Creating Your Dream Kitchen

Q. We are getting ready to re-do our kitchen and I have no idea where to start. I thought I wanted cherry cabinets but now I am thinking white cabinets. Would you suggest hiring a designer to help me make these selections and what is the popular finish now?

A. Creating the kitchen of your dreams is truly a personal journey. A designer can orchestrate the process and present the design options, reducing the stress level substantially but the final vision has to come from within you. I tell my clients all of the time, this is YOUR dream kitchen, you need to love everything in it! You may start out thinking you are looking to create a specific look and then through the journey you completely change your vision, be open to new suggestions. Take a look at a variety of design styles that you never would consider and you may be pleasantly surprised how your inner designer has more vision then you thought was possible…

Where to start? This is not such an easy question to answer and one that I am asked often. I created a step by step guide to designing your kitchen to help you navigate through the process, read more here. Currently I am drawn to white kitchens, especially with dark wood floors. I love the bright, crisp feel of the cabinetry with the bold contrast the floor provides. Above  is a stunning example of  this, including unique design choices that were made to personalize the space. Open shelving, beautiful lighting fixtures and uniquely shaped back-splash tiles add to the charm.

If you were looking for wood tone cabinets this is the perfect medium tone, natural cherry. The overall feel of the cabinets is transitional so the infusion of some modern chic details is a nice surprise. The lighting fixtures, back-splash and island seating gives a classic look a modern twist.

Switching up the island finish is another way to personalize your space. I love the mix of classic cabinetry style door with the modern hardware and hood. Below, another finish change on the island with a cottage inspired feel. Some other interesting details are the fabulous fluted legs. fun wine storage and open shelf. I love the organic modern stools.

Designing modern kitchens is so much fun. I love the aqua blue island, sleek cabinet door style and fabulous lighting. Notice the architecture of the house, a colonial cottage. So often my clients will want the kitchen style to match the architecture of the house because they feel it has to. If that is what you love, then it can be the same style, but there is no rule that states you have to follow the architecture of the house. Incorporating a modern kitchen is absolutely an option in any house.

A wood top on the island adds warmth and character to the kitchen. The built in banquette is an unexpected surprise and I love how it feels surrounded by all of those beautiful windows.

Tufted banquette seating, fabulous lighting, marble counter tops and sea mist mosaic tile make this my dream kitchen favorite. Check out  Get inspired galleries to see more kitchen eye candy. Remember to enjoy the process of creating your dream kitchen. Like most of us, I’m sure you have been waiting awhile for this day to come and here is your chance.

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  • John K.

    This positing is incredible….be sure to go into “read more here”. It give you specific steps to follow in creating your dream kitchen. FANTASTIC. Thanks, John

    • Cathy Wolfram

      After designing dozens of kitchens I found myself answering the same questions again and again. The read more section is a great tool for getting the project rolling. Glad you liked the post.

  • Erin

    What a fab collection of dreamy kitchens!! I love all the windows in the 2nd to last pic…that corner window seat is perfection!

    • Cathy Wolfram

      I am crazy for that window seat, love that it is in the corner!

  • Guest

    Those are great tips. They’re all so beautiful, I don’t know which I would choose. I’m in love with three of them.

  • Small Home Love

    Those are great tips. They’re all so beautiful, I don’t know which I would choose. I’m in love with three of them.

    • Cathy Wolfram

      Every time I design a kitchen for a client I want to renovate mine. I am currently in love with the modern kitchen with the aqua island.

  • Fashion-Isha

    The kitchens here are divine. I especially love fabulous light fixtures to adorn kitchens.

    • Cathy Wolfram

      I’m ready to gut mine right now!! I am crazy for the lighting.

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Thanks for stopping in Sharon, lighting can make all of the difference.

  • Kate

    Thanks Cathy for my wonderful kitchen island. I was told by many I couln’t have one, but you made it happen.

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      I’m so excited you are loving it!

  • disqus_tpbVf1lGqd

    Hi! Love the advice. Do you have a source for the 3rd pic with the cherry cabinets? LOVE the pendant lights and counter stools and would like to know where to find them. Any suggestions? (The image source at he bottom doesn’t seem to be working properly.)

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  • Debbie Borthwick

    I love this post, thanks for all the inspiration!

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      I’m so glad Debbie, kitchens are just so much to design :) Visit again soon.