Kitchen: Inspiration, MoodBoard, Progress

As of today, we have officially owned our new home for 2 whole weeks. And no, before you even think it, let alone ask it, we are no where near ready to move in. We're working outside and in, at a furious pace, all in the hopes of moving in mid September. We're tackling lots of little things from the inspection hit list, and some bigger, messier projects as well. Namely, the kitchen. 

Here's where we started. No, it's not that bad. (if you ignore the lightning bolt island, the forest green tile and mismatched appliances) But, after living through and finishing our kitchen remodel in the Chicago house only a short two years ago, we weren't looking forward to doing it again (anytime soon). Simply put, that's how it moved to the top of the list. 
We decided to save the cabinetry, making this a more budget friendly refurbishment. Painted cabinets, new counters, new appliances. 

Here's our inspiration. Now, it's time to bring it to life in our own kitchen, in our own style. While the inspiration kitchen is still very traditional, it's much less farmhouse-y in style than our Chicago kitchen. I might even go as far as to say it's verging on transitional (transitional = blend of traditional and modern). Yikes! You know what that means: research, research. 

Here are some of the ideas we are working with for our kitchen. Some of them are set in stone (no pun intended!) like the counters, appliances, faucets and paint colors, while others like the accents are not. 
I'm looking to achieve a warm, eclectic, slightly transitional kitchen. I chose to mix our metals through appliances, fixtures and hardware - I think it will help to achieve the eclectic style I am after. Also, you may remember my comments on stainless appliances - how I think they are clinical and cold - I think the addition of brass will counter all that stainless. 

Here's my progress shot. Not a lot to look at. Just enough to explain our color choices.
As you can see, I'm mixing cabinetry colors. I'm really hoping to make that zigzag island pop by painting it a slate blue and adding a contrasting countertop. Can not wait to see it come together!
Hurray for progress. 

Today is the first day of school around here. Unfortunately, my new Kindergartener is home with the tummy flu. How sad is that? I'm making caramelized peach ice cream to cheer her up, when she's better, of course. Poor thing.

until next time,