Thursday, February 2, 2012

Longest Day...Ever

Today is moving slower than molasses being poured from a jar in the middle of January.  So...left to my own devices, I have started looking at tons of webpages to find inspiration for my house.  Specifically the kitchen.  Which isn't horrible, but needs some little touches to make it more like something we would have chosen had we actually designed and installed stuff ourselves.  Basically, it needs some lots of pizzazz.  Here's some pictures of what it looked like when we bought the house:

This is what you saw when you walked into the kitchen from the dining room.
Take note of the awesome border, window treatments, green laminate counters, and sweet clock.

And this is the view from standing with your back to the window.
The border really stands out in this picture.  And makes me so grateful for the work we've done so far!

I don't have any pictures of our current kitchen, but the appliances are mostly the same (except for the dishwasher which we replaced with a stainless steel version), the border is gone, and the walls were painted with something like this color from Sherwin Williams (unfortunately I can't remember the name of the exact shade we used).  It's a very light gray-green shade that actually brightens the room a bit.  

Anyway, ideally, we'll end up replacing all of the other appliances at some point with all stainless ones, and we'll change the counter tops to something more durable than laminate (I'm thinking an engineered stone material) and adding a backsplash to boot.  Here's my inspiration for both:

This is my inspiration for the backsplash.  I LOVE the look of slate...the little bit of color in each tile and the different sizes of these tiles keep it interesting without being overwhelming.
Hopefully our local home 
improvement store carries something like this.

And I like this color of countertops in both the picture above and the one below - before you freak out, I'm not even thinking about going for the insane green circle backsplash for the kitchen.  Even I have my limitations.

So, what do you think?  Comments, suggestions, general opinions are welcome.  I'm not really known for my interior design all input is appreciated.  :)

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