Friday Favorites: Kitchen Inspiration

So Ali and I, two sisters forever daydreaming of buying homes to fix up, both managed to buy our houses within months of each other. Ali, in the summertime, a big three-bedroom mid-century split level with room for her and Michael's growing family. Mine in the fall,  a boxy three-bedroom ranch with an updated layout in a Detroit suburb. With our purchase, we both knew going in that we'd be dealing with outdated, dysfunctional kitchens that were someone else's idea of awesome oh so many years ago. 

But that's okay, 'cause here's where the fun starts. Within those daydreams, both of us have been gearing up to create our one-of-a-kind kitchens. Now is our chance to be inspired once again as we grow ever closer to seeing it become reality.


I've begun my kitchen remodel in earnest (yay). To see the process I've made so far, check out this post. And for a project breakdown, check out this one.

1. Bright white countertop, open shelving & industrial touches

I'm kind of obsessed with the whole "everything out on display" movement in kitchens. This one plays on that. No spices hiding in dark corners. Everything is where you can see--like in a professional kitchen. White or light counters always read clean and modern.

2. Dark painted cabinets, white subway tile & wood elements

The kitchen above is probably the closest to my original "vision" of my space that I've found. If only I had big, expose ceiling beams and beautiful wood floors. But the counter-to-ceiling white subway tiles and dark cabinets are right on point. I'll also being using wood shelves to house my dishes and glassware. With brackets though. Floating shelves with ALL THE BREAKABLE THINGS on them?! I'd have 55 heart attacks.

3. Open storage for pots, pans and cooking supplies

I love this tray on the counters with spice and pots and pans casually displayed. I plan on recreating this with the very same IKEA shelf in a corner near my window.

4. Deep blue cabinets against bright white walls & trim

I don't have a window above cabinetry like this. I wish! This is where the white counters and blue cabinets meet. With bright white walls... all that light?! Love.


Rustic island

I'd really love to build or source a big, pretty island for the are of my kitchen that would normally have a kitchen table. I don't need one since I have a big dining room and I normally eat in the living room anyway. The first one includes (supercomplicated) DIY-instructions that is most definitely beyond my skill level. The one right above is from IKEA. Yeah, it;ll probably be the IKEA one. Sigh...


Check out my Before house blog HERE. Our kitchen is a hideous cream colored 80's monstrosity. So when this bad boy finally gets remodeled we'd like to bring it modern times, while still respecting the midcentury vibe of the home. To bring us into the 21st century we need the following elements - 

White. The kitchen is situated in the darkest corner of the main level so we need this space to be light and bright. 

Marble. I'm slightly obsessed. Must. Have. Marble. 

Color. To off-set some of the start whiteness. Must have turquoise to complement my turquoise obsession. 

Subway tile. Because subway tile. 

Open Shelving. Not all open shelving but definitely some. I have tons of beautiful dishes that deserve the chance to be seen. 

1. Turquoise subway tile and sleek modernism. 

So this kitchen is ultra-modern. Maybe a bit too modern for my taste but still such a great use of color and that tile just sparkles. I love the way the kitchen flows into the dining room and they're one seamless entertaining/living space. And I kind of love the gray color of the lower cabinets. 

2. Turquoise lowers and that rug. 

Love love love the color of those cabinets. And that rug infuses so much life and texture to the room. I would love to introduce this color to our lowers because it's not so saturated that it would compete with the other colors in our open concept living area, but it would serve as more of a neutral. And that rug. Want. It. 

3. Marble countertops and glass-door cabinetry. 

Get this...these countertops are FORMICA! I can't even get over how good they look and at 1/3 of the cost of a slab of marble and way more forgiving and easy to care for. I have been debating different cabinet doors for a while and I love the straight clean lines of these glass-fronted versions. And all the pretty dishes shine through. 

4. All. The. Things.

I'm kind of in love with this kitchen. Ok. Really in love with this kitchen. The only downside? It's a bit too white for me, I like things a bit more colorful and collected. But imagine some white subway tile and the lower cabinets painted that robin's egg blue from the above kitchen. And again with the marble-esque Formica countertops! Seriously? Aren't they so pretty?! Though I prefer the straight edge of the earlier picture instead of the rounded edge of these.  But the entire blog is full of brilliant ideas and she did the entire kitchen for $5000. No. Really. $5000. I die. 

So what's on your kitchen reno must-have list? Which kitchen do you die for? Bonus points for extra links to kitchens we might love...

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