Hey, friends! I'm here to share a bit of a progress report about our kitchen today. A couple weeks ago I shared the before and some of our initial plans. We're currently DEEP in the renovation and really excited to see it coming together.
Decisions you can spot in the photo above:
1. This epic flush mount light fixture from Lucent Lightshop on Etsy. It's absolutely incredible in person and totally makes the room (and it has a cute sister in the breakfast nook right next door). I made the decision early on to embrace mixed metals. There is some brass in the kitchen and some stainless steel as well. And, so far, they're getting along pretty well. ;)
2. Patterned subway tile. I geeked out over all these patterns for like two months and ended up choosing the straight herringbone. I loved it instantly and have had zero regrets (which is ALWAYS my favorite number of regrets).
3. Open shelving. I think you have to live with and without open shelving before you know if it's for you or not. I've heard a lot of people say that open shelving drove them crazy, which is funny to me because I am so the opposite. In my last kitchen we kept all the existing cabinets and just updated them with white paint, and some time around year two, I got quotes to replace the upper ones with open shelving, which my husband forbid because we'd already reached the "max value" on that house (meaning additional updates wouldn't increase the value for resale). Anyway, we did them in the studio kitchen and I loved them so much, I vowed that in my next home there'd be epic open shelving. And I'm SO happy with them. Next up will be the styling part (aka: the fun part).
4. New appliances. This was an obvious choice for us since the appliances were super old and some of them broken. We're still getting used to our new oven and the dishwasher was just hooked up yesterday, so it's still much too early to report on if I love them. But I love how they look, and that's not nothing.
5. New cabinets. The price difference just made sense to do new, basic shaker style cabinets rather than spend money reconfiguring what was already there. I love them SO much. I have never lived in a home with new cabinets before and it's pretty awesome. Can't wait to add this hardware.
6. Marble tile floors. This was a tough decision for us! We've never done marble tile before, and we're honestly a little terrified of caring for it over the years. We've already sealed it, twice! And we've been cleaning it with a special marble cleaner weekly. AUGH—are we doing this right? If/when I spill red wine or spaghetti sauce, is it going to be tragic? Please share all the tips.
As far as the visuals go—whoa. We really REALLY love the marble tile. It's stunning. It goes from the kitchen to the sunroom and makes the space feel so clean and bright.
7. Quartz countertops. We considered marble (heart eyes!), but ultimately had to go with quartz because it's so durable. It comes in a lot of different colors and patterns. We picked Lyra, which has sort of a marble look. I say sort of because when you compare it to really veiny marble (we used some in our bathrooms), it's not as pronounced. It's sort of a very subtle marble look.
These were my top quartz picks. I like how the gray one kind of looks like cement. I also really like the one that is completely solid white (not pictured). The one we went with is in the upper left hand corner. We got them at Stone World in Nashville. You can see the finished results more in this post.
There are some other details that you can't see, so I guess I'll save them for a future post. :)
Here's some inspiration!
Collecting inspiration can do two things: 1. Inspire you endlessly, and 2. Confuse you! Because there are SO many pretty rooms out there, and so many choices. Augh. It can be overwhelming.
Some of my inspiration starting points (above) 1. The Style Files. That tile, that floor. Wow! 2. The Hunted Interior. Love her backsplash tile and light fixture. 3. ABM Studio Kitchen. I really loved this space and wanted to repeat certain elements in my home. 4. The Hive Mag. Love the laid back vibe in this kitchen. Reminds me that the "feel" is even more important than the "look".
This photo was taken yesterday as Jeremy was painting the ceiling. As you can see, we're still very much in a progress zone. The next steps I need to take are adding hardware, filling and styling the open shelves (including unpacking a lot more boxes), and then I have a few semi-crazy DIY projects on my horizon that will make our kitchen a more colorful place! Oh, and rugs, I need two small rugs ASAP. I'll probably wait for Black Friday sales though. (Anyone else COMPLETELY stop shopping in late October/early November because you know Black Friday is coming up soon?)
We just got our plumbing snaked out a couple days ago and have running water ALL through the house, including a dishwasher, for the very first time. Baby steps, you guys! These are exciting times over here. :)
Thanks for letting me share my kitchen progress with you. I cannot wait to share the finished space in the next month or so. And I'm pinching myself that I can actually cook food AND wash the dishes all in the same room (only those of you who have renovated recently can relate to these simple joys most of us take for granted. Haha!) Be back soon with more! xx- Elsie
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Inspiration images linked above.