Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kitchen Inspiration Board...

So I've discovered something about myself.

I get stressed.

I'm not one of these laid back people who just go with the flow. I wish I was...but I'm not. I work better with deadlines. I take on a lot of things at once. I have a to-do list a mile long and I love checking those things off one by one. Because of this...while I LOVE lots of color and I love houses with lots of color...I need MY house to be full of nice calming colors and decor. So that I walk through the front door and breathe.

As an example...1 of my favorite Christmas presents came from my sister-in-law. She gave me one of these...
I put it in my living room. With all the chaos that is my kitchen when I walk through the front door and look over and see it sitting makes me happy and I know there is a light at the end of the construction tunnel. So when it came to picking out colors and decor I knew I needed light, bright, airy, and calming.

This is what I came up with.


My previous kitchens have been red. I've completely gutted a kitchen before and we painted it red with dark knotty alder cabinets, dark granite countertops, stainless appliances. It was very pretty...but definitely not calming. The aforementioned kitchen is in a condo we use as a rental and everyone says it's their dream kitchen. I look at it and oh my goodness. I love that I finally know what makes me click.

So to break it down...I love the blue and white with pops a green color scheme. Very clean and and calming. I knew I wanted white cabinets so the white part was easy. After I picked the cabinet color I took a serious look at what colors made me happy. Blue, green, gray, griege and pops of yellow were the ones that stuck.

Anywhoo...I think my favorite part of the new kitchen/dining room are the chairs. I absolutely LOVE them. I think they're so pretty with cool modern twist. We only needed 2 because we're putting in window seating in our little breakfast nook. Which was perfect 'cause Overstock sells them in sets of 2. I'm not going to lie...they were my splurge for the kitchen. But I figure they're worth it.

As far as the table...we haven't actually purchased it yet. We're going to wait on that one for a while. We have a table that is that color but it's square and has 4 legs...since it's going in a corner and we're having window seats we're going to be replacing it with a round pedestal table so people don't spear themselves on the way into the back seats. But not for a while. We can live with the square one for now. When we do eventually replace the table...I want one that makes a statement. I'll be blogging more about that later.

The pear canister is amazing. I love it. I love the wire basket with apples. I love the little cactus'. I love the fabric, the pillow I picked. I'm gonna have some fun with the pillows. I'm going to do a pillow arrangement similar to this...

And we're going to have an art arrangement as well but it's going to be different than this. Black and white prints that I have taken. Ah...I love that this kitchen is actually coming together. Makes me happy. The black stripe fabric is going to be the cover for the slip-covered window seat cushion.

So yup...that's the rest of the plan. The Hubs is actually going to post tomorrow with details about the electrical. I'm not gonna lie...he's a pretty funny guy so you're definitely going to want to read what he has to say. :)

1 comment:

Heather said...

Ahhh, thanks for the shout out! I knew I wanted to get you one of those candle holders since we went to Z Gallerie together in September!

The kitchen is going to be awesome, I can't wait! The chairs are ADORABLE. I LOVE THEM!