Thursday, 9 June 2011

Country Kitchen Rule Three: Open Shelving

Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. 
The Country Kitchen show is about to begin.

 I give you....
{drum roll} shelving.....

Now, down to the nitty-gritty. 
Let's be frank.

Reason number one 
why I like open shelving 
is that it makes it all the easier to 
nose around people's kitchens in gorgeous homes. 
But let's leave my stalking tendencies to one side 
for the sake of decency, shall we?

Reason number two, and, granted, 
perhaps slightly more important than any nosiness value, 
{if such a thing is possible}
is that they provide storage in a way that leaves 
the room feeling less closed in.

 I love 'em and had to get me some in our kitchen. 
More of that next week.

But tomorrow?
I fancy a little bitta denim.....

I'm very excited about the Spode giveaway
Have you entered yet?
Check it out here, if you haven''s LUSH!

Images via: Country Homes and Interiors, Cote do Texas, Plain English, Period Living

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Val said...

Lovely images. What I would give to have open shelving...Happy Thursday!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the wood counter tops! These are all great images. I have open shelving in my lakehouse and love it. Now if I could just have the counter tops I want!


Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

That kitchen with the dark cabinets and the black countertop is divine. I have open shelving, but not by choice. The previous owners of our home took all the upper cabinet doors off!

Anonymous said...

I like the open shelving concept. It really adds character to any kitchen. Also, love how kitchens are bringing back the "open hutch" look. Wish we had space to make that look work. Gorgeous!
A sweet day to you :) ~M

Susan T said...

Hmm now where can I pop in some open shelves - AND - more importantly how can I persued my husband to put them up. He is not a DIY enthusiast.

It's me said...

O yes !! your give away is great !!...did we ever see your own kitchen ????...happy weekend

Meri said...

We are gearing up to overhaul our kitchen, and since it is very tiny, we are doing open shelving. Thanks for the inspiration pics, it is good to see how it works in different situations :)

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

I agree - the open shelving is great. Liberating.
- Joy

Anonymous said...

I have opening shelving! I love it and would never have a kitchen again without them. It lets you look at your pretty stuff all day and why have it if we can't look at it!
I want shelves like pic #2 though ~

have a great day!

Kathysue said...

Love all of the images and it definitely has a nice easy casual look to it!! Great images, Kathysue

Unknown said...

I absolutely love the look of open shelving, but i hate the constant dusting required unless you go for the Hogwarts cobwebby look! xx

Full Circle Creations said...

Love open shelving and have it in my kitchen but hate, hate the dusting!!!


FiliGrace said...

I'm a big fan of your "kitchen" posts. I am before many big decisions about my new kitchen in house we are renovating at the moment.
I love the look of open shelving, but I hate dust and cleaning. but really hate. ;-) I still haven't decided if I want them or not. ;-)

BTW - thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. This week I am posting about new jewelry - many new pieces.

GoldenValley50 said...

I have already eyed off a couple of spots in my kitchen just waiting for some shelves. Love them to bits - just perfect for showing off kitchen memorabilia. ;)Sharyne

Cindy said...

Open shelving is one thing that my kitchen does not have. I should have thought about that when we were designing it. I do have two open shelves in the eating area, I guess that counts, doesn't it. I love the thought of open shelving, but with the amount of dust that accumulates in my house I really don't know if that would work for me.
I love the idea, though, and I love the images you showed us today. Very lovely country kitchens for sure!!!
Hugs, Cindy

lisaroy said...

I love open shelves, especially when they are stacked high with pretty ironstone. So gorgeous!! xo

Brandi said...

I would love to have open shelving in my kitchen. oh and those dark gray painted cabinets in the third image too. said...

I would love to have open shelving in my kitchen. I just worry that I might not be tidy enough :)

Elaine said...

I am swooning over all that open shelving. I especially love the shelves and brackets in the second photo. Wish I had more wall space in my kitchen. I'd certainly add a little shelving.


I have always wanted some open shelving for my pretty dishes.

I love your practical teaching style, Sarah.


Tricia said...

Okay, you're torturing me. I want open shelving so bad and when I see these pretty pictures I want it even more!

Jen said...

I love open shelving too! Isn't it interesting how many of us do--but it's not that common, except in cabins and cottages.

Jenni said...

Hi Sarah!

Open shelving is always a beautiful choice in a kitchen! These pictures are lovely examples of it, too! :) I couldn't convince my husband to let me replace the upper cabinets with open shelving, but I did take the doors off, which helped. But we're adding a whole wall of open shelving, which kind of takes the edge off not taking down the cabinets. ;)

How was your week? I hope you have a great Friday! :)

Blessings and hugs,

Behind Margery's Daw! said...

I have open shelving in my kitchen ...... which I made with my own hands in my husbands workshop. Very proud of myself. I wish it was just filled with beautiful things, but we don't have enough room for that. It's full of essentials (i.e. boring stuff!)

the fishermans cottage said...

Lovely Sarah, I love open shelves because its easy to get to everything, have a lovely weekend x

Melissa said...

with you all the way on the open shelving sarah- our big ol'kitchen has then- and i looove them!

i love to see all my jars, thrifted jugs and big ceramic mixing bowls...

as do all my nosey girlfriends ;)

melissa xx

p.s-looking forward to yours!

Chookie said...

No! No open shelving!

I had open shelving in my last kitchen when three cupboard doors fell off. Now the range hood didn't work properly, so everything in the upper open cabinet developed a nice layer of fat combined with dust.

Imagine you haven't realised the range hood doesn't work and you reach up to grab something you haven't used for a while...

Trust me, there will be NO open shelving in my new kitchen!

FiliGrace said...

Haha, Chookie!
Someone has a resolution on how to find a compromise between something I like a lot and something that will work for me in real life?
If you find this compromise, don't forget to share it with me, please. :D

Magali @ The Little White House said...

I have a love/hate relashionship with open shelving. I adore the look they give to a country kitchen, but I'm not found of the dusting they imply... I guess my future will have to include some (I want people to see my best china!), but also some cabinets so I can hide my mess. I seem to be the only blogger whose kitchen tend to get messy!!!

Meera @ firstsense said...

I too love the look of open shelving and these images are gorgeous! They're going into my inspiration folder for when I have my grown up house and get to design my kitchen!

Meera xx

Lydia said...

It's the brackets that make your shelves a stand out.

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