Black Impala in the House!

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Decisions, Decisions…

We’re in a bit of a lull right now, just waiting for the countertops to get installed. They were templated last week and should be in by the end of this week or early next. In the meantime, I’ve made some decisions.

I finally decided on a light fixture. Mostly based on budget…which is basically dwindled down….
I first found this beaut on Pottery Barn

 

But the price tag wasn’t the best. And that’s when I spotted this amazing deal on World Market.

 

Boom! Well, I had to check with Ry first and I gave him an option of that light as well as this one:

 

I liked them both but the difference was really their sizes. Which I then turned to elevations to help make the decision easier.

 

I apologize for the crap picture, but I drew it up quickly, snapped a phone pic and sent it to Ry to see what he thought. So what you’re seeing is what he saw. We both agreed once standing in the kitchen that the large would feel too overpowering in the small space so we went with Henry. I liked that he was cheaper too, so that helped. Regardless if we loved the light or not once we install it – at least we didn’t break the bank, and we could always replace later down the road. Henry should be in this Thursday, so I should have a photo of him installed soon. I love that the ORB look will tie in the new faucet and handles we picked out. Simple, sleek, industrial.

 

Then came a decision on shelves. I pretty much had my mind made up, but then our contractor asked how many shelves and if we wanted them wrapping the corner and I started to second guess myself. Back to the computer.

I did an elevation to decide how many shelves – took a vote at work, all my fellow designers agreed that 2 was the way to go. I sent it to Ryan and he took a poll at work and all the men chose 3. Go figure. So 2 shelves it is.

Then came the wrapping the corner debacle. I broke down and did a quick sketch up (again sorry for the crap photos / iphone screen shots) and I’m glad I did. The practicality of more shelf space would have made me chose wrapping it, but once I saw it I realized I had to stick with my initial gut instinct and go with no angle/wrap.

 

I love the symmetry and something about the angled shelf reminds me of our old awkward angled shelf that used to be in that corner. Speaking of…Let’s take a quick check point look at the kitchen….

Oh yea, our hood got installed too! Can’t wait for this project to finish up! Is it the 4th yet?

The 2-Year Kitchen Design

Two years. Yes, that’s how long it took me to finalize a kitchen design. And in this post I’ll share with you some of them. Just a handful, cause I’m pretty sure I tweaked and changed our kitchen into about 8 different floor plans. Crazy, I know.

 

Design 1

Although I work at as an interior designer, I loved using the Ikea Home Planner, not only because initially we thought we were going to go with Ikea cabinets (more on that later) but I also loved being able to plop in standard cabinet sizes and see a 3d rendered model as well. Makes selling my ideas to my husband so much easier. But again, on to the first design:

To further explain the layout I included some notes on the floor plan above (same as design 1’s plan) to let you know the lay of the land. There are so many traffic walk-throughs in our tiny kitchen that coming up for a design was tricky. I kept trying to come up with the most  efficient design, utilizing all the walls and allowing for comfortable walking space.

I always knew I wanted white cabinets and a grey countertop. In that aspect designing was easy. In this design I split the oven and cooktop and considered using the landing space/mudroom (aka where the old fridge use to be – see that here)  as a pantry area.

Design 2:

We always talked about opening up the wall between the kitchen and the dining room and adding a breakfast bar. I love the idea and designed this plan making it work.The countertop would have a ~1′ overhang (not shown in the plan) to be able to tuck stools under.

Again this plan has the fridge and range on the same sides as the Design 1 plan. Which is opposite of what it currently is (shown in photos here). The main difference is the addition of the breakfast bar, but this design also has glass cabinets. Which. I. Love. Note: when we went to Ikea to start pricing out the project their kitchen designer suggested not putting the glass cabinets near the stove due to steam fogging up the glass – valid point …which brings us to design 3 (which we came up with at Ikea with their designer)

 

Design 3:

So the Ikea kitchen designer had us move our glass cabinets to the other side of the room. Not a crazy difference between Design 2 and 3, but more finalized.

 

I should also note that in all these designs we moved the dishwasher over next to the sink. You’ll see the change in later posts when I show the existing floor plan and the new final floor plan, but in case you were looking for it – in the perspectives we put the decorative cabinet panel on it to hide it, but it’s placed to the right of the sink.

 

So Design 3 it was. We were set. We loved it. 100% stamp of approval ready. Ry got his breakfast bar and I got my glass cabinets.  Granted this all took place last fall (let’s say September/October 2011) and before we decided we were going to hold off on the project till spring I was already ripping out the upper kitchen cabinets (that’s how much I hated them – I couldn’t wait. They had to go.) And it’s when that happened that we found some surprises. But that’s for our next post. Hahah major cliffhanger. But how about you? Which of the designs above do you like best?