Inspiration Kitchen

I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE KITCHEN

kitchen inspiration photo

As some of you may have realized already, I’m all about inspiration photos. I have files upon files of inspiration photos on my computer, laptop as well as notebooks (hence the blog design!) filled cover to cover with cut-outs, magazine pages and scraps from anything that inspires me. It’s something I’ve done for years. And it all started when I was in college with a simple computer file called “Future House”. Now that the “future house” is a reality, those photos have come in handy when picking out our finishes. They have been especially helpful as we start thinking about the kitchen.

Though the kitchen is a little further down on our rather large to-do list than some projects that are going on at the moment, we want to get a jump-start on our plan of action. We’ve decided on our top five favorite kitchen inspiration photos and now we’re going to use them come up with a combination that screams, “Greg & Ashley”.  Of course, our place isn’t as grand and spacious as some of these photos, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pull inspiration from each photo to make our house feel as luxurious and comfortable as any of them.

After deciphering the inpiration photos, we have found six elements that we “must have” in our new kitchen:

  • White cabinetry. I didn’t set out to gather exclusively white kitchens, but 90% of the photos in my entire kitchen inspiration collection (including our top 5) have white cabinetry. We figure that we should probably go with our instincts on this one. We want a kitchen that will be beautiful and enjoyable for many years to come.
  • Glass-front cabinetry. By having a few glass-front cabinets, it will open up the space and let me display my collection of white dishes and serving pieces.
  • Stainless Steel Appliances. For us, stainless steel was a no-brainer. We love to cook, so the closer we get to a professional kitchen (while preserving a “homey feel”, of course), the better.  Stainless steel isn’t just easy on the eyes; it’s easy to keep clean and looking brand new.
  • Cottage-Style Lighting. This similarity in all of the inspiration photos might not “hit you in the face” but it’s definitely evident. We already have some recessed lighting installed in the kitchen. However, there are a few places for small pendent lights. By using cottage-style lighting options, this will really charm up the kitchen and bring in a vintage touch.
  • Subway tile. Four out of the five photos have subway tile as the backsplash. It’s timeless. It’s classic. And we are huge fans.
  • Carrara Marble. Yes, carrera marble can be kinda pricey. But there are ways to use it in your kitchen (especially one as cozy as ours) without breaking the bank. Carrara Marble subway tile for the backsplash? Maybe ; )

That’s the gist of what we’re thinking for our kitchen. We’re so anxious to see how all of it will come together! Do you have any suggestions for anything we didn’t mention?  Did you do something in your kitchen that you absolutely love and you want to share it with everyone else?  Let us know in the comments or drop us a line at [email protected].

Inspiration photos courtesy of Peter Pennoyer, House Beautiful, Film Kitchen, Young House Love, and KB Home.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashley
    October 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Just found the blog and I can’t wait to add this to my favorites links.
    Love the white kitchen! My dream kitchen is just like that too.

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      ashley
      October 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm

      Yay! We’re so glad you found us 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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    Erika
    October 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I really like the inspiration photos you chose. Do you know where I could find the metal & brown cushion barstools in the second photo?

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      ashley
      October 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Erika! Aren’t those bar stools gorgeous?! Those are Herman Miller Bertoia Barstools. They have a few different cushion options to choose from. Coming in at $926 a pop, they are really pricy. However, you can find similar options online. Hope that helps!!

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    Sara
    October 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I love white kitchens. What do you think you’ll do on countertops – light or dark?

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      ashley
      October 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      We actually aren’t sure yet. We’re thinking about saving that decision for last so we can see everything else in the space first!

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        Sally Simmons
        October 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm

        That’s what we did too. We actually went almost 6 weeks without countertops trying to make a decision. We ended up with dark walnut butcher block. We love it!

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    Sally Simmons
    October 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I love these kitchens! My favorite is the first and last ones.

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    April Moss
    October 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

    These kitchens are gorgeous! I can’t wait to see how you decide to translate them into your space.

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    Jenny
    October 24, 2010 at 12:44 am

    I love all your ideas and can’t wait to see the photos of your finished kitchen. I also love the wood floors in the last photo. Are yours wood?

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      ashley
      October 24, 2010 at 12:48 am

      Thanks, Jenny! Yep, our floors are hardwood as well. They have yet to be stained so we are really anxious about that!

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    Lisa
    October 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Hi! Just found your blog. I have the same dreams. Any ideas for flooring?

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      Ashley
      October 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      We ended up continuing the hardwood floors from the living area into the kitchen. They are being stained later next week! 🙂

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    Laura Leschyshyn
    June 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Great blog. Was wondering if you had any idea who makes the white metal pendants in your inspiration picture? Thanks Laura

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      Ashley
      June 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      No, I’m not sure… but they are gorgeous aren’t they?!
      You might find something similar if you Google “white industrial pendants”. Hope that helps!!

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    Stephen Kohlbeck
    January 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    These kitchens are beautiful. I am a huge fan of all white kitchens. I especially like the first image. I think everyone should take inspiration from these images. Thank you very much.
    Stephen, Interior Design Denver

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    Gia
    September 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Got referred to your blog and loving it so far. We just bought an old house and are about to begin a gut renovation! Will def be back!!

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      Ashley
      September 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Awesome! Glad you found us : )

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