Kitchen reno dreams

Well, Quinn had her first trip (of hopefully not many) to the ER last weekend.  It was one of those freak playground accidents (a playground that she's frequented before).  A slip, a fall, full impact to her mouth on a platform, blood everywhere, upper front teeth gouged a hole thru her lower lip.  As I tried to stem the bleeding, I don't know what I struggled harder with....trying not to cry because she was so scared/in pain or trying not to pass out at the sight of the fleshy wound in her lower lip.

(To think I was pre-med as a freshman in college.)

Thankfully, my sister-in-law ran to get the Mr. who was nearby & we drove to the ER that was literally 3 minutes away.  We could not have had a nicer paramedic & doctor tending to Quinnie.  Their bedside manner & medical expertise were incredible; they went above & beyond in comforting her (& mommy) in a traumatic situation.  The Mr. & the very patient paramedic even had a stimulating discussion about the overuse of antibiotics ;-)  Two stitches, a bruised cheek, a scraped chin, & terribly swollen lips later.....our girl is healing well.  We knew she's a brave one but wow did she bring tears to our eyes.

So.  In other news, I need to snap pics of Quinn's room updates to share.  It won't be perfectly styled by today's blogging standards (if that's an expectation, are you lost, what are you doing here ;-) but it's a whimsical, happy space that makes us smile.  

Meanwhile, I've been dreaming about kitchens.  A kitchen renovation is at least 2 years down the road (when there'll be flying cars maybe & hopefully not a President Trump), but a girl can dream to distract herself from mouth wounds & stitches amIright?  These are the elements that I/we/mostly I have lusted after for the past few years......
BIG windows above the sink, please.
“More often than not, a kitchen is the heart of a home,” says the designer. “It should be warm, welcoming, comfortable, and have some room to grow (even if you don’t plan on growing!). A...

2015 Southern Living Idea House designed by Bunny Williams in Charlottesville, Virginia



Those brass task lamps!  No upper cabinets! Open shelving!  Large windows!  A prep sink!
 The ample storage provided by that tall pantry on the left!
It's practically every element my kitchen dreams are made of.
Bravo Carrie & Chris!! (Insert applause emoji here.)

I'm a fan of no upper cabinets, white lower cabinets, & open shelving.  Most people around here think I'm crazy for it, but we've lived with small kitchens with very little upper storage (very little storage in general) for years.  It has forced us to pare down in the best possible way, plus I love the visual openness of these kitchens.  And other storage options will be incorporated (like open shelving or a pantry or hutch unit).

To remedy the lack of upper cabinets, would love to incorporate a storage piece like this hutch........

........sort of like this.  Also, a reclaimed or rustic island to break up all the white cabinets!

Or like this:
Transitional - Kitchen

The lived-in, bistro look of these open shelving situations:

Plus those pretty drawer pulls:

Stainless steel single basin, apron front sink:
stainless steel apron sink!:
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q farmhouse sink stainless steel or cast iron, home decor, kitchen design, Stainless steel

A stove with stainless steel backsplash with shelf, oh yes:
White Plank Backsplash

Beadboard Island


OK, I'll settle for a marble shelf:

I like big, riveted hoods & I cannot lie.....
(Check out how my lovely blog friend Pam DIY'd the look!)

Design Manifest Kitchen with black and brass hood and industrial range

Beautiful vintage brass faucet that would obliterate our kitchen reno budget:

Hmmm.  I should have married rich.  Kidding.  Sort of.
(At this point, the Mr. asks innocently "Who's this Rich guy?")
Hope your weekend is fun & free of ER visits ;-)