That is the question.
Famed blogger and designer Erika McPherson of Urban Grace designed this kitchen for her best friend Marla (who also happens to be a very talented photographer). When I read Marla's post relaying the details of the furnishings, she mentioned that the original plans included upper cabinets, but because of costs, they put in open shelves instead. I know this is a big trend right now and will probably fade in a few years, but I love this look.
Think of all the money we spend on beautiful dishes, and serving platters, and charming drinking glasses from Anthropologie, only to hide them away behind a door. Open shelves offer the perfect opportunity to make the kitchen even more beautiful by displaying your stacks of white every day dishes and rows of wine glasses. I even considered taking the doors off the upper cabinets at my place, but this old apartment might be the dustiest place on earth, so that would not have ended well.
What are your thoughts on open shelves?
photos via Urban Grace