InspirationOctober 8, 2015

My Current Favorite Kitchen Look

For kitchen backsplashes, nothing beats a good, classic white subway tile in my book.  There are so many varieties- beveled, small, narrow, crackly glazed, hand-formed- but even so,  sometimes you want to use something a little different without making a huge statement.  That’s why all of the sudden I am swooning for kitchens with shiplap backsplashes (entire rooms done in the stuff, frankly) instead of tile.  Yes, it’s the term you can play a drinking game with while watching Fixer Upper, but it’s used constantly for the same reason subway is- its just good, classic design!

This kitchen by former Boston (now Nashville) designer Stephanie Sabbe is simple and amazing!


Love this one too by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works.


Love this use of shiplap on the barn door into a pantry as well as the walls.


Why not so the ceiling, walls AND vent hood?


Love this banquette outfitted in shiplap too.


This kitchen has more of a whitewashed shiplap rather than painted white- a warmer look.


Want to get this look in your own kitchen? Here are some ideas and sources:


1.Shiplap on all walls, including counter to ceiling in place of a tile backsplash.

2. Simple Shaker style cabinets, like these from

3. With all that white, dark countertops are nice- I like honed Absolute Black granite.

4. A brass faucet with antique-inspired details but modern function.

5. Instead of separate pendants, one large open fixture over the island.

6. Transitional hardware– in either matte black or antique brass.

7. Reclaimed wood shelves with brass brackets to create an open shelving section (ideally to the right and left of a sink next to windows) :)

8. An awesome vintage runner.

9. A rosemary topiary is perfect greenery for a kitchen.

10. I am still OBSESSED with these stools (and the dining chairs) from Serena & Lily.


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