Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Kitchen Counters and Floors: A Handbag and Shoes


Saltillo tile from Mexico fills my home.

Traditionally created from the clay of the clay pits around the area of Saltillo, Mexico, it is a beautifully rustic

12” x 12” tiIe.

I have it throughout my home(with the exception of the bedrooms), and I have always loved it.

I faced a decor dilemma a few years ago, when it was time to select a new kitchen counter top.

All of the trending kitchen counter solutions , although beautiful, were just not me.

Finally, one day while standing in my kitchen, I hit upon a typically quirky White Spray Paint design solution:

Kitchen counters and kitchen flooring are like a handbag and shoes.

I selected my new countertop (the handbag)  based on the accompanying shoes (the floor).


Why does this method work?

It is not, I assure you because I think things must ‘match’.

For me it is about creating a design pathway to a decision.

It is that moment of design creativity that allows me to envision a right result.

My shoes and purse don’t always match , but there is a plan.

I decided to use the same framework process for my kitchen.

Kitchen Sitting Area 2

This all makes sense, right?


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Simply LKJ said...

Perfect sense actually! And, I think they look fabulous together. I was the rebel...when everyone was picking granite counters and tumbled marble for their backsplash, I went with Corian and subway tile. It was me. Haven't looked back.

Terra said...

Your idea worked and the tiles and countertop complement each other.

Jeanie said...

Of course it makes sense! And your room looks lovely! (And so do those pillows!)

Stacey said...

Love this analogy! I'd say you were successful in your thinking.

The Silver Lining sign is a favorite of mine. One of these days I'm going to buy one. :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Makes sense to me!

Laurie said...

Makes perfect sense! I love your floors. As a matter of fact, I've always loved Saltillo tile...just have never had the opportunity to use them. Maybe one day.

Brenda Pruitt said...

What a beautiful rich color! Yes, makes sense to me.

Pura Vida said...

you are such a fun fun person

Linda said...

Yep, it works for me, smiles. Beautiful, friend. Just beautiful.

The Gathering Place said...

i love the analogy of purse and shoes working together. Your kitchen looks great.

Lucy@heart and hearth said...

I love it:) I'll remember this when I replace my counter top one day!!

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Yes, Laura, it makes perfect sense and I think you idea is genius.

Pondside said...

That's just so logical!

Rue said...

I think it does! I matched my flooring to the paint for my cabinets and the floor. There has to be some cohesion or it doesn't work :)

Laura, the post about your dad really touched me. What a special thing to have places that make you think of him in your garden. I hope your zinnias flourish.


Manu said...

Oh yes, it makes sense and it's wonderful too!
I love your idea of shoes and handbag.

Theresa said...

Makes total sense to me:) Love that counter top and floor in the background! Enjoy your day dear Laura, BIG HUGS!

S H Elliott said...

Makes sense to me! Have a great day! Sheila

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Such a logical approach!
Beautiful home too!

Lisa said...

Perfect sense! I love the countertops and I'm crushing on the sitting area in your kitchen. What a sweet luxury!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I think this makes perfect sense, and as a result, your floors and counters look great together. I love your cozy sitting area in your kitchen. That must make it nice for guests and family.

Sandy said...

I think you were very successful. I love those tiles. I think they are timeless.

Unknown said...

Yes, you make sense and it shows in your home! Timeless and neutral, I love your look!

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Gorgeous!!!! I love those Mexican floor tiles - I have always drooled over them!

Blondie's Journal said...

Fantastic ideas here, I have to visit some of the blogs and Pin a few things! I miss joining parties but I am so pressed for time in visiting everyone...back in the day you DID visit everyone. Well, at least the ones that you were curious about. Maybe one day.

Thanks for your visit. I think you will make the chicken recipe with ease. I've learned from many of my French cookbooks that most of the food in the French countryside is very peasant like, roasted chickens, fish, bread and cheese and simple salads. Stews and soups with a nice dose of wine. But yes, there are some involved things that have your spoons and pans flying! That's an adventure for me!!

Have a great weekend, dear friend!


Richard C. Lambert said...

So much brighter, beachy (without being too over the top thematic) and functional.
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