Enough of India modular kitchen web sites that show kitchens that the company does not offer!!! How many times I’ve run into this, I cannot count. I give up trying to research anything online anymore. I’m gonna haul my sweating self all over Chennai in late May or June weather now, looking at cabinets.
If a web site shows kitchen products, a customer should be able to get those products from that company. Choosing a nice photo to draw people to your web site, when you don’t have any affiliation with the product in the photo, is so not cool. It should be illegal because it has no representation of what you can do.
Meanwhile if anyone knows who produces the kitchen cabinetry below – if they are indeed even in India because I’m not looking to ship a kitchen into India although some people are doing that – please email or note in comments. Thank you! You will make our day and your help will be forever appreciated! I’m sorry I cannot promise to include you in my will, but I will think of some other big thanks!
While I’m on a kitchen cabinet rant today, if you’re a company that’s describing solid wood cabinets, don’t ship MDF. If your product is MDF just say so. Frankly, I won’t get snobby about needing solid wood in our India apartment – I already got wood so solid in my Chicago kitchen, I cannot drive a nail into it to install hooks inside the cabinets! That’s what real quality oak does, folks. If you can very easily drive nails into “oak” cabinets in India, it ain’t oak. Our Chennai kitchen will be used only a few weeks a year so it doesn’t need to be costly top-notch solid wood. Plus, this probably goes without saying, but I don’t know how to cook like my mother-in-law and sister-in-law cook in their kitchens. My mother-in-law cooks such great food, we may wind up in their flat downstairs to eat! So there won’t be much action in our kitchen.
Furthermore … teak is teak — if it’s not teak don’t call it teak. Adding the word “teak” in a name doesn’t make it so. I could go on and on but will spare everyone the repetitive rant about this issue of cabinet material descriptions. It’s discussed online in many other places.
Whatever material people want to buy is their personal decision, and they should get what they are expecting. The price they pay should be commensurate with what they get. I have a problem with misrepresentation and will never get over the shock of that. Injustices just rile me — it’s why I do what I do for a profession — and this is a type of injustice.
Whew. Back to pretty pictures next post, promise …
This image was initially saved in a “peacock” inspiration folder, to be shared later in a long post about peacock colors:
Then I read the description about this Southern Indian antique embroidery from around 1880. I discovered something mind-blowing! What do you think those peacock-colored iridescent specks are?
They are beetle wings. Yes!
Very skilled hands at the Hobart School for Mussulman Girls in Madras used zardozi and the wings of Jewel Beetles to create this piece which was then shipped to England in 1882. Read more about it. Here’s close up detail:
Astounding! Some things shouldn’t be buried in a long post among other photos – they’re worthy of their own spotlight. Just like this proud guy:
Image via Wikipedia
Here’s the Jewel Beetle:
Oh, all the details!! By pure chance during conversation this week, I discovered the plan in our Chennai apartment was to install tile skirting where the walls meet the tiled floors. I had been envisioning a thick, wide wood molding there.
All the tile will be installed very soon, so a quick note to the architect put the brakes on the tile skirting plan. Whew. That could have happened without even knowing it was going to happen.
Although visually I think wood is better, now I embark on research to double-check that idea. There are nagging doubts. Because just like I was told to eat yogurt with spicy food, when at first I resisted the idea before realizing how it makes perfect sense (and indeed now I could eat a gallon of tamarind rice and raitha, love it!), perhaps there is good reason for tile skirting instead of wood molding? I realize tile skirting is common, but to me it invokes “hospital room.”
I shared the Rejuvenation Powell pendant light trio hanging above our kitchen island in a previous post about pendants and sconces:
But lately my eyes are adjusting more to the industrial lighting look. That’s probably inevitable — industrial lighting is everywhere right now. But where and when can you use it without it looking ridiculous, misplaced, a misguided attempt to be updated or trendy?
Could these Rejuvenation George pendants go in my kitchen instead of the Powells above?
Heck if I know! And that will remain a rhetorical question for y’all. Although I have a perfectly nice kitchen, everything high quality and very nice and roomy, it’s still not the kitchen of dreams. Mostly because it’s a typical Midwestern kitchen with the orangey grainy oak cabinets. I think industrial lighting would look silly in our kitchen right now.
I intend to someday get our cabinets painted an antiqued beige, plus remove a desk and overhead cabinets in one corner and replace them with an antique Chinese cabinet for contrast. We have vintage/antique and reproduction Chinese furniture peppered throughout the house and this would tie all that together as you move from living room to dining room, to kitchen to family room.
I could see these George industrial pendants looking very cool if my cabinets were beige antiqued with dark gray accents, and with a black Chinese cabinet in the corner. (Our counters are dark green granite with black flecks.) The utilitarian simplicity of the Chinese furniture we like could mesh well with industrial lighting:
Check out advice and photos from Houzz about how to get pendant lights right. It discusses using pendants for kitchen task lighting and advises hanging them 28 to 34 inches above the countertop. In addition, when hanging pendants over kitchen islands, hang them high enough so you’re not staring into the lights when you’re standing at the island. Here’s more from Houzz about installing pendants above a kitchen island including beautiful photos of kitchens to illustrate.