I've found my decorating style over time has changed and moved more sleek and minimalist. It has a lot to do with having small children leaving toys & Legos all over the floor, I'm sure. I'm into more modern -- and particularly midcentury modern -- and this was way before Mad Men.
I've spent way too much time on both Pinterest and Houzz in planning this renovation. You can find my inspiration boards for the kitchen here, the downstairs bath, laundry and sunroom here. As we started going along I started yet another board just to keep our actual design choices in one easy to find place. As we eliminated some, I deleted the pins.
We signed the contract yesterday to start work on the kitchen. We're still working through design issues with the rest of the remodel as well as considering getting estimates from several other vendors.
With everything decided, here's what we're going with --
My wish list for our kitchen renovation:
- Flat cabinets - very modern looking. No molding, no trim. It only collects dust, spills and grease.
- Upper cabinets to the ceiling. This way I maximize storage and minimize dust. You should see what the space above my current cabinets looks like. Then again, you really shouldn't look.
- Better layout, more cabinets, more storage. 'Nuf said.
- A large statement light. We have a large drum shade light above our dining table that we love and we wanted something the same scale. Luckily a restaurant near us, Monty's Steakhouse, has a fabulous Tom Raffield light that we've been drooling over ever since they opened. These shades are handmade from wood.
- White cabinets. I lost the cabinet argument with my husband who insisted on wood. As a compromise, we're going to do the bottom cabinets in Shiloh's Arizona Cypress with the uppers painted polar white.
- White quartz counter. Unlike the cabinets, this was non-negotiable. Our design firm tried to talk us into granite and showed us several quite busy & ugly ones. They even made us pick a "base" granite to quote in their price.
- Tiled backsplash, preferably marble herringbone. I got the marble, but not a herringbone pattern. Again, the design firm kept trying to talk us into white subway tile, which I really don't like. White, yes. Subway, yes -- but not together. So we're going with a marble carrera in a subway pattern. It will work well with the modern vibe I'm going for.
The kitchen will be more open to the living/dining room and we'll have to make a few changes. We bought the hexagon light from Restoration Hardware to replace the boring ceiling light inside the front door. The black metal will coordinate well with our dining room light (next to it). We'll also need a couple of bar stools for the end of the counter. And I plan on replacing the dark wood West Elm side table we've been using as a tv stand with this console from Crate and Barrel (and it's herringbone!).
And the lower bath.... This is still a work in process as far as I'm concerned. Here's our thoughts:
- Grey tile, at least on one wall, and grey tiled floor. I like these inspiration photos. We've been talking about large 12" x 24" wall and floor tiles.
- Pebble floor for the shower. The design firm gave us a lot of grief over this. When they pulled out these sliced stones, we were sold.
- Wall mounted sink. The bathroom is really, really small and a vanity would just eat up too much space. This way the bath will seem more spacious.
- Rainfall shower head. Ahhhhh. There'll be fighting amongst the family for this shower when we're done.