I snapped this photo years ago in London while on a little pre-child jaunt to Europe. At the time, I wasn't certain why I loved the design of this little British cafe, but I knew I had to have a picture to use as future inspiration.
After reflecting a bit on why I loved this place, I now realize it was the overall feel of the space - warm, inviting, and classic but modern (thank you stainless steel).
A few specifics that make it ever so pretty:
1) Mixed metals - bronze, stainless silver, antique brass, gold
2) Mixed textures - woven fibers, wood, metal, glass, etc.
3) Mixed art - mostly posters, with a few other items (like the Esso flag) thrown in
4) Neutral paint colors + thick original crown molding
5) Bright flowers!
So, I hunted around a wee bit to find kitchen fixtures, finishes, and decor that reminded me of this snap-shot. Here's what I came up with for a timelessly classic kitchen inspired by this London cafe:
source links: gray paint for walls - Balboa Mist (BM) // blue paint for cabinets or trim - Newburg Green (BM) // pendant light // moon poster // picture sconce // basket // mixed fabric art // feather print // New York poster // stainless glass-front fridge // Balloons Over Paris framed print // antique brass knob for cabinets // antique brass pull for drawers // bougainvillea // faucet // carrera marble look-alike Corian countertop (it's super durable!)
What do you think of my little slice of British heaven? Wouldn't it be so pretty with some floors just like these?
Oh, how I wish I had taken a photo of the floors in the cafe...I think they simply must have looked like that. And, if not, they should!