Tile can be a paralyzing thing to choose when doing a renovation- it’s not technically permanent, but redoing tile is no easy feat. And while you can go absolutely crazy price wise with designer tile options, I find that some of the best, most timeless choices don’t cost an arm and a leg.
At first patterned tile may seem trendy, but really the style is based in so much historical inspiration that it really is not. One of the most popular styles is cement tile, which can be tricky to keep clean. We’ve sourced some tough porcelain versions that give that same look for much less money.
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Andrew and I are entertaining the idea of moving in the next couple years to a slightly larger house and so we’ve been real-estalking like crazy lately (my most favorite hobby in all the world- open houses are my version of watching sports). Of course, as a designer, I want something old and not yet renovated so I can do it myself the exact way I want it. So every time I walk through a dusty old Colonial I think “what could I do in here?” and then launch into a tirade of design ideas HGTV style (but with realistic cost expectations!) The one thing I love doing more than any other room is the kitchen, and while I have always liked a classic kitchen, there are always little tweaks to the exact look I love. And so I thought it would be fun to lay out what I would currently do for a “dream kitchen”.
I was flipping through the new IKEA catalog this weekend and spotted this kitchen and was inspired. The wood tone cabinets were really interesting (and are certainly making a comeback in a more modern way than the builder-grade cherry of yesteryear). You can’t see in this pic, but the glass doors are wired too, which gives a very country-mod feel to the space. I really dislike the square subway tiles (reminds me of a public restroom) so I ventured out to create a cool kitchen design using wood IKEA cabinets!
And here’s what I came up with! Fresh and clean but with hints of traditional design. I love the way the mint color plays off the warmer cabinet color, especially when paired with lots of crisp white. This design is mostly really affordable stuff, with a couple splurges (counters and floors) which is a great way to make an IKEA kitchen look decidedly not IKEA.
For the past few decades stainless steel has been the reigning champ of the appliance world. If you’ve ever watched any HGTV episode you know that “stainless steel and granite” signifies a high end kitchen to the average home buyer. But I remember growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s in a house with white appliances against whitewashed oak cabinets and it being the “of the moment” style; and now it seems people are trying to make a comeback of not only white appliances but black as well. Of course they have new fancy names like “White Ice”, and are in more of a smooth matte finish, but they are still the colors of old. So what do we think of this “new” trend?
This is GE’s new “Slate” range- a more matte dark grey finish. This I can see working in combination with dark grey cabinets I think…
Yesterday was crazy. Like one of those days where you physically feel your busy schedule draining every ounce of your energy. And with a hubby away for the night on business, it left me running on fumes by the end of the day. So nothing too in depth to post today other than this AMAZING kitchen by Lori Paranjape featured recently in Domino. We’re using the flooring in here as an inspiration for a project I’m working on in New Jersey, but the rest of the space is pretty amazing too! That range hood, upper glass cabinet detail, slab backsplash….
I love the way a vintage rug looks in a sleek kitchen. I still love the one I splurged on for mine!