Monday, June 16, 2014

She Knows Feature

Happy New Week!

I WAS HONORED WHEN JANA RANDALL ASKED ME TO IF SHE COULD FEATURE MY KITCHEN AS ONE OF THE WONDERFUL KITCHENS IN HER ONLINE MAGAZINE SERIES.  I AM POSTING THE FEATURE HERE SO YOU CAN ENJOY ALL THE WONDERFUL INSPIRATIONAL KITCHENS THEY ARE FEATURING.  I WAS HONORED TO BE AMOUNgst THEM.  ENJOY SEEING ALL THE BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN INSPIRATION.  THANK YOU JANA FOR THE HONOR.  Grab a cup of your fave beverage there is a lot of inspiration here!
JANA RANDALL
Home & Living Assigning Editor

RENOVATION MADE EASY

This guide is chock-full of all the information you need to renovate your kitchen. Save it, pin it or print it so that you have what you need before you start the big demo.
Teapot on kitchen counter
Photo credit: Kaneko Ryo/Moment/Getty images

Kitchen renovation

Renovating your kitchen
Photo credit: Manhattan Nest
Homeowners make the decision to renovate a kitchen for many reasons — the kitchen may be outdated, they dislike the design made by a previous owner, they need more space, etc. But for whichever reason you had for renovating your kitchen, one simple idea comes to mind: "to minimize the bad and maximize the good." This quote, taken directly from the blog Manhattan Nest, is a great philosophy to keep in mind when designing and creating the kitchen of your dreams.
If you're using a contractor, you'll want to know how to tell him what you want.

Renovation 101: Conveying your vision to the contractor >>

Before you get started, check out a few of our favorite renovations.

Top kitchen renovations of all time >>

Have a family? Here are tips to survive a kitchen remodel.

RENOVATION MADE EASY

This guide is chock-full of all the information you need to renovate your kitchen. Save it, pin it or print it so that you have what you need before you start the big demo.
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Tips & tricks

There's no doubt that we've got plenty of tips and tricks up our sleeves to help you with your remodel. Here are some of the best points of advice from SheKnows writers, experts and some of our favorite bloggers.

Budget

Renovating your kitchen Tips & Tricks: budget

Photo credit: Elissa from Our House

Before you go shopping or looking for inspiration for your kitchen renovation, it is essential that you sit down and figure out your budget. It would also help if you have a needs and wants list. This will act as the core of your remodel, helping you know where you can spend and where you can and should penny pinch. Elissa at Our House did just this. By making "save" and "splurge" lists, she and her husband had a backbone before they even started renovating.

Design

Renovating your kitchen Tips & Tricks: Design

Photo credit: Deuce Cities Hen House

Depending on the square footage of your home or the year that it was built, space may not be on your side. When designing your new kitchen, it is vital for you to think of the functionality of your kitchen. If you want more space or organizing options, you will want to add this into your plans from the get-go. Alison at Deuce Cities Hen House's kitchen was built in the early 1900s, giving her an outdated and very small space. Going with a minimalist design, she was able to create a statement kitchen with a lot of personality and functionality.
Read about four staples you need for a modern kitchen design.

Color

Renovating your kitchen Tips & Tricks: Color

Photo credit: It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life

The color that you choose for your kitchen is one of the most vital decisions that you will make for your renovation. This is because a color can change the entire feel of the room, and since most kitchen concepts are open, it also has to blend well with the rest of the home. Erin at It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life chose to keep her kitchen a beige hue while painting a selection of her cabinets a unique shade of green. In her opinion, the painted cabinets "open and brighten up a space," and we couldn't agree more.

Personality

Renovating your kitchen Tips & Tricks: Personality

Photo credit: The Inspired Room

Your kitchen is easily the most lived in room of your home, so allow it to have a bit of your own personality and style. Use creative color, architecture and patterns to create a space that you can enjoy spending time in. Melissa at The Inspired Room allowed room in her budget to add two-toned cabinetry and a baking center, something that is absolutely essential to her in the kitchen.
Learn how to make a white kitchen show off your personality.

Storage

Renovating your kitchen Tips & Tricks: Storage 1

Photo credit: Everyday Enchanting

Your kitchen needs to store a lot of items: plates, bowls, serve ware, baking ware, glassware, utensils, decorative items and, of course, food. Therefore, you want to ensure that you have a lot of space for storage in your kitchen. When renovating, think of clever spaces and ideas that you can use for storage in your new space. Turning an otherwise unused space into something functional, Nina, from Everyday Enchanting, and her husband turned their hood into a storage area with this simple guide.
Renovating your kitchen Tips & Tricks: Storage 2

Photo credit: Everyday Enchanting

Appliances

Renovating your kitchen Tips & Tricks: Appliances

Photo credit: Fisherman's Wife Furniture

Believe it or not, many kitchen renovations begin with appliances. Realizing that their appliances are either outdated or do not fit the home's style, homeowners will opt to remodel the entire space to fit their new modern appliances. Due to the cost of new appliances, they do take up a good portion of the renovation's budget. With this in mind, before you go shopping, get educated. Kaylor, the blogger behind Fisherman's Wife Furniture, gives a great list of advice to help you snag a deal on appliances that will last.

RENOVATION MADE EASY

This guide is chock-full of all the information you need to renovate your kitchen. Save it, pin it or print it so that you have what you need before you start the big demo.
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Inspiration

Looking for a bit of inspiration before you head out to your favorite home store? Here are some of our most-loved kitchen renovations and remodels from around the web.

Light & airy

Renovating your kitchen Inspiration: Light & airy

Photo credit: Young House Love

Using a bright color combination with modern fixtures, this kitchen is filled with personality and light.

French country

Renovating your kitchen Inspiration: French country

Photo credit: Junk Chic Cottage

It's hard to believe that this shabby chic beauty is located in the heart of Illinois.
I have added some of the new changes to my kitchen since this article was done.  So I have posted those pictures here.


















You can click on the photo credits below each kitchen in the feature to visit their sites for more pictures of each of the kitchens featured here.

Enjoy all the inspiration.

Farmhouse delight

Renovating your kitchen Inspiration: Farmhouse delight
Photo credit: Miss Mustard Seed

Taking a modern twist on the farmhouse kitchen, this beautiful kitchen features a full-length chalkboard wall.

Sleek & sophisticated

Renovating your kitchen Inspiration: Sleek & sophisticated

Photo credit: Blog the New Black

Black is back with this sleek kitchen accented with black cabinets, white subway tiles and small pops of color.

Checkered charm

Renovating your kitchen Inspiration: Checkered charm

Photo credit: A Lo and Behold Life

Looking charming with black-and-white tiled flooring, this kitchen has an endearing vintage appeal.

Simply stated

Renovating your kitchen Inspiration: Simply stated

Photo credit: The Mustard Ceiling

A kitchen with a very simple style, this space has a rare and fascinating allure to it.

It's in the details

Renovating your kitchen Inspiration: It's in the details
Photo credit: B in Real Life

This is a modest kitchen that screams personality thanks to the small, yet significant, red vintage details.

Woooo that is a whole lot of inspiration.  Hope you can take some time and visit all the pretty kitchens featured here.  Have a wonderful start to the new week.
Kris
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36 comments:

  1. It sure is a whole lot of inspiration! Love your kitchen as always Kris!

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  2. You have one beautiful kitchen Kris, every detail is just wonderful to look at!

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  3. Oh Kris, you're kitchen is simply gorgeous - a show stopper really - and deserves to be in every magazine on line or in print !!!
    You're inspirational and gifted girlfriend ( and Terry is the perfect partner in design :)
    XOX
    ( P.S. never realized how large your kitchen was before, it's HUGE )

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  4. Kris,
    Always exciting to see your kitchen, it reflects your very creative imagination. Congrats on your kitchen being published, It is such a delightful happy place. Your design talents are amazing and that sweet hubby Terry always ready to turn your dreams into reality. BRAVO to you.
    XO,
    Vera

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  5. Kris, you're right...that's A LOT of great inspiration! What a great feature-congrats! LOVE Love love your kitchen and the many fun details!! :)
    Susan

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  6. Lots of inspiration here. Congrats on having your charming kitchen featured. Love your sink area.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. How wonderful!!!! Your kitchen is beautiful! Congratulations Kris!

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  8. Congratulations on yet another well deserved feature, Kris! Lots of inspiration to be found in one spot!

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  9. congrats, kris!! really great kitchens ideas, and of course, i love yours best:)

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  10. Congratulations! I love your kitchen...one of my favs. Your stools...still love them//backs and all! The Hen House...love the teal/blue light fixtures and pops of that color throughout. I have noticed that Miss Mustard Seed has added lots more color to her kitchen....I am still drawn to your beautiful simple decorating style.. Blessings!

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  11. I always love viewing photos of your kitchen (house), I just wish it was in paper form so I could touch it and maybe some of your creativity would rub off on me :) Congrats on the feature, Kris! Blessings, Cindy

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  12. Congratulations on the feature Kris. I luv seeing pictures of your beautiful kitchen.
    HUGS, Gee

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  13. Congratulations...so awesome!

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  14. Your kitchen is pretty amazing and it deserves to be featured!

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  15. This is exciting Kris! I adore your kitchen and so glad that you were featured. I love the added touches recently. It is such a beautiful space!
    sending hugs...

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  16. Gotta love your kitchen girl! You are becoming so famous. Always so deserving of being featured! Amazing talented girl you are, Kris!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  17. Another great and deserved success! Congratulations!!!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  18. Congrats Kris...your kitchen is so dreamy....gorgeous and no wonder many people want to include it in their magazines and publications!!!

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  19. WhooHoo! What a wonderful feature! I came across your photo, not realizing at first, it was yours....I said to myself, Oh, I love this kitchen! Then I noticed your name at the bottom! Great inspirations for sure...I need it with that tiny kitchen I have! So happy for you, Kris! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  20. Great, it looks fantastic as always. You go girl :)

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  21. Congrats Kim! I've always loved your kitchen and even more so now that you have redone it, especially LOVE your sink!

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  22. Gorgeous article! Congrats!!

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  23. Congrats on the feature!! I just love, love, love your kitchen!!
    hugs, Cindy

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  24. Congratulations on being featured, Kris. I am always just in awe of your kitchen. You did an AMAZING job in there. Hope you had a wonderful day-xo Diana

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  25. Hi Kris what a pretty kitchen you have a congrats on being featured!
    Julie

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  26. Congratulations on the feature, Kris! Your kitchen is just GORGEOUS!
    Julia

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  27. Your kitchen looks fabulous, what an honor to be featured like that. I love all of your country French touches..... Candy

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  28. Your kitchen is so bright and airy and comfortable. I wouldn't mind cooking in there!
    Congrats Kris!

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  29. oh wow...GORGE! what an honor! your kitchen looks a.ma.zing! ;)

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  30. Great post, Kris! So much inspiration! LOVE all of the extra photos you added of your kitchen...you are soooo talented, girl! Your whole house amazes me!
    Debbie
    xoxo

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  31. Congratulations on your feature in this wonderful collection, Kris! They are ALL gorgeous, but yours is especially charming ;)

    Jeanette

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  32. One day I am going to sit in that kitchen drinking a glass of lemonade with you - lemonade because it won't be a winter visit!

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  33. I missed this earlier, Kris. What a wonderful, wonderful feature. Congratulations- You SOOO deserve the recognition! I love it and am so proud that I am one of your friends! It is like being "almost famous"....lol xo Diana

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  34. Kris, yours is the best kitchen! I just love it and I like all the changes you've added. Congratulations to you my dear friend. You really deserve it.
    Have a great weekend.
    Mary

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