Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Kitchen Foraging

If you're looking to makeover your kitchen then you've come to the right place. Come on in.


Whether you're starting from scratch or making the most of what you have in place already, I hope you'll be able to glean some lovely ideas and inspiration from what I have to show you.

Before I started doing anything at all to my kitchen, I look at lots and lots of magazines, books and online images to help get a feel for what I ♥ LOVE ♥.


I discarded anything that I'd give under 9 out 10, or that I liked because it's currently in fashion.

{Yep, Mrs Fickle, that's me! That's why I give myself the 9 out of 10 rule; it filters out my fashion fickleness. ;-)}


I tried to keep only what hit me between the eyes and knocked me sideways when I saw it.
And not just for the first time but every time.


You might need to look through lots of images before you find these special ones but when you do, it'll make all the kitchen-foraging worthwhile. Those are the ones that you'll love for weeks, months and years to come.



Kitchens are a right old faff to renovate so you need to make sure you're going for a look that'll last.

In between showing you our kitchen, I'll be sharing some of the kitchens that make my heart go pitter-patter.


Aaaahhhh. Love.



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48 comments :

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Cripes, am I the first to comment? Love the kitchen, but not the white floors - ridiculously impractical. There - I've said it!

Irene ~ RE~VINTAGED said...

I luuurve it all, even the white floors that just need the odd rag rug or two.
You may send the fitters in, in the morning thankyou!!

WobiSobi said...

This has inspired me to clean off everything on my counters. So Clean and Elegant and Classy. It makes you feel like you want to be there sitting, drinking tea,coffee, or Hot coco (with whipped cream). looking out the windows. Deep Sigh.

MariCrea said...

beautiful kitchen!
But it's huge!
I really like the double-height ceiling with a balcony!
Mari

Stephanie Rose said...

LOVING this post!

Custom Comforts said...

Very nice pictures. I've always wanted a white kitchen.
Cindy

life and the little things... said...

Hello! Just discovered your blog - oh boy so glad I did, as I'm just about to embark on a kitchen renovation adventure (well...about to embark on the planning stage...gotta start somewhere, right!). Really looking forward to putting the kettle on and sitting down with a cuppa to wander through your pages & your gorgeous home. Thanks for sharing. Alison : ) x

Stripes by the Seaside.. said...

beautiful blog you have here and I am glad to have discovered you. Mel xx

Donnie said...

That's a good tip on how to remodel any room. Wish we had done a bit more thinking when we redid a bathroom but I still love it only a few things would have been more practical. Lovely dreams.

Tammy said...

I think it is a great idea to give yourself that small margin. Who wants to totally redecorate only to find that in 6 months or a year you are tired of the colors or patterns? Thanks for the great tips and advice :)

michelle said...

That kitchen makes my heart go pitter patter!! Great advice about your 9 and under rule, it should knock your socks off every time you see it!

Have a wonderful day girl!!

franca said...

Beautiful Kitchen! So chic!
Franca

Laura, Happy Homemaker UK said...

All so lovely - the grain sack chairs, scale, basket with flowers... Cozy :) XOL

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

LOVE the light fixtures! Great post, smart girl.
Janell

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

What a great post, Sarah!

So many great images and tips! I love coming here... seriously!

About my hair.. you're the sweetest person in this world! :-) Thank you so much. Yep, my hair is pretty long... sometimes I feel like cutting it a bit, but I'm enjoying it for now. :-) But thank you so much!

Have a great day, sweetie!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

High Street Cottage said...

I like that rule sarah, I really do. I try not to follow trends too much. I have always loved white. It's the perfect backdrop for kitchen accessories. Awesome inspiration as always my dear, xoxo tami

Lisa said...

oh yes, I'm DYING to redo my kitchen! These are all beautiful and made me so jealous!

Cindy said...

I think my style is much like yours, because everything that you show here as inspiration makes my heart go pitter-patter!!! (And I love your kitchen reno.) But, it does not make my hubby's heart go pitter-patter! If only! Trying to meld out styles is getting crazy. He is ultra conservative, I am adventurous! What would you do about that???
Hugs, Cindy

Nicola of Life on Orchard Road said...

lovely lovely lovely, just lovely!

Nicola of Life on Orchard Road said...

lovely lovely lovely, just lovely!

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Oh yes, those are some beauties! I see you got the ♥ to finally work :)

Room Seventeen said...

Beautiful kitchen!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Hi deary!

That kitchen ate my kitchen :) It's a tad bit gorgeous! Love the light fixtures and hardware! Great 9 out of 10 rule. I'll have to remember that one.

Have a superkalafragilisticexpialidoscious Day! xx ~Michelle

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

As we're looking to update our kitchen this year, this is super timely and fantastic advice! I have so many gorgeous (white!) kitchens in my inspiration folder but you are absolutely right - follow your heart, not trends ;)

Leah - The Inside Story said...

Hi Sarah, Lovely, lovely images. Those pendant lights are to die for. I just can't get enough of gorgeous kitchens. Thanks for the inspiration.

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

oooooh i like these a lot! especially their timeless appeal, and you're so right. i.e. you should only incorporate a glass tile backsplash if you ADORE it not just because it's all the rage. it's got to be right for the long run since it's not an easy feature to change later!

michele
hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com

Holly said...

Well now you're just making me envious!

Brandi said...

More kitchen gorgeousness! More open shelves too. I have a weakness in my heart for open shelves.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Fun, fun, fun! We were going to paint our kitchen this week, but after reading several of your posts, I've realized that I really need to think it out a little better instead of hopping in and then not being happy with it. Thank you so much my friend!
Blessings,
Marcia

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Lots of pics that are gorgeous, can't wait to see all of your kitchen!!

Catherine said...

Sweetie, I seriously think you and I should start looking into whether we are related, because we seem to be made from the same mold!!

This could so easily have been photos from the kitchen that I want to have put in here....right down to the white floors that would be insane with 3 kids, 2 dogs and a cat!

I love all the timeless details of this kitchen: classy, sleek, beautiful, but timeless...

Too true as well: kitchens are not a quick change like paint, new cushions and a throw rug: if you are doing the overhaul, you sure do want to be in love with it for a long time, not a year!

Cath

Samantha said...

I love the lights over that table! What a dramatic and open space.

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I completely agree... a kitchen renovation is not something to take lightly. You have to take your time and be very careful in your choices. Great advice!

The Zhush said...

This kitchen is brilliant, the last two images are perfection! So glad I stumbled across your lovely blog today!

Deb said...

Love it all Sarah...especially the lighting! Any ideas of the source? ~Deb~

freckled laundry said...

The modern lines of these kitchens with that cozy, country flair kind of reminds me of your beautiful kitchen. I thought these WERE your inspiration photos. Yum.

Hugs,
Jami

Pamela said...

Those are beautiful inspiration pics! Btw love your kitchen!

Erin said...

beautiful kitchens! I just found your blog, and I love your style!

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

I really like that kitchen....it's beautiful and I could spend all day there.

Magali said...

Wonderful post, very inspiring as I've been "kitchen foraging" for nearly a year now. I'm going to add some of the pictures to the "powerpoint" on my dream kitchens I've been doing... Thanks a lot for your last comment on my blog - I'm feeling better as January progresses (really hate that January!).
Love,
Magali from the Little White House

lisaroyhandbags said...

so lovely!! We've just completed a kitchen re-do and I'm in the process of posting about it this week.
Just found your blog and it's great! :)

ljb44 said...

Tell those people to move out cause I am moving in!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Hey Gorgeous,

I'm here just to see how u're doing.. I wasthink about you!

I hope you have a great weekend!

xo


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

the 30 girl said...

This kitchen is beautiful! I love the pendants and cabinetry hardware! I must say...can I adopt your British dialect...I so want to have a right old faff in my vocabulary!!!

Esther said...

Just beautiful and those are the sort of lights I've been wanting in my kitchen for ages. Our kitchen will the last to do in our house as it's the hardest but I'm definately storing up ideas.

And I've just recently painted the floorboards in my daughter's room white (out of necessity) but love them so much I'm considering doing it in the rest of the house. Even when they're dirty (hair etc) they still look clean and bright to me. And so easy to sweep up.

Miranda said...

Sarah, I love the kitchen(s) you showed. The floors are so beautiful. The whole space is clean and refreshing.

I've always wondered what it would be like to live in such a bright white space. I have to wonder if I would start to yearn for the warmth of wood. I personally like a combination of both, but I think it would be fun to live in that space for a while to get a real feel for the white beyond images.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

The kitchens are beautiful and i'm a huge fan of your gorgeous kitchen makeover!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
XO
Kristin

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE this kitchen. Such clean, uncluttered lines, and such a restful, relaxing colour scheme. I love the clever, subtle mix of styles - extremely original. Thank you for posting these pictures. Very satisfying to dwell on! Considering that I've been completely happy with my own kitchen for 25 years - this is very high praise!! Angela

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