Shyndigz Inspired Kitchen

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Do you like cake? Shyndigz cakes

(All cake images from Shyndigz's Facebook page.)

If you live in Richmond and have not been to Shyndigz, you are missing out!

Shyndigz outside

Shyndigz is a local bakery that makes wedding and specialty cakes.  They also have a store front and open their café on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights serving delicious desserts and locally roasted coffee.  For a dessert fanatic like myself, as soon as I saw the shop and realized what it was, I knew I had to try it!

The inside is equally as charming as the outside.  They’ve painted green tonal stripes on the walls and continue the stripe theme onto the café tables that Nicole, co-owner and cake artist, painted herself.

Shyndigz cafe

Another fun feature in the café is the chalkboard presentation of their menu each evening.  Fresh Fruit Cake, Chocolate Chip Pie, Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, Apple Cider?  Yes, please!  May I have one of each ;)?

Shyndigz menu

They also have a few bakery related items and other fun goodies for sale.  Even their display pieces are cute!

Shyndigz for sale items

Since Andrew and I have become regulars at Shyndigz (he likes that they have ties to Appalachian State), I decided to use the café as the inspiration for my latest restaurant mood board.  With visions of sugarplums and chocolate dancing in my head, I chose three of the café’s design elements to serve as jumping off points for my Shyndigz inspired kitchen:

• the green, brown, and white color scheme • the stripes • the chalkboard menu

Shyndigz Kitchen green & brown mood board

  1. White cabinets give the needed storage for this kitchen.  The Shaker style cabinets provide just enough detail without being too traditional for the space.  Both the wall cabinet ($213) and the base cabinet ($307) are available at Lowe’s.
  2. Like jewelry to a nice outfit, the perfect hardware is essential for kitchen cabinets.  The oil-rubbed bronze knobs ($3.12) and pulls ($3.44) are also from Lowe’s.  The dark color allows them to pop off of the white cabinets and ties into the brown used in other areas of the space.
  3. The striped tile backsplash is my take on Shyndigz’s stripes.  The beautiful combination of the green glass tile (color: Peridot), brown porcelain tile (2”x12”), and white subway tile (1.5”x3” mosaic) create a unique backdrop for the kitchen.  (All tiles from Mosaic Tile Company.)
  4. Every kitchen - especially one inspired by a bakery - needs a KitchenAid mixer!  The Green Apple color of this one ties in perfectly to the color scheme of the kitchen. (Available at Macy’s, on sale for $299.99.)
  5. Another must-have accessory for a bakery inspired kitchen is mixing bowls.  I found this set of 5 colorful bowls at Crate & Barrel for $39.95.
  6. I recently helped a client select cork floors for their kitchen, so cork was my first thought when choosing the floors for this room.  Cork provides many benefits to any space – comfort, warmth, renewable & sustainable – and the rich chocolate brown color of this selection grounds the room perfectly.  (WeCork, color: Dark Shade, 12”x12” tiles or 4”x36” planks, available at ProSource)
  7. A beautiful countertop is a key component to any attractive kitchen.  These quartz countertops are from DuPont’s Zodiaq Terra Collection (color: Coriander, available at Lowe’s).  Quartz is a nonporous, natural stone surface, which is durable and easy to clean.  DuPont describes Coriander as: “A mixed stream of brown and clear 25 percent post-consumer recycled glass, with a hint of green, combined within a light tan base.”  With elements of all of the colors in the room, I knew it was perfect for the space.
  8. A white farmhouse sink ($510.00) nestled between the countertops, cabinets, and backsplash adds a subtle touch of charm to the kitchen.  It is accessorized with an oil-rubbed bronze faucet  ($375) that echoes the hardware on the cabinets.
  9. Benjamin Moore’s Ashen Tan ~ 996 provides thebackdrop to the kitchen.  The light chocolate brown color with just a hint of grey is complex enough to hold up to the other elements in the room, but gentle enough not to outshine them.
  10. Offering a touch of softness to the space are the window treatments.  The green scroll fabric ($15.98 / yd. from Fabric.com) is modern and playful, and reflects the pattern on the backs of the chairs.  The brown band (10.98 / yd. from Fabric.com) along the bottom of the window treatment ties into the brown strip of tile and the cork floors.
  11. The stainless steel appliances are a sophisticated addition to the room.  They provide the necessary functions for a kitchen, while adding a touch of style with their clean lines and sleek finish. When choosing appliances for your kitchen, it is a good idea to choose the same brand for all pieces so that the finishes will be an exact match.  I chose KitchenAid appliances, available at Lowe’s.  (French door refrigerator ~ 2,899;  double oven gas range ~ 1,935; microwave ~ 1,199; dishwasher ~ $765)
  12. One of Shyndigz’s most notable features (aside from the cake, of course!) is their chalkboard menu.  To incorporate that feature into the kitchen, I found this framed chalkboard from Camille Montgomery’s shop on Etsy (2 ½’ x 3’, $75).  In a kitchen, a chalkboard is a fun feature with endless possibilities:  shopping lists, menus, to-do items, kids’ drawings.  This look could also be achieved by using chalkboard paint directly on the wall and framing it out with molding.
  13. Completing the Shyndigz inspired kitchen is a breakfast nook.  For lighting is this area, I chose this pendant light (Lamps Plus, $329.99).  The shape of the fixture stays with the modern feel of the room, while the glass accent balls add a touch of shine.
  14. The adorable green ‘Dahlia Chairs’ from Target ($84.99) provide seating for the space.  Their laser cut backs are intricate and unique, and the spring green color is a fun pop for the room.  Complementing, but not overshadowing, the chairs, is the modified tulip table from CB2 ($199).  Big enough for four chairs, it is the perfect spot for breakfast, a casual dinner, or even working on homework.  As a finishing touch in the breakfast nook, the green and white birds and branches fabric (15.98 / yd. from Fabric.com) would make lovely napkins.

º What is your favorite Shyndigz décor element: the green, brown, & white color scheme, the stripes, or the chalkboard feature? º Are you a dessert lover like me?  What is your favorite dessert?

*Comment on this post with your answers for a chance to win a $15 Shyndigz gift certificate. (Wow, that’s a lot of cake!) A big thank you to Nicole, co-owner and cake artist of Shyndigz, for donating the gift certificate!

*Congratulations to Lauren P. ~ she was the winner of the Shyndigz gift certificate!

 (Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Comments must be posted by Saturday, February 18, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)

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