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My Kitchen Design Plan

Our renovation is going to begin soon…I HOPE AND PRAY, and I have been busy planning and plotting the kitchen. It has been a challenge narrowing down the choices for tile, cabinets, lighting, etc. My problem is that I like too many colors. As an artist, I get to pick up a paint brush and decide what my palette is for that project. I work with different palettes, patterns and colors daily. When you are designing a room and you know you have to stay with whatever you choose for a long time…well, it’s kind of like, “Every pattern or fabric you design for the next few years is going to be navy fretwork. Enjoy!” I guess that’s what I love about pillows, paint and smaller accessories…you can change them out every once in a while to freshen up your spaces.

When most people renovate their home or buy a home to renovate, you see the ugly “before” and the beautiful “after” photos, all the while, the couple or family is living somewhere else…waiting to move in until the renovation is complete. That’s how it happens on TV anyway, right? Well, not in this couples’ world. We are living in our “before”, while we are waiting. We were going to live in a camping trailer that we bought, but that also need renovating…by my standards anyway. I haven’t spent more than a week in a trailer in my entire life, and that was when I was about 10 on a camping trip in Canada. Let’s just say my tolerance for that kind of living was probably higher when I was a 10 year old!

Below is our kitchen plan from our architect.

kitchen plan drawing

And below is the current kitchen…

before kitchen 1

before kitchen2

Following are some kitchens that I love…



fixer upperSource

fixer upper kitchen2Source

And I love this idea below! It was Trip’s idea, not mine.


For our ranch house renovation, we don’t have a formal dining area. We will have an open plan with a huge island and a large dining table and living area. This means that my beautiful antique china cabinet, needs to find a home in our kitchen. Trip named this piece Big Daddy. This is my favorite piece of furniture that we own. Trip likes to name our furniture. He dubbed another piece Big Bird, because of it’s color. I know that one isn’t his favorite, but I think it’s growing on him. Below is Big Daddy.

big daddy

I am using an understudy for Big Daddy in my rendering, because of the other stuff in the photo. So please welcome Mac Daddy!

kitchen big daddy

I think he was pretty close as far as size and color. This is the wall on the left in the kitchen. I am planning a small coffee station next to it. I think I am most excited about my kitchen island. I have always wanted a BIG kitchen island. Big Daddy is going to have some competition with Big Bertha, the island. She is almost 8 1/2 feet long and I think we are going to trim her to 4 feet wide. I have been thinking about what light I want over the island. When I visited Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James, in Nashville, it was love at first sight with this one below…

draper fixture

This interior designer for this store was Mark D Sikes. I think the fixture is a Lindsay Adelman, but I couldn’t find a definitive source. I won’t be purchasing this fixture, since it is a wee bit out of my budget. It is hand-blown glass. They start at $27,000!!!  I am thinking black, charcoal, navy or teal for the island and possibly lower cabinets. I know I would like a pot filler. It is such a nice convenience. I still have to design the wall on the right. I will save it for another post and include some great kitchen gadgets and storage ideas.

kitchen range wall

UPDATE – January 2017. Here is the final plan. We decided to go with encaustic cement tile on the back splash on the hood wall. The back splash on the other wall will still be subway tile.


I am so excited about how this is turning out. Love these Jarrod light fixtures from Arteriors. Stay tuned for the final reveal.

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