Kitchen Update + Cultivate Giveaway!

So we are counting the days until our dated, creaky kitchen is demolished and my vision for the new space begins to become a reality.  I don’t even know how I will deal with having a dishwasher and disposal again!!!! Never mind a new fridge and gas range! EEEEKKKKS! January 2nd is the day we start and we hop to have it all done by early/mid February (including re-staining ALL our floors dark walnut!)

The process has not been easy- making decisions for myself, especially on this scale, is BEYOND difficult.  I knew basically what I wanted but the devil is in the details!  Like picking a grey for the base cabinets! Holy crap, you would have thought I was trying to solve the Middle East peace crisis! I often would melt down into “Carrie Mathison Face” while painting yet ANOTHER swatch on the old doors wailing “whhhyyyy can’t I find a neutral grey, Saul? Whyyyyy?” (If you don’t watch Homeland a) you won’t get that and b) WHY AREN’T YOU WATCHING HOMELAND YOU CRAZY PERSON????)

All Benjamin Moore: Grey Huskie (out of running because it turned purple),Cape May Cobblestone (finalist), Secret (finalist), Platinum Grey (finalist), Storm (too blue)

So we are really down to the three in the middle and of those it appears Cape May Cobblestone is the winner.  Secret is amazing and looks awesome with our hardware BUT the floors are going to be dark and the upper cabinets and wall tile white and I don;t want it to feel bottom heavy.

We are working with Sygma Stone for our counters and we found our winner this weekend: meet our new countertop, Miss White Macaubas (aka Bianco Macabas aka Luce de Luna). A gorgeous Brazilian quartzite that is as durable as granite but looks more like marble.  And costs twice as much as marble. BUT our kitchen is small and I absolutely love it so we’re springing for it.

OMG, I am in love.

Other decisions are the appliances (all Jenn Air, way excited) via Yale Appliances, a GORGEOUS Blanco modern farm sink, a Rohl faucet and my beloved Hicks pendants via Waterspot in Natick, MA… and some delicious matte brass pulls!

Yes, I’m mixing metals. And no that does not bother me.

What I’ve learned about kitchens is that you need to collect a ton of inspiration and then really think hard about function.  A great new place to gather kitchen inspiration is Cultivate.com from the great peeps at Williams Sonoma!  Here are some kitchens I found on there that inspire me (and explain why I have had such trouble- I love SO MANY different types of kitchens!)

Need some help sorting through styles (and want a $200 gift certificate for any WS store?) The take the Cultivate style quiz and post your results in the comments and have a chance to win one!!!

My result was Transitional- which is totally on target. How about you?

277 Responses to “Kitchen Update + Cultivate Giveaway!”

  1. Christina says:

    Traditional – love those white cabinets!

  2. Nicole G says:

    My kitchen style is Transitional. Timeless, refined, and sophisticated sounds nice to me.

  3. Stacy says:

    No surprise — transitional

    Thanks, Stacy Ashley

  4. Jessica says:

    Traditional! No surprise!

  5. Katherine says:

    Transitional!
    Katherine.helffrich

  6. martha says:

    Eclectic just perfect,now i wish i had one

  7. Heather Flint says:

    Transitional!! I have the exact same problem as you! I was looking through all of the kitchens on cultivate.com, and each time I clicked on a new picture, I exclaimed “OOOH, THAT ONE’S MY FAVORITE!!!”….every.single.time! LOL. I’m off to take the quiz again to see what result I get next. haha :)

  8. Staci says:

    My kitchen style is transitional.

  9. Rikki says:

    Your kitchen style is: Transitional

    Timeless, refined, and sophisticated, this style is for those who are more daring than traditional design but still love a good nod to the past.

    rstills008

  10. Maria says:

    Traditional – classic and timeless.

  11. Caleb says:

    Traditional…formal, classic…that’s me!,,

  12. Karen says:

    Transitional! … I’m in the middle of a renovation … Almost at the finish line! The quartz countertop will be installed on my island on the 21st and I will host Xmas day!

  13. Carol M says:

    Transitional. Some choices were clear cut for me, others a bit more difficult and I loved elements in both. Fun quiz.

  14. Madeline says:

    My style is Traditional. My username is shaladarkstone.

  15. Sarah says:

    Transitional!

  16. Robin says:

    Eclectic! which I guess means that my style is all over the place?? :)

  17. Alicia says:

    My kitchen style is eclectic! :)
    My username on cultivate is faitcamofthree

  18. Emily says:

    Transitional, spot on! love the gray choice for your cabinets! username Emilymerchant

  19. Patrice says:

    Transitional — I just knew it would be!! :-)

  20. carey says:

    my style is contemporary… just like i expected! i like clean, sleek kitchens and your luce de luna, brass pulls, and pendant light are just up my alley! can’t wait for it to be done…. it’ll be worth it!

  21. Dominique Christoffersen says:

    Contemporary. dominiquec

  22. Marybeth says:

    Hi Erin- my Cultivate username is mbt429 and I’m “Traditional”. Love your kitchen choices, esp that countertop!

  23. Airess says:

    My cultivate username is airessct and my style is contemporary and that was definitely on point!

  24. jessica w says:

    My username is jrw and my style is modern!

  25. Jessie C. says:

    I’m Traditional, username-tcarolinep