Kitchen Designs Pinterest

Kitchen Designs Pinterest

I feel your pain. We are in process of converting a 1907 three-flat into a single family home, and a big part of that was kitchen design. I got very lost, as you have, in seeing so many gorgeous out-of-budget kitchen designs, and really didn’t know where to turn until I had an a-ha moment. I needed to stop imagining how my kitchen would look, and focus first on how it would function. My husband and I love to cook and entertain. We needed a kitchen that would let us both work together without either of us elbowing the other in the face or needing to constantly hip-check the other out of the way. We don’t have kids so we didn’t need the current trend of eat-in kitchen cum family room with homework station and crafting center. Ultimately we ended up with a design that is much more like a zoned restaurant kitchen with a chef’s table. Once we knew that layout would work, we thought about the function of our choices. We did appliance research first so that we knew what kind of a hit that would make on the budget, and then sat down with the seven cents we had left to imagine the greater vision. Would I have adored the look of period-appropriate zinc countertops? You betcha. But they are ridiculously expensive and cannot take a beating. Ditto that striking gray-veined white marble. So quartz it is, because it is still a natural surface, but is damn near indestructible. Would it have been amazing to find salvage cabinets with glass doors full of wavy glass? Yep. But ultimately we knew that what we would really appreciate on a daily basis is a kitchen full of well-made cabinets with soft-close drawers and great internal organization, so we ended up with a cabinet company that is much more contemporary than we would have thought, but will work well for how we want to work in the kitchen. We are warming and “aging” up the space with a great ornate reproduction tin ceiling, old schoolhouse lighting, refinishing the original hardwood floors, and we found a beautiful antique table that was once the conference table in a bank which will be a wonderful dining table. Adding these touches keeps the kitchen from feeling stark and cold, and hearkens to the age of our home without sacrificing functionality. My best advice would be for you and Paul to sit down and ask how you want to live and cook day to day in your kitchen. See if that sends you down a manageable path of decisions!
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Kitchen Designs Pinterest

At Microsoft Ignite, those in attendance got a look at how Lowe’s has continued to innovate using the Microsoft HoloLens to help customers with the home remodeling process. Expanding on the capabilities of its initial trial launched in March, Lowe’s showed off how its HoloLens software can now use the Cortana Intelligence Suite to analyze a customer’s specific taste in decor and serve up custom kitchen ideas based on a Pinterest board full of ideas. While the basic idea of being able to visualize a fully customizable holographic kitchen was impressive in its own right, the ability to further enhance and customize that experience by leveraging Cortana and Pinterest makes it that much cooler. Once the service is rolled out to a wider range of stores, it has the potential to make the remodeling process a much less arduous process. Speaking of a wider rollout, Microsoft notes that the experience shown off on stage at Ignite will be available at some point later this year at five Lowe’s stores, including the Lynnwood, Washington, and Garner, North Carolina outlets.
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Kitchen Designs Pinterest

Great advice Stacey. It is nice to look at kitchen photos on Pinterest, but it is best not to become consumed by it. Try to get just a few inspiration photos and then get back to your own kitchen. Beautiful is definitely important, but the kitchen also must be functional. Looking at appliance costs first is a good way to start. It is so important to be reasonably sure that you can live with the results for the long haul. For instance, I think that Islands are nice, but you have to make sure that you will not get tired of it after several years, like I would. So I opted not to put in an island. One that is not permanently stationary and hooked up to plumbing is an option. To save money (and also because I love vintage) I scoured historic supply warehouses for items like my kitchen sink and cupboards. Now where are the pictures of your kitchen Stacey????
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Kitchen Designs Pinterest

Great advice Stacey. It is nice to look at kitchen photos on Pinterest, but it is best not to become consumed by it. Try to get just a few inspiration photos and then get back to your own kitchen. Beautiful is definitely important, but the kitchen also must be functional. Looking at appliance costs first is a good way to start.
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Kitchen Designs Pinterest

Your Pinterest kitchen board can hang out with my kitchen board. Both of them. I have two because apparently one wasn’t enough. And like you, apparently pinning over 500 of the same white cabinet, butcher block, Scandinavian meets vintage farmhouse kitchen, still has me sitting there going “I wonder how long it will take my kids to leave their “art work” on the bottom ones and for me to notice that I have to clean the dust in the ridges of the shaker cabinets”. Followed by me trying to rationalize that I won’t care when I know I will. Are two tone cabinets out yet? I can’t keep up.
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Kitchen Designs Pinterest

Hi Becky, I have to agree with Linda. I had everything white in my kitchen, and after a while it started to get on my nerves. It was looking too “cold”, so I decided to redecorate. Most of my kitchen will remain white, but it is now getting some darker wood to “warm” it up. I just purchased an over 100 years old display case to hold my dishes. It has improved the look of my kitchen. I am now searching for just the right stainless steel open shelving to add to the look. I also moved my mahogany curio cabinet into my kitchen. I removes all of the dust collector things in it and replace them with all of my tablecloths and kitchen linen. It looks FABULOUS! All white is a nice look, but for me I could not stand it long term. My tastes are really more of a shabby chic meets bohemian style.
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Kitchen Designs Pinterest

I also am envious of the kitchen! It truly does sound fab, and I’m eagerly awaiting the pics of the finished kitchen. I’m in a 1941 classis cape cod, and the only option (without literally gutting and somehow resupporting the entire first floor) am stuck in a galley kitchen that is also the main traffic pattern for the house. The kitchen isn’t a terrible layout, but it feels both cramped and oddly too open (because of the traffic pattern) at the same time. *sigh* As I’m hoping to move in the next year or two, I’m focusing on the kitchen that functions better or is so bad that I can just gut it and start over in a well-priced house for the next one.
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Kitchen Designs Pinterest

Is it even possible to look at every kitchen on Pinterest?? Kitchens are so beautiful, but in the end it has to be what suits your lifestyle, what you have to work with, and a few smaller items to make it shine. For most of us in life, that’s real. Love your blog.
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I have a couple of photos of our kitchen on Pinterest. Unfortunately, I haven’t posted any toward the work area, but I will try to do that soon.
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While the basic idea of being able to visualize a fully customizable holographic kitchen was impressive in its own right, the ability to further enhance and customize that experience by leveraging Cortana and Pinterest makes it that much cooler. Once the service is rolled out to a wider range of stores, it has the potential to make the remodeling process a much less arduous process.
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Yes, what Jessica said. (Incidentally, I gave the same speech to my affianced daughter when she began to agonize over the fact that her wedding is almost a year away and she still doesn’t have a dress. Stop trolling for new ideas, go someplace quiet, turn your phone off, and sketch some ideas out.) I am actually a big fan of the process of getting my head out of media and exploring what is actually IN my head which makes me happy. I have resisted having my own Kitchen board, lumping everything together in Dream House instead. One of the first things I noticed about my own Dream House board is that it is almost entirely kitchens and bathrooms. (What does this tell you about the house I live in right now? Exactly: the kitchen and the bathrooms are deficient.) But I follow yours, and a small number of other kitchen boards, because the appearance of luxe kitchens in my pin feed makes me feel kind of dreamy. Someday soon, the catalyst will come, you’ll find the defining article, and your kitchen dream will solidify. Have faith!