Andrew and I are entertaining the idea of moving in the next couple years to a slightly larger house and so we’ve been real-estalking like crazy lately (my most favorite hobby in all the world- open houses are my version of watching sports). Of course, as a designer, I want something old and not yet renovated so I can do it myself the exact way I want it. So every time I walk through a dusty old Colonial I think “what could I do in here?” and then launch into a tirade of design ideas HGTV style (but with realistic cost expectations!) The one thing I love doing more than any other room is the kitchen, and while I have always liked a classic kitchen, there are always little tweaks to the exact look I love. And so I thought it would be fun to lay out what I would currently do for a “dream kitchen”.
1. Honed Imperial Danby marble counters and slab backsplash. As much as I love subway, I’ve been loving slab backsplashes even more. Especially in kitchens with slightly more rustic or traditional details. It modernizes it a bit. If the range/stove on on it’s own wall, you can beautifully mic slab behind the cooktop with subway everywhere else to save some money.
2. or unlacquered brass hardware. Still my favorite look in a kitchen.
3. Taupe cabinets, if you are looking to keep your budget on the “not breathing into a paper bag” level. I’m loving the lighter taupe looks seen in lots of gorgeous British kitchens these days on Pinterest.
4. I like the industrial but modern look of .
5. A small detail, but I just got these canisters for my kitchen and they make me oddly delighted!
6. As I’ve mentioned before, my one big regret in my kitchen is not doing a single lever faucet in brass. I won’t make that mistake twice. is a budget buster, but think of how often you use your kitchen faucet and buy the best quality you can so it lasts a long time and doesn’t frustrate you.
7. A nice big , like what I have now.
8. I’ve been really into the look of plaster hoods right now, eschewing the very popular metal and making the range and/ or other details of the kitchen the star. Clean and simple (and especially fetching with some gorgeous wood beams!)
9. The ultimate stove- La Cornue in stainless and brass. Not sure if these even cook that well (no window? double oven doors?), but hot DAMN are they pretty.
10. While I love a seamless kitchen/ living area floor (if doing that I’d do a nice light oak color) I DO really like the look of checkerboard marble too (if the kitchen was not open to the rest of the living areas).
Here are some inspiration images for the plaster range hood I spoke about above: