Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tipful Tuesday

I didn't get a chance in yesterday's post to thank Kate, from Centsational Girl, for featuring our diamond wall. Can you believe she posted it as part of her Best of the Blogosphere series?!!! I was so surprised when I went to her blog for some good reading and BAM!...there's our house! It was kind of a funny (yet, amazing) feeling! Thanks again, Kate.

So, let's talk kitchens today. There are so many beautiful options when it comes to designing your kitchen. Here are a few of my favorites that have been floating around Pinterest recently.
 The floors got me in this picture, as well as the backsplash. I love the oversized light above the table too. So often, because of price I'm sure, people buy lights that are too small for their spaces. I notice this with rugs also. These are two areas where, if money allows, it's okay to buy BIG and make a statement!
Let's analyze this picture a little. It's fun and eclectic. Check out how many different finishes are going on in this kitchen. Four different colors of wood and 4 different metal finishes. This definitely adds interest to the space. So often, people get wrapped up in making sure everything "matches." If you're not careful, matching can lead to a very boring room.
I love the subway tile backsplash in this shot. The peek-a-boo windows up top are an added bonus as well. Add in a fun, unexpected element by adding red knobs on the stove...too cool!

So now that we've been kitchen dreaming for a little while, let's get back to reality. We haven't lived in our house for very long and I've already noticed my cabinets are taking a beating. One way I tried to "preserve" them is by adding hardware. This has definitely helped but my problem lies in knicks and scratches on the door panels. This would have absolutely nothing to do with a little 7 y.o. boy climbing onto the countertops to reach the faucet or the cups! 

I found a solution! Well, the solution would be to have a son who doesn't climb on the counters and who takes the time to get out the step stool in order to reach things, but since the damage has been done, here's the other solution...touch-up markers.
It's as easy as coloring a picture! Just buy the shade that matches your cabinets and color in the knicks. You can find these in any local hardware store and they're really inexpensive. No need to replace an entire door, just color it!

If you'd like help creating something fun in your own home, contact me, so we can get started!


pam {simple details} said...

I need to check those out, I try to blend custom colors with my Sharpies! Not always the best result!

The pendants in all of those kitchens are fabulous!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love that first kitchen....Edie's. The green built in just makes it so interesting vs. using cabinetry all around the room....I love those well-thought out details.
Congrats on the feature at CG!! How exciting.

Holly Gruszka said...

The cabinet supplier actually gave us a correction marker with our cabinets (at least I think that's what it is) but I haven't broken it out yet. I'm going to need to though because my daughter keeps running into the cabinets with her green cart and it's starting to leave green marks on cream cabinets. Yikes!

Allie & Chris said...

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Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

I want a pretty kitchen.....:)
I pinned a couple of these; so pretty. In that last kitchen I love those sliding doors in the background too!

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

I loved those kitchens. I pinned a few and I even copied some of your words about their descriptions. Good job!

viv said...

I would loooove to have a kitchen that even slightly resembled one of these!
Thanks for stopping by Fashion Truffles today! I'm now following :)

Abby M. Interiors said...

Congratulations on the feature! You are a rockstar!! ;-). Can't wait to see what you do to your daughter's room with those tools.

rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray said...

Congrats on the feature!

That kitchen is amazing!!!

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