kitchen daydreams

i've got my kitchen on my mind this week. i've been super busy working on multiple orders, and that has unfortunately led to a couple mini-breakdowns directly related to my lack of work space. i work in a tiny cabinet in the corner of my kitchen, which is in dire need of a renovation. while it's mostly functional, i just can't stand it any more. a typical late-eighties build, all i see are the old yucky laminate counters, the faux wood trim on the cabinets, the terrible plastic u-shaped pulls. i know, i could have changed them out easily, but i just didn't want to spend a dime on this kitchen until we could really redo it. no walls will come down, the layout will change only a teensy bit, but best of all [for me!] is i'll be adding a full wall of workspace. oh my, i just cannot wait.
i have definitely got colours, style, and a plan in mind, but i love pouring through flickr pools to get a little more inspiration.

i've always been interested in trying out the two-tone cabinetry look. while this kitchen as a whole is a bit country for my taste, i do really like the combination of creamy ivory uppers with smooth grey-taupe base cabinets. oh, and i also really like the homeowner's boots. nice! doesn't she look happy, standing there eating cake?

it's no surprise that the kitchen belonging to heath ceramics' owners would be stunning. the yellow brings a hit of sunshine to the space, and i love that the linear tiles are placed vertically. very current. i'm also very drawn to the bleached birch look of the cabinets. and i love the bertoia barstools, topped off with a buttery yellow seat pad to echo the tile. i could definitely eat breakfast there every morning.

this picture really reminds me a bit of the kitchen at my old condo. in fact, we'll probably end up with something similar. i am always drawn to watery tones [i'm a typical west-coast water baby] and we'll likely end up with white cabinets and a dark counter. these tiles are almost identical to those we had on our old backsplash. if we do them again, i might opt for slightly larger rectangles, and install them lined up in vertical rows rather than staggered. as for the counters, they are made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper, by paperstone. how great is that? i saw this at the prefab house next to the vancouver pavilion during the olympics, and was definitely intrigued. on first glance, they looked a lot like soapstone [the countertops of my dreams]. this is a little more accessible, i'd say, and good for the earth to boot!

well, i'm off to dream of a perfect-for-me kitchen, with seven feet of workspace and cabinets galore to store all my fabrics, trims, accessories...oh, please soon!