Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Oh! Those Tiffany Colored Kitchens

Color has made it's way back into the kitchen and Tiffany blue is one of the front runners. Whether you saturate or accent with it the Tiffany colored kitchen is both calming and invigorating, glamorous and country chic. However it's strongest point is that it is ever so inviting.

Tiffany Blue is the colloquial name for the light medium robin egg blue color associated with Tiffany & Co., the New York City jewelry company that marketed itself as an arbiter of taste and style, created by Charles Tiffany and John Young in 1837. The iconic color, chosen because of the popularity of turquoise gemstones in the 19th century, was used on the cover of Tiffany's Blue Book, first published in 1845.....and the rest is history.

From sleek and contemporary to rustic farmhouse you can create all kinds of fabulous different looks for your kitchen redo with Tiffany blue and some designer knowhow. I have gathered some images with great ideas for incorporating this lovely invigorating color into your kitchen.

Tiffany blue kitchens started gaining popularity a few years back and are still trendy. If you are thinking about refreshing your kitchen there are a number of ways to incorporate this iconic color into your space.

A continuing trend for the kitchen is the use of white cabinets with a colored island. Tiffany blue is a lovely color choice for your island work space. This kitchens white plank ceiling and cabinetry are the factors that make the space feel so open. The Tiffany colored island creates a delicate contrast and the metal pulls on the cabinets and drawers add shine to the room.

I love everything about this gorgeous kitchen. The Tiffany color looks great with gray and silver so the Tiffany colored tile backspash, chair cushions and the silver art nouveau chairs are perfection. Touches of orange complete the look.

This images shows how you can't get too much of a good thing. This kitchen is tastefully saturated in Tiffany blue. To maintain continuity Designer Thomas Britt even brought the color into the adjacent white Chinoiserie inspired dining room. He also cleverly used a Tiffany style light fixture. 
Tiffany colored cabinets and the warm glow of copper create a beautiful kitchen space. Whether you install a copper farm sink or simply display some copper cookware this is a combo that will work well for you.

I think using a Tiffany light is a great idea for the Tiffany colored kitchen. It would look beautiful in the kitchen below.

This Tiffany colored kitchen is a lovely balance of cool and warm tones. Again copper is a great accent choice as are other shades of orange and rust.
If you are looking for a kitchen that is retro with a touch of fun and you are not afraid to step out of the appliance box, you might consider some of the Tiffany colored appliances that are available. Northstar ranges are manufactured in North America and are a source for retro appliances.
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Or go for the French look with a La Cornue range.
White Shaker cabinets adorned with brass pulls paired with white quartz countertops and pale gray tiled backsplash give this kitchen an instant fresh feel. The retro style chairs in Tiffany blue really add sophistication and style. Perfect if all you are looking for is a bit of the color for updating your kitchen.
The Tiffany color can bring a modern appeal to even an old world style kitchen.
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I love the Tiffany colored kitchen door!!
A Tiffany colored island and colorful accessories layer on a vintage look in this pretty farmhouse style kitchen.
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There is no shortage for Tiffany colored kitchen accessories so if a small amount of the color is all you want it will be easy for you to create your desired look.
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The images above represent the true Tiffany color. However there is a softer version of this color that looks equally fresh and exciting when used in the Tiffany kitchen. Below you will see just how lovely this color choice can be.

Not quite blue yet not really aqua the lighter version of the Tiffany colored kitchen is absolutely stunning. This shade, like it's stronger cousin, also weds wonderfully to copper.
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I prefer the lighter shade of Tiffany especially when choosing it for a farmhouse style kitchen.
I also think a creamy white is pretty in a kitchen that is painted in a light shade of Tiffany blue. It softens things up a bit and makes it warmer.
A kitchen island is comparable to a great piece of furniture. So why not give it a splash of color and pale Tiffany blue is a wonderful choice. It really helps to liven up white cabinetry.
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This Tiffany colored kitchen features another current trend, the black stainless steel appliance. Tiffany shades work well with gray, silver, and black so the black quartz countertops are perfection. 
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Range in lighter Tiffany blue is calming and uplifting.
The Tiffany color has always represented femininity and luxury. If you have something of an obsession for this color you’ll absolutely love a kitchen with some form of Tiffany blue accent. It will give your kitchen a timeless and elegant look.
This pretty kitchen features a vaulted wood ceiling, skylights, and mercury glass dome pendants that illuminate a Tiffany blue island. This softer side of Tiffany is also captured in the tile backsplash.
Do you dare to dream boldly in color? This kitchen is saturated in the lighter side of Tiffany blue and is case in point that color doesn't have to only take a supporting can star.
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Painting the kitchen cabinets is the fastest way to a completely transform the space and can create a cohesive look. The perfect paint color can make the project a stylish success. Here the Tiffany color is paired with yellow walls and gray and white marble for a fresh look.
Despite what you've been told, your ceiling doesn't have to be white.Create a dramatic effect by painting it Tiffany blue. Added sparkle comes from the silver penny round tiles as the backsplash.This kitchen resembles a Tiffany jewel and exudes glamour.

I know this color is not for everyone's taste. But if you are up to taking design risks in the kitchen these pictures prove that bold choices can pay off and result in kitchens that are packed with personality. And after all our homes should be just that OUR HOMES without worrying whether we are making the right investment choice. Decorate for yourselves and make your house a home!!!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Decorating With Jib Doors.......Secret Doors Hidden In Plain Sight

My first encounter with jib doors ( known only as secret doors at the time) was as I perused the pages of Carolyn Keene's Nancy Drew books. I read them voraciously and it seem like there was always a hidden room behind a secret door. Remember The Hidden  Staircase? These mysterious doors have since fascinated me as they have others throughout the history of mankind. 

These wonderful portals of my childhood did actually serve a much needed purpose. European castles and palaces often had jib doors and secret passageways to provide an escape route in case of an enemy siege. Many led down to underground water sources so there would be water to drink in case of a prolonged siege. They are still stylish additions to new homes as today jib doors conceal secret entrances to what is now called panic rooms.

A jib or secret door should be nearly invisible, hardly recognized as a door as one walks past. It is usually disguised by having the same moldings or wall treatment as the surrounding wall, but door hardware is usually absent.  Also missing is the wooden casing and door frame. This is what allows the jib door to remain flush with the wall. 

The secret jib doors in this post are more the functional yet aesthetically charming old world style........the kind you read about in historical romance and mystery novels. Enjoy!!

Everybody needs a jib/secret door just in case pitchfork carrying mobs come looking for you.

Marie Antoinette understood that fact all too well. This is the jib door and secret passage in the Queen's State Bedroom at Versailles through which Marie Antoinette escaped the Parisian mob on the night of the October 5, 1789.

The President of the United States has two secret jib doors in the oval office.

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And Batman has his secret jib door too.

Here is another jib door in the Palace of Versailles. Secret doors like this have played many integral roles in history. Maybe this one was used to allow someone to hide or escape from some kind of danger or even to carry out a more sinister purpose.


Secret doors are popular features in mysteries that are staged in castles, dungeons, old mansions and haunted houses.

It is impossible to imagine historical escape stories without hidden doors and secret passageways.

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The use of moldings and wallpaper on jib doors finished them off to look like the walls and make them quite innocent looking.

Another common use for the jib or secret door was to hide people. When England was converting to Protestantism (and back to Catholicism, and back to Protestantism, etc.) in the 16th and 17th centuries, it was relatively common for well-off crypto-Catholics to hide priests in their houses. If the houses were searched, they would want the priests to be hidden, of course. So they would build priest-holes, which are secret rooms/compartments for the priests to hide in.

Jib doors and secret passageways are always a cool amenity to any house as they evoke old-world artisanship and charm. Many were covered in handpainted wallpaper and wallpaper murals.

Or in this case the jib door is covered in damask fabric to blend in with the fabric panel.

Here is an example of a jib door decorated in a grisaille wallpaper mural in the NY apartment of designer Howard Slatkin.

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Wainscoting, murals and tromp l'oeil have always been popular methods of conceling jib doors.

Many secret jib doors were created to have no visible trim or operable components. They were designed to visually to be a part of the wall. In this case even a piece of furniture was added making it very tricky to spot.

You can see the jib door in this picture of Marie Antoinette's bedroom in Le Petit Trianon.

Secret jib doors (sometimes called blind doors) were often wallpapered with an intricate pattern that provided a continuous flow to help conceal the door's location.

Chinoiserie patterned wallpaper was a great pattern for covering jib doors. The busy pattern made it especially hard to detect the secret door.

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This jib door features a clever use of art to help in it's camouflage.

Many people still like to use jib doors as closet doors to keep the room from looking chopped up with doors and their casings.

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A large portrait of King Edward VII by Archibald Stuart Wortley cleverly disguises a pair of built-in wardrobe doors in the State Bedroom. Old Battersea House, London.

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Secret jib doors many times took on architectural features such as a built-in bookcase.

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Some entrances are more elaborately concealed and can be opened only by engaging a hidden mechanism or locking device.

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Old world style libraries are magical spaces to begin with and having a jib door to conceal your private little space is icing on the cake.

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Seems like no matter how old you get, the desire to have a secret door leading to a passageway or hidden room in your house is something you never outgrow. Wood paneling makes a perfect disguise for this hidden door.

This jib door is made from the same French boiserie covering the rest of the walls.

The more cleverly disguised the better the secret jib door is at concealment. This door features artwork and looks like the rest of the gallery walls.

This jib door with intricate moldings and maps would be especially hard to notice unless you knew it was there.

This secret door looks like part of the built-in cabinetry.

This secret door isn't a jib door but was so clever I had to add it. You would never know it wasn't part of the cabinet unit.

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Three years ago we almost bought an old house built in 1845 that had armoire doors that acted as a secret door just like this. It was so well done and deceptive that I never realized it was hiding a corridor.

Be warned !!


While it might be fun having a secret door in your home, just be careful........

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they can be dangerous!!

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