Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kitchen....Decisions, Decisions

Lately the only thing on my mind has been the kitchen. We have made many decisions and I have been meaning to tell you about them all. Two things have prevented me. One: Just as I finished my rather long post  my computer went crazy and erased everything. I got frustrated and gave up for the next couple days after. Having reno on the brain 24/7 will do that to you. Two: I got deathly sick and couldn't move from my cocooned state on the couch. I am better today, though still not 100%. I was very blessed that my husband was home recovering from being sick and was able to help with Audrey in the morning and take her to his mom's in the afternoon. Doc said it is just a virus and should just run it's course. He suggested raw garlic in some warm water. I'm confident it has helped me but you can imagine how lovely I smell =). Anywho, enough about grossness and back to lovely kitchen.

The biggest question was cabinets. I had been thinking long and hard about this and decided to go with white, shaker style. My gracious husband relented his hopes of natural wood cabinets.....what is it with guys and natural wood? I have to say I have not met one man who preferred painted wood. Not to say that I don't like some natural wood here and there to warm a room up but I usually prefer a painted wood overall. Anywho again.....I keep veering off topic. I guess my brain is still clouded in virus land. Here's an example of the kitchen cabinets.


I love how clean and simple they are. The next decision was the countertop which we decided to do in a grey stone. We will likely have an island that will have a butcherblock top. We had thought about a butcherblock counter throughout but realized they can be just as expensive as stone so stone won due to it's durability. The backsplash will be a white subway tile with grey grout. I must interject here and tell you how my father has been rather worried about my color choices. He has been trying to find nice ways of bringing this to my attention by asking me multiple times to think really hard about my decisions and to try and picture how it will look and not make any haste decisions. Oh Dad, if only you knew how long I have thought about this kitchen =). Since there is quite a bit of white, I will be bringing in some color through accessories. Here are some ideas.

This kitchen is a great example of what I'm thinking. I plan to bring in yellow as an accent color. I have a yellow stand mixer so that will be a great start. Doesn't it just look so bright and happy? I think kitchens should be one of the happiest rooms in the house...that and the laundry room.

There is a window above the sink so something like these curtains would be a great place to bring in some pattern.

I love this pendant! I really want something like this above the sink. It would add so much character.

We have pretty much finalized the layout and have ordered the cabinets. Tomorrow we will likely start shopping for a farmhouse sink and hood for the range. We decide to forgo the standard microwave/hood above the stove since I am trying to get away from using the microwave too often. Plus, I love how a nice stainless steel hood looks. So most of the kitchen decisions have been made but it's always the little things that can take forever to decide hardware. Hmmmmm.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Living Room Board

The meeting with the designer went well. I was able to walk with her through the entire house and get some great ideas....although they probably won't all happen right away. I've also been working on an inspiration board for the Living room. As you can see, I am still having trouble deciding on side and coffee tables. I love the look of a rustic wood coffee table with the sleek couch but I think ottomans might be easier with a toddler. Then, if I do ottomans, maybe I should bring in the rustic wood with a side table....although I also like the look of a brightly colored one and a sleek metal one. So the final decisions have not yet been made. But I really like how the colors and patterns look together so I am getting excited about how the room will end up looking.

Living Room

Here's the other challenge- I have a budget of $2000 to decorate the Living and Dining rooms. The sofa will end up costing about $800 dollars with tax so that is a big chunk. I have been scouring garage sales and Craigslist to try and find some super cheap side tables. No luck so far, though I did find a great chair that, according to the seller, is about 100 years old. For $11, I'd say that was a good find. That will be for the dining room. I also found this great idea on Pinterest for a side table:

It's a trash can! Isn't that genius? It looks so much like the black metal side table on my inspiration board. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for a great trash can. I will need plenty of creative ideas like this if I hope to create a beautiful Living room on such a small budget. If you have any, please send them my way. =)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Living Room Fabrics

Last time I wrote I talked about some ideas for the Living room and planned on doing a whole post for the Dining room. I must say I don't need a whole post just for that as the colors will be very similar to the Living room so I'm just going to expand on what I wrote last time. 

Much has changed since I last wrote. We finally closed on the house and have been there nearly everyday this week measuring and discussing and putting holes in walls. We have plans to take down a wall and perhaps do more in the kitchen than we thought possible- but more on that later. Back to the Living and Dining room. I've decided to keep the wall color the same in both rooms and therefore will keep the color scheme the same for the most part. I am very excited to have a designer come in on Tuesday to help me work through some of these decisions so some of them may change after then, but for now I have a few fabrics picked out and have decided on the color scheme. I haven't finalized the wall color yet but I have a couple samples to put on the wall, so I'm getting close.



This is the fabric I was thinking for the curtains on the Living room. I think it would great against aqua walls.


In the Dining room, I still have to pick out a light fixture and buy a table. I'm going to start collecting random chairs and paint them all the same color to unite them. On the other side of the table will be a bench. My dad is pretty handy and said he would be able to build it for me.

So that's the update for now. I'll let you know what the update is after the design consultation.