I don’t know about you, but I’m often skeptical of the mass-market versions of designs by companies like Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Kitchen cabinets for example the are inspired by Martha’s own homes can come off looking kind of plastic and like a Disneyland version of the original.
Well I was pleasantly surprised to see this affordable Home Depot kitchen by Martha Stewart as it was installed at Martha’s Maine home called Skylands. No it’s not Martha’s own kitchen – it’s in some guest quarters (above a garage I think!) so don’t start imagining the billionaire is decorating her mansion with Home Depot! Still, it’s a helpful illustration of strong democratized design that the rest of us can afford and customize to our own homes. I think it’s the paint colours, the trim moulding and the beautiful windows that really make this space sing.
Here’s the front door of Skylands in Maine.
And the new Home Depot kitchen! Looks pretty good huh? The cabinets are in her signature Sharkey Gray which you can buy at home depot in straight paint so maybe this will inspire you to paint your own cabinets? I really like the island having one side left open for shelves – really makes it less of a mammoth box in the middle of the room.
The corbels are modelled on antique examples from Martha’s house. I like the shaker pegs in-between too.
This affordable kitchen seems to have lots of high quality details like corian counters that look like stone and bells and whistles like this pot cupboard that swings out. Oooh and notice the nice old wooden floors – this helps keep the kitchen from looking to shiny and new too.
The drawers have wooden construction with hidden glides. Looks pretty good to me!
Here’s Martha demonstrating the pull out spice drawer that’s tucked into a little space near the sink. The backsplash is stainless steel subway tile which I think helps the stainless appliances not looks so choppy right?
A nice view of the shaker style cabinets and the school house pendant which was also a big box Home Depot find. Again I like how the walls are gray and blend in with the stainless backsplash to reduce contrast and the window frame is painted out too. Note the crown moulding atop the cabinets for a finished traditional look.
Well this’ll make me look twice next time I’m at Home Depot!