Just when you think you have it all sorted out. . .
The travertine floor has been playing on my mind. I love it. I also love my marble splash back tiles. But just because I love both doesn’t mean I will love the room!
They don’t go do they? I was trying to be savvy and sophisticated and make it all work, but no. I don’t think I can pull it off, so I am letting one of them go.
Because I have the marble tiles and they were my first love, they are staying.
I wanted a nice tonal room with a cool palette and it not be a boring white kitchen, but at the end of the day, when you are an amateur like me. KEEP IT SIMPLE!
I saw this kitchen a little while back and instantly I thought “Oh I love it”
But then I look at it more and more and I talk myself out of loving it. Saying things, like, Laura, don’t you think it is a bit boring? A bit bland? It is just black and white, where is the colour?
I make myself not like it by over-thinking. But when I look at the picture, I like it.
So if I like it, I like it. Go with it.
(I’m working on LISTENING to my instincts!)
This house isn’t my dream house, so I will do a fail proof kitchen in here as a tester for the next kitchen.
The other day, my hardware arrived!! YUMMY
They are hefty in weight and make my knees buckle.
I’m addicted to looking at cabinet hardware now. I want to find something nice for my wardrobe doors that need a make-over but I have no idea what I am after.
I also picked up my tap
And I have purchased my appliances.
I ordered them through winning appliances. I was in discussions with appliances online as I was receiving and overwhelming response to use them and that their prices are great. I have purchased from them before and they are great. However, when it comes to a RENOVATION, I thought it was best if I had a bit of face to face customer assistance. I need to place the order and pay it off and not have it delivered until the room is ready and at this stage, who knows when that is. This isn’t something that Appliances online can offer and I wasn’t having a big huge $$$ cooker taking up space and possibly being stolen. Husband and I discussed and we placed a value on buying from a bricks and mortar store and we came to the conclusion that a couple of hundred more would be okay to spend.
When I went in there to place the order, I ended up with a FAR better deal then appliances online. Fancy that.
I didn’t even need to haggle. I think it was the cute kid I had with me. Everyone was ohhing – ahhing over her.
Then I told my mum about this and she told me that she was going to purchase her washing machine from Appliances Online after experiencing the same kind of praise I did and she found it cheaper at the Good Guys.
So there you go.
I went out to the tile showroom with my marble tile to get to the bottom of my problem. In the end I am going to go with black slate like the image above.
It will be a sexy monochromatic kitchen that is striking. It will have impact, just not the subtle, serene blue/grey look I was going for.
Marble, slate, white, polish nickel.
Turns out that the slate is cheaper then the travertine and also because I am ditching the extra coloured island, I will be saving a little bit of $$$
So maybe my dream of having this light will become reality. (No probably not. The tiler just came! WOW! Tiling is expensive. More expensive then the expensive tiles and that doesn’t include ripping up of the old floor)
And won’t it just sing in this space?
It lends it’s self more to this palette then the other.
In terms of progress, I have purchased everything the kitchen needs besides lighting, floor tiles and the bloody kitchen cabinets!
Waiting for people to quote is the worst.
Hopefully soon it will start trucking along.
Speaking of kitchens.
In this month’s House & Garden, they featured this beautiful kitchen by Tania of handelsmann.com