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Today’s Waffle: Gray Kitchens

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Photo: Eater Seattle

Ken and I recently tried out a new neighborhood restaurant with the kids. Grace’s Kitchen is going for an urban-classic-homey vibe, or at least that’s my take on the decor.  The booths, trim and many of the walls are gray, which might seem an odd choice for Seattle, a city known for it’s overcast skies.

As I dug into my bowl of chili, I looked around at all the gray walls and started thinking about gray kitchens and whether I would want one in my own home. Of course, gray kitchens come in all different shades and styles.

There’s the traditional look:

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Traditional Home

The modern look:


The Martha look:

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There are kitchens with lots of gray cabinetry,

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and kitchens with minimal cabinetry and gray walls:

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Apartment Therapy

Gray is used for tiled backsplashes,


Regan Baker Design

as well as for architectural features:

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Jill Brinson's Kitchen via Design Sponge

So what do you think? Does a gray kitchen strike you as chic and luxurious or drab and dreary?

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Jameson’s Waffle: Wine Labels

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Even wine bloggers sometime waffle about wine.  Enter Jameson Fink, the eponymous author behind the excellent blog Jameson Fink, Wine without Worry. Here’s Jameson’s waffle in his own words:

Though I have worked in the wine business for years, I am not immune to the significant charms of a well-designed, attention-getting, and/or thoughtful label. (I’d also like to note I really enjoy what’s in the bottle as well!) I can’t decide which one I like better. Which do you prefer?

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The And Co Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc, from New Zealand, has a modern, graphic look on both the front and back label that I adore. It’s attention-getting in a good way. And who can’t get behind the bottle cap seal? No corkscrew required. (This label is actually different then the one you will find available for purchase. You can take a look at the current label and more information about the wine from my post on Foodista.)


The Domaine Pouillon “French Press” Syrah, from Washington, combines two of my favorite beverages on its label: wine and coffee. The drawing on the label doesn’t even look like it was printed. I imagine the artist just casually sketching the design on each bottle. (Note: The wine stain was added after the bottle was opened. Hey it’s not easy pouring from a big bottle. Though it looks pretty cool, I must admit.)

So, Waffler readers, which label is your favorite?

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Today’s waffle: collage framed artwork

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Recently one of my favorite blogs, Casasugar, did a post about design trends they deem the best of 2011.  Some of their ideas I didn’t recognize as trends (loose arrangements of flowers?) but one in particular stood out to me: collaged framed artwork, in which smaller frames are hung together in a cluster.  I actually think this has been a trend for a few years now.

Sometimes people unify the look with the same color frames like Sherri and John from younghouselove did:

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Sometimes a gallery wall is created with similar artwork but different colored frames:

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And of course sometimes both artwork and frames are varied:

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Lots of people hang their artwork in a highly organized way:

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And others create a looser structure:

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So what do you think about this trend? Do you think it’s here to stay or a flash in the pan decorating idea?

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