We’re so excited to announce our new role as design ambassadors for BlueStar. We’ve decided to embark on mini-remodel of our Michigan farmhouse kitchen (featured on Houzz) in order to make room for our 48″ BlueStar range! Check out the inspiration for our kitchen update on our Pinterest board. We’re so ready for a new range – the one we have is a 30″ that we bought off a jobsite ages ago. We do most of our entertaining in Michigan as opposed to Chicago, where we tend to work late and make quick meals. As a kitchen designer that lives in the city, we’ve never had room for more than one oven – so having 2 ovens is going to be pretty cool, not to mention the French top, which we’ve never had the chance to cook on before.
We can’t wait to really cook on this baby, but for now, I’m just excited about the design part. We’ve been dying to spruce up the kitchen – it needs to drama and contrast and we never really finished it when we moved in.
The cool thing about BlueStar is that they offer 190 different colors – picking one was not easy, but we finally opted for RAL7026 Granitgrau, with antique brass accents. I love gray and brass together! Our Prizer hood will be the same dark gray with stainless straps. As a designer, having all these amazing colors to choose from is amazing – but it’s harder to choose than you might think!
In order to make room for the range we’re moving our roll out waste bin to across the kitchen under the coffee center niche, and adding a 10″ cabinet in its place. We’re adding tray dividers to the top shelf of the pantry to make up for storage that we’re losing. We also have to cut down the countertop pieces a bit – but that’s not as scary as it sounds since we have a farm sink, the pieces are all separate, so we’ll just throw the two small ones in the car and have them cut down in Chicago by our countertop guy.
I’ve been wanting to do something with the back wall forever – it’s always felt unfinished. So we thought about tile and then wallpaper, we’re still not 100% on this but here are the 2 options we’re considering.
Mixed Folk Wallpaper by Louise Body
Tile pattern in deep navy and white
We’re going to keep the main backsplash wall tile for now, but we’re going to paint the cabinets, swap out some hardware and paint the barstools Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue, one of our favorite colors. I haven’t been crazy about the lights since we first renovated – I thought it was a good solution to get some uplight and downlight and since we couldn’t center them over the island due to the off-centered location…it seemed like a good idea at the time. I’m completely sick of them and Nick wants more task lighting. So we may be re-working that as well, by capping one of the junction boxes and putting in a double downlight pendant in the other one.
So all in all – we’ve got quite a bit of work ahead of us. Stay tuned for updates on the remodel and hopefully many yummy meals to come.