To Waterfall or Not To Waterfall

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Yesterday I returned from a quick trip to visit the folks in Las Vegas and check on the progress of the fixer upper, things are moving along in the kitchen, I found my dream backsplash and the fabricators I hired came out to make the template for the new countertops. I finally made a decision on the solid surface, I envisioned white quartz from the start so I’ll be working with Caesarstone in Pure White, it will be so beautiful when complete, I’ll share that next month.

Meanwhile I have a decision to make on the edge of the peninsula and whether I should add a waterfall edge or not, here’s a quick iPhone pic I took this week (see actual colors of the cabinets and another view of the peninsula here.)

kitchen counter template

I have the choice between a classic horizontal surface that ends here or I could have it drop down to the floor with a waterfall edge. The style of this kitchen will be more contemporary so a waterfall could look amazing – it would be striking to look at you enter the kitchen, and would have a return where two counter stools sit on the other side.

I’m torn for reasons shared below, but first a look at some waterfall edges to collectively drool over.

marble waterfall island countertop

space architects and planners

waterfall island edge in kitchen

blansfield builders

marble waterfall countertop edge

style at home

marble waterfall edge dark cabinets

john maniscalo architecture

waterfall edge island marble countertop

chelsea atelier

waterfall edge kitchen island

rosemount kitchens

kitchen countertop waterfall island edge

style at home

Here is the look of Caesarstone quartz on islands with a waterfall edge, I die they’re so purty.

pure white quartz waterfall edge


waterfall edge island caesarstone

And on a straight peninsula.

waterfall edge caesarstone

images via Caesarstone

I lean toward the waterfall edge since 1) it’s awesome and 2) it will hide that contrast between the blue/gray cabinet and pony wall. I lean against it because of the angle of the peninsula, I’m not 100% convinced it will look right since it will only be on this one side and it requires a return. Personally I prefer the look of a waterfall edge when the look is two sided and symmetrical on an island. Also are waterfall edges trendy? Will we still be loving them in 10 years, or are they a new classic?  What say you?

Modern Farmhouse Style

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

I ran into a long time friend this morning at the post office and we were talking about architecture and real estate and how nice it would be to build here (but way too expensive for our pocketbook) and how much we really love the modern farmhouse style and how it fits so nicely with not only the landscapes here in Sonoma County but any country property with extra acreage. 

Many of the wineries in this area have adopted a similar style for their tasting rooms, a blend of contemporary clean lines with classic farmhouse style, pitched roof and covered porch required! Often the exterior is vertical board and batten siding with stone or concrete mixed in for variety.

contemporary farmhouse


mod farmhouse exterior

truexcullins architecture

What is also common is the use of larger windows, and in the lower level community spaces that open up to the outdoors, they often extend from floor to ceiling. Many of the windows you’ll find have no window treatments in order to bring in the natural light and views of the surrounding landscape.

In the kitchen, the cabinets are Shaker, the metal fixtures are industrial or barn style such as gooseneck. Wood is always present and in mixed tones.

modern farmhouse style kitchen

texas construction

modern farmhouse kitchen

cuppett architects

hanging shelves in kitchen

julie ranee


modern farmhouse kitchen

trueex cullins  

wood and white farmhouse kitchen

k marshall design


Dining rooms include raw wood farmhouse tables in traditional or modern X base styles, the Tolix or Windsor chair completes the look.

mod farmhouse dining

cuppett architects

modern farmhouse dining

the design atelier

mod farmhouse banquette

k marshall design


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