Monday, April 13, 2009
The kitchens typically showcased in design magazines are bespoke and, as a result, prohibitively expensive. While it's sometimes fun to dream, it's more fun to be inspired by kitchens (and other spaces) that are actually attainable for the average guy or gal on a more modest budget.
AKURUM kitchen cabinets in Adel white
Typically, up to 60% of the costs of a kitchen renovation go towards cabinets, so by going with some inexpensive IKEA cabinets, you could end up with serious savings, which could enable you to splurge on other items, like Carrera marble countertops or high-end appliances. I think this route works best though when you're using white cabinets -- after all, paint can hide a multitude of sins (and inexpensive MDF).
I've cut the spread in half in order to display the images in a larger size:
For accessories, Adler used mostly his own work (as he always does), much of which is still available for sale on his website. For a similar look, I'd try Adler's new Acapulco melamine dishware, which are reasonably priced from $10-$28. For some drama, I'd go for Adler's Giant Bird Bowl, which is currently on sale for $269.50. Fill it with lemons and limes, as Adler does, for a fun pop of color on a kitchen island or countertop.
The kitchen table is, of course, the classic Saarinen pedestal table, which is pretty pricey new, but great vintage versions can be found via Craigslist. IKEA also makes a decent copy for a fraction of the cost.
The pendant lamps over the island and the kitchen table remind me a lot of the large drum pendant lamp ($363) by Thomas Paul, which comes in a wide range of colorful patterns. I'm not a huge fan of drum pendants myself, so I would probably go with something more along the lines of Thomas Paul's Zed Green Tree Pendant Lamp ($350):
While I'm sure some will consider it too "matchy-matchy", I actually like how the pendants match the fabric on the bar stools and seats. Fortunately, Thomas Paul has recently come out with his own (very reasonably priced) fabric line, available to the trade from Duralee. If you don't have access to a designer, you can find many of his fabrics at Calico Corners, including the one shown below (for only $24.99/yard!), which I think is a very close match to the one Jonathan Adler used:
For those of us who like to coordinate, Thomas Paul sells a drum pendant lamp in the same fabric (available HERE). Adler wisely laminated the fabric prior to upholstery, making the seats extra kid-friendly. I'm actually not sure what the process (or costs) are for doing that, does anyone have any idea? If so, please share!
What about you? Any tips for renovating a kitchen on a budget?