Danielle and Austin's Kitchen and Garage Remodel: The Inspiration

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Our favorites: white, black, and wood. We also love the industrial look of black aluminum windows. Image from Fantastic Frank.
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Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)
Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage Remodel
Location: Austin, Texas
Type of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet

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Yesterday, we introduced you to Danielle and Austin's kitchen and garage remodel. They're taking their modestly-sized suburban home in Austin, Texas and expanding the kitchen, reconfiguring the entryway, and adding a new master suite in the space that is now a garage. Yesterday we heard all about the details of the project, and today we're taking a peek at Danielle and Austin's inspiration for the look of the finished space.

This photo basically captures our entire aesthetic. Ramekin restaurant, spotted on Style by Emily Henderson.
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From Danielle:

First and foremost, our style emphasizes function. We don’t ever want our home to be full of junk or clutter, so we try to stay away from solely decorative items. Our home was built in the 60’s, and maintains a lot of that charm with the vaulted ceiling and sunken living room, so we want our remodel to stay true to the character the house already has. We love to have as much natural light as possible, and we tend to use our walls as a blank canvas, sticking to neutral light tones, and then telling a story through the way we choose to furnish the space with colors and textures.

While ours won't be this large, we want to have a warm and welcoming entryway with similar textures. Image from Sense of Style by Shannon Fricke.
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The overall look that we’re most drawn to is a sort of minimalist rustic, ranch aesthetic that invites people to kick off their shoes and get comfortable (think Marfa, Tx). We tend to re-purpose items, and build things ourselves whenever possible, and we also like to mix in mid-century modern furniture, so I suppose our aesthetic is mid-century rustic… is that a thing? Can we make it one? Ok, moving on, ultimately, we aim to balance a rustic warmth with a minimalist, open floor plan, and we plan on being in this house for a long time, so we’re also designing with a future family in mind, and choosing classic finishes that will never go out of style.

An apron front sink and lots of light! I LOVE this kitchen. Image from Lane McNab Interior Design.
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For the most part we designed this project on our own, but brought in a few experts where we knew were were lacking. Once we had our end goal in mind, we brought in Chris and Gina from Some Assembly Required, to help us with the logistics of it all. It was actually their idea to move the front door, so that we could have more kitchen space and an actual entryway. After a few hours of brainstorming, laughing, and sharing a few beers, we had our game plan set.

We'd love a big table like this for entertaining. It's rustic, but still fits with modern & industrial pieces. Image from Style at Home.
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Next we met with Lindsey from Play House, whom we randomly met when we were snooping at the windows of a house that was on the market, and she invited us in for a tour. As soon as we saw the way she’d remodeled it, we knew she’d understand what we were looking for. Of course we cooked her dinner, and she was beyond helpful with telling us where to find all of the fixtures and materials we had in mind. Once we had the rough sketch of what we wanted, we enlisted my friend Wade, of Custom Drafts, to create official plans to scale that we could submit to the city.

We're hoping for our walk in shower/tub enclosure to be all subway tile with dark grout. Image from Summer Thornton Design via Houzz.
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We want to stick with natural materials and textures as much as possible to achieve a look that never feels too polished. We originally were hoping for concrete floors, but it was way out of our budget, so now we’re leaning towards a reclaimed oak wood floor. Our kitchen appliances will be stainless steel, but our windows and the majority of our fixtures (both in the kitchen and bathroom) will be oil rubbed bronze. As far as colors, we will stick with what we love, which is warm whites, black, and wood.

We’ll use patterned textiles to add pops of color throughout — think bed linens, towels, and area rugs with southwest patterns. Living in Texas, we try to stick with native plants that will actually survive the heat, so succulents are a great way to bring something living into the house while adding color and texture. The brick from our fireplace extends into the garage, so we want to strip the paint off of it and leave it exposed in the new bathroom.

We love adding texture and color to clean white walls. Image from Urban Outfitters.
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We are more focused on achieving the aesthetic we want versus having to have specific items. We know our budget may not allow for certain items or finishes, but that there are several paths to achieving an end result that we would be thrilled with. So our goal is to stay flexible and open to the idea that things may not (ahem, probably will not) end up exactly as we've planned.

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow as Danielle and Austin discuss the budget for their renovation.

(Diary Text: Danielle and Austin, Images: As linked above.)

(Image credits: Fantastic Frank; number; Style by Emily Henderson; Sense of Style; Lane McNab Interiors; Style at Home; Summer Thornton Design; Urban Outfitters)

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