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Mad about Martha(‘s Kitchens) – Part 2

23 Oct

Martha’s new kitchen line, which includes 11 cabinet styles, 8 countertops and 45 pieces of cabinet hardware and is prepping to roll out at Home Depot stores in Canada and as we speak, is an intimidating endeavour – even for Martha!  Kitchens are a focus for my design studio so I am always curious to see what options are out there and reap some new inspiration for our custom designs.

My favorite, based on the images I have seen, is the Seal Harbor – and not just because it is eerily similar to a kitchen I recently designed (before seeing her cabinets I might add)! I have always had a soft spot for the “modern farmhouse” look.

For a more contemporary kitchen – the Weston fits the bill. A great look – who doesn’t love a counter wrapped down the side of an island?

I think the Lilly Pond and Maidstone are acceptable in design – but the finishes and colours shown in these promotional shots don’t do it for me.  In another finish I think the Maidstone design could be especially acceptable…the finish shown is “Fortune Cookie” – I even dislike the name. Very un-Martha-like.

Lastly we have the Ox Hill and Skylands. Perfectly nice. Now I need to go see how much these suckers cost once you get them configured to actually fit in to an existing kitchen…

Mad about Martha(‘s Kitchens) – Part 1

9 Oct Martha's Glass Cabinets
Open Shelves

Open Shelves

Pot Racks
Pot Racks
Cat Feeding Trough

Cat Feeding Trough

I have always been a big fan of Martha Stewart – not for her cooking skills, mind you, as I haven’t picked up a spatula in over a year, but for her fabulous style, envious organizational skills and her top notch business savvy. I, as I am sure many of you were as well, was super-excited to see if her kitchen cabinets would live up to the hype. At first glance, I would have to say they have.  Over the span of a few posts, because this topic is just too huge, I will go over some of my favourite kitchen marthaisms.

Today I look at some of Martha’s “Top 50 Tips” for a fabulous and functional kitchen.

For one, I don’t claim to be in any way shape or form “tidy” or organized in the realm of Martha, but I manage. I was mortified by the photos of drawer after drawer artfully organized with melon peelers, graters and small hand tools. Who needs that many tools? I guess Martha does.  Here are some of my favourites from the article:

Open Shelves – A great look for those who enjoy cleaning enough so as to not mind the additional dusting and cleaning and organization required to pull it off.

Pot Racks – Love ’em, the bigger the better – especially when “adorned” with antique copper pots.

Cat Feeding Trough – You laugh, I’m getting one.

Bird’s Beak Shelve Adjustment System – Allows for easy adjustment of shelves, not for everyone, but interesting concept (which apparently has been around forever).

Exposed Garbage Bins – If you have a suitable space at the end of an aisle or counter, I say why not. Especially in busy kitchens. While complex garbage and recycling bins systems  fully integrated into the kitchen cabinetry is all the rage – it is not always the most practical choice.

Full Glass Cabinets – Never been a fan, but this is so stunning. If you are going to show off your plates, you may as well really show them off. Looks like a greenhouse. Pretty.

Next post will delve into Martha’s Style, stay tuned!

Amy B.

Birds beak shelf system

Birds Beak for Versatility

Garbage Bins

Garbage bins displayed with pride!