Brocato Remodel :: Kitchen Inspiration

The kitchen was the first major space to renovate, and probably the one I have been planning for the longest. I have been thinking about my dream kitchen for years, most seriously since the beginning of design school.  And these days, Pinterest and Instagram make dreaming of a new kitchen a daily occurrence!  Then, about two years ago, we thought we were going to stay in our old house and pop the top.  So I designed a first iteration of my dream kitchen. Thankfully (in retrospect) that didn’t end up happening!  Since then I feel my tastes have been further refined.  I think many designers would agree that after designing for clients and being constantly inundated with interiors imagery, you begin to crave a clean, calm slate.  I also feel this way as a mom.  Our house has enough crazy with a toddler and almost-toddler — I don’t want our space to feel too busy or cluttered or overly colorful.  Obviously this is a personal choice, but I have just found that the older I get (or maybe the crazier my household gets?), the more I crave clean, neutral, natural light, airy space.

So that is what I hope to achieve with our kitchen.  Let’s begin with some inspiration images. 

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Sarah Sherman Samuels’ kitchen may be one of the most pinned kitchens on Pinterest as of late, and with good reason! I stumbled upon the SSS blog a few years ago, and have long been an admirer of her clean but collected style.  This kitchen was my first inspiration for ours, specifically the color palette. Green-gray cabinetry, white marble, brass, and natural wood tones. I am a bit obsessed.  One IG follower even mistook our kitchen for hers, which was the HUGEST compliment!

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Now for a favorite from Amber Interiors — another design goddess. She is one of my favorite designers. I just can’t get enough of her perfectly Boho Cali style. And gimme aaalll her antique Turkish rugs 😍

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Via Pinterest — the color palette here is spot on. This is a perfect example of how everyday objects arranged and grouped in certain ways can feel curated and beautiful. 

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A Chris Loves Julia kitchen — I love the modern farmhouse touches in this kitchen. I especially love the vintage portrait. Artwork in a kitchen feels like such a luxury, and instantly makes it feel more like a lived in room than utilitarian kitchen space.

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Bigger Than the Three of Us — Love these huge rustic shelves (and the tutorial on how they were installed!). Such a gorgeous yet budget-minded kitchen.  I also love the eating nook!

Now for our Kitchen design board ...

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Shelf inspiration via Bigger Than the Three of Us.  I will provide all sources once we reveal final photos!

For now, since I have already let the cat out of the bag with progress photos on Instagram, here is a glimpse into how that board translates into real life!  

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Next up :: Construction drawings and process photos!  If you want sneak peeks of the almost-finished kitchen, check out my Instagram!  Thanks so much for following along!

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