Friday, October 10, 2008

Candace Olson and Her Divine Kitchens

Candace Olson is a genius when it comes to total renovations
and overhauls. When it comes to kitchens, she is definitely
the queen. If I were to choose any designer to build my
dream kitchen, it would Candace Olson hands down.

Her signature trademark for many of her kitchen countertops
is quartz which is beautiful and more durable than granite.
Granite will stain and so having really light colors for granite
counter tops actually takes a lot of work to upkeep.

Above is one of my favorite modern kitchens that she has
designed with bright white surfaces, a cook top on the island
and her use of fabrics for a window seat to soften the hard
surfaces and lines.

I think her most glamorous kitchen renovation was this
art deco styled kitchen. She used gorgeous marble for
the countertops. The showstopper had to be the floors which
I totally fell in love with - mosaic tiles in black and white
in a simple repeating pattern.

This was the kitchen before the art deco makeover.
It was an extremely awkward space and she extended
the outer wall of the house to make more room.

Gray, white and black are really starting to grow on me
for a kitchen. One could argue that gray is cold and uninviting
but the right gray with white and black can really make
a crisp and bold statement. Check out the back splash as
well as the striped floor!

This owner wanted something more traditional.

This couple really loved dark woods. It's
got an upscale masculine feel to it.

I really loved how Candace blended traditional style with
modern design here. It's not an easy mix when it comes
to kitchens. You've got to strike just the right balance.

I am a huge fan of open space planning for kitchens.
Walls just seem to really close the space in.

Simple and bright. You can't really go wrong with that.

Something bold with color? No problem, Candace has
something up her sleeve for everyone. The cabinets
in this kitchen are actually the original but painted
over with a paint treatment. Amazing what just a
paint job can do.

All photos from HGTV.


pinkstilettos said...

You have to love Candice's designs. She does a really great job. Have a nice day! Daisy~

Fabulous Finds Studio said...

I adore Candice Olson's designs, they are always so classy and fabulous!

Cat said...

I have watched Candice develpoe over the years. Clearly her budget is now HUGE for these projects. I do think she is great but there is something that bugs me....maybe too many accessories all over every surface (more so in rooms other than kitchens and too much matching. She is the best thing on HGTV though, no doubt

Lynn said...

It's spelled "Candice"


I love the colors black and white in kitchens.Great photos

dwellings and decor said...

She is so fabulous and ties her designs in so beautifully.

Visual Vamp said...

Ah Saint Candace, the Queen of Rate My Space (not the TV show but the original on line space)!
Her work is professional, her process revealing, her personality so cute and genuine.
I like a kitchen she did for a guy with a bird, and a couple from New Orelans who relocated (brrrrr) to Canada.
Right now HGTV is revisiting her favorite bath spaces with a weekly show, and they're great too.
So once again, we curtsy to Candace!
xo xo
PS Loved your My Sweetie posting :-)

My Notting Hill said...

These kitchens really show her versatility. I saw her speak and she is so funny! I think she's the best when it comes to lighting,hands down.

Pascale said...

Belle idée que de nous montrer des styles différents de cuisines. J'ai une préférence pour le moderne.


viera said...

Love her designs. Also fabrics for Kravet ate gorgeous!!
Have a great weekend

TOTART by MaritereCR said...

Lovely Kitchen designs! I really like the opneness; most of them are connected to the breakfast room and/or the living room and allows for wonderful family and friend time while cooking! Thanks for sharing!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Candace Olson is so wonderful.

I am celebrating my 100th post tomorrow. Please stop by.

Anonymous said...

Love Candace's work, she is so talented! Hope you had a good weekend Karen!


Fifi Flowers said...

She is FABULOUS! I adore her! These kitchens are DIVINE!

I haven't visited you in awhile... was waiting for you to get back from your trip... did you have a GREAT time?

Nay-K said...

lovely rooms!

Down Comforter said...

lovely designs

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