So what is inspiring me for this redo? I've fallen hard for some gray cabinets, for beadboard, for pretty curtains, and maybe some blinds. I want a little desk for ME! in there somewhere. Here's what I'm in love with:
LifeinGrace has a gorgeous kitchen, with smooth gray cabinets. I love the paneled ceiling, and I love the bright bowls and plates. I spy beadboard behind the plates! Did you know that I also have a lot of the polish pottery in that upper right hand corner? Adore it :)
Layla of The Lettered Cottage mocked up a gorgeous cottage kitchen a couple of weeks ago. The light teal cabinets are an inspiration. Again, I love the beadboard on the fossits (little space above the cabinets), and I like the two tone cabinets.
Another challenge for us is that in opting to buy a two bedroom (down from a three bedroom rental) means that we lost our den. I'm not a fan of having a desk in the master bedroom, so we are going to have to look for a place to keep our desks. I'm still hoping to place a desk like this one from Young House Love in our .... kitchen, as a little nook just for me and my computer. OK, but much smaller :)
And while we don't really have room in our kitchen for a banquette, I'm dreaming of one in the dining room area like this one from BHG.com. I think it could be a great space saving option for us, since we have a fairly small "great room." I love the open shelving here, and the coziness of the corner bench seat. I think we could put some IKEA book shelves on either side of a corner bench to make it look built in. Now, how do we get all that great light into the space?