We're fans of a good before-and-after, but sometimes it's nice to see a new-build with all the charms and comforts of an older home. This new kitchen, with the skillful addition of vintage and reclaimed elements, precisely fits that bill.
Shannan and her husband Cory used to live in a farmhouse, but they recently moved into a new-build home. Their kitchen marks the best of the new and the old: clean, white cabinets and a fresh subway tile backsplash mix well with a number of lived-in, meaningful items. The sliding door, purchased at a local auction, came from a school that Shannan attended for thirteen years. A decorative metal plate came from a telephone pole near their old farmhouse. The island is made of reclaimed wood that Shannan personally selected from the builder's workshop.
All these sentimental touches are coupled with creative storage options. A vintage battery display holds mugs and dish towels, a vintage locker basket holds bread, and a metal caddy holds silverware and napkins. All these elements come together to breathe some character into a new-build, making it a meaningful, custom home.
For more images, descriptions, and source details, visit Shannan's blog Flower Patch Farmgirl.
Carolyn is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a lover of all things colorful and quirky. She grew up in Texas and settled in Chicago by way of L.A., England and Paris. Currently, she is a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.
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