{New House} The Kitchen Inspiration

Yesterday I shared the Before pics of our new Kitchen, along with our plans for the renovation. Those updates will help with the efficiency of the space, as well as make it more aesthetically pleasing…but the design is what will give it warmth and personality. And that’s the hard part for me.

You know decisions aren’t my strong-suit, so I was really struggling to keep up when we first started the renovation (thank goodness for talented friends on speed dial)! I mean, it’s not like I’ve been planning my dream house for the past two years, pinning ideas for a future home. I’ve only ever pinned ideas for making our current home the best it could be. We literally had no intentions of moving before stumbling on this house, and until the closing December 31, we weren’t quite sure it would actually happen!

We are fortunate to have a month to work on the house prior to moving in, but given the unexpectedness of it all, I don’t have the luxury of mulling over options for years months at a time, per my usual! And to be honest, this house was intimidating me a little. There’s something so grown-up about it, so permanent, like I should take it more seriously. More Elle Decor, less Sugarplum Style, you know?

The counters are white Corian, and the floors will be dark hardwood (that’s another post!)…so my Pinterest board quickly filled with gorgeous spaces that included painted cabinets, white counters, and pretty, yet subtle, backsplashes.

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Our counters are a bit off-white, so I ruled-out white cabinets so I wouldn’t have to worry about the counters looking yellow next to them. No one wants to eat food prepared on pee-pee counters. Then I switched gears to gray cabinets, with a marble backsplash to marry the two.

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I settled on this marble subway tile, with pale gray cabinets, and polished chrome hardware. Then breathed a sigh of relief for actually making a decision. And even though I knew it would be beautiful, my heart wasn’t racing with anticipation to see it come together. Mr. SP kept questioning my choices too, insisting he loved the ‘wow-factor’ of the glass tile backsplash we have now. I assured him repeatedly that the new Kitchen would be stunning, timeless and classic…and so it was settled.

Then we moved on to discussing the tile I was considering for the Laundry Room floor (lots of things happening over here!), and I showed him this image to give him an idea of what the tile looked like.

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“Whoa, cool! But why don’t you use that tile in the Kitchen instead!?”

His question hung suspended in the air, like a speech bubble, while my mind raced with the possibility. And so opened a whole can o’ worms! I quickly texted the pic to Kristin, and she immediately responded, “That kitchen screams Cassie!!!” Now the worms are spilled out all over the table.

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I went back to my Pinterest boards, and found image after image of
glorious patterned tile. The look has been making my heart race for
years, and my love affair for it exploded after seeing it all over the vacation home we stayed in Puerto Rico, but I was afraid to use it in such a prominent way for this new ‘serious’ and ‘grown-up’
house.

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My aunt once told me the only decor decisions she regrets, are the safe ones. And I realized that’s what I was doing…making safe choices out of my fear and self-doubt. There’s a difference between smart choices and cautious choices…and we won’t create the home we want, the home that feels like us…unless we follow our instincts and be fearless. The style may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but no one lives in this house but us.

You’ll have to wait to see all the choices and details, but I will tell you it’s a combination of several of these images. And my heart is positively racing with anticipation to see it all come together!

P.S…the renovations are moving fast, so I’ll be posting real-time updates on InstaGram and Facebook…follow along if you’d like!

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25 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh YES. Make the bold choices! I love patterned tile like that. It's just so so good.
    I just said yesterday: "I'd rather be someone's shot of whiskey than everyone's cup of tea" and it applies to so much including this post 😉

    Posted 1.15.15 Reply
  2. We're planning our kitchen remodel (we've already bumped out our kitchen 8 feet) and I feel the same way as you do. It's extremely hard to make decisions that feel so permanent! I love the look of timeless white kitchens, but feel it's also important to show your personality and style! Go with your heart! Your kitchen is going to be gorgeous and I can't wait to see it all come together!

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  3. Eeek! I love the patterned tile and cannot wait to see what you picked.

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  4. gorgeous! i love all the inspiration photos. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  5. mwimp wrote:

    yes yes yes! I completely agree with your aunt. I know that I WISH I'd gone with my guts about the color of my cabinets. I wanted pure in your face white cabinets, but everyone talked me into the 'safe' slight off white 'so it wasn't so stark'. the cabinets are gorgeous but every time I looked at them I think 'I wished I'd gone pure white" esp since it took 8 yrs to get them painted this first time. I luv all that amazing patterned tile – go for it cassie

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  6. I can't wait to see it!
    It is hard envisioning choices, I know. When we were building this house, I was so afraid some of my choices would turn out badly. My husband bought me a beautiful PB chandelier and I had them hang it over the kitchen island. I wondered for a few days if that was a good decision, but when I saw it, I couldn't get over how beautiful it was. It is still one of my favorite places in our house.
    I know your kitchen will be beautiful. You have great taste.

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  7. Oh this is so so fun and it's going to be SO good!!

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  8. Happy Wife wrote:

    I can't wait to see this come together! Trust your gut Cassie, we do!

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  9. Those bold choices are what makes you YOU! Love it!

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  10. YES!!!!!!! The magic always happens when you step outside your comfort zone. This is going to be amazing!

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  11. I love all of those inspirations are beautiful! A clean, simple kitchen is a different level of beauty!

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  12. Anonymous wrote:

    All of them are beautiful, but the patterns are breathtaking! Do it, do it, do it!

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  13. So cool!!! I'm loving the grey cabinets too!

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  14. Go bold or go home, baby. That's what I always say. Actually, I don't always say that but it sounds really good! I am dying to see what you choose. Loved seeing the photos yesterday. I am crazy town this week, but still following along! So exciting.

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  15. Eeek…I can hardly wait to see! I definitely see you going bold and if you don't do it now when?

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  16. Cassie, that is so exciting!! We started our kitchen reno Monday, and I'm terrible about making decisions, so I doubt myself too when I'm making them fast. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping it all comes out as I visioned…eek! 🙂 Best wishes on your new kitchen! CANNOT wait to see what you choose after seeing that tile.

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  17. Jenny wrote:

    I can't wait to see what it looks like when you finish! I know it's going to look great! 🙂

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  18. pam murphy wrote:

    I totally agree with your Aunt… I did my kitchen 4 years ago & choose a bold granite for my counter-tops & a classic subway tile for my back-splash with painted cabinets & a dark wood floor all my sisters told me before ordering I would tire of the bold counter… 4 years later it's still my favorite! I go into new homes on a daily basis & see all the safe choices people make & just yawn… I think you should go with your gut & It will be YOU!! STUNNING!! Best of luck!

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  19. this is so incredibly exciting to see this all come together! I read your post about the house you bought, ran to my husband and said "we need to move to texas! look at the houses!" Cali's so expensive it's dumb. Anyway, so happy to be following along on this amazing ride of yours!

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  20. Leslie wrote:

    I am SO stinkin' excited for y'all!!! Follow your heart, Cassie. It'll be gorgeous!

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  21. Oh Cassie! I step away from the blog for a few weeks and look what happens! Lovely new home. Congrats. I am excited to see the progress!

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  22. New follower. The new kitchen reno looks too fun! I have to follow along. Actually, you got me with "No one wants to eat food prepared on pee-pee counters." 😉 Thanks for the great laugh.

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  23. Kerry wrote:

    Good luck with the remodel. I really like that you halted things to make them more what you and your family can relate to and feel good in. We just finished a complete kitchen remodel – we moved it to a different room! We could have left it as it was and obviously survived another 10 years living in this house. But, we knew that we wouldn't ever be really happy – and shouldn't a person be REALLY happy in their home?

    It was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (seriously…all three but not usually at the same time…) but we love it and now this house works for how OUR FAMILY uses it. We still have a LOT of decorating and not matter how hard we try, we always get stumped there. BUT – I've learned in this entire process that I really just have to follow my gut and trust that when we KNOW something is what we want – that's it. We'll feel good about it. I can honestly say that most of the things we waffled on were solved as soon as we "rounded some corner in the store" or saw some picture online – and we just knew that granite, or that tile, or whatever was definitely something we needed to make happen. We splurged in some areas and held back in others to stay on budget – and did 95% of the work ourselves – I think finding a good balance is the key too.

    You can find our new kitchen at our family blog –
    http://kerryskronicles.blogspot.com/2014/10/lets-get-cookin.html and
    http://kerryskronicles.blogspot.com/2015/01/its-been-awhile.html

    Mostly have fun with it all – remember to breath! – but have fun!
    That concludes this novel.
    Kerry

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  24. It really helps when you have a visual inspiration for your dream house. It helps you be more specific with the details. But then, there’s nothing wrong about thinking out of the box. You can decide how it will be designed according to your taste. That, and you can always consult with an interior designer to help you with the finer details. Good luck!

    John Lambert @ Cape Coral Lots

    Posted 1.22.15 Reply
  25. Essie Reed wrote:

    I love the giant hood. I have always wanted a bigger stove and oven. I think the thing holding me back is that we do not do that much cooking so it feels like a waste. I would like to think that if we had better facilities we would do more cooking but I do not know if that's honest.

    Essie Reed @ Valley Home Improvement

    Posted 5.26.16 Reply