Anatomy of a kitchen

After years of dreaming of my perfect kitchen—while “functioning” in a tiny four-cupboard galley kitchen—it was time to demolish and design from scratch.

Starting from scratch is a luxury and an opportunity to create something uniquely yours, but it’s also daunting. Figuring out what you like and breaking it down to help inform your subsequent choices is hard to do cold turkey.

About a year before our kitchen reno (and major reno of our entire first floor) I started browsing (read obsessively scanning) through Houzz photos, and saving those I loved to an ideabook. At the rate I was saving photos,  I quickly realized I needed to organize my favs into categories if I ever wanted to efficiently look back at them for inspiration, and so kitchen favs, bathroom favs, living room favs, fireplace favs, entryway favs and so on were created.

While I had a general sense of what I wanted—bright, airy, light cabinets, modern, but not too modern—it was going back to my “kitchen favs” time and time again that helped me dissect my dream kitchen into an actual design plan for my eventual real one.

What I wanted became clear: vintage lighting, a mix of white and wood stained cabinets, wood flooring that flowed through our new open floor plan, a subway backsplash that would stand up to changing trends, and knobs and hardware that tied in with the vintage feel of our lighting.

Before I share the before and afters, here are some of the photos that inspired my design choices—from cabinet style and color, flooring, lighting fixtures, stone countertops and the overall vibe.

Remodel Rewind

Stay tuned to see how my kitchen turned out—I’ll share all the pics in my next post. Until then, keep kitchen dreaming.


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