I’m still here despite the fact that the lights have been out on the blog for a few weeks. I’ve been consumed with house staging, house hunting, showings, inspections, driving back and forth to Houston weekly and working on projects with clients. The one thing I HAVEN’T been doing is writing and for that, I apologize. Ours house has sold (yeah!) and so the hunt is officially ON!
Yesterday a house popped up on the market that both my husband and I were beyond excited about (which says A LOT because we haven’t agreed on most of what we’ve seen). I’m absolutely DYING to see it in person but I have to wait until Thursday due to this week’s crazy schedule. I can’t even convey my level of stress and excitement because part of me just KNOWS it’s going to be gone by the time I can get to it. The other part of me KNOWS that the right house will find us and that it will be what is meant to be. Ahhhh! This whole faith thing is truly hard for me to handle especially when it comes to homes. Homes are my business and I take my business personally. There IS no divide.
With this particular home in mind, I haven’t been able to help but start designing it in my mind, especially the kitchen. I can’t wait to get in and rip out old counter tops and golden oak cabinets and go to town. Here’s an example of some of the ideas I’m obsessing over:
via Desire to Inspire McGill Design Group
Glossy black cabinets, nickel hardware, marble counter tops and back splash. Soooo in LOVE.
via Things that Inspire
That hood is to die for. Probably too big for the space in question but a smaller version of this would be amazing.
Finding or building a vintage kitchen island that displays beautiful kitchenware like the one above or one with closed storage like the one below
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I love how this gorgeous butcher block island is build over cabinetry for hidden storage. And of course, you KNOW that in MY kitchen there WILL be open shelving.
Amy Meier Design
home of and designed by Peter Callahan
I’m obsessed with glass storage jars and absolutely LOVE how clean and yet accessible everything appears here.
And lastly, I came across this while searching lighting for a client and have decided that I NEED them, maybe over the island or possibly two hung over my dining room table. I absolutely love it.
So, now that you’ve had a look at the kitchen that is currently without house, what do you think?
Please pray that my house is still available on Thursday when I can get to her. Let there be no other offers, let it just not be QUITE right for the people who have looked at her before I get there. Let it be too big of a project for the others. Let it be just perfect for us.
And if not, let our house be ready for us to find her this Thursday.
This girl is tired.
Have a lovely day,
P.S. I’ve added an easy way for you to pin images from my posts. Just hover over the image and a pin it button will appear.
I’ve had a love affair with tile since I was a little girl, watching my mom pick out the tile that would go into the entry of our new home (which as it turned out, became someone else’s tile due to some shifty real estate politics…another story for another day).
When I first went out on my own, one of my first projects was picking out materials for a client who was updating their bathroom. I loved (and still do) the granite yards, seeing all those amazing slabs cut from a mountain somewhere and the earthy smell that is attached to them.
The tile showrooms though…that’s where the project gets artistic and where you can turn an average kitchen into a showroom worthy of any culinary wannabe or actual chef!
The back splash accents are what makes a kitchen unique and expressive of the person who uses the space and it helps create a feeling of unity with the rest of the utilitarian items needed to make the space functional.
The tile, or whatever material is used, is where the personality is so ask yourself, what is my kitchen’s personality and how does it relate to my own?
Anyone who knows me well and has been to my house knows how much I love open shelving.
For me, keeps things simple and forces me to be organized
(which is something, I’m sorry to say, that I am NOT by nature)
A few years ago, my husband and I remodeled our kitchen and debated back and forth whether or not to take down the cabinets over the sink and replace them with open shelves. I was concerned about what it may do to the resale value of the house but we went for it anyway and, may I say, it was the best decision we made in terms of the design of the space.
I’m often asked if my dishes get dirty easily because they’re exposed.
The top shelf, where I keep platters and serving bowls, etc. do usually need to be rinsed before being used
but the lower shelf is every day use items that really don’t have time to get dust on them. It’s really very simple to keep everything clean and it all stays organized.
(pardon the reuse of the photo from this post I’m not feeling my photo editor today)
Looking back, there are a couple or things I would do differently but as for the decision to rid our kitchen of the cabinets, NEVER.
I still find myself oogling photos of open shelving in kitchens and since I’m in kind of a vintage design kind of mood, I thought I’d share some of my favorites:
I could do this all day but I’d better quit while I’m ahead and save something for next time!
How do you feel about it?
Could you live with open shelving in the kitchen?
If you already do, link up to this post so we can all see!