Thursday, April 15, 2010

{kitchen inspiration}

I am working away on a ‘small’ kitchen reno in my home, so I have been constantly referring back to my kitchen-inspiration photos I have kept filed away. There is one kitchen that appeared in Style at Home a couple of years ago that I always end up coming back to:

via Style at Home

via Style at Home

This kitchen is quite stunning, and besides the fact that my kitchen is definitely smaller and does not have a center island, the layout of this kitchen is very similar to mine. I love the black and white palette, and the touches of glam from the crystal in the light fixtures, the upholstered furniture, and that glamorous hutch:

via Style at Home

I am basing my mini kitchen reno on the kitchen above, but an ‘on-a-budget’ version. So far I purchased subway tile since it is an inexpensive backsplash with a clean modern look, and we have painted our old oak cabinets white and replaced all the ugly brass hardware with pretty brushed chrome ones (pics to come soon!). What’s left is to shop around for the counter top, which I am trying to do now. I am thinking something dark like the photos above, and so far we have been looking at granite and quartz...any advice or suggestions on these or other counter top products?

What would I install if money was no object?? I think right now I am loving an all-marble look (backsplash and counter):

via Style at Home

Or even Carrara marble subway tile! Did you know that Carrara marble is called Carrara marble because it comes from the mountains of Carrara Italy? Apparently Calcutta marble is similar but has a more desirable and distinct veining, but it comes at a price: Calcutta is almost three times the cost of Carrara!!

via Style at Home

There are also little gadgets I would love to have if money were no object. How bout a pot-filling faucet over the stove?

via Things that Inspire

And a floor mounted faucet foot pedal!! (Apparently this is not too pricey to install!) Now that is smart thinking!


I would also love to have a gigantic sink and a center island with it's own postal code:

via Things that Inspire

via Things that Inspire

For now, I am pretty excited just to change my ugly formica counters and scary 1986 flowery backsplash! That will be a big enough transformation for me. Now that you have seen my inspiration kitchen I promise to post photos as soon as the counters are picked and the tile is up! I’m crossing my fingers that is sooner rather than later : )


theLENNOXX said...

I love the all-marble look too.

(BTW I figured you are a molecular biologist because I am as well =) I don't have a PhD though (but my hubby does)

Vanessa said...

I love that Style at Home kitchen too. If it was me, I would choose quartz over granite and since you like the look of marble - a lighter coloured quartz. Can't wait to see the transformation - I'm sure it will be great.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I too have that kitchen in my "files". I am envious though because I want to re-do our kitchen so badly. We have 90's oak cabinet, tiles and countertop but since we are renting - I can only dream. I would do the same though - white subway tiles, white cabinets, school house light fixture, and *dream* Carrara marble. I have heard you can get marble tiles that are large enough for a counter and cheaper than a huge slab. I also agree with Vanessa - quartz works well. I also love soapstone - in black.

Can't wait to see the finished kitchen!

Nancy Marcus Gueret said...

Thanks for the counter top advice guys! Your suggestions will really help me in my quest :) I like the idea of the lighter quartz, and I am now curious about soapstone too. Keep 'em coming!

Karla @ KERRISDALE DESIGN blog said...

I seriously looked at the first kitchen picture for awhile before it dawned on me why it looked so darn familiar...I've been in that kitchen many times, as a painting of mine hung in the family room adjacent (it was a showhome). Too funny, my mommy brain takes awhile to make connections sometimes :) Ah well. All lovely kitchens. I say one can never ever go wrong with white cabinets and a little carrarra (or a lot of it!). Love those pendants in picture #5!


Lisa Goulet said...

These are all great kitchens and I'm sure yours will be beautiful. I have one gadget in my kitchen that I love that you may want to include in yours. It is a central vacuum toe kick that allows you to open the central vac outlet with your foot and it sucks all the dirt away. No need for a dustpan!

DesignTies said...

It's already been mentioned, Nancy... but if I were you I'd opt for soapstone. It's so beautiful!! To get that beautiful black/dark-gray you have to oil the stone every-so-often. I loved the honed surface!! My next kitchen... warm white with a soapstone counter. For sure!

Nancy Marcus Gueret said...

Karla - I remember your artwork in this showhome, it is gorgeous!

Lisa - I totally agree with you, my Mom has a central vac toe kick in her kitchen and it is amazing!!

Victoria - Thanks for re-affirming the soapstone option, I am going to get several quotes now and see what is most affordable! I'm excited :)

Maria Killam said...

I love all those kitchens, I can't wait to see yours when it's done!

DesignTies said...

Your inspiration kitchen is beautiful :-) I'm sure you'll be able to achieve a similar look on a budget :-)

Have you looked at Hanstone?? One of the Hanstone colours is Sterling Grey. It looks like a grey stone with little flecks of mirror in it. Totally glam!!


Anonymous said...

Do you know where the curio came from?

Darlin_Gurl said...

Wow.... As I look through your blog I can't believe how similar our tastes are... I just built my first house with my husband and we based our kitchen on that Style as Home article! I absolutely love it.... but instead of subway tile I did a glass tile backsplash with a slight white-ish/turquoise colouring.... I found it gave it just a bit more glam. We also have the central vac kick pan.. its fab! And I picked a quartz countertop... similar to the one DesignTies mentioned above... its a creamy white with flecks of grey and mirror. The way it sparkles at night is just beautiful!

Iky said...

Hi Nancy, I just wanted you to know I came across your blog the beginning of last week and I've been hooked since, I've been hitting the 'old post' tab and keep getting more fabulousness :). I love your home too.. Soo pretty, it's going in my file for inspiration when I get to buy my own place. Great job! And if I ever move to Canada, I'll definitely look you up. Have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy, I just came across your blog and I am so happy since I want to do exactly the same reno in our kitchen. I was trying to explain to my husband but he could (or didn'want to see it). Now, I showed your before and after and it is all clear ;)
Any suggestions about the painting of the cabinets? Did you take them off? Did you sand it?
Thank you and best regards from Spain :)

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