Ah, the kitchen. My favorite part of a house. The room where I’ve probably spent the most time in my life, and where I plan to spend lots of time in the future. When I stop and think about our house I always imagine food first: dinner parties every weekend with friends, Sunday lunch with the family passing dishes across the dining table, lazy breakfasts perched on a stool reading the paper, tip toeing to the fridge for late-night snacks, a wine rack filled with precious Primitivos,….I could obviously go on forever.
Needless to say, the day we went to plan our kitchen I was a wreck. Would I possibly be able to include everything I want in that space? Will it cost an arm and a leg? Can I make it look American? Or will they try to sell me some futuristic, Euro-minimal design?
Thankfully Manu and I have the same taste in kitchens (American) and went to the only place around here where we were guaranteed to get one. Ikea. Ironic, no? Our planner was super helpful and patient with us (me) and after three hours of shifting cabinets and appliances like puzzle pieces in the kitchen planner program, we finally picked out our design.
We chose white Lidingo cabinets with two fronts in the 6-paneled glass design. And after lots of justification we decided to splurge on the countertops and get gray (similar to) granite. Why not, right? The oven is separate from the range, which is a 5-top gas. The fridge is one of those incorporated ones so it looks like the cabinets. (Which is good I think?) Also, since we have the space, we’re going to order the Stenstorp matching island with a butcher block top. My dreams of having a stooled area to eat breakfast are coming true! The backsplash is simple, white subway tile and the flooring is a charcoal grey slate.
I’M SO EXCITED. Even though I really have no idea what I’m doing, it feels right.
Tell me, if you’ve a renovated a kitchen, how did you go about planning the decor?