Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Kitchen Inspiration Board

     I've been working on this for a while.  I would say that I absolutely know my kitchen style in theory.  In practice, however, I'm struggling.  Here's the thing:  I like a warm white kitchen, white subway tile and white shaker cabinetry.  Sounds pretty good, right?

   It also sounds like every other kitchen you see in blogs, magazines and on pinterest.  I have dozens of them pinned on my kitchen board.

  It's hard for me to reconcile the idea that these are the finishes I like and the idea that my kitchen would look the same as everyone else's.  Do you ever feel this way?  I love the inspiration I find in the blog world but I feel like there is a lot of repetition.  And I want my kitchen to be unique.

Below is my inspiration board so far.  I still need to decide on a few things.  Hardware needs to be chosen, possibly a fabric for the window to help add some personality to the space.

     I've been trying to come up with a couple of ways to make the kitchen feel more unique.  These ideas are at the bottom of the mood board I made for the project.  

1. Antique Corbels:  I was going to use these in Audrey's room but the scale wasn't right for the project we were thinking of.  Instead, we are planning to use them as decorative supports for the peninsula.

2. Tongue & Groove Ceiling:  To be painted out in white dove, like the cabinetry.  Adds a custom element.

3. Antique Bronze Shelving:  This is something Jay came up with.  He would like to hang the open shelving using antique bronze tubing like this. Our shelves will be thick and painted white.  This image is from The Brick House.  (I am still unsure if this is the route we will go.  Initially we planned to use simple thick white shelving with brackets and I go back and forth a bit)

4. Concrete Countertops:  Right now, we can't afford the marble I would really like to put in.  It's just not possible with our budget.  I was resigning myself to the idea of using a simple black laminate but then I saw this DIY tutorial and I'm thinking about trying it.

I'd love to hear what you think about the finishes we've chosen, and your ideas for injecting some personality into the space.

xo Meg


  1. I love your ideas. Especially the bronze shelving. That will look amazing!!!

  2. Love the ways you are choosing to make your kitchen unique. I think the ubiquitous white kitchen is much like a little black dress, even though nearly everyone has one, they don't look the same as each person injects a bit of their personality and style into the mix. This is going to be fabulous!

  3. HAHAHA! We are kitchen twins! Which I'm sure doesn't help what you were saying above about wanting your kitchen to be unique. I actually completely agree with Cathy -- the white kitchen is like the little black dress and it's also a great backdrop to add your own personality to. I LOVE your idea for antique bronze shelving ... beautiful. And, I'm doubly laughing because we're still thinking about concrete counters too! :)

  4. I think the ideas you posted below the idea board are all great, subtle touches that will add your signature to your white kitchen. I especially love the corbels and bronze brackets. As much as there can be lots of repetition around the web, some things are classic and will always make you happy at the end of the day and for years to come. I think the touches you are brainstorming and some fabric/artwork that reflects you will make the space your own. I can't wait to see the finished product. It will be beautifully and totally yours!

  5. oooh! I love the ideas you have in your mood board! The warmth of the wood really adds a lot. PS - make sure to pop by my blog to enter my Blurb giveaway! Deadline is midnight wednesday....

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