Design Around This #5: Neo-Tuscan/TuscAmerican
"Tuscan" kitchens, or the subject of, show up on the Kitchen Forum and there is a lot of discussion of how there really is no such thing, or that the American version doesn't represent what a real kitchen in Tuscany would look like.
When I was looking for the "real thing" I came to the conclusion that a lot of Italian vernacular kitchens look like IKEA stuck in a really old house. Anyway...
The task is to come up with a "tasteful Tuscan", neo-Tuscan, or "TuscAmerican" kitchen, one that evokes the old world but is quintessentially an American idea that would fit into an American house. So nothing with sagging plaster ceilings and cracked beams unless the entire house looks that way.
The rules by Marcolo, revised for this project:
Do your homework first. Remember what we said earlier about design cliches? Rather than assuming what a Tuscan kitchen looks like, go look at some. Look at real Italian kitchens and American "Tuscan" kitchens but don't slavishly copy an existing kitchen. Use the existing American versions to analyze what is good about them and what is cliche.
Put it in context. Your design should flow from the look of the house.
Use a realistic budget. Go high or low, but keep it real.
Update your design so it works for today's family. You can use modern materials and appliances or go vintage instead. Just make sure your choices are practical and functional now.
Show your work. Explain and rationalize your choices.
Critique others and accept criticism yourself. You spend a lot of time on your design, and you deserve some constructive feedback, good and bad. Don't make criticisms personal, and don't take criticisms personally. This isn't a finished kitchens thread so nobody has to pretend to like something they don't.