Friday, February 11, 2011

Casual Friday: The Kitchen Blues

Back in 1961, Julia Child's husband, Paul, selected a blue-green color to paint their kitchen cabinets. That legendary kitchen was the set of Mrs. Child's extraordinary cooking series, inspired books and movies and is now on display at the National Museum of American History.  Little did Paul Child know that he would be setting a trend fifty years down the road.

It's quite extraordinary what an influence Julia Child and her kitchen had on American cuisine and design. Now blue kitchens seem to be rather fashionable and I am thrilled with this trend.  So if you are feeling gloomy with Valentine's Day approaching, today's CDJ, the Blue Kitchen, will surely make you smile. 

A few years ago Windsor Smith's midnight blue kitchen graced the cover of House Beautiful.   It's casual and relaxed, yet romantic and chic - very Parisian bistro.  The cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore's Polo Blue.  Seriously, this is one of my all-time favorite kitchens!  This kitchen functions as a dining room as well.  I love the windows, the floors, the light fixtures, the wing chairs, the tin ceiling, the shelving, the table, the range - It makes me weak in the knees!  I am sure this space has hosted generous love and fostered much laughter.

This Greenwich Village kitchen is a vision in turquoise!  There is more of an island/British Colonial vibe than a downtown Manhattan one.  So brilliant! The architectural design  is by Peter Napolitano and the interior design is by Thomas Britt and was featured in Architectural Digest

Frank Roop designed this kitchen, tiled in all the colors of the ocean blue.  Picture courtesy of House Beautiful.

Picture courtesy of House Beautiful.

The floors in this kitchen designed by Tobi Fairley are painted Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore and Wool Skein by Sherwin-Williams.  I love a painted floor, but they would not last an hour with my kids and dog. I'll file this idea for my retirement getaway.  Picture courtesy of House of Turquoise.

 This is Jennifer Lopez's kitchen, featured in Veranda.  Designer Michelle Workman designed this beauty.

How lovely are the mosaic floor and light fixtures!!! I could do some serious cooking in here. Picture courtesy of  Blossom Interiors.

Ready to join the blue kitchen bandwagon?   

Enjoy your weekend!


"You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love." - Julia Child

"Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Deity to be a source of delight" -John Ruskin

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