mary evelyn

I'm in love with this kitchen by Mary Evelyn McKeeIN LOVE:

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It's what 90% of us strive for in a kitchen-

open, inviting, family-friendly

and yet she adds a contemporary element by using a bulthaup kitchen right in the middle of a very American cottage.

This is actually her current kitchen.

In the LAST issue (*sniff) of Southern Accents there's a Molly Pastor writes a lovely article about Mary Evelyn. At one point she reveals how to achieve a modern- but not cold!- kitchen:

Kitchens that invite cooking together seem to have more celebration about them. All of our boys cook, and we like to cook as a family, so in my kitchen I want plenty of air and multiple workstations so everyone can pitch in. For floors, I favor wood (Amen!!). For countertops I like natural stone, such as marble or limestone, or a combination of teak, stainless steel and stone. It gives the space a contemporary edge. As for my backsplash- stainless steel or tile with contrast grout that is hand-hewn.

I used to work for Mary Evelyn in Birmingham and feel that it was such a stepping stone in my career path. She is like a walking art history class- always tying in the story behind a particular fabric or an architectural element. It was fascinating to be around, and inspiring to say the least.

You've got to go get the lastest AND LAST Southern Accents- not only to read more from this article but because it also includes her favorite paint colors, fabrics, and a chart titled "In Mary Evelyn's Opinion". I want to share this with you because trust me- You want to know this woman's opinion.

(and it helps that I agree with almost everything she says)

In Mary Evelyn's Opinion...

COLOR

Love it: A One Color House     Leave it: Unbalanced color intensity

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ART

Love it: Conte crayon drawings Leave it: Excessive personal photographs

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FLOORING

Love it: Wide-plank wood  Leave it: Composite; man-made

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KITCHENS

Love it: Dish pantries  Leave it: islands that are too large

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CURTAINS

Love it: Simplicity of Line  Leave it: ruching or frills

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LIGHTING

Love it: LEDs; dimmers  Leave it: too many recessed cans and ceiling fans

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If you are ever in Birmingham you should definitely go by her beautiful interiors shop...

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Click here for more information on Mary Evelyn.

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<all images from her website>