• Brittany Lownsbery

Kitchen Inspiration

Oh man, this kitchen ya'll is giving me a run for my money. I had mentioned in a previous post that when we first looked through our home we had wanted to redo our great room (here's the inspiration post for that room), well we also really wanted to redo our kitchen as well. And I had vision of recreating a sweet countryside cottage kitchen (can you tell I like English cottage vibes yet, haha) with bead board backsplash, brick flooring, a farmhouse sink, etc. I basically wanted to feel like I was walking into a English grandmother's kitchen by the time everything is done. Well plans changed, budgets were made, and Jonathan specifically did not want a bead board backsplash because it was too granny, haha. So over the last couple of months I really had to change up what we were actually going to put in our kitchen. The one thing that was the hardest to give up was the flooring that I loved. I searched very hard to find a brick like flooring that was porcelain and in a shade that Jonathan and I both liked. Well, when it came to seriously thinking about purchasing it, I found out it would be about $600 for our tiny kitchen and I just couldn't justify it! We paid around $800 for oak wood flooring in our great room and that room is three times bigger than the kitchen. I just couldn't do it and I was so bummed that I had to start my search over again! But luckily I found a tile with the same coloring to the brick porcelain! It's in a large 12" x 24" format and we will be laying it in a herringbone pattern so it will still give interest to our floors. Jonathan also wanted black matte finishes so really my country cottage kitchen turned more farmhouse. Which is totally okay and I still love the way it looks on paper and in my head.


I also had a procreate sketch that I worked on to put on this post to show you how the kitchen would look, but we have changed our minds so much, that I am not going to bother to put it up. Instead, here is a mood board to show you what I envision for our kitchen! You'll see that it still has some cottage vibes, but it definitely isn't an English grandmother, haha.

Now here are some posts that inspired my design for our kitchen. First, I will go through flooring, then backsplash, countertops, and sinks/faucets.

First Picture: This is the photo that inspired me to do large format tile in a herringbone pattern. Jonathan actually found this photo and I instantly said yes to it! This lovely kitchen belongs to Melissa from the Inspired Room.


Second Picture: I really love the stone look in this hallway and it inspired me to kind of have a similar stone look in our kitchen from the beginning ideas that I had for our kitchen. Ideal Home UK did an article on Anwen's home and I just love this flooring that she did.


Third Picture: As you can see I really just love a good herringbone pattern and this flooring is beautiful. Dana, from House Tweaking, used this in her kitchen remodel and I love the look of it!


First Picture: This is Shea McGee's, from Studio McGee, pantry and I have all of the heart eyes for her backsplash! I was on the fence about a subway tile for our backsplash, but once I saw this textured subway tile, I was sold.


Second Picture: I love seeing this same textured tile backsplash against wood shelving in Kristine's, from Cozy and Kin, kitchen. It's such a classic look and so simple.


Third Picture: This backsplash in Courtney's, from Girl and Grey, kitchen further solidfied my choice in textured subway tile! I knew I we needed something similar once we decided on doing a backsplash.


First Picture: Amanda, from Amanda Katherine, used butcher block countertops in her Kitchen remodel and I love how they look! I think butcher block is a wonderful material that's not to heavy on the eyes or in a design and her kitchen shows that!


Second Picture: This is the picture that really sold me on butcher block. Just looking at how Amanda, from Sincerely Marie Designs, did her kitchen made me swoon! She has similar finishes and colors that we will be having in our kitchen remodel and it was really easy to see butcher block being our countertops.


Third Picture: It was really great to see butcher block countertops in a more farmhouse-cottage styled kitchen since that is the style I am going for in ours. Jessica, from Itty Bitty Farmhouse, really hit it out of the park in her farmhouse kitchen!


First Picture: How could I not include Liz's, from Liz Marie Blog, kitchen in this post? Her review of this faucet really made me want a Kingston Brass faucet. And spoiler alert: I ended up buying one! It's such a beautiful faucet and I love the English cottage look it gives.


Second Picture: I really, really love the look of this faucet in Sarah's, from Sarah Jane Interiors, kitchen. It looks timeless and classic.


Third Picture: Another inspiration picture by Melissa from The Inspired Room. Really, her whole kitchen is the kind of vibe I am going for! And I love that she used a farmhouse sink and Kingston Brass faucet! I bought this exact faucet style in matte black for our kitchen.


That's it, all of my inspiration for our kitchen remodel! We have already started on our phase 1 of 3 for the remodel. We put in a new sink base and base cabinet, butcher block countertop, farmhouse sink, and my beautiful faucet. Next is tile and backsplash, which we will be purchasing tomorrow and will install in the next couple of weekends. And the final phase will be putting on new shaker style cabinet doors, painting, and finishing hardware. I'm so exciting to be starting on our last major house project! It's been something I have wanted to do since we moved in! I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and feel inspired by these lovely ladies that I have shared! I'll talk to ya'll soon!


With love,

Brittany

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