UncategorizedKitchen Series Day 5: The Extras March 15, 2013 “The Extras” are a great way to bring in your style to any room, but especially a kitchen. These can be easily changed and as your style and interests change, you can update much more easily than purchasing new cabinets or counter tops. That’s really why I love going very, very classic with those much more expensive items. I know myself and I know that I like to update 🙂 I’m really looking for a vintage/modern mix in every room and am loving how it plays out in the kitchen. I created this mood board for our kitchen remodel…some you already know, some is new. Without further ado… Yay! Picture all of this against white bead board. As I said, some of this, you’ve heard about this week. We will be using white cabinets and stainless appliances – hence, the stainless hood! Our counter tops will be Pretoria White Granite. With all that white, we’ll be using a rustic wood island to pop and white modern bar stools for contrast. *** Now for some new details… I really wanted a vintage kilim rug to bring in some age and color to this white box. It’s a pretty white box that I love, but even I wanted a little warmth brought in. I wanted a long runner to run the length of the kitchen between the cabinets and the island. I found this 3×10 runner on eBay. It’s a vintage Turkish Kilim from around the 1920’s. I did pay $200 for it, which is more than I’ve ever spent on a rug (though I know that’s not bad at all for a rug), but it makes my heart so, so happy. I had scoured the internet for a new rug that looked like I wanted and I just couldn’t find it. I happened to think about eBay on a whim, did a search, and found this one five minutes later. I feel so in love with it that I was panicked I wouldn’t win the bid. I hadn’t seen another rug like it and I immediately designed the whole kitchen around it! Thankfully, I won and this little beauty is packed up waiting for its new home. This is another reason I wanted so much white. I found this rug a while ago and really wanted it to be the majority of color in the room. *** But, as you see by the light fixture we chose, there will be a bit more. I saw these light fixtures a while ago on Barn Light Electric and loved the vintage green and brass. I knew it would look great with a white kitchen, but wasn’t sure of our future plans. But, then I saw this image and it solidified my love for these lights. Love the rustic table (like our island), the modern white chairs (like our bar stools), the white kitchen as a backdrop (just like ours), and the green light fixture! Yep, these lights it is. *** And our hardware was one of the first things I picked out. I knew I wanted something with aged brass. We have a lot of stainless, so I knew I wanted something to contrast (are y’all getting tired of that word, yet?) I happened to be at Hobby Lobby and glanced down the knob aisle. They have awesome knobs. These beauties were staring back at me! I was immediately in love with the aged brass, porcelain knob, and the vintage feel of these. The knobs go on 50% off fairly often, so getting them on that sale, they’ll be $3 each! Not too shabby. So excited about these details! Now, I just need a room to put them in…sadly the kitchen still has no walls (just studs) and no permenent floor. *** In closing up this little kitchen series, I just want to reiterate that decorating your home should be totally what you love. Not a little bit what you love, not almost what you love, but totally. I talked a lot this week about resale potential and please understand, in no way are we compromising what we love for the sake of resale. We’re just considering it as we make decisions. For us, investment potential is a big concern. That’s the initial reason that we chose the neighborhood we’re in! So we don’t want to make a stupid decision when it comes to resale unless we know the standard, love something different, and make an educated choice. And if you love it, then it’s not a stupid decision! As I said on the first day, I think it’s smart and important if you know you may sell your house at some point, to consider those possibilities. Consider doesn’t mean just do those because you won’t love it while you’re there and there’s no guarantee other buyers will either! So, be smart, consider trends and standards, but at the end of the day, create a home that is a beautiful haven for your family. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. This kitchen design in my head is already that and I absolutely can’t wait. Happy Friday!