I know, I know – I need to write a post explaining our renovation and showing you floor plans for the new house. But I just couldn’t post yet another entry with ugly pictures, so here’s a post filled with pretty pictures of stunning rooms. Our renovation includes a new kitchen (there [!] now you know everything you need to in order to appreciate this post.) Now, on to the good stuff…
The only thing I know about this kitchen is the flooring (since it needs to match the old). So, thin plank stained oak floors it is!
Anddddd that’s it.
Although a design from scratch sounds like wonderful news, it’s quickly becoming overwhelming as I’ve fallen in love with E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. So after creating approximately forty-five pinterest boards and having three hundred design conversations with my mom (whose opinion I trust over all else) I have learned that there are a few elements I consistently like.
Cement tile, to be exact. But it’s kind of impossible to source, especially in a realistic price range. I usually let myself splurge on one (or two…) items in a room, but the cost of the cement tile would count as like 5 items. Sigh. And to top it off, my husband says that all of the designs look ‘flowery’ which is code for ‘not happening.’
So I might have to shelve my patterned/cement tile idea (at least in the kitchen), but the theme of a pattern will remain. I’m not sure where or how just yet, but I will include some kind of graphic pattern in the kitchen.
I love blue. And I really love blue cabinets. And I have finally worked up the courage to include them in my kitchen. I would have never done this in the Hill Street house, but I think I’m ready to take the plunge! Like the picture above I’m pretty sure I’m going with a blue island and white surrounding cabinets, but I’m still changing my mind daily on pretty much every detail…so we’ll see!
Wooden Floating Shelves
Ian said ‘no dice’ to my floating shelf idea on Hill Street due to their size and weight. We compromised with beautiful open shelves (complete with black metal brackets) and although I loved them it’s time for something new. As this kitchen will be bigger, I don’t feel the need to have enormous work-horse shelves. Enter: stylish floating shelves! I especially like the boxy construction of the ones pictured above.
Joanna Gaines has made her mark. In lieu of a white subway tile backsplash I’m opting for painted slats of wood stacked horizontally. It won’t be shiplap (I live quite far from Texas) but it will have the same streamlined effect. Almost all of my surfaces will be white, so including a texture (like wood) will help keep the space feeling warm and not hospital-like.
My Hill Street kitchen was super traditional in style, so the Dutch Colonial kitchen will have much more modern features like squared-off drawer pulls, a statement range hood, and an updated faucet. Additionally the pendants over the island will also have a modern flair. Modern lighting has a very special place in my heart – and it will in my kitchen too. Now I just need to find a good spot for our sweet word clock.
I have loved marble countertops for pretty much ever. I didn’t install them in the Hill Street house as I felt the black (soapstone) was needed to ground the room. But since I’ll have blue cabinets and a natural wood floor in this kitchen, I feel comfortable installing white Carrara marble on all surfaces throughout. Yay for this beautiful stone, and an easy decision.