  California Home + Design 

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Light Locations

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This Old House  •  Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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BHG

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BHG

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via Home Bunch

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Home of Zoé de la Cases  •  Photo by Morten Holtum

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New England Home

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Meghan Stroebel

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Stylist Tahani Aiesh of Steen & Aiesh

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BHG

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Kelly Abramson Architecture

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Paola Navone
Photo by Max Zambelli for Elle Decor Italia

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Studio Farris Architects

Darryl Carter’s Townhouse

Darryl Carter’s D.C. townhouse
Photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor

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Fine Print: 25 Best Design Books of 2012

The constant stream of books into my home may be the best perk of being a blogger. While I’ve been aiming to pare down my possessions, I still revel in the glossy pages of beautifully photographed rooms. It helps that I have a rather grand set of built in bookshelves in my living room, which looks best when full. Then of course there’s the console table behind the sofa that needs a stack, and the coffee table (a Heywood-Wakefield with a top that turns, inherited from my husband’s grandparents). A couple of these don’t squarely fall in the design category, and I don’t actually own every one, but I did browse and love them all.

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STEVEN GAMBREL DESIGN BOOK RIZZOLI 2012

Steven Gambrel Time & Space, Abrams 2012

PLAYFUL HOME KIDS ROOMS ANDREW WEAVING

Playful Home, Rizzoli 2012

KELLY WEARSTLER BOOK RHAPSODY RIZZOLI 2012

Kelly Wearstler Rhapsody, Rizzoli 2012

DIANE KEATON HOUSE DESIGN BOOK

Diane Keaton House, Rizzoli 2012

CLASSICAL CHINESE FURNITURE COFFEE TABLE BOOK

 Classical Chinese Furniture, Vendome Press 2012

BROOKLYN MAKERS CRAFTERS HIPSTERS

Brooklyn Makers, Princeton Architectural Press 2012

SUSANNA SALK DECORATING BOOK 2012

Susanna Salk Be Your Own Decorator, Rizzoli 2012

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Jennifer Post Pure Space, Rizzoli 2012

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Cupcakes and Cashmere, Abrams 2012

HOME NOVOGRATZ COFFEE TABLE BOOK

Home by Novogratz, Artisan 2012

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE BLOG BOOK

Young House Love, Artisan 2012

AMANDA NISBET DAZZLING DESIGN RIZZOLI

Amanda Nisbet Dazzling Design, Stewart, Tabori & Chang 2012

THE ART BOOK NEW EDITION PHAIDON 2012

The Art Book, Phaidon 2012

THIS OLD HOUSE BEST OF BOOK

This Old House The Best Homes, Abrams 2012

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Alvar Aalto Houses, Princeton Architectural Press 2012

THOM FILICIA AMERICAN BEAUTY BOOK

Thom Filicia American Beauty, Clarkson Potter 2012

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Roman and Williams Things We Made, Rizzoli 2012

AM ATELIER INTERIORS DESIGN BOOK

Interiors | Atelier AM, Rizzoli 2012

THE ICONIC INTERIOR

The Iconic Interior, Abrams 2012

200 SMALL APARTMENT IDEAS BOOK

200 Small Apartment Ideas, Firefly Books 2012

ANN GETTY DECORATING STYLE BOOK

Ann Getty Interior Style, Rizzoli 2012

LARS  BOLANDER INTERIOR DESIGNER SWEDEN BOOK

 Lars Bolander Interior Design and Inspiration, TeNeues 2012

ERIC COHLER INTERIOR DESIGN COFFEE TABLE BOOK

Eric Cohler Cohler on Design, The Monacelli Press 2012

DARRYL CARTER WASHINGTON DC DECORATOR

Darryl Carter The Collected Home, Clarkson Potter 2012

FRENCH FLAIR MODERN VINTAGE DESIGN BOOK FLAMMARION

French Flair Modern Vintage Interiors, Flammarion 2012

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Montage: 43 Kitchen Counters + Islands with Stools

Now that Meredith & Daniel’s dining spaces are set, it’s time to choose the stools for the kitchen island. The kitchen is a large, sleek space with bamboo cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling windows along one side. It opens to the living room/dining spaces on either end.

While there are a lot of very cool counter stools on the market (stay tuned for a round-up of 72 tomorrow), we’re leaning towards the Bertoia. The simple design works perfectly in the contemporary kitchen and won’t interfere with any design details in either living space. Meredith also appreciates that they have seat backs, so they’re safer for squirmy toddlers, and they’re virtually indestructible. They’re a bit pricey, but we’ve only splurged once so far (on the Saarinen dining table).

Here are 43 kitchens with counter stools. Seven have Bertoias. I noted in parentheses the stool designer where I was able. If you can name any of the other ones, leave me a comment and I’ll add it in.

Bonesteel Trout Hall
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Metropolitan Home
(Last Minute Stool by Patricia Urquiola)

Bates Masi Architects
(Spoon Stool by Antonio Citterio for Kartell)

Elle Decor
(LEM Piston Stool by Shin & Tomoko Azumi)

Photographer Moris Moreno

Marla Schrank Interiors
(Cherner stool)

Winter McDermott Design

The Nesting Game
(Tolix knockoffs)

House to Home
(Tolix) 

Light Locations

Amanda Nisbet

Desire to Inspire

Wetizman Halpern
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Elle Decor
(K65 by Alvar Aalto)

Architect Fiona Winzar
(K65 by Alvar Aalto)

House Beautiful
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Jessica Helgerson

Steven Gambrel
(Emeco Navy  stools)

Christopher Gaona

Elle Decor

Steven Gambrel

Jessica Helgerson – Photographer Lincoln Barbour
(Tolix)

Jessica Helgerson
(Onda by Jesús Gasca for Stua)

Dwell

Linda McDougald Design

Michele Michael
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Elle Decor

Photographer Sarah Blee
(Bertoia for Knoll)

House Beautiful
(Cherner stool)

Midwest Living

Chelsea Atelier Architects

ZZ Architects

Photographers Gridley + Graves

Photographer Mark Williams
(Bombo Stool by Stefano Giovannoni for Magis)

Living Agency

This Old House

Elle Decor

Jess Loraas – Design Sponge
(Bertoia for Knoll)

 Randy Weinstein Design

MU Architecture

Foley Fiore Architecture
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Skona Hem

Craig Spencer

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