Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The elegance of rustic series - skirted cabinets & shelving

As I finalize the sale of my California home and approach the sale of Bella Cottage (The Pink House)  here on Saint Simons Island, I have already designed the small, beach cottage 
I hope to to call my new home.

My design challenge is to combine economy with my love for the sea and the rustic elegance of both faded & natural woods, fabric, and texture. 
 Here is my inspirazione.
The next months of posts will all be entitled
The Elegance of Rustic
but each will highlight a different combination of rustic influenced by both the sea & elegant simplicity.
I have chosen grays over the natural neutrals this time and more paint than stained wood.
"Skirting" shelving provides a unique texture and is much less expensive than actual cabinetry and actually provides more room.  Upper shelving instead of cabinets and pot racks complete the effect and stay within budget. 
My next kitchen will be a combination of skirted shelving and separate furniture pieces on a honed travertine marble.
Like my current kitchen (see last photograph) I will find a new place for my 7 foot English farm table. 
If only that table could speak...
It has been with me for 15 years and all the changes that Life and Time ensure.
This time I would like to incorporate a slab of concrete, limestone, or soapstone...
Linen, burlap, or
feed sack stand alone in their
statement of simplistic elegance.
Combining an L-shaped kitchen with another living space is the ultimate achievement in
rustica e 
simplicita elegante.
My Saint Simons Island kitchen re-model.


  1. You have a lovely kitchen and all of these images are so inspiring! I love the skirted lower cabinets and your color scheme of grays and painted wood sounds fantastic. I just redid my family room in gray and cream with a bit of yellow. I'm happy with the outcome!

    Have a good week, Kim!


  2. Hi Kim,
    I love every dreamy photo in this post, everyone of them inspire a home of this feeling for me as well. How could one pick from all the kitchens, in fact I love your kitchen just as much! But I do know where you are going with your new design style and I am your biggest fan of what you create.

    You make me now want to sew up some cabinet curtains, I wish I could pull the upper ones off the wall and add all shelving, but I am only here for a short while and off to a new place to redo.

    Have a beautiful week!

  3. Beautiful~~ Did you see your pillow in my last post????
    HOpe you are having a great week

  4. Very nice photos! I was visiting your lovely site, getting inspired for a party that will benefit the Humane Society held at a ranch for horses that have been abused and rescued.. Thank you for caring of the animals.


  5. Beautiful images. I am so excited to find and follow new special places. I have no doubt I will enjoy engaging and supporting this wonderful space you have created. Thank you for sharing, I am so glad to meet you. I hope you will find some time to come visit me soon. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  6. HI,
    I just found your blog through My Shabby Steamside Studio. Love the pillows and burlap. My mom many years ago when I was little made burlap curtains for our home as that was all they could afford. Mom is getting a kick out of all the burlap now and that even Restoration Hardware sells burlap curtains. Love the bathroom photos. I am a new follower of your blog.