Before & After
New countertops, tiles,
and paint colors
can give your kitchen a fresh feel.
The Spring 2009 issue
of Better Homes and Gardens’ Before & After magazine features one of Linda’s most recent projects – an inspired kitchen
makeover. Using the old kitchen's existing layout, appliances and cabinets, Linda helped her clients achieve the rustic, old-world ambiance
they longed for in their tract-house kitchen without having to do major construction. The transformation from dreary to dreamy
included adding rough-edged, hand-stained concrete tiles in warm tones of gold and apricot on the backsplash, replacing the
contemporary beige and black countertops with soft gold limestone slabs, and finishing the look with European-style pewter hardware on the
Before & after photos tell
the story below and in the magazine, which is on stands now.
A Roman shade softens the look of the window, adds color and pattern, and can
be lowered when privacy is an issue.
Concrete tiles are stained to look like stone but offer an
Sage-green paint sets the island base apart from perimeter
cabinetry; a walnut glaze infuses the surface with an attractive patina of age and highlights the character of the cabinetry.
The new kitchen reflects the owners' penchant
for old-world styling, including the antique French chandelier above the island. Linda eliminated a raised ledge and extended the base so a larger
countertop could provide a place to work, enjoy a meal, or chat with the cook.
An ogee edge on the limestone counter lends a look that is more
traditional than the bullnose edge on the original granite counters.
Pewter escutcheons behind the pewter knobs add a European country touch to
An antique pine bench from Sonoma Country Antiques finds a happy
home in the kitchen of the wine country estate Linda designed in the Valley of the Moon. Whimsical pillows and a custom cushion in a chicken motif add
a casual farmhouse touch to the home’s authentic Tuscan style.
Fear No Color:
A Presentation in Sonoma
Join Linda for a free demonstration on the power of color at one of her
favorite shopping haunts!
On Thursday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m., Linda will be at Sonoma Country
Antiques in Sonoma, California. She will talk about how to develop your personal color
palette and bring the nurturing quality of color into your home. Then we'll have some fun as she demonstrates how to apply her principles right there
in the store. Wine and cheese will be served, and you will love browsing the store's 10,000 square feet of elegantly designed showrooms, featuring
fine European country antique furnishings, French Provincial hardwoods, unique collectibles and custom upholstery. Whether you are shopping for your
home or just want to soak up the inspiration and ambiance of Sonoma's wine country lifestyle, this store is a destination all its own.
For more information or r.s.v.p., please call 707 938 8315, or click
here to e-mail the store.
Seminar Survey Results
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic response to
the survey! We have gotten so many helpful ideas and the next seminar is starting to take shape. The survey is still open, so if you would like to
send us your input, please click here. It takes just a
few minutes to answer the ten short questions and let us know how we can make the next Linda Applewhite Design Event work for you.
Soft light glows through hand-made lampshades onto richly
faux-painted plaster walls in Linda’s “Vibrant Living Room.”
Two more of our favorite episodes will air on HGTV in June:
Monday, June 8, episode #603
"Bold Dining Room"
8:00 a.m. Eastern and Pacific
Monday, June 22, episode #806
"Vibrant Living Room"
8:00 a.m. Eastern and Pacific
"Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."