Happy Tuesday loves! I hope you all have been enjoying these past few weeks of summer. After returning from Haven last week, its been new home prep mode all the way. Thank you all so much for your support and excitement for us. You have made this process so much more special. I feel like we have this huge extended family all waiting to come visit. We just love it. We've made it through inspections unscathed and up next is the appraisal. We'll be headed to the closing table in no time!
In the meantime I've been compiling a list of everything we plan to do with the house, prioritizing, and gathering tons of inspiration. So far it includes refinishing the floors, lots and lots of painting, changing out almost every light fixture, landscaping, creating gardens and outdoor entertaining areas, sprucing up the fireplace and hearth, and much more.
This house will be our home for many, many years to come (perhaps even our forever home), so my design and decorating approach is definitely more that of a marathon than a sprint. I really want to stay as true to its cottage bungalow roots as possible, so I'll be taking my design and styling cues from that perspective. Well, that and Naomi's desire for less "cottage" and more "modern bungalow"! We have such a distinct vision of what we want this home to be, so in this case when it comes to actually creating home slow and steady will win the race.
One of the areas we plan to give some pretty immediate attention is the kitchen. I can't even begin to explain how much I adore the kitchen.
Between the four windows, checkered floors, pantry, and overall size there's a lot of goodness going on in there. Even still, there are a few things we'd like to tweak to make it a tad more functional for us.
At the top of the list are the lower cabinets. As you can see there are only four drawers and one cabinet. As much as I hate to touch them because they are original, they just aren't gonna work. We don't need a ton of cabinets, but I think we may need more than one! We'll deal with that awkward area over by the stove as well. I love the upper cabinets and wouldn't dare touch them, so they'll be staying.
The tiled countertops are another detail that'll be getting the axe. We are definitely looking for solid surface here. Not quite sure whether that means corian, quartz, concrete, or butcher block at this point. We just know grout lines are a no go.
We'll also address some minor electrical, add venting on the wall for a range hood, possibly widen the doorway a bit, add a freestanding island, install a subway tile backsplash, and change out the fixtures. The space will be a mixture of DIY and hire-a-guy. There's a tight budget too, so it'll be smart shopping and clever solutions all the way. I loved our last kitchen, so many of the same elements that went into that space will repeat in here.
Here are a few kitchens I'm really inspired by
Kinda all over the place, but there are elements of each that I'm drawn to. Only a week and a half to go!
What ideas would you incorporate into our kitchen? Id love to hear! Until next time....