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Kitchen Reno: The Inspiration

Kitchen Reno: The Inspiration

Well. This is a slightly hard post to write. But probably good for me. I am currently so bogged down by nail-biting logistics and so many compromises that an individual "compromise" (as opposed to a rabbit hole of exponentially building negotiations) is a win. This a kitchen, I am learning, where form vs. function is not a debate. It's a hostile takeover. And the tyrant, "function", isn't even that functional. We do not get to pick appliances based on what is most energy-efficient or which one has the least banana-esque handles. Nope. It basically comes down to "does it fit"? And often if the answer is a yes, the price tag is 2.5k.  Sigh. I'll rant more about it later. But this particular post is about my weary yet hopeful inspiration. Colors, textures, mood. But real quick, before we look at perty pitchers, lets remind ourselves how low the bar is set right now. Here is what our kitchen was when we moved in:

Here is the most recent result from one of my "I'm sure it will be better with a little paint" attacks:

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Good. With that mess settled, lets discuss my visual goals list for the kitchen.

  • Shaker cabinets. Classic. Simple. Craftsman.
  • Soapstone look counter top. Matte, black, mostly solid color. Right now, we are pretty set on using Paperstone.
  • Closed storage and a few open shelves. I am not down with the all open shelved kitchens. My brain is just too pleased with the tidy look of closed doors. Plus, I don't find every single kitchen artifact charming. Sometimes it's just too much. I suppose if you really had a kitchen big enough where all bits, bobs, and mismatched whatsits could be stored away and you literally only have the prettiest white artisan bowls out on display, well then I am wildly jealous and that sounds nice.
  • Swing arm sconces above the sink cabinet run. 'Cause it's charming.
  • Subway tile. To tie in with our nearby bathroom, and because it is fitting of the era of the house.
  • Architectural charm. Our current window trim is just the saddest. Our window is huge, and brings in a lot of light, but it is just so flimsy and the "casing" is the lamest. We are also going to have a little arch action echoing the arch between our living and dining room.
  • A cottage vibe. Let's not get too fancy here, the house is a bungalow, it's going to stay that way. A little natural wood, casual hardware etc.

These kitchens, while they may not all have the glossy glamour of a magazine shot, they are giving me hope!

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And, besides just literal kitchens, I like to toss in something a little more abstract in terms of inspiration. You know, like my adorable porcelain bubble bath boy that sparked the bathroom color palate and mood. So here is my something strange for the kitchen:

 

Maybe I am just hungry for sunshine and summer time, but something about the textures, the light, (and yes, the glorious impracticality of a white gown where rubber boots are needed) just spoke to me. No matter what happens with compromises, and logistics, the kitchen will be fresh, happy, and ready for crystal goblets or wicker baskets depending on me mood :)

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