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TV - Brothers and Sisters

Kitchen detail from ABC's Brothers and Sisters

Who doesn’t love the look of Nora Walker’s kitchen on the hit TV show Brothers & Sisters?

The show premiered back in 2006. Some of the room furnishings have changed slightly (I guess even TV sets need renovation!), but that warm California kitchen is tough to beat.

This is definitely a cook’s kitchen with work surfaces spotted with bottles of olive oil and open shelves filled with intriguing cannisters and food-filled glass jars. The textured tile and arched cabinets have kind of a Tuscan wine country feel, but the white cabinets and light colors give it an updated feel.

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Little matches in the kitchen – the tile pattern on one wall don’t match the tiles or pattern on another wall. The height of  kitchen cabinets ebb and flow, but the airiness and light, clean color palette bring it all together.

This is a kitchen you could spend some serious time in… and the Walker family does regularly, meeting for everything from in-your face confrontations to soap-style kiss-and-make-up reunions.

If you haven’t checked out the show (and that kitchen!), it’s worth a look (Sunday nights on ABC).


Modern KitchenIf you’re not into spending a lot of money on pricey wood kitchen cabinets right now, here’s a great option for making economical white kitchen cabinets work even harder. This cool, modern kitchen adds light to a dark kitchen, and space to a small kitchen.

Inexpensive white kitchen cabinets don’t have to look cheap, especially if you eliminate all that crown and door molding that makes white kitchen cabinets look like they’re trying too hard to look like wood. The wow-factor in this kitchen was pulled off not just with straight-lined cabinets, but with a roster of very clever designer tricks including…

* using stainless steel not just on appliances, but as the color of the kitchen counters. You could choose actual stainless steel counter tops or a solid surface or laminate in a stainless steel color

* using streamlined stainless steel hardware – the long pulls look more streamlined than lots of small knobs would

* running cabinets right to the ceiling, using a white tile backsplash and painting the walls and ceiling  the same white as the cabinets … the combined effect cuts the look of clutter and fuzzies the line between walls and cabinets… making the room look brighter and larger

* adding a translucent (rather than transparent) glass or acrylic door to a few upper cabinets – a nice change from all the glass doors that add clutter by showing everything inside

* adding accents in a seaglass color

Great look, especially for small kitchens!