A vase of flowers is such a lovely thing — in the kitchen, on the dining room table. Maybe you cut your own flowers every week, or maybe you only see them on special occasions (like today!). Either way, here are 10 lovely vases for whenever fresh flowers make their way into your home:
At some point, when planning a kitchen renovation, you need to lift your head out of the daze of scrolling Pinterest, and the stacks of ELLE Decor UK and Dwell and actually, you know, plan your kitchen. I've told you all about buying a house, plunging into renovations, and tearing down plaster by the bucketful. Now, back to the kitchen itself — how in the world does one go about planning a kitchen renovation? How do you actually make decisions? What to put where, how many drawers and cabinets, where to install the sink? Well, I don't know how other people make these sorts of rather scary decisions — I can only tell you how we did.
Yesterday I showed you the first stages of my home renovation and kitchen plans. Today I am going to take a step back and show you some of the inspiration I had filed away for my someday-future-kitchen, the pictures and thoughts that led us to the kitchen we built. Why have an open kitchen? What were the non-negotiables in the design? Read on for the scoop!
I've been thinking a lot about how to tell you about my kitchen renovation. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you've probably seen glimpses of the full home renovation that engulfed me and my husband for most of 2012. In the process of dragging an old, problematic house into the 21st century we lived through the very real clichés of remodeling: Cost overruns, shocking surprises, electricians giggling at the state of our wiring, differences of opinion (ahem) between our contractor and architect. We sledgehammered walls and dragged out construction debris; we navigated the torturous halls of IKEA, and spent long nights assembling cabinets.
But, in the end, I have my dream kitchen — and I feel like the luckiest girl on the earth. It's been hard to know where to start, but today I will just plunge in and explain the beginnings of the project. Over the next week or two I will show you how it all went and what it looks like now. Want to come along?
I'm always so inspired by dream kitchens like this cottage kitchen in Maine or any one of these gorgeous, glamorous spaces. I appreciate the details, materials, the layout, all the finer things that make it special and swoon-worthy. But sometimes too much day dreaming can make me feel a little deflated when I walk into my thoroughly average and unspectacular rental kitchen. Has that ever happened to you? Most of us probably don't cook in our dream kitchen. Instead, we deal with our kitchens' quirks and inconveniences on a daily basis.
But your kitchen can still be a place that you love and cherish, a place you enjoy, not merely tolerate. These 10 small changes are easy upgrades, but they'll go a long way towards making you feel more organized and uplifted in your kitchen.
A blank, white wall can be intimidating or inspiring. Do you leave it as is and own the emptiness? Do you hang a bunch of prints, or shove a cabinet in front of it? You could do any one of these things, or you could take a note from Adrienne Antonson's Brooklyn apartment and hang a wall of black pots (with a few handy tools thrown in). In addition to being a functional storage solution for her pans, the black and white contrast makes for a great display. As a bonus, Adrienne says the radiator below heats up the pots for her, so they're already toasty warm when she puts them on the stove.
This charming kitchen is all about the accessories. Love the look? Want to emulate some of it in your own kitchen? Here are sources to help you get the look. Fill in the blanks in the comments!
Urban Eclectic Kitchen Sources
Artwork: ______________ Cabinet Hardware: ______________ Countertops: ______________ Dishware: Vintage copper pot from Porte de Clignancourt Flea Market, Paris, France; rice bowls from Pearl River Market; cutting board from La Petite Cuisine, Versailles, France; vintage US Navy Dishes from Fish's Eddy. Espresso Machine: Williams-Sonoma Island: Vintage found on eBay. Lighting: Restoration Hardware Paint – Walls & Ceiling: Behr Premium Plus in Silver Hill Refrigerator: ______________ Seating: Ghost Chair and Tolix stool from Design Within Reach; Counter stools from Crate & Barrel. Sink: ______________ Stove: ______________
There's something immediately arresting about herringbone floors, don't you think? A classic design, it goes well in both modern and traditional kitchens depending on the material used. Wood, tile, brick—we've seen it all, and it all works. What do you think?
Generally, when we see homework stations in kitchens, they're at low desk surfaces squeezed into a corner or way off to the side. Not so in this Madison, WI kitchen remodel. There's a place to do homework right in the thick of things, without being in the way.