Some people stay in a house for a few years, then move again so they can settle into a new house with a new look. But we love our Arlington neighborhood. That hasn’t stopped us, though, from getting a new look every few years—we just keep doing stuff to the house. A couple years ago, it was a front porch and landscaping; a year before that, the master bedroom. A few years before that—we renovated the basement.
Now? It’s time for the kitchen. This brings us full circle, because when we bought the house in 1998, we redid the kitchen before we moved in. So ’90s, right?
Hunter green Formica (which, I have to say, has held up remarkably well over 18 years, so I’m not bashing it); laminate flooring, and pale maple cabinetry. We’re definitely ready for something more… Mature.
Enter Nadia Suburan, whose work for Aidan Design I’ve followed and written about for several years. She just delivered some gorgeous drawings for a renovation that will combine our kitchen with our tiny, square-shaped dining room—this time with a warmer, more sophisticated palette:
We’re talking about a muted, green-gray cabinetry (these samples are by Wood-Mode), a mosaic backsplash using tile by Heath Ceramics, and—this was Nadia’s idea and I think it’s SO brilliant—a wine/beverage station centered under a window with calacatta-gold marble penny tile surrounding that window, right up to the ceiling.
Because I’ve been writing about kitchen design for a long time, I’ve had a chance to gawk at many dozens of kitchens and contemplate what my own dream kitchen would look like. It hardly feels like the time has finally arrived, but this long lead-up has allowed us to be pretty decisive at this point.
What you’re not seeing in this photo is the soapstone countertops we plan to use on the perimeter, and the butcher-block surface we’ll have on the 11-foot island. Yes, that is very long, but half of it will be a dining area, with seats on both sides and at the end. Nadia mentioned using Grothouse Lumber—another source I’ve written about (and drooled over) for a long time, so Denise Grothouse, expect a call from us in the next few months!
In the meantime, here are some of the inspiration photos that have been pointing us in this direction:
This is the kitchen Nadia designed for the DC Design House in 2014. I LOVE these soapstone countertops.
I filed this image on my Kitchen/Bath Pinterest board for its colors—we plan to use hardwood floors, and I think these gray-green-putty colored cabinets really pop on top of them. I’m also loving the matte, organic feel of the subway tile on the backsplash.
Another image from Pinterest. I don’t think we’ll use gold hardware in the kitchen, but I just adore how its shininess here really leaps off the matte tile, and the herringbone pattern adds further interest. I’m not sure if these are Heath tiles, but I’m so drawn to the mottled coloring of that fired clay.
So, we have a long road ahead of us, but it’s exciting now to think about all these possibilities for REAL. Stay tuned for more entries throughout the year.