Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Kindred Arches

When gathering ideas for my kitchen remodel, I was inspired by a china nook designed by William Diamond & Anthony Baratta, featured in their beautiful book, Diamond Baratta Design. I wanted to use a similar  arch as a focal point at the entrance to the kitchen and repeat it directly across the room.One arch would highlight a buffet we modified by adding a prep sink and antique slab of marble.The other would enhance a work table we turned into a rolling baking counter.


I incorporated  the woodwork  pattern from the sitting room (see post : Wonderful Woodwork) above the beadboard and on to the arches. With three coats of glossy paint and the addition of an antique silhouette on each arch, the look I was hoping for was achieved. It may not be Diamond Baratta, but it's just right for me.




Linking to:"Furniture Feature Friday" at Miss Mustard Seed

31 comments:

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I agree that enhancing the woodwork really adds some classic style to otherwise boring architecture. I'm loving the kitchen wall we did and I still have work above the cabinets and on the other side of the wall.

Love the woodwork you added. I'm your newest follower and I'm off to see more of your blog.

EnchantedBella said...

That turned out wonderful. Arches are beautiful focal points in any room. Yours is perfect.

Rebecca

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful kitchen. Thanks so much for joining WUW. I love that cabinet in front of the bookcase. Now I am going to go snooping around here.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love the pics...thanks for sharing with all of us.

Blessings,
Linda

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

Oh how beautiful! Love the little silhouette! Thanks for stopping by today.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Ann-Marie...your arch is wonderful and I love the beadboard. What are the containers on the top shelf? They look beautiful and I think the coffee pot lamp is adorable. You are a talented home maker. Looking forward to seeing more. ~Ann

Ann-Marie said...

Thank you. It's a collection of antique coffee urns.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

This is great! I am your new follower, Ann-Marie.
Thanks for inviting me over!
:)

A Vintage Vine said...

WOW! Love all the character you added with that arch.....great choice!!!!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Just noticed you have me on your blog roll. Many thanks...

Magpies and Magnolias said...

WOW! I absolutely adore William Diamond and Anthony Baratta! They have such a unique, over the top, graphic, colorful style! Was that enough adjectives?

And you absolutely nailed the look. Awesome job!

I have been wanting to check out your blog ever since you left a comment on mine, but I have been having AWFUL internet problems. You know that you have a problem when you get an error message saying that Internet Explorer can't find Google! Huh?

I have spent the last 48 hours trying desperately to get a post up and finally succeeded. So, here I am and I am going to start doing some catching up! I can already tell that I love your style!

The enchanted home said...

Love your inspiration....love Diamond Baratta..they have a flair for the dramatic, elegant and livable all rolled into one! Love the arch and beadwork...really beautifully done!! Thank you for visiting me!
PS Thank you sooooo much for adding me to your blog roll. I will be back here for sure to see more pretty things!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love your inspiration for the kitchenb. What a great idea to repeat the arches opposite each other. I love that.

Sarahx

Victoria said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! I just love beadboard, you can never go wrong with that (especially when it's white!).

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I'm going to check out the plant you mentioned, I'm notorious for having a brown thumb so I'm thrilled when I can grow anything!

Summer said...

Very pretty ....I think you do great work ....I used to have a floor just like that when we lived in our first home ....I love your kitchen ....Have a great day !!

saltbox treasures said...

Hi. Thanks for visiting and leaving your kind comment. Welcome to blogland. We also have two daughters, although we are a little ahead of you. Loved those college days and college friends. Both of our daughters were married in 2009 and both met their husbands at college. Now we have a little granddaughter! Enjoying it all!
Would love to see more of you and your husband's design work. I also love interior design and gardening (we have 2-1/2 acres).
Have a great weekend! Keep in touch.
~ Julie

Pamela said...

Beautiful blog I'm a new follower!!
I am glad you stopped by my blog because now I found yours!!
Lovely work your husband does!!

Pamela :)

DailyDreamDecor said...

Love how it turned out, great job!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Just gorgeous!! I love it.

Danielle

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

This is beautiful- I love it!! I see you are in Northern California too~ it's always nice to meet a somewhat local blogger!! I am in Northern California as well! Anyway, thank you for stopping by and for your comment- your blog is so charming- now following you along- Nice to meet you! :)

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Beautiful! I love it when inspiration becomes reality. Lovely job!

Becky

Sachiko said...

Wow, this is so gorgeous!! Thank you for linking to my party!

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh, I just got lost for awhile in all of the wonderful inspiration here at your lovely blog! Everything is so up my alley and your kitchen china nook is absolutely gorgeous. I am so glad you found your way over to the Fence and linked up to our Inspiration Friday party...I hope we will see much more of you in the future! :-)
Vanessa

At The Picket Fence said...

I am in love, love, love with your arched nooks! I don't even have words for them. May I ask you a few questions. I noticed the arch with the bookshelves and black "baking station" has an exposed wall on one side. May I ask what you did to finish that off? Did you build a little wall to enclose the arch? And what kind of material did you place on the side? Beadboard maybe? Also did you have the arch built by someone or did you buy some type of prefab arch form? I seriously have the perfect spot to do this in my kitchen and we are getting ready to update it in a few weeks so I'd love to incorporate something like this. Thanks for any tips you can give me! And thank you so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday! You have inspired this girl for sure!!

Heather @At The Picket Fence

Hillcrest Cottage said...

I am glad to find your blog! I think we have a lot in common. Will look forward to reading!

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Heather,

Thanks for the compliment!I used beadboard on the side.The arch with the black baking station is part of a bookcase that was made to fit the wall. We then enclosed the sides with beadboard and trimmed it out with a simple box pattern design. The arch on the other side ajoins my double ovens and refrigerator- it's simply cut from the smoothest piece of plywood we could find and then trimmed out. I hope I answered your questions. If you'd like me to email you a close up, just let me know.

Ann-Marie

Happy Homemaker UK said...

This is absolutely lovely. Different, but just as beautiful as the inspiration page. I found you via Sarah's party - so nice to 'meet' you.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I think it looks perfect, Ann-Marie! You have a most charming cottage. And I love seeing your decorating details.

Thanks for linking to the party. I would love to have you join me each week. Be sure to come around this Thursday, and see your kitchen nook featured.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Love these beautiful arches and nooks. Love the decor you have incorporated into the design and the woodwork is gorgeous. First time visitor. Please drop by for a visit when you have a chance.

poindextr said...

I'd love to see more of your kitchen, this little peek is just lovely. You did a completely wonderful job on your remodel. Stopping by from At the Picket Fence. :)

Becca said...

This turned out beautifully !!! *Becca*