A Very Unique Kitchen - what do you think?

hobokenkitchenMarch 28, 2014

This is a brand new kitchen in a house that is for sale (not mine!).

It's really different to most kitchen's I have seen here and anywhere else.

The cabinets are black lacquer - like a high gloss piano. Chinese latticework on the center island table. I love the light fixture and the marble part of the backsplash, but the overall effect is slightly busy for my taste and I don't like the brown Chinese island with the rest of the kitchen. I do think it's really unique and the mirror effect of the cabinets is kind of interesting. I've never seen anyone do cabinets in this kind if material.

What do you think? Would you buy a house with this kitchen? Do you like the cabinets? Island?

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crl_

As separate elements, I like the marble part of the backsplash and the floor is nice looking. But I don't think I could live with that many different patterns, especially as the cabinets reflect the floor so they look patterned too. But it is definitely different!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 9:39PM
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hobokenkitchen

It's probably not the kitchen I would choose to put in to sell a house. Very taste specific.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 9:45PM
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deedles

Nope. That kitchen would be a no-go for me. Waaay too much going on and I'd expect to see Jayne Mansfield walking around in her fur lined high heel slippers.

It looks like heck to clean, too.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 9:48PM
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butterfly4u

I like it.
I would get rid of the table with the glass top and chinese scroll in the middle of the room. That is ugly.
Or buy a nice big slab of marble with similar colors as the backsplash and put that on top of it instead.
The cabinets are VERY European. Sharp.
The wall paper, I wouldn't have in a kitchen. I wouldn't want to clean it.
Other than that, I like the kitchen. It isn't a large kitchen and the reflective light give the illusion of more space.
And high ceilings.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 9:51PM
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greenhaven

Yep, a nightmare to clean. It feels like a hall of mirrors, to me. Nothing in there is of any appeal to me, at all, and that is saying a lot because there is something I like in nearly every other kitchen I have seen.

I have a very busy mind, and need my space to be quiet. That might put me in the looney bin.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 9:53PM
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rococogurl

Deftly Dubai

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 9:55PM
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hobokenkitchen

It's not wallpaper it's very expensive custom tile.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 9:58PM
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springroz

Where would you put the slot machine?? Reminds me of a casino, but it would keep a housekeeper employed.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:03PM
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lori_inthenw_gw

It makes my brain twitch. But whoever designed this would probably fall asleep in my kitchen!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:04PM
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crl_

Yeah, I can't make up my mind about that tile. Part of me likes it and part of me thinks it would drive me batty. Maybe in an otherwise plain kitchen? And maybe in someone else's kitchen, not mine.

But I tend to very, very simple choices and am pattern phobic, so I am definitely not the intended audience for this kitchen. And whoever loves it, would certainly hate my choices.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:15PM
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greenhaven

"pattern phobic" lol, I can relate!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:19PM
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scott_madison

Hmmmm.... I think I could live with it if it had a couple differences. First... Different cabinetry. Maybe something more traditional in a darker wood to match the island. And second, different light fixtures. In really don't like the ones pictured. However, I do LOVE the stove. I could spend many happy hours cooking/baking on that beauty!!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:27PM
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writersblock

I don't know. I think it's a pretty generic kitchen except for the finishes. I don't care for them, but really in normal finishes it would be a pretty dull kitchen, as far as layout goes.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:30PM
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carolssis

I don't like the wall surface, whatever it is. I don't like the flooring. Too busy with it reflecting on cabs. But I love that light fixture. Very modern, very upscale. not for me, I like a lived in look, that would have to be spicnspan all the time. No way. It is unique.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:31PM
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andreak100

I like many of the individual aspects, but not all of it together. Too many styles and not enough cohesiveness to pull all the styles together. It looks like someone who loves many, many different decorating styles and couldn't decide which, so (s)he put them all together, but without the expertise to pull everything in as one.

As for cleanability...I'm kinda betting that this kitchen was designed more as a showpiece. And that the owner has a cleaning team who takes care of cleaning what needs cleaned.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:32PM
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Iowacommute

If they like seeing their reflection this much they are probably asking for two prices for their house. The name Kardashian comes to mind.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 11:21PM
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rockybird

I like the appliances.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 11:33PM
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feisty68

Wow there is soooo much going on in that kitchen. I am a big fan of letting the architecture dictate a kitchen to a large degree. That is a lovely space that says retro industrial chic to me. I find the finishes and overall effect are somewhat in conflict with the bones of the place. I think that was intentional, but I wouldn't say they pulled it off.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 11:39PM
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firstmmo

I love certain parts of it, but the combination makes my head spin. I tend to like aggressive design, but this one is over the top for me. I guess it's just that there are too many colors, textures and patterns all together. I have seen some designers do this and it's their signature, their design aesthetic. I can appreciate that they were able to execute their vision, but it just isn't me. Some days I love to look at Kelly Wearstler pictures, but I am not sure I could live with it.

Thanks for sharing!!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 11:54PM
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mudhouse_gw

I suspect that standing in the real space wouldn't be as bad, but trying to sort out all those reflective and shiny surfaces in the photos kind of hurts my eyes.

I don't think it feels very welcoming, or like a space that invites use. I'd be a little scared to go in there (what if I accidentally touched something?)

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 12:06AM
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Gooster

There are many beautiful elements in the kitchen -- and that is the problem. There are too many conflicting elements shouting at each other in a small space. I'm guilty of loving my patterns in tiles, fabrics and flooring, but as they say: edit, edit, edit.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 12:09AM
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snookums2

Material overload, ie visual clutter.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 12:11AM
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smiling

I am curious what the "mission statement" for this kitchen might be, it's not at first obvious to me.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 6:39AM
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aktillery9

The first thing I notice are the shiny cabs above the range wall. They reflect everything and seem to cut the wall in half. That would bother me. I also do not like the table. It is a cool kitchen but I would change a few things. It i not my taste though. That is for sure.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 7:09AM
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hobokenkitchen

The island table is custom made for the kitchen. Everything is absolutely top of the line. I agree that there are just too many pattern elements going on and competing with each other.

Maybe losing the custom tile and putting up more of the slab backsplash would quiet it down a little?

What you can't see in the pics is that there is a ladder that runs along the fridge wall (like a library ladder).
The cabinets above the range are dummies covering a soffit.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 8:57AM
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ajc71

Wow, huge money kitchen for sure...not my style, but I can appreciate the work that went into that high gloss black lacquer

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 9:13AM
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maggieq

so, are we going to see another Hobokenkitchen makeover?!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 9:14AM
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hsw_sc

"Gaudy" is the first thing that popped into my head. My Mom taught me not to say nasty things or to make fun of the tastes of others, so I guess I have to say that the range is remarkable!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 9:22AM
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ineffablespace

Is this greater Philadelphia metro area? It looks familiar, like I've seen it on Berkshire Hathaway Fox Roach.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 9:57AM
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hobokenkitchen

Yes! It's in Philadelphia center city and it looks like it is listed with Berkshire Hathaway.

We are not planning on moving... yet. ; )

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 11:22AM
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threegraces

All of those things together? Migraine inducing. Do love that tile though.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 1:10PM
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blfenton

Too many reflective surfaces reflecting too many patterns. It's like standing in the middle of a disco ball.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 1:57PM
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raee_gw

Too many of the elements just do not go together, stylistically, and there simply too many elements IMO. I like the patterned wall tile, and the floor, but not together and not with all the other busy elements. It is all way, way too busy. Even those sleek cabinets are too busy because of the mirror finish.

Seems like this was put together by picking each thing individually (oh, I like this finish. Oh, this is different, let's do that...) without a bit of thought about where it was going overall.

However, you will never catch me complaining about red knobs on a stove.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 2:21PM
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joyce_6333

Makes me dizzy just looking at it. Would give me vertigo.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 2:42PM
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chicagoans

Love the light. I think a GWer had one similar? The reflective surfaces would get way too smudgy for me, and the multiple patterns aren't my cup of joe either. I like the range and the refrigerator, but those aren't what make the kitchen unique.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 3:21PM
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magsnj

I forget where I heard this, but they say before you leave you should look in the mirror at the accessories you're wearing and edit (meaning take off some b/c you probably have too much going on). Somebody should have done that with this kitchen. I'm really not a fan. If I had to live here, I guess I would get rid of the chandelier thingy and...............

I just went back up to look at the picture to see what else could be done, and I've changed my mind...I could not live here

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 3:27PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

I knew I should have had my stainless appliances sent out and polished!
Casey

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 3:53PM
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Gigi_4321

@magsnj Coco Channel

Can you believe this is the living room in that house?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 3:58PM
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mdln

Think you should be able to get a nice reduction in the listing price, because the unusual kitchen will turn many buyers off.

Then you can re-do it to your liking. Maybe keep appliances, marble BS and change everything else.

Figure out how much it will cost you to do floors, walls, cabs, counter, etc. and make an offer based on that.

How long has it been on the market?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 4:03PM
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hobokenkitchen

It's just hit the market I think.

Someone is either going to fall in love with that kitchen and pay however much to get it, or I think they will have a real problem which is such a shame for a brand new reno. Why do people insist on doing such taste specific renovations on homes they plan to sell? I just don't understand it. All that money and effort! : (

I think the house is overpriced even if it had the perfect kitchen for it. By quite a bit. But you never know - it only takes 1 person with similar taste, it's not like they'll find that kitchen anywhere else!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 5:36PM
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Imhappy&Iknowit IOWA zone 6b

That living room and That kitchen are in the same house!! No, no, tell me it ain't so! Which post did I miss that tells where the house with the living room is?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 6:07PM
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mdln

WOW.....

Like the exterior. Otherwise, looks like they bought things without any concern about how they would look together. Or they used all leftovers from many other projects.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 7:39PM
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hobokenkitchen

I think it's actually reasonably cohesive apart from the kitchen. A bit dated, but pretty classic. The kitchen looks like it should be in a whole different house.
It's a fabulous amount of space for the location and it has parking, but I still think it is well overpriced.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 10:51PM
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cawaps

It reminds me of the Design Around This: Hollywood Regency thread. The chinoiserie and shiny lacquer finishes are characteristic of Hollywood Regency, along with the luxe glitter of the light fixture. But I agree with most others--the combination of the busy wall tile and floor pattern reflected off the cabinets at so many different angles would drive me batty. If the cabinets were matte, I think I'd like the rest. And I could live with the gloss cabinets if what they were reflecting didn't have so much pattern. Regardless, I'd probably replace the bar stools with something more French Regency.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 11:19PM
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patty_cakes

Too many reflective surfaces~ I can't imagine the fingerprints, dust, animal fur, and whatever else might stick to one shiny surface or another. The wall 'tile' reflecting in the cabs really bothers me making the cabs look like there 's some sort of texture going on and the flooring reflection in the appliances(?)I also,find annoying. As for the cabinet knobs, it's hard to tell if they're glass or porcelain, but again, so wrong. This kitchen is trying so hard to be modern that it totally misses the mark.

As for the living room, get rid of the border and valances and it would be a fairly nice traditional living room. I've seen a lot worse, and unlike the kitchen, find it very cohesive.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 2:36AM
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snookums2

It's a good example of why "just buy what you love and it will look great" is not good advice. Looks like a beautiful view of a parking garage from the "picture window" doors. The whole place looks gaudy to me. The outside painting choice is a good clue.

I don't think anyone would fall in love with that kitchen, except maybe Trump or Michael Jackson. Don't think either will be making an offer, lol. Too bad if it is a reno that will get redone. Over the top wastefulness as well.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 11:09AM
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peegee

Surprisingly small dining room for such a home...I love the tile in combination with the backsplash, but could never live with the cabinets...I would have to loose that island and the lights; I was going to say maybe then I could tolerate the floor, but really would want the softer look and feel of hardwood. But regardless of my own taste, looks like someone really had fun putting it together. I can only hope they thought they would stay and not be putting on the market.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 11:51AM
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hobokenkitchen

It's not a parking garage, the doors look out over the backyard, an alley way and the back of the homes on the other side. It's actually not a bad view for a city home.
Likewise the dining room isn't bad at all, especially since many row homes have more of a 'nook' than a room.

If it was mine I would have taken out the interior dining room walls between that traditional living room and the kitchen and had a huge open living/ dining/ kitchen space. That's how I would have spent some of that astronomical kitchen budget.

This post was edited by hobokenkitchen on Sun, Mar 30, 14 at 12:18

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 12:17PM
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Gooster

Looking at the listing, i can hypothesize how the new kitchen evolved: the other traditional rooms are filled with objets d'art (including a lot of wall art), a bit of chinoiserie and red accents. A newly found love of Hollywood Regency developed, and those same impulses took on a large budget in a small space.

Reading the comments, I wonder how few edits someone could do to help calm down the space. I wonder if a new floor and the same calacatta marble on the island might serve to reduce the excess reflections and excess variation in materials (in the small space). Maybe take down the tile wall or reduce down to mid-wall (or swap the counters out to all white). I am also not a fan of the red barstools (shape, or color) nor the horizontal rail on the protruding uppers. It would still be too much for many people, but perhaps it would look less overwhelming. It would still be a large departure from the rest of the space, but that could be bridged with some decor changes.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 1:58PM
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blubird

We've often talked on this board about too many clowns in the kitchen. Well here we have a whole danged circus....

Helene

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 2:44PM
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hobokenkitchen

Apparently it is sold! For full price or close!

I am eating my words big time - I NEVER thought it would sell that high.
I wish we could have a do over on selling our house - the market is smoking hot!

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 9:40AM
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Imhappy&Iknowit IOWA zone 6b

I want to see kitchen pictures next month. I'd have a nervous breakdown drinking a cup of coffee in it. Even if it was decaff!

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 9:49AM
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