The words “in progress” are key for this post. I won’t rattle on a disclaimer, but this is the kitchen raw and ready for the details. The sparse kitchen actually is pretty soulless at this point. But, I’m working on it; and–while feeling vulnerable–I’d love to share where we’re headed.
I haven’t touched these shelves since we unpacked over a year ago. I do know the bunny stays. He holds our tea.
When we bought the house, the kitchen was tired and needed a refresh. I was excited about having a kitchen to design from scratch–but overwhelmed. While I looked at hundreds of gorgeous kitchens, none felt like us. White and grey are classic beauties, but neither color seemed right for our family. Then I saw this kitchen by stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg Those mint green cabinets heavily influenced me toward a mint paint decision.
I also keep going back to that dark green chair and mint cabinet combo… As for the cabinet shape, I fell hard for these Workstead cabinets.
I couldn’t get them out of my mind and ended up modifying the design for our own kitchen.
I love how the cabinets turned out and the putty-minty green color, which I mixed myself out of frustration. The white quartz countertops make me happy. We all love the roominess of the space as it is the place where we mill about the most–no more tripping over each other! And, because the human collisions drive me bananas, we have two locations for trash and two sinks, LOVE the two sinks! And we have a hot water dispenser that I use more often than I thought I would–adore it! I also love, love our giant chalkboard, which also doubles as a secret door for a storage cabinet for entertaining ware and gift wrap.
I’m not so thrilled with the backsplash–it was a compromise with my husband who didn’t like my first pick. But it’s not horrible, it’s just not thrilling…like a backsplash should be, right?
. I’m also not as satisfied as I thought I would be with the vintage light installed over the island. The color just isn’t right and the space needs that one big moment that the right chandy could provide. I didn’t buy the light for this house, for the last one actually, and I just figured it would be nice to use it here.Did you see this island lighting in the November 2014 Elle Decor?
Photo: Simon Upton Design: Achille Salvagni
I know, RIGHT? If there were a race on how fast one calls her welder, I’d win. He said, “bring it on.” And, I shall. So Chris is working with us on how we will wire this cage system up. The easiest and probably cheapest way to do this, would be to just put a cage around the existing light, paint them up the same, and call it a day. But I want to be more deliberate with it–at least I say that until the estimate comes in!
And because all the kitchen elements are so big, stout, and boxy right now, I am leaning toward a design that is more open like this:
The other part of the kitchen causing me grief is the dining area, opposite of the island. I have spent months looking at fabric for the windows, as I really thought all along that I would do drapes on this wall. But nothing was exciting me–I can’t tell you how many renderings I made of different fabric/chair combinations. But the table, by Grey Furniture, we all love! And, I love our new (comfy!) aluminum chairs that finally arrived…but what color to paint them?
When I think about how I want this space to look, I keep going back to this image–a Notting Hill dining space by Staffan Tollgard.
I’ve done soul-searching (as one does when considering kitchen finishes) and have analyzed every bit of this photo and every internal reaction I have to it, for clues. It’s the simplicity in form and color, the color blocking, the artful sophistication, the texture, the symmetry, the classical trim vs modern lines. And, I love that eggplant-y color on the chairs. So, I’m moving forward without drapes, add picture trim that will help temper the contemporary flavor of the kitchen, add some statement sconces (we need more mood lighting anyways for quesadilla night), and go subtle-bold (it’s true) with the chair color.
My husband says I’ve spent probably a total of 150 hours thinking about that window wall. And, he is right, I’m sure. But I’m feeling good about this clean direction. Above all, this highly-sensitive, slightly OCD mother wants a clean, calm kitchen as a backdrop for the inevitable chaos of life, so I think streamlining it as much as possible will help me reach that goal. Not a lot of different colors, not a lot of things on the walls (we have the pretty woods outside to look at), not a lot of different finishes…let’s just say it’s therapy by way of a kitchen.
Have you checked out the house tour I’m doing on Instagram this week? Just a peek at progress we’re making over here at TPH.