Live Like a Celebrity: Taylor Swift
Take a peek inside the country music superstar's casually elegant kitchen and learn how to copy the look in your own home.musicians with much lengthier careers. Her self-titled debut album spent 24 weeks at the top of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Her sophomore album, Fearless, went gold during its first week of release and won four Grammy Awards, as well as five American Music Awards and five Country Music Association Awards. In 2009, Taylor became the youngest artist ever to win the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year.
Like her career, Taylor's taste in real estate is impressive for her age. Built in 1925, the singer's renovated and expanded residence in Nashville, Tenn., seamlessly blends original details with modern updates. The elegant kitchen, for instance, is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances for serious cooking, yet its timeless style makes it feel warm and inviting. Wish you could live more like this country star? Use these tips to copy Taylor Swift's kitchen in your own home.
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Classic White Cabinetry
Crisp, white cabinets never go out of style and are sure to brighten up any kitchen. If your current cabinets are in good shape but could use an update, refreshing them with a coat of white paint is a fairly straightforward DIY project that can be tackled in a weekend. If you're shopping for new cabinets and want to replicate this look, consider a timeless style without a lot of ornamentation, such as Shaker.
An Understated Backsplash
Continuing the crisp color scheme, a white marble backsplash with gorgeous swirls of gray sets a luxurious tone throughout the kitchen. While a natural stone backsplash offers unmatched beauty, subway tile is an inexpensive alternative that achieves a similar classic look.
Functional Focal Point
Against the white backdrop, a copper range hood serves as an eye-catching centerpiece in Taylor's kitchen. An upgrade from the basic under-cabinet range hood, wall-mounted hoods combine form and function and can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000. If you can't splurge on a new hood, you can update your existing one by adding a coat of paint or even stucco for color and texture.
If you have the space for it, an island is a valuable kitchen addition that often performs multiple functions. In Taylor's kitchen, the higher section of the island offers extra storage space and a butcher-block countertop for prepping food, while the lower section serves as a casual dining area. If a built-in island isn't in your budget, a kitchen cart can provide many of the same conveniences at a much lower cost.
Exposed ceiling trusses draw the eye up and add a touch of drama to this low-key kitchen. If you want to replicate this look, you don't have to demolish your kitchen's ceiling. Faux wood beams can be easily and inexpensively installed to add warmth and character to the space. Adding or replacing your crown molding or baseboard is another way to dress up your kitchen -- or any room in your home.
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