Every year, they feature a tour of the Princess Margaret Showhome, and I have absolutely fallen in love with some of the kitchens in those homes (designed by the House & Home team). In 2008 they pulled together this classic-meets-weathered look that showed off current trends while still maintaining a classic aesthetic:
And in 2009 produced this to-die-for modern meets country kitchen--so many unexpected, yet perfectly executed elements:
So with a history of loving the kitchens in these homes, I have to say that I'm not over-the-moon with the most current one from the 2011 showhome:
As a kitchen design professional, I'm always on the lookout for current trends, whether it be a new and innovative material for surfaces, functional hardware that allows for improved useability, or interesting colour directions for the kitchen space. I hope I'm not coming across as totally clueless or style-less when I say that I can't quite embrace the abundance of "mustard" happening in this room. While the colour tone itself is quite beautiful and there are other elements in the space that I love, such as the range/hood combination, stone floor and rustic work island, for me, the colour is just too much of a good thing.
I do love the dresser-style hardware on the base cabinets, as well as the grandness that's achieved by taking the wall cabinets all the way up to the high ceilings. And I do appreciate that they committed to the ochre color in its primary state without gobbing it up with glazing or distressing. I want to know what other people out there think though.....am I the only one struggling with this "new" design direction? Opinions please!