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Fit for Unfitted

These stainless beauties are perfect for the 'unfitted' kitchen I posted about last week. Stainless islands and vintage restaurant sinks fit nicely into an older home's landscape. Or, can give old-world character to a new-build. 

Here's one I used as a potter's sink at Monet at home. Love the three faucets with one huge sink. And, of course, barn wood never hurts as a backdrop.

This one makes a beautiful stainless island and kitchen table.


Here's a pretty I'll be getting at Monet by October 15.  The faucet swivels to fill all three sink compartments. Can't you just see the copper pots below, or beautiful linen skirting around the basin.

More skirting...this kitchen is adorable. I could sleep here!

Courtesy Pinterest

Courtesy Jeannette WhitsonBehind the skirting is a dishwasher, beverage frig, and shelving for vases. Check out Jeannette's website, 


What's in Store...  

Do you need a starfish pick-me-up this week...Kim Pall's creations available at Monet at home 


14 x 20", $40


Jefferson Starfish $125 

Go online here and see more of Kim's glass art and painted creations.


Myra Hoefer

Even though it's the season for orange and black...think white this weekend!  As a followup to Tuesday's post about all-white interiors, here's another designer who gets it right when it comes to white. Myra Hoefer proves that with her dazzling decor.


March 2012





Courtesy Francesco Lagnese



Thank you to Myra Hoefer, House Beautiful and google. 

Happy weekend!


Unfitted Kitchens

You know that stately Greek Revival home I showed you a few weeks ago?  Here's a photo to refresh.

Well, I was doing some research on what kind of kitchen you would put in an 1850's four-over-four, classic Greek Revival home that originally had no kitchen.  In the original floor plan below, there's no kitchen or bathroom. (Although, I like the six rooms instead of the customary four on the second floor.)

So what to do?

Add an unfitted kitchen, of course. Historical craftspeople suggest this better works to marry the old feel with a new, sleeker look.

Here's one of the best examples I could find. It's basically a stand-alone kitchen, where rather than fitted cabinets affixed to the walls, each piece of free-standing furniture serves as either a workspace or shelving. The five 'stand-alone' pieces above are: mounted sink on the left, china cabinet, small work table, stove, and dining table which also serves as a countertop. (Yeah, I noticed the dishwasher was missing.)


A typical 1920's kitchen was 'unfitted'.  My great grandmother used to have one of these.

So when kitchens moved inside, this is what they looked like.

Here's a modern take on the 'unfitted' kitchen.  This is adorable and functional. And, there IS a dishwasher.



Courtesy Bronson Pinchot

Here's another one which looks like it has a soapstone sink.


Courtesy Jane MooreBut, here's my favorite!

My apologies for not being able to correctly credit three of the kitchens above.

Thank you for visiting Monet at home!



It's Fall somewhere...

Such a beautiful time of year.  Copper-colored leaves skipping down the street, pumpkins in their patches, and apple cider Saturday afternoons. And, football, yes. Gameday is akin to Christmas here.



But, along the Gulf coast, we're still waiting. Our autumn is a different kind of pretty.


We still go to the beach.  Ohhhh, I'm not complaining.

...unless we have one of these. Let's not talk about it or we'll jinx it.


Courtesy Holland FarmsWe do have pumpkins and hayrides.  


Courtesy Mark MillerThe red snapper are running.


You knew I would work a house photo in here.


We pick oranges.


We taste wine... 

...while enjoying incredible sunsets.

Y'all come!

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