|What is not to love about this? It is warm and cozy. It is functional. It looks like it might be in a cabin or an apartment in France or Italy. And so, so, so, not right for our house. Le sigh.|
We also realized we couldn't really have the kind of kitchen that we think of as our dream kitchen. Not only would it be hard to achieve the layered look we like so much, but it really wouldn't be right to put in the kind of rustic kitchen we are so drawn to. The fact that the new kitchen was going to be open to the family room also made us realize we had to make it slightly more polished than we would have done otherwise.
|One starts to see a few themes emerge. Open shelves, utilitarian, mix of finishes and textures, casual, layered, looks like a kitchen designer was nowhere near the project.|
|In reality, this one wouldn't be a dream kitchen for me. But soooo many things are right about this kitchen.|
|The idea of a non-island island begins to emerge.|
|This one captures some of the joie de groove of the others but has more polish to it. I am a sucker for wood counter tops.|
|This is part of the large kitchen at Hillwood Estate here in Washington. That stainless steel island is the bee's knees. (Photo from the blog Casey O'Brien Blondes)|
Future posts will go into detail about the design we settled on.
Not greater than the sum of their parts
And then there were kitchens that had many of the elements we like, but the execution made them not quite what we would want. And others that had just one or two elements that provided inspiration.
|Overall this one does nothing for me. But I do like the portable island.|
|The table and chairs help make this white kitchen cozier.|
|This has a very nice warm feeling to it, especially the wood counters. But the kitchen as a whole is a little too polished for my tastes.|
|My scribble on the image kind of sums it up. "Too cutesy, designed, precious, ye olde" I think its the work of Thomas O'Brien.|
|Again too cold for me even though it has many elements we like.|
And this is what we didn't want
This is the kind of over-designed, everything is too perfect, kind of 'dream kitchen' that does not appeal to us.
|I could make a list a mile long of what I don't like about this kitchen. Headline: "Designer runs amok with too big a budget"|