Over winter break we watched just about every Gordon Ramsay Kitchen show that we could find on Hulu & Netflix.
We were absolutely stunned by the transformations of kitchen & restaurant design makeovers on Kitchen Nightmares. Which then got our wheels turning! And asking, where do they just find people that can do that? Especially with an expertise on designing restaurants? My Google & Bing fingers were on fire!!!
While I can thankfully say our kitchen does not have some of the gruesome discoveries that Gordon would run into, I do picture him saying that our kitchen just looks “Sad”….
I’m not going to insert a full view of our kitchen now, hopefully one day soon I will have that as an extremely amazing before and after post!
It became quite clear over the holidays when having friends and family over, that the small area where we have bar stools is always the coveted area to sit and socialize.
Plus on a bonus side note- my husband and I met in a bar;)…..
Anybody remember A little Belltown Seattle favorite- Casa U Betcha?
While we may not be tossing back drinks everyday, we do juggle creating meals for picky eaters on a daily basis. The goal is easy preparation access to delicious ingredients and goods all while keeping an open space to socialize with family and friends.
It’s all quite clear what needs to happen now!!!!
Do you see where this is going???? Do you want see what I found??? Serious talent from right here in the Pacific Northwest?!?! My research led me to this treasury of beautiful design/build projects from Mallet Inc. Sit back and enjoy!
Percy’s & Co. Ballard
Image Via Shipwreckdesigns click here.
As you know I’m aiming for white marble with wood. This design nails it head on! Wait there’s more….
Check out how perfect the marble counter is inset with the wood!
Image Via “My Ballard” article click here.
The full scope of the bar with the seating- gorgeous!!!
Photo taken by Suzi Pratt- contact info click here.
Image Via the website Mallet Inc.
Also see this Eater Seattle Article by clicking here!
Then my eye’s were open!!! I have been scouring for more designs that Mallet Inc. has done. Are you ready? And I know your gonna flip because the styling of this matches us big time, the big farm table, bookshelf…love, love, love!!! It’s all coming together right?!
Ace Hotel Seattle
image Via Ace Hotel Seattle -Lobby
Then there is the new Tallulahs (here’s their Facebook page)
Once again, love that white stone countertop contrasted with a darker cabinet.
Which then led me to take my family to Tutta Bella’s On South Lake Union
I loved this bar in the back with what I imagine is marble, but Im not really sure? Some people say “No, no, no” marble scratches, etches and leaves water stains….I just hear buzz-buzz-buzz in my head when I hear that. If its any indication, whatever the material here it looks absolutely DIVINE!!!!
And I just have to show you the beautiful wood counter I believe is from one long solid cut of wood where you can sit, watch and eat pizza made from a fantastic wood-burning pizza oven. The pie (pizza) has a crust so perfectly thin it took my tastebuds back to Rome…….Heavenly.
Speaking of stoves but more of the home heating kind, I came across this photo on Pinterest (source unknown). We definitely need to replace and update our wood burning stove. We rely heavily on it to heat our home, especially because out in the sticks where we live the power goes out frequently (wind storms & trees don’t mix well) and there is no gas connection. Plus I’d really-really-really love a mantel, there isn’t one now. Salvaged beams of wood be still my heart! And if we could fit bookshelves on each side that’d be sweet. There might not be room my husband says. Oh and I don’t want wallpaper…just in case you were really studying this pic for my preference;)
We definitely love the idea of having a more open space connecting the kitchen and living space area. As you know from a previous “Kitchen Dreams” post, I love so much of the interior layout on the movie “It’s Complicated” especially because our house has a very rustic-villa-feel. I love the layout of the living room seen here in the movie:
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I would love for the kitchen to flow out to something relaxed like that. Then I picked up the most recent House & Home Magazine. Look at this open kitchen/living room!!! Yes! Yes! Yes! This is the vision! Maybe with a more rustic vibe for us, but Helloooooo Gorgeous!!!
I already winked at my husband about building a dining table like that! Especially since we also love some industrial and eclectic touches thrown in!
I know there is alot of ideas here, but I think pulling something like this with a really cohesive design could happen! I feel us getting really close to getting the ball rolling! What are your thoughts? I am over the moon about all of it! I’m just so ready for it!
If you want to see my first Kitchen Dreams post go here and my second one is here.
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