HEY THERE!

I'm Briana, and I blog about home life, design, and generally being a 20-something who likes old stuff. Glad you're here! 

Our Kitchen Inspiration

Our Kitchen Inspiration

Now lookie here. My kitchen is ugly. There just ain't no way around it. Let's look at the real estate photo to get a glimpse of how it was when we moved in:

I'll spare you all the details, but suffice it to say that BAD linoleum, dirt, 2 different types of panelling, and a microwave I can barely fit a tall pot under are not my idea of a decent kitchen.

We now have a new fridge, and I painted our linoleum floors last year for a temporary fix. Don't do that. I mean I'm kind of happy I did because I hated the old ones so much, but we have cats and they are SO scratched up. I only did it because I know we are remodeling in the next few years. So now there is an indoor-outdoor rug in here, which I actually kind of enjoy having! 

HAHA you guys I just realized I didn't clean up the biscuits I just made. And by "made" I mean got out of the freezer and put in the oven. But I literally hate taking pictures so there they are, I'm not retaking it. But I did learn from Orlando Soria that even the ugliest of kitchens can benefit from a bowl of lemons. We actually juice lemons a lot so I just put all of them in a bowl and now my whole kitchen feels FrEsHhH! No, it doesn't. But it helps. 

On the other side I put an Ikea cart because our kitchen is tiny and I needed an extra surface ASAP! Yes, that's a cat in the basket. 

OH SISTER isn't that light fixture stunning? To the right leads to upstairs. So as you can see our kitchen has extremely limited counter space, is narrow, weird-shaped, and all together void of prettiness. The only thing it has going for it is that there are pretty trees you can see from the window. 

As far as remodeling goes, the footprint has to stay the same because of budget and resale value. Plus, we don't use debt for anything besides our mortgage, so we won't be taking out a loan. Meaning, we have to save up for everything we do, and ya girl ain't waiting forever just to have a couple extra square feet in the kitchen. It's just not feasible the way this house is laid out. Plus, we cook just fine in here! It sounds silly, but it's taught us not to buy random kitchen gadgets we don't need and just stick to basics. I think the internet has spoiled me and made me believe I need a huge kitchen to make good meals, and that's just not true. This has been a perfect first home for us. 

OK SO ON TO FUN STUFF BEFORE YOU RIP YOUR EYES OUT! Our kitchen is small, and I want it to stay simple but very timeless. If there was one thing I hope encourages you from this, is that I am not trying to make this kitchen something it's not! It's going to be imperfect, it's going to have to make some compromises, but it's going to be pretty. I don't have a bajillion dollars to throw at this thing, and it really doesn't need it to feel loads better.

The vibe I'm going for is very simple and timeless. I want it to look like it was always meant to be this way, not like it was remodeled.

That grey-green color on the lower cabinets? PERFECTION. I wish so badly I could do open shelving above, but I know it's not good for resale in a kitchen this small. 

via Jersey Ice Cream Co.

via Jersey Ice Cream Co.

OMG the marble subway tile + the butcher block makes me want to cry. It's so pretty. I don't know how feasible the backsplash would be in our house price-wise, but I also think it would be too busy for how small our space is. I'm considering going without a backsplash unless I do a simple white subway tile. 

I think everybody and their mother loves DeVol Kitchens, but that doesn't stop me from jumping on the bandwagon. Again with the grey-green color, and that brass hardware is SO pretty. The white subway tile looks very utilitarian, which I like. 

I think I might just be in love with this sink. No, definitely the entire kitchen. Brass, wood, open shelving. *sigh* It's just so pretty.

I'm a bit all over the place with exactly what I want to happen, but thankfully we aren't doing it anytime soon. But a girl can dream, right?

a home, simple and beautiful

a home, simple and beautiful

Spring Around Here

Spring Around Here