Saturday, March 27, 2010

kitchen stew

Pardon me, while I am in the midst of a kitchen quandary for my "new" kitchen. My kitchen ideas run from light to dark. We will have an island with a sink. The other side of the room will have an area to "lounge." There will be a copper bar sink, and I am planning a copper counter.
I love the light counters with a bit of sheen. The island will be used as a breakfast bar of sorts since we all seem to be on different shifts. I will also use it as a spot to serve from.
Although I do love the look, no to wood floors. I want something easy to wash, porcelain tile in a modern neutral. I have seen some awesome tile with subtle textures.
Love a bit of lucite, white and some soft color. I cannot wait til the fun begins. Even though I know there shall be dust and lots of take-out during the construction, I am excited to be in the
phase of what I call "kitchen stew." I know that taking care in each decision will alleviate any sort of "stew in one's juice" sort of quandary. What would you add to my kitchen stew?

please pardon me, the collection of kitchen photos were gathered and my lack of noting the image source is in no way shape or form to the copy the designers. I just need to thank them for fueling my stew.

23 comments:

Debra said...

I keep folders of ideas...just in case I find myself in the stew and need solid ideas for such things. For instance~ should we ever make our upstairs into a suite-I have everything all sorted out. Pick up lots of inspiration books and use google images- it will either help or add more confusion to the stew.

pve design said...

Debra,
Yes, editing all the ideas down to the purest ingredients is key to making all the right choices.
pve

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

I love your reply comment, "Yes, editing all the ideas down to the purest ingredients is key to making all the right choices." That sentence says it all. sounds exciting, can't wait to learn what your end result will be!

VictoriaArt said...

I can see where your mind is going....love your picks and I am so sure you are going to make all the right choices!
Are you incorporating any open shelving?

Have a wonderful weekend and fun at the performance tonight...
Good luck to your dd.


XX
victoria

Kwana said...

I love the look of the 2nd picture. It's so comfortable with the seating. Though I think the dark wood of the 3rd is calling you. I say take a breath and let your design eye come up with a combo. I know you can.

home before dark said...

A kitchen does strike at the heart of the matter. It means so much and we want to get it right. Which, I am sure, you will. Look forward to seeing the kitchen of PVE come alive. One of my recurring kitchen fantasies is a center drain so I could hose everything down with ease. It still makes me smile. Have fun and enjoy!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Oh my goodness, such a huge undertaking. Can't wait to watch the process.

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

I love your Stew of Ideas...such a big project and I can imagine that the kitchen for you is as mine ...my second studio...
Undercounter lighting is a must...it creates such a wonderful evening mood when no other lights need to be turned on.
HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!
HUGS
Char

The Zhush said...

You need to add some of your lovely art work, on the walls, of course! And you MUST try to track down the source for those lucite stools, they are amazing!

little augury said...

Patricia, keep reminding yourself of the outcome everyday! especially during the worst of it. Select everything at one time. Find a place for some Colour, Chalkboard paint, children's photographs. pgt

purple pineapple said...

I've seen tiles that mimic wood flooring. Very nice looking and neutral. Nice marriage of the two. We have bamboo and it cleans up very nicely in my kitchen, but the color is very light and shows flaws easily, esp. with a puppy in the house. Have fun making the decisions - it will look fantastic when it's done. You've got a wonderful aesthetic.

Hamptontoes said...

It sounds like you have a great stew cooking. Love all your thoughts/inspirations!

Marija said...

I have no doubt that someone with your eye for detail will create a beautiful and cohesive space. I think a beautiful backsplash can do wonders for a kitchen - something unique, bright and airy is always my first choice. And I couldn't help but notice that a unique backsplash is a common thread in the images you've saved! Here's to hoping you'll let us have more sneak peeks as your design develops! Marija

holly goes lightly said...

I used large-ish squares of dark blue-gray slate w/ similarly shaded grout on my floors and LOVE it. Looks 'natural' and hides 'stuff' (labrador hair, oreo crumbs) like nobody's business. Plus it looks really good with carrera marble, 'tho not sure with copper... until it turns verdigris... and then it would look really good.

City Mouse said...

all that white! then maybe a hint of turquoise & coral.... you mentioned a few days ago that you want to make a white quilt, too! really? hmmmm.... what color is your dog? how do you keep it all clean? very interesting! it looks beautiful, but the practical side of me says no way!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

LOVE the first image! And a quick little substitution for the lucite stools and done!?

Kitchen reno's are painful...even when they run smoothly. There really is no greater disruption. My advice...rent lots of comedy to view while eating take-out!

nicole said...

I love that first picture more than life.

pve design said...

City Mouse,
ha ha, keeping it all clean is easy when one stays on top of things. My dog is white and he loves taking a bath! (not) I will show you when the kitchen is done, which I hope by Christmas!
pve

Emily said...

I love your inspiration and cannot wait to see how the project comes along. so very exciting!!

la la Lovely said...

How exciting.. love your inspiration. Can't wait to see the final results... It will be nothing short of stylish! Love the sink on the island idea!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I've been shopping for copper bar sinks, too! We're going -- I think -- for a little square hammered copper, oil finished baby. The decisions...are endless!! Good luck with your projects.

Summer is a Verb said...

That has got to be a dream of every woman to design her own kitchen. I'm all for a hanging pot racks over islands and tons of framed family photo's on the walls...XXOO

lizziefitz said...

That first photo is from the coastal living idea house. it is right down the street from me in good old Charleston:) What did you ever decide on for your kitchen redo?