8 Different and Beautiful Green Kitchens

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Via Southern Living

I might be a little late trying to jump on the bandwagon about Greenery, the color of the year, but better late than never!

I was not surprised when they announced a shade of green as color of the year. Green has been rising in popularity and it was particularly noticeable to me the more I saw a variety of green shades in kitchens recently.

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Hubert Zandberg Interiors

Although it’s a shade of color, green is a great way to stay neutral without being all beige, white, or gray. The darker the green, the more drama you add to the kitchen. The more lighter it is, the more it feels like a cottage or a beach house. Which way would you swing? I don’t think I could decide. It would totally depend on where I live. If I lived in the mountains, I would totally go lighter, like this picture below:

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Via Room For Tuesday

If I lived in the city or the suburban (oh, wait! I do!), then I would probably do a little drama like this kitchen below:

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Via Simply Grove

What’s even better about green is that it won’t compete with your views outside if at all. I mean, if you have nothing but sand and the ocean for a view while washing the dishes, then, yeah, green might not be the best choice. But let’s not get into the technicalities here. There are exceptions to every rule.

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The Jungalow

What I love most about green in kitchens is brining in the greenery. I feel more inspired to cook when I have plants in the kitchen because nothing makes me feel more alive than being outside. It’s what I loved the most, next to horses, when I was working on a horse farm. I feel so much more connected, relaxed, and realistic about achievements and dramas, the ups and downs of life. When I’m in the kitchen, I’m making things- creating meals. It makes perfect sense to bring in the things that would keep on inspiring me to create. That kitchen above is the perfect example of that set up, though it saves a little counter space to bring in plants and flowers in art form.

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Via Elle Decor

In the photo above is another perfect example of using darker green to create drama. It certainly seems to fit Cameron Diaz’s personality, whether or not you can believe this is her kitchen. (Green with envy!)

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Via La Dolce Vita

I think choosing greenery as the color of the year was an easy choice if they had noticed all the green popping up in kitchens.

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Via Desire to Inspire

Would you try green in your kitchen?

22 Different Ways to Decorate Fireplaces

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Via Carla Aston

The fireplace is often thought of as the heart and soul of a home- right after the kitchen, of course. It’s where the terminology “hearth” came from. Although technically it means the floor of a fireplace, it also means home and a vital center.

The fireplace is often one of the most important focal points in a room as it provides more than one purpose. Most importantly- or what I believe is most importantly- is that it is an architectural feature of the home. A lovely characteristic of the house. Whether it works or not is another question. When you live in in the south as I do, it’s not as important to have a working fireplace but believe me, it’s still a fantastic bonus if it does. A fireplace is still held in high esteem for its importance.

Think about the images a fireplace conjures in your mind. Maybe you’re thinking back to what you imagine it to be back in the medieval days; a fireplace was always roaring, whether it was being used as a means of warmth or as an oven. Maybe there is something inviting about a fireplace that makes us all congregate around it. Maybe you associate it with family time. Maybe you associate it as “Me” time- a time to cozy up next to the fire with a book and a glass of wine. Or maybe you’re an interior design addict like me and you see it as another aspect of the house to design, and boy, are the choices unlimited. Just take a look at these:

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All That Lovely Greenery in the Bathroom

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Architectural Digest

I swear house plants- or rather plants in general- are one of life’s biggest mysteries. Snake plants are suppose to be indestructible, yet one is dying in my bedroom as we speak of the unspeakable! But I’ll confess. I’m not sure where I went wrong. I either drowned it in kindness or I killed it trying to re-pot it in new dirt- both of which I shouldn’t have done. As sturdy as these plants should be, I decided to give it another try. Sorry, Snake Plant #1. You have been replaced by Snake Plant #2 before you even finished dying! Good thing taking care of dogs are easier. Kids? Let’s not even go there.

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The Subtly of Bar Stools

Via Home DSGN

It was not until I started looking for bar stools of my own that I had noticed that bar stool are not typically used to make a statement, but rather to blend in to allow the kitchen as a whole to be the star of the show. Originally, I wanted my stools to be unique or to have pattern or pops of color, but upon further study, I realized that would have been distracting and even more so, given its location in my apartment.

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15 Circular Conversation Seating Areas: 4 Chairs Around a Coffee Table

Having some chairs in a circle surrounding a coffee table is a refreshing way to mix up seating arrangements. Typically there’s a couch or two involved in seating arrangement. I find it somehow more intimate and inviting to have conversations in this set up.

Via House of Turquoise

I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to gather around and gossip!

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