Friday, October 1, 2010

I'd like a new kitchen, please.


I really would, and I'm sure my husband would too, he just doesn't obsess like I do (it's kind of maddening, actually). The topic of kitchens has been on my mind since chatting about kitchens and  renos, with a friend of mine (Jan, a.k.a. Poppytalk!) yesterday.

As a home and garden photographer, I see many different types of kitchens, and there is always at least one or two things in these kitchens that I'd like to transport to mine (ours). Sometimes I'm just completely impressed by the fact that the homeowners renovated their kitchen all on their own. How? How do you do that? Please tell me.

Thought I'd share three very different kitchens with you. Take a look at the before and after of this kitchen. Completely transformed by the homeowners, Adele and Iain. This was originally shot for House and Home magazine.

The Before. Wow.

Well done, Adele and Iain!

Some happy details.

The new home office and weekend cocktail bar. They now have heaps of storage.

The kitchen below was built by Viewpoint Construction, not sure who designed it though. It features an induction oven, lots of storage, state of the art everything, really. 



The kitchen, below, was shot for Chatelaine magazine, earlier this year.



I love the little inset, and stools. Lots of fabulous natural light in this room. Love that.

As for our kitchen (snippet of it in top pic), it really needs to lighten up (too dark), get a fantastic backsplash (I'm thinking wallpaper covered by glass), a bit more storage and some green chalkboard paint...somewhere.  I've got to get on this. It's a 10 years old now. Anyone else out there in need of a new kitchen? 

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend. Back on Monday with something for Thanksgiving. 

30 comments:

kyliept said...

Mmmmm, yes, now I have kitchen envy!

brismod said...

The kitchen was one of the first things we had replaced when we moved here last year. Happiness levels improved once it was finished. xx

shellie said...

was the top kitchen yours??? because to be perfectly honest i liked that photo the best.....dont get me wrong the other photos were very lovely but i love the chairs in the first photo and i know i couldnt see the background but the entrance looked real....clean....modern....making me wonder what does the rest look like...but if you have the $$$$$ go for it and it seems you have a great sense of style....so whatever you do im sure will look great! that was really long

jan said...

i totally agree with shellie! is that your kitchen up top? love the stools too! i think that too - you have a great sense of style, so whatever you do - it will look great.

love this inspiration. i'm really liking those apron sinks lately. i'm only imagining the smashing of dishes they would do. but i'd love one otherwise.

it was a nice chat yesterday - kitchen dreaming....thanks for the constant inspiration!

Jaclyn said...

first of all the pic of your kitchen is fantastic but completely understand the reno envy, would love to design my own kitchen one day!

Make mine Mid-Century said...

Lovely idea about wallpaper behind glass!

kitty said...

Let me tell you about kitchens! - I just spent the past four days with blown out kitchen pipes, water damage and busted up backsplash tiles -ugly. I would say you have a lovely kitchen by comparison! haha! I like your ideas on the wallpaper as well -
Ah, nothing like renting in the west end in a 60's apartment complex ! xo

shopgirl said...

Thanks for sharing these great before and after photos! I'm with you about kitchens! I love all types and wish I could takes bits and pieces from all the beautiful kitchens I see, but then I'm sure it wouldn't look so great. :-))

My kitchen is in desperate need of some TLC...just waiting for a day when I have the energy to renovate.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend Janis!

mise said...

I love that last kitchen especially, with its chic country look, so cool and inviting. What fun you'll have doing yours. Maybe start with an easy cabinet-painting job and then when you see the transformation you'll be motivated to keep going.

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

Your photography is great! I can't really get excited about kitchens though as I kinda feel that to have an uber cool design delight has and will always be out of my league financially; sniff. I have a friend in the UK who recently spent £50.000 on her fantastic cuisine; I love mine as much and it honestly only cost 1800 euros including appliances! Upstyled junk hoorah...

Charlie said...

Oh I love the Nancy Riesco designed kitchen ! All the others are gorgeous too but Nancy's appeals to me just that little bit more. I put in a new kitchen a few years ago. My budget was tight and I used the color white mostly. The net result is clean and practical. I would love one day to have a kitchen designed by Nancy. Love your photos too ! :)

hatjunkie said...

I got lucky and married a wood worker. The other "advantage" was moving into a home with no kitchen, so we got to start from scratch. Hey, you have a right to dream.

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

me too, me too!! love the first make over, that's outstanding!

my trouble is i cant decide if i'm staying here or going, or staying and adding on...both of which put me off the diea of doing anything major right now. but oh how i'd love a flash kitchen.

bluehydrangea said...

Me, me, me!!! My kitchen is a bad 80's nightmare!! I don't want to redo until I can afford to really do it right..so I am waiting, and waiting!! Ugh!!

The Zhush said...

You might not have a new kitchen...(yet!) but you did just win the giveaway for the Divvies Bakery Cookbook on my blog...congrats! Shoot me an email and let me know where to send it to! :)

Lady Grey said...

Oh I just adore that last one... a bright room like that would definitely inspire me to cook : )

Pinecone Camp said...

Just to clarify, that is my kitchen at the top, but there is reason why I only showed you a snippet ;) Trust me, it does need some work, but thanks Shellie and Jan for the compliment!
Mise, I was mulling over a lick of paint....that just might be the way to go.
Thanks Ms. Zhush for the cookbook!
Thanks for taking the time to comment, lovely ladies!

Pooch Morning Glory said...

at least you have a sweet little espresso maker!
things could be worse. your work must really give you loads of cool ideas to ponder
have fun
~laura

Chris Rasga said...

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JulieB said...

Hi! Am a new follower - definitely liking what I see...As for kitchens, yes I obsess about them ALL the time. Ours is way too small and cramped, not at all my style, and in the wrong location. Sadly I think a remodel is some way off yet!

Bec said...

Hi Janis,

No matter what you do w the kitchen be sure to keep those chairs! They are fabulous. Have favourited your blog so I can keep up to date on the kitchen developments.

Bec

(Thanks for the comment on my blog btw)

Heidi said...

We ripped apart the house last year and the kitchen is half done and I think for men as long as there is still food served in the kitchen they don't view the space the way we do! I love those chairs in your first photo.

Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo said...

I was crying over my kitchen for some time and then bought a paint and contracted a man who painted it. It looks so nice now!!!It is my small kingdom :-)

lisaroyhandbags said...

I love the stools in your kitchen - so charming!
We redid our kitchen last year and I'll be posting pics of it soon. Just imagine everything in knotty pine and a layout where the bottom cabinets form almost a square with one small opening to access the kitchen and our home is only about 5 years old max! so dated! And yup, we tackled the entire thing ourselves! I'm very fortunate to have a guy who can do anything and is also open to trying :)

Vintage Home said...

...well you know I need a kitchen make over...!

Maria said...

I feel as if this post was made for me! We are in desperate need for a new kitchen, and we're going to attempt a renovation in a few months. But not just a kitchen, the whole back part of our house including the bathroom! My head is spinning just thinking about it. Adele's kitchen is lovely - I would be happy with this any day! xx

Flo said...

Me, me... I would like a new kitchen... Just a big one with a giant table....
A space of life....

Nell said...

The kitchen featured in Chatelaine magazine is actually my dream space. Like someone got in my head and copied my ideal kitchen! How exciting to be planning a renovation. Can't wait to see the finished piece! xx

Adele said...

Thank you for including us in your post!

kalanicut said...

Big smile when you mentioned men just don't obsess about projects like we do, even if they agree with us. I think they just see a lot of heavy lifting and other work they're going to get wrangled into and that's enough to dim their interest. ;) I love all 3 inspiration kitchens. Would have a hard time choosing my favorite.