Yesterday I shared with you some kitchen inspiration images.  As you can see, I incorporated elements from each of the photos to create the perfect kitchen for me and the space.  It's a fairly small kitchen, typical of homes built in the 1920s.   Even though I was able to gain two feet from the stairway move, I only had about 11ft X 12ft to work with.  To make the kitchen feel as open as possible, I decided to do a couple things: 

  • One, I opted for built in appliances and a custom hood so that there was no visual break between the cabinetry and appliances.  In my condo I had stainless steel appliances and I was constantly wiping them down.  The OCD part of me not only loves the look, but appreciates not having to wipe smudges and dog drool off of them all the time!  
  • I also ran my cabinetry to the ceiling (if it's within your budget, I really recommend this) and chose glass uppers to draw your eye up.  They are pretty small, but I also like that I can display some of my china as I've been very lucky to inherit some beautiful collections from my parents and grandmother. 
  • I wanted an island, but the space was so narrow I couldn't accommodate an island with an overhang for barstools, which I really wanted.  I ended up designing a custom island with a butcher block top.  The island is big enough to store cookbooks, appliances, and wine, but narrow enough that I can easily get around the kitchen.  You can hardly tell, but the island is a light gray.  I really like that the island is a piece of furniture, so I can move it or change it in the future if I ever wanted to.
  • One of my favorite things about my kitchen is my waterfall backsplash.  I went with a basic Carrera marble which allowed me to do a waterfall backsplash instead of tile. I really wanted to use Calcutta Gold Marble, but given the difference in price, it wasn't a splurge I was willing to make.  Because the kitchen is so small, I think this blends seamlessly and makes it feel larger.  
  • I debated what color of hardware I wanted and style of faucet.  I am so happy I chose the faucet I did as I think it compliments the farm sink very well. The brass hardware ties in with the rest of the door hardware in my house, but I like mixing metals so I really appreciate the stainless cooktop and oven paired with the brass hardware. 

Here is the kitchen before: 

Here is the kitchen now:

Here you can see the kitchen from the other side.  Notice the island detail, I love how it turned out!

This is my stove top and oven.  I had a hard time deciding on the hood and how much I wanted it to angle out. Initially I wanted it to be flat, but am really happy I decided to go with a slight angle. What do you think? 

Here is a picture of my faucet close up.  I also love having under cabinetry lighting.  Another thing I suggest doing if your budget allows.