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Kitchen Inspiration Pinboard: Modern Cottage

By Roger Hazard

Cottage Kitchen


Amerock Knobs and Ridge Cup Pull


Vigo Farmhouse Stainless Steel Single Bowl Kitchen Sink


Torq two-hole deck-mount bridge kitchen sink faucet


White painted wood floors


Hammersmith 3"x6" Subway Tile


Wilson Industrial Pendant


Flint Barstools

An updated take on the cottage look integrates classic styles with contemporary details to create a bright, happy space.


Vallejo Mission - 10 - Alder - Burnt Taupe

This door provides the charming, well-worn look of an old cottage, but is built to today's high standards. Each door features multiple layers of stain and unique, hand-executed distressing. This door's stain highlights the wood grain, and the tone - while warm - is neutral enough to pair nicely with a range of colors.

Custom Cupboards


White Carrera Marble

A classic countertop choice that works well as a surface for prep work. Naturally cool, gracefully aging, and always elegant, carrera marble introduces another bright surface that parallels the floors and walls, further increasing the light feel of the kitchen - which balances out the darker cabinetry.


White painted wood

Painted floors are the ultimate in cottage charm. While white floors can be a challenge for upkeep, cottage style allows them to show wear, chips, and other imperfections. The objective with a white floor is to bounce light around the space. This is particularly effective with a glossy finish.


Paint - SW6074 Spalding Gray
Tile - Hammersmith 3"x6" Subway Tile in white
White floating shelves

Subway tile is tremendously versatile, and can be interpreted as anything from traditional to ultra-modern depending on the context. In this kitchen, it will help add a dose of modern to our "Modern Cottage" style. More glossy white equals yet more light, making this space bright and happy. Above the tile, the warm gray paint echos the color of the cabinetry and builds cohesiveness. White floating shelves made by Custom Cupboards augment the enclosed upper cabinets and provide a place to store frequently-used items and interesting objects.

$1.69/sqft from BuildDirect
Custom Cupboards


Amerock BP55312 28MM Knob
Amerock BP55318 Ridge Cup Pull

While some kitchens benefit from a blend of hardware, I opted to stick with one hardware family on this kitchen. These traditional pieces in antique pewter finish boast both an aged patina and modern accents.

$6.48 from Pulls Direct
$8.21 from Pulls Direct

Sink and Faucet:

Vigo Farmhouse Stainless Steel Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Torq two-hole deck-mount bridge kitchen sink faucet in vibrant stainless

Classic forms with modern finishes - that's what this sink and faucet is all about. A traditional farmhouse-style apron-front sink gets updated with stainless, and the timeless bridge faucet goes modern with sleek detailing.

$470.00 from Home Depot
$980.55 from Kohler


Wilson Industrial Pendant in pewter
Wayland Pendant in antique black with straw twisted cloth cord

The larger Wilson pendant will add visual heft over the island, while the delicate and detailed Wayland makes a lovely oversink fixture that will not obstruct a view out the window.

$299.00 from Pottery Barn
$160 from Schoolhouse Electric


Flint Barstools

These simple, modern stools boast clean lines and a sleek raw metal finish.

$119.00 from CB2

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Roger Hazard is TV's original home stager, as well as designer / producer on the international, Emmy-nominated "SELL THIS HOUSE," "SELL THIS HOUSE: EXTREME," and "MOVE THIS HOUSE." MORE ABOUT Roger Hazard

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