Inspired by IKEA

I was flipping through the new IKEA catalog this weekend and spotted this kitchen and was inspired. The wood tone cabinets were really interesting (and are certainly making a comeback in a more modern way than the builder-grade cherry of yesteryear).  You can’t see in this pic, but the glass doors are wired too, which gives a very country-mod feel to the space.  I really dislike the square subway tiles (reminds me of a public restroom) so I ventured out to create a cool kitchen design using wood IKEA cabinets!


And here’s what I came up with! Fresh and clean but with hints of traditional design.  I love the way the mint color plays off the warmer cabinet color, especially when paired with lots of crisp white.  This design is mostly really affordable stuff, with a couple splurges (counters and floors) which is a great way to make an IKEA kitchen look decidedly not IKEA.


Is Stainless Steel “Over”?

For the past few decades stainless steel has been the reigning champ of the appliance world.  If you’ve ever watched any HGTV episode you know that “stainless steel and granite”  signifies a high end kitchen to the average home buyer.  But I remember growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s in a house with white appliances against whitewashed oak cabinets and it being the “of the moment” style; and now it seems people are trying to make a comeback of not only white appliances but black as well.  Of course they have new fancy names like “White Ice”, and are in more of a smooth matte finish, but they are still the colors of old. So what do we think of this “new” trend?

This is GE’s new “Slate” range- a more matte dark grey finish.  This I can see working in combination with dark grey cabinets I think…


Simple Inspiration.

Yesterday was crazy.  Like one of those days where you physically feel your busy schedule draining every ounce of your energy.  And with a hubby away for the night on business, it left me running on fumes by the end of the day. So nothing too in depth to post today other than this AMAZING kitchen by Lori Paranjape featured recently in Domino.  We’re using the flooring in here as an inspiration for a project I’m working on in New Jersey, but the rest of the space is pretty amazing too! That range hood, upper glass cabinet detail, slab backsplash….


I love the way a vintage rug looks in a sleek kitchen. I still love the one I splurged on for mine!



You asked and here it is- an update on Lindsey’s reno! Enjoy! -EG

Hi guys! I’m excited to finally update you on our kitchen progress (if you missed the first post you can check it out here). Back in October we designed and ordered our Deerfield assembled cabinets through The expected production time was 4-5 weeks, plus another 2 weeks in transit, and everything arrived right on time. I was a little nervous that all of the cabinets wouldn’t make it here from Florida in one piece (unfortunately damages and delays are all too common in our industry) but thankfully everything went great. Here’s a peek at our dining room after we were left with 30+ boxes worth of cabinets and trim.

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Lindsey’s Kitchen Renovation – Part 1

Hi Guys- Sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit- Henry and I hit a speedbump (a painful one called mastitis) and it really rocked my world in a bad way.  I have not been able to do anything but try to feel better and take care of him so posts may be spotty.  Thankfully I have this awesome one from Lindsey, my longtime right-hand and project manager about the kitchen renovation she’s doing in the house she and her husband bought!  Follow along! I miss you. -Erin

Hi EOS readers! I’m super excited to share some of my renovation with you while Erin’s out on maternity leave. My husband Eric and I spent about 9 months searching, which means we looked at a lot of houses. We knew the general area we wanted to be in and that it had to be cute (my requirement) and have as much outdoor space as possible. And from the start we were looking for a project – something we could attack with our DIY skills and transform over time. Finally we decided on this 3 bed, 1.5 bath cape in a town north of Boston close to where we both grew up. Don’t let her pretty exterior fool you! She needs a ton of work (including significant structural repairs thanks to old termite damage, which had been ignored for many years).

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