Saturday, June 19, 2010

Double Island Counters

I've been working with a client on a kitchen with two islands.  It's a big trend but there's always the question whether you want to differentiate between them or tie them together stylistically.  Right now we're trying to figure out the counters.  We are set on the surrounding counter as soap stone and we're thinking about a big slab of Danby white marble for the square center island and maybe natural wood for the other.  I found the following images to help us in our discussion.

Here's a good example of surrounding soapstone counters and a center island with white marble.

Here's another thick white marble slab at the island with surrounding soapstone counters...


This kitchen was featured on Elle Decor and has two islands... a big center island to sit and work; and a skinnier island to separate the kitchen and provide storage.  I like how the kitchen revolves around a generous square slab of marble.

We also talked about a dark wood counter at the island that separates the kitchen and the dining area. Here it offers a great contrast to the white cabinetry.

A wood counter might make the island feel more like furniture and add warmth and richness to our all white space. The coloring of this wood counter is particularly beautiful...

Another soap stone counter with two islands with dark natural wood...

I'll leave you with this great kitchen I saw last week on Remodelista. Huge windows offer lots of light to this airy kitchen that looks so clean yet feels homey. And I was excited to see that they've used soapstone counters and a rich wood topped island.  The natural shelves and iron brackets offer a great focus... if you've got the height, show it off!

I'll post about our own kitchen renovation soon.  The Vigo sink came in this week; it looks great and for a good price.  I'll be ordering the cooktop and hood today! 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

5 Steps to a Great Sandbox

Step 1: Buy Sand!

Step 2: Location, Location, Location,

Step 3: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Step 4: Watch those fingers!

Step 5:  Take the kids to the park and come home to a new sandbox! 

Okay, so maybe it's not quite that easy, but I was impressed with how quickly and beautifully my husband whipped this together.  I think he only went to the hardware store that possible???

I have to give him credit for coming up with this simple design that looks great too. Here's what he used:

5/4 x 8 sideboards
2 x 2 x 12  internal corner posts set into the ground
1 x 2 cap w/ sanded ease edges
1 x 6 T & G boards for lid
1 x 2 strap to tie the lid pieces together
10mil plastic liner
500lb sand

I appreciate the little details... like the slab of stone in front to give the kids a place to stand and take off their shoes.  The rocks around the sand box are great too since the scattered sand will just filter through. 

This was my view this afternoon while I did some work and the kids played... oh joy! 

I guess it's our little slice of beach right here in Hoboken! 

Now if someone could just tell me what to do with all the sand in the house?!