{Inspired By} Beautiful & Charming Kitchens

Farmhouse Kitchen - New England Home MagazineNew England Home

Fall is the time of year when we start turning inside and spending more time in the hub of the home, our kitchen! Whether it is fancy and luxurious or simple and homey, the kitchen is an important space in our home.

Right now I’m in the “observation phase” with my new kitchen. I’m learning how we live in this house and how the current kitchen functions for us. When we feel well-acquainted with our space and how we live throughout the rest of our home, we will be confident to move forward with appropriate design updates. I’ll be sharing some of my observations and inspiration for my kitchen in an upcoming post!

Here is a much over-due round up of kitchens that are both beautiful and charming, a perfect combination if you ask me! Enjoy.

Pretty White Kitchen with Wood Island - Mark Roper
via DustJacket Attic – Mark Roper Photography

Beautiful Kitchen Design Galleria
Design Galleria

Beautiful White Kitchen with Lantern
House Beautiful

Pretty Kitchen Design - Brass Bin Pulls for Kitchen Hardware
Heidi Piron Design & Cabinetry

Family Kitchen - New England Home Mag
New England Home

2014Boston Magazine

Beautiful Natural Kitchen Styling
Made in Persbo

Dark Green Kitchen Cabinets - Brass Accents - Teddy Edwards
Teddy Edwards

Gray Kitchen Cabinets - Lonny
Lonny

Beautiful Kitchen Design - Black and White Checkered FloorsNew England Home

Beautiful Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
New England Home

Elizabeth Cooper's Sag Harbor Home – Lonny MagazineLonny

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{For the Love of Kitchens} Gray & White Kitchen

Gray White Wood and Brass Kitchen

I stumbled upon the House Beautiful July “Kitchen of the Month” this week. Isn’t it lovely? While it’s larger and fancier than my own kitchen, the overall layout, style, and colors reminded me a bit of mine! I have enjoyed my kitchen so much over the past few years, it’s definitely one of my favorite all time projects.

When we move to the city we’ll likely end up in an older and at least somewhat of a fixer-upper type of house, so the chances are pretty good there will be a necessary kitchen project in my future. Not mad, I love kitchens! That’s one thing that helps me to not be too sad about leaving the home I’ve grown to love, I remind myself about the enjoyable sides of creating another home and the possibility of designing another kitchen for our family. That’s my kind of fun! :)

Kitchens are my favorite. 

Gray White Wood and Brass Kitchen - Open Shelves
Gray White Wood and Brass Kitchen Design

You can see more photos and details about this kitchen here.

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Let there be light! {Small Space Remodeling Tip}

Glass Window Room Divider
image via Crazy Mary 

A s we are considering what kind of house we can afford (and hope to find) if or when we end up in Seattle, we are fairly certain that it will be a small house, and possibly one we will need to remodel at least a little bit in some way, hopefully right away. (You can catch up here if you are wondering what’s going on!).

I can share more details on what we think we are looking for in some upcoming posts, but we’ve gone to quite a few open houses to get a feel for what might be available and what to expect. One thing we’ve noticed in the older, smaller houses in our price range is that quite often the kitchens are small, closed in and very dark. Not only do they sometimes have dark cabinets, but many times the exterior walls are lined with cabinetry so windows are small or non-existent.

Glass window as a room dividerimage via Crazy Mary 

So in addition to imagining how we might open up a kitchen by removing walls, adding on with french doors or exterior windows, there are other interesting ways we’ve considered to accomplish the goal of more light and better flow through the house.

An interior window is a great way to create the illusion of more space and additional light without adding a single square foot to the kitchen. And, the interior window allows the kitchen to still feel like a separate (and quieter) space if you want it to, while removing the visual barrier of a full wall.

Light is so important in a kitchen, and in a small house more light will mean feeling less closed off or claustrophobic. After living in this house for the past six and a half years, I know a big thing I’m going to miss is my kitchen (AH!!! Sadness!) not just because I love how it looks but in great part because of all the light. Our kitchen gets beautiful light pouring in all day from all the big exterior windows.

Even if our next house doesn’t have as much light as I hope for, I enjoy a good challenge! I love finding ideas that are not only charming, but practical and problem solving, too. In some cases, an interior window just might be the perfect solution to a dark and cramped kitchen and dining area!

P.S. We actually had a similar interior kitchen window in one of our old houses (the picket fence house, if you read my book Love the Home You Have!) so I’ve always really liked that look. You can actually see a snapshot of that old kitchen window in this post (warning, it’s a really small image from a lifetime ago!).

Happy Monday, friends!

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