Don't Let Appliances Choose Your Kitchen Palette

A few weeks ago we finally got a chance to watch Julie & Julia. With a combination of our two loves -- Julia Child and Meryl Streep -- it's a wonder it took us so long to finally sit down and watch it. While we could have done without Julie Powell's story, we smiled during every minute of Meryl's screen time. How amazing of a woman was Julia Child? And how amazing was Meryl Streep in capturing Mrs. Child addictive personality? Swoon.

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As if Meryl wasn't enough of a highlight, the interior design showcased throughout the movie is abosulutely jaw dropping. While Paul and Julia Child toured Europe during his time as a U.S. government employee, each of their homes was absolutely stunning, but it was their final home in Cambridge, Massachusetts that really got our heart a fluttering. The home's kitchen, which is now on display at the Smithsonian, is both adorable and practical. The mix of natural wood and painted drawers and cabinet doors is quaint, yet modern, and something we'd like to recreate when we, one day, become homeowners.

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One issue we have with Julia's kitchen are those darn monochromatic appliances no one, not even Julia Child, can get away from. Unfortunately, no matter how much forethought you put into designing your kitchen, it seems impossible to find quality ovens, stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers that compliment the colors introduced to your walls and cabinetry. Luckily, Summit Appliance has taken colorful folk, like ourselves, into consideration with a new service that lets you pump up the hues on their collection of kitchen appliances.

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The add-on service allows customers to select a Pantone color code or a hue within the RAL color directory and have that color painted on the exterior of one of Summit's under counter appliances. You can also choose different hues for handles and kick plates. The service is available for Summit's refrigerators, freezers, beer dispensers, and wine cellars. We hope it's popularity convinces the company to include the feature with their larger, standalone refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, and laundry machines.

Images: Flickr user davidboeke, Sony Pictures, and Summit Appliance

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