a direction for the kitchen

We’ve been busy here, and slowly picking away at the kitchen. I’ve been trying my very hardest to stay focused on one project at a time but I can’t help but wander around this house, staring at empty walls, and plan plan plan. The ideas are almost exploding out of my head– seriously though, I almost wish that they would so something would actually get done!

When I find myself tired of painting I turn to my computer to put ideas to paper… er, screen. I’m finding that design boards are going to be the best way to keep myself focused on the vision and direction of a room in this place. I just explained to you that I get sidetracked while painting, and planning, you better believe that I get side tracked about a certain design direction. While my boards start as mainly a jumping off point, they help me stay focused and on task and ensure that I don’t stray too far from the intended aesthetic of the room. They also help me avoid making costly mistakes – there were a couple rugs that I was considering, until I laid them out on the design board and realized that they were way to loud for the space. My favorite part of design boards is that eventually, they will ensure that the entire house is cohesive and transitions are thoughtfully laid out.

Before I start “shopping” I always start with some inspiration images. Here’s a bit of my inspiration for our kitchen:

Definitely want to go for two tone. I’m in love with this look and it might just be the main inspiration photo. Dark lowers, light uppers, white trim, dark sashes, light back splash and light counter tops. I LOVE the floors, too. We aren’t quite ready for a flooring change, but this photo is surely saved for inspiration when we do.

tudor brown lowers, white uppers, and definitely brass hardware. Digging the bamboo blinds

more brass hardware. swooning over those grey/navy lowers.

more yummy brass (are you sensing a theme here?) love that this kitchen introduces pattern into the space through the backsplash.

speaking of pattern, the floral element on these curtains and valance soften the space in this lovely kitchen.

I’m also loving the pattern of this traditional Persian rug, especially when paired with the vintage/modern chairs and eclectic chandelier. The pop of red doesn’t hurt either. Like this scheme, love this space.

another red Persian rug + some industrial bar stools

…or perhaps a pop of color with some red bar stools.

I love the way a little bit of red goes a long way in the warmth department. Especially against some dark window sashes.

like these…

or these.

this photo seriously has me considering painted our (faux) brick.

a little bit of this + a little bit of that, lead to…

the inspiration for our kitchen:

an overall neutral scheme with two tone cabinets, brass and natural accents, with pops of red and mixes of traditional and modern.

I’m pretty proud of this scheme and it inspires me just enough to put a paint brush in my hand again… and to keep saving my pennies for that new rug and those red bar stools.

Do you ever use design boards to keep true to your desired aesthetic?


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  1. YAY! We love your kitchen scheme!!!
    My mom wants to hire you to do her kitchen, too!

    I can’t wait to have our husbands make us quiche in here!

  2. Jennifer Lewis says:

    So in love with all of your ideas, our taste is pretty much sympatico. Adore the rugs!! I have a love affair with rugs, I feel like they are essential to any room and I adore red/poppy in rugs. Inspiring me to go back to school for my interior design degree, never too late right? 🙂 I love all things that have to do with beauty and that my dear includes you! You are beautiful inside and out. God has certainly blessed you with an eye to appreciate all the beauty He has created for our enjoyment. Enjoy decorating your gift from God – HOME!

    Love you Sweetie,

    • Ah rugs! After designing and crawling around on them for 5 years my love affair with rugs has only gotten stronger. No, never ever too late for design school! 🙂 You’d be so great at it, you already are! I truly appreciate your input as you’ve always been one of my greatest real life “designer” inspirations! I’ll never forget walking through your first home, wanting to photograph every room (in fact, I think I might have, ha!) That yellow shabby chic bedroom! I’ve always loved your style! Thanks so much for your sweet words and thanks for stopping by! Love you!

  3. LOVE the brass!! I’m so glad to see it making a comeback – we have some gorgeous brass faucetry in our showroom and I want to take all of it home. Let me know if you ever need designer’s discount on fixtures – I can hook a sista up 😉


    • you’re the sweetest! I may just have to take you up on that + I’d love to check out your showroom sometime! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Keep on writing, great job!

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