Things Get Pinteresting: Inspiration for Rebekah & Graeme's Kitchen Remodel

Things Get Pinteresting: Inspiration for Rebekah & Graeme's Kitchen Remodel

Renovation Diary
Aug 17, 2016
(Image credit: One Kings Lane)

Name: Graeme & Rebekah Molloy
Type of Project: Kitchen Remodel
Location: Chautauqua Park, Des Moines, Iowa
Type of building: 1920 Tudor

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Now that we've seen Rebekah & Graeme's kitchen in its pre-renovation state, let's take a look at the spaces that got them dreaming big kitchen-revamp dreams.

This image really helped me to move forward with the two tone cabinets and I am so stoked about them!
(Image credit: Chatelaine)

This photo just makes my heart smile. Love the grounding element the dark cabinetry offers. This all looks like a sort of effortless beauty to me.
(Image credit: De La Ruelle Au Salon)

From Rebekah & Graeme:

I don't think we have one specific "style". We have curated things we love to surround us in our home. We love mid century design but are equally attracted to industrial aesthetic. For the kitchen we are inspired by a sort of coffee shop feel! We also think it is really important to keep the vibe of the house in character with the original features we love so much! We decided to keep within the original style of the cabinets and continue using shaker style into the new design. We are updating the look by utilizing black cabinetry on bottom and a contrasting white on top. Bright, open and inviting are words I hope this new kitchen will evoke!

Three cheers for dark grout! Love how inviting and eclectic open shelves like this can be!
(Image credit: One Kings Lane)
The contrast of the dark cabinets with the subway tiles...just delicious! This photo still makes my little heart ache for deciding against wood counters but I know the feeling of never getting them clean would eventually wear on me!
(Image credit: Blair Harris)

We designed a lot of the kitchen ourselves. I had a lot of input from friends and family...but ultimately we are the ones that know the space the most and what we want out of the new design. A part of me still thinks we should have hired a designer...but I am excited to see how our vision unfolds!

This whole blog is eye candy for me. Love being inspired by spaces around the world.
(Image credit: The Coffee Shop Explorer)

We are using hardwood shaker style cabinetry, and white quartz surfaces. The countertops have changed through the design (from wood, to wood stamped concrete and, finally, quartz.) The allure of minimal upkeep was too hard to pass up! We have an area dedicated to open shelving (which I'm hoping to DIY!). We think wood will warm up the hard white countertops. The backsplash will be classic subway tile with dark grout.

This was a great juice bar in Chiang Mai I visited a few months ago. Love the industrial light fixture offset with florals and plants.
(Image credit: Rebekah Photography)

We plan on using:

  • Hardwood shaker cabinets (in black and white)+white quartz counters
  • Distressed wood for open shelves
  • IKEA brackets for shelves, spray painted in copper
  • Subway tile with dark grout
  • Warm white paint
  • Updated lighting
  • Installation of gas stove, microwave and dishwasher
  • New faucet
Such a wonderful feel to this image. The entire blog is full of wondrous textures and tones that continually inspire me!
(Image credit: Her Paperweight )

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