Anna shares the process with us in her own words:
We live in a cookie-cutter, 1978 Split-Entry home in Portland (Tigard), Oregon. This low to moderate cost redo of a 10' x 16' space has given this home some character...finally!
We removed the kitchen wall to open up the kitchen-living room-dining room. We used Alder stained cabs w/ Silestone Zirconium on the perimeter, and Maple - Moss on the island w/ Silestone Lyra.
Wood-copper / white-aluminum / black-gun smoke black aluminum / green is the color palette, a bit unusual since we violated the law of three's and went with four, including mixed cabs and counters. We also put our oven/cook top on the island as most prep and cooking go side by side, again, not always conventional. And, we have a bi-level island - not the first choice for many. However, these choices work perfectly as we wanted some distinction between the kitchen and the rest of the open area and we get that through the distinct island and choice of colors.
I became mesmerized by all things metal tile mosaics, hand assembling the first 6" of perimeter back splash, and then using 12x12 metal mosaics up the rest of the back wall. On the island, we used a copper metal tile mosaic, that ties it to the rest of the perimeter. We were going for a transitional modern craftsman, and have loved how the metal tiles push it more towards warm than 'metal industrial.'
We worked within a budget by not changing the appliance footprint (too much), hunting down the last five boxes in the world, practically, of the wood flooring used in the rest of the upstairs, and using moderately priced, rather than professional grade, appliances (KA fridge and dishwasher; GE induction stovetop - LOVE it!). We also saved on cabs by working with a big box store catching year end deals and working with same-as-cash 18-month loans. We found that route cheaper than custom, and especially nice given many cab makers can't offer such arrangements. And, our wall was not load bearing.
Our contractor replaced all window coverings with Alder, stained Macaroon, the same as the cabs.