When it comes to design style, Mr. D and I might challenge each other on the details (art, patterns on rugs and drapes, accessories, etc.) but we do align on the big picture: clean lines, timeless appeal, and functionality. We didn’t want fussy details, but I wanted to have one element for visual interest to keep the kitchen from being too austere. More than a year ago, we started putting together a shared Pinterest board to share inspiration and see exactly what the other is thinking.
My all-time favorite source for kitchen inspiration is the movie “Something’s Gotta Give.” Director Nancy Meyer’s movies tend to center around strong women who love to cook and they own kitchens to reflect that. What I love about Erica Barry (Diane Keaton)’s kitchen—aside from the old-fashioned sophistication, professional range, sub-zero fridge, and massive islands—is how nothing seems too precious. It looks like a kitchen you can feel at home in, whether you’re the cook or the guest. I wanted everything in this kitchen. Fortunately, Mr. D agreed.
I was also inspired by Lindsay’s “custom” Ikea kitchen on her blog. I mean, that counter-depth, French-door refrigerator is a showpiece.
As you can see from our other inspiration images below, we agree on simple white Shaker-style cabinets, with a mix of solid and glass-front doors for the uppers. The glass will allow us to show off our white serving ware and make the kitchen feel more open. We also decided to have mostly drawers and pull-outs, rather than shelves, for all the lower cabinets. This will give easier access to everything and help us stay organized. We want white subway tile, but perhaps with a border in an accent color. I am dying for a white farmhouse sink, and Mr. D wants stainless steel appliances and a proper range hood rather than a micro/hood combo. After going back and forth on countertops, we feel that granite will best fit our needs. Marble, while oh-so-pretty, was porous and would stain easily. Quartz or Corian was practical, but granite would be ideal as a baking surface. It would stay cool and keep dough from sticking. We’ll wait to go to the showrooms to decide on a color, though our preferences would be either a black/gray or white. No crazy color or large veining.
Can’t wait to start putting together actual finishes. Me in a showroom is like a kid in Willy Wonka’s Factory (minus one creepy Mr. Wonka).
We want to know: What does your dream kitchen look like? Is it modern, retro, or traditional? What kind of materials would you love to see in it?
Next time: Week One, or so we think …