In December, I went to Norway to attend events surrounding the Nobel Peace Price, what a wonderful opportunity it was. Hi there, Susan Serra, CKD, here, talking kitchens. Anyway, while walking down a side street off of the main shopping street in Oslo, I came upon a fantastic clothing store, and proceeded to stay there for hours.
This shop also had, off to the side, some very fantastic home furnishings (clothes first, home furnishings second) and I loved every single thing I saw there! Upon my return, I found their website, Gudrun Sjoden, and promptly signed myself up for their catalogs, the spring home version which just arrived today!
Accessories can really transform your kitchen into another time and place. You can take ANY style….whether modern or traditional, and enhance the style you already have with similar themed accessories, or you can choose to be eclectic, tone it up or down, or give it a twist in another direction. Accessories have that power. They have LOTS of power.
Think of accessories as its own layer. It can be a layer of color, of a "whole" comprised of parts. It can provide pattern, order, or conversely, a free form lived-in look. I recommend to my clients that they try to visualize the kitchen, and in the process, solve potential problem areas with colors and patterns, by remembering that the layer of accessories is yet to come. Accessories can fill in the gaps in a variety of ways, whether it is fabrics, decorative items, collections, and tableware is in the mix as well. And, don’t forget kitchen rugs! There are quite a few areas which could use a rug under foot, such as the sink or cooktop area. They are warm, and can add great color and texture.
I am so excited about this company that I also did a post in my blog on Gudrun Sjoden in relation to dining areas in the kitchen and the mood it creates. Take a look to complete the look! And, the kitchens in Desire to Inspire show many different types of accessories as well for many different looks. A good beginning guide.
This layer is a fun, yet important part of the kitchen design!