Our Kitchen Inspiration

The Fantasy The Reality
Inspiration kitchen Kitchen A  with watermark

I am always looking for ways to improve the house.  I want it to be more than an house, I want to turn it into a home. When we walked into our house on the tour prior to purchasing, my first thought was "This is a great big space with fantastic potential!" My next thought was't as optimistic. I remember thinking "This is a great big space filled with a lot of ugly!"

I knew that large spaces usually require large budgets to alter them, but I was hopeful that I could do our alterations in stages, and do some of the work myself. Hopefully, this would keep costs low and allow us to spread them out over time. We were in the house a little over 2 years before we could come up with a plan for the kitchen.

Not only did we have to decipher what we would like the finish look of the kitchen to be, but we had to come up with a plan that would allow us to renovate in stages. In addition, we wanted the interim stages have a look that we liked, and that wouldn't drive us crazy. If the interim stages weren't functional or aesthetically pleasing, they might make us want to rush through the renovations.

In the process of shopping for our house, we saw a lot of kitchens (and lack thereof). What struck me as odd is that people love to put trends into kitchens. This fact always costs you more money. Trends tend to be expensive on their own, and then don’t last. Why would you put them in the most expensive room in the house? Seems so odd to me. My goal was not to do this. I wanted to create a finish product where I could change a few smaller elements and feel like it was current and in style. I wanted a kitchen that I could infuse a trend, if I wanted to, and then remove it later when the trend was passe'. Looking around at stores, magazines and even TV and movies, I noticed that certain cabinet styles and colors always work. I remember watching an old Julia Robert's movie, Something to Talk About, in that movie she had a great white kitchen with 1990's counter tops and decor. My thought was, change those counter tops and loose a few of those decorator items, and that kitchen would be up to date.


This is my favorite movie kitchen!

It's from Something's Gotta Give.

I love the elements they used:

  • creamy white cabinets (not stark white)
  • dark classic hardware
  • soapstone counter tops
  • subway tile back splash
  • stainless appliances
  • dark wood floors
Somethings gotta give kitchen


Looking around, I noticed that I kept coming back to kitchens that had the same design features. These timeless features were most often found in or associated with a Craftsman style kitchen. I think that the best example of the timeless kitchen is probably the Craftsman kitchen.

Internet craftsman kitchen

Another kitchen I just love!

We used to live just outside of Detroit and had the opportunity to view a few classic Craftsman houses when we were there. The kitchens in the old Craftsman homes tend to be roomy, clean lined cabinetry, a light or natural color palate and natural counter tops like soapstone, marble or even butcher block. The details and personality were normally provided by the light fixtures, accessories and the design of the home. The classic simplicity of the kitchen design allowed the personality and architectural design of the home to be the focal point. This is the inspiration for the design of our kitchen.


The best resource I can think of to find kitchen inspiration is Pinterest.  You can check out my Pinterest page by clicking the link on the right side of the website. I have an entire board of kitchen inspiration and pinned several "movie kitchens" as inspiration. Have a look to see if anything inspires you.


Keep reading if you want to see how we renovated our kitchen.