Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kitchen design

Right this very moment we are the proud owners of 3 refrigerators.  Let me preface this by stating that my last (and only) refrigerator purchase was a miniature fridge that I took with me to Messiah College over a decade ago.  We accumulated our second refrigerator shortly after Julia was born - even though she wasn't eating people food yet, it gave me peace of mind to know that we were all set for the teenage years.  Our third brand new addition came along last week and is sitting in our living room (yes, living room) as our centerpiece.  It is a lovely sight.  It will be on display for the next 6 weeks (possibly most likely more) until it finds its final home in our new kitchen.  Then we are back down to 2 - for good. Unless the Messiah College fridge comes back for a reprise. 
I thought that I would post some of our kitchen ideas.  I am always on the hunt for new ones, so if you have any input I would be more than happy to hear it.  Our theme has taken on a farmhouse/retro type feel.  If you ask Charles, he will say it's farmhouse - the words that involve anything that may suggest contemporary are too frightning for him.  The 1960's are the new 2010's!  So we are going with a robin's egg blue color with white cabinets, dark granite countertops, and black hardware on the cabinets. 
Here is the color palate that we' have mind for the paint:
The picture below is sort of the vision we have for our cabinets and the flow of things.  The green would obviously be blue:

I love thinking about the big picture, but I am more excited about the little details.  We are building the cabinets around the refrigerator and have this idea for the side panel.  I am a sucker for chalkboards.  When we decided on our new kitchen, the placement of the chalkboard was my first thought.
Our sink will be one of the main focal points of the kitchen - square under the window as you walk into our kitchen.  Aside from the chalkboard, this apronfront farmhouse sink is one of my favorite pieces.  We have already ordered our sink in the color "sea salt" - a white base with very subtle flecks of blue.  You can kind of see the sink to the left in this picture:
We will probably go with white subway tile for the backsplash, but I love this: 
(This is still a contender as long as the colors flow well)
And finally, we will be knocking out part of our wall to open things up into our dining room and living room.  I have fallen in love with the color and style of this picture.  I love everything about this look (even the GROCERY sign in the background).  These stools just make me want to take a seat and order a rootbeer float...unfortunately, we will probably go with more functional stools. 
And so it begins in less than 2 weeks! 
***A little warning to all of our friends and neighbors, if you live within a 10 mile radius, we just might be showing up at your house around dinner time in the next few months :)***
Julia will work for food.


  1. I LOVE the inspiration photos for your kitchen remodel! Very much what I would choose if we had a do-over in our future! (we have a 50's kitchen in a 50's house - ha!). Can't wait to see how it turns out!

  2. what about a friend that lives in the <100 mile radius? I know you are just returning from Maine, but Chris will be doing a large amount of travel this month, so I will have many lonely nights... and I would love to see you. If that doesn't work with your chaotic schedule, maybe we could just plan on talking.