Renovation Realities: My Kitchen

Happpppy Monday ladies, hope you all had a great weekend! We're going on week 4 without a kitchen, so I thought I'd give you an update as to what we've done, what the plans are, and some design decisions we've made (as well as a few decisions I need help with). I feel like I can't make a decision to save my life...I'm second guessing everything I had planned, lol...I need major help! Okay, here we go...

KITCHEN BEFORE - Stuck in the 90s! 
Check out that UFO light lol. The photos below were taken when we were packing everything up before demo so please excuse the mess and missing microwave. 
Since demo, the wood floor has been laid, electric is complete, and we're in the process of closing the walls. You can see the new wood is obviously a different color than the adjacent - we will be refinishing all of the floors in our house at the same time. You might remember we refinished the floors when we moved in, but we've had  a few issues with them (the stain has started coming off in certain spots and peeling), so we are going to redo them again. This is what our kitchen looks like today.
We have red oak floors, and want to go for a brown/gray finish. I saw this on Pinterest and liked a few of these you have a favorite or another suggestion?! I think my favorite is the classic gray & jacobean mix. 
If you follow us on Snapchat (somewherelately), you may have seen our lighting options. We still haven't decided on pendant lights for over the island, but these black cone pendants won by a landslide on my snapchat survey, and they were our original choice so I feel like they might be the winner. Here's the overall look at the moment with those pendants...

Okay, need more help...the wall that our range & hood are on will only have lower cabinets, no uppers. Right now we have a stainless steel hood, but I started wondering if we should do something different...shocker! Here is the rendering of that wall...the range hood will actually extend to the ceiling, not just sit on the wall as it looks in these pictures. 
Here is the look we were originally planning for with the stainless range hood:
But now I'm second guessing it after seeing a few ideas that I loooove on Pinterest (of course!). The first option is a shiplap hood like this one:
And the last option would be a subway tile range hood (without the wood shelf surround):
Which one is your favorite?! #soconfusedoverhere

Please please let me know what you think, I'm struggling! 


  1. I really like the jacobean & gray mix and also jacobean alone for the floors, and the shiplap hood is my favorite! Everything is going to look so pretty!

  2. Allison K. - interior design studentJune 6, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Love the last option! The subway tile range hood is unique, it adds a lot to the space. With the brass hardware, and subway tile with dark grout, it will look great! Also, the black lighting with the white is a great compliment. :)

  3. Beautiful! we're about to embark on a kitchen reno as well and I totally understand the indecisiveness. My husband always says, "go with your first choice" :) The stainless hood is timeless but the shiplap hood is fun too. Loving the pendant lights!

  4. I love what you've got so far- I think it'll look really good in the end. I prefer the last image from Pinterest over a stainless hood especially if you're going with brass hardware and faucet. I think the subway tiled hood would give it far more texture and interest and the metals wouldn't compete as much.

  5. Love your style so much! The kitchen is going to look gorgeous once it's done! I love the stainless hood is gorgeous and timeless, but the subway tile rang hood is SO beautiful and unique and I think is my top choice! :) xo

  6. Your kitchen is going to look AMAZE! I love your style and I think whatever you end up doing will look great. I do like the shiplap hood but I think the stainless option is a good one too.

    Good luck with everything, I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  7. I'm a huge fan of all white kitchens, but I absolutely adore all your picks. This looks like a huge project, can't wait to see photos when everything is finished. :)

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  8. Shiplap all the way! It's going to look fabulous!

  9. Jacobean and classic gray will look amazing. I have used that in our home and just love it. (We did a 2:1 with the Jacobean and gray so it's slightly warmer than 1:1.) I am normally all about a stainless hood but with your finishes I love the subway tile actually. Your pendants in black will be an awesome statement piece and the subway tile would make the best backdrop for that, I think. But I do love mixed metals and the brass with the stainless would also be fun.

    1. I loooove mixed metals too! My husband actually ordered a different hood as I was writing this post lol (go figure!), and actually really love it - it's stainless so I guess that's what we will do ;). I'd love to see a picture of your floors because I also don't want them to be too too gray, I still want some brown in there! xx

  10. I think your heading in the right direction. The classic gray with jacobean would be my pick for the floors. As for the hood, I think the stainless would be just fine. Although you are probably at the point you never want to renovate again.. haha You could always add subway tile onto your hood down the line to change things up. I personally wouldn't do the ship lap as it doesn't quite fit into your design. And those lights are perfection, you have to do those!! Excited to see the finished product!

  11. Regardless of what you decide on its going to look amazing but personally I would skip the shiplap option as it doesn't seem to fit the style of the kitchen for some reason. The subway option is interesting and would look super chic. For the floors, I like the idea of doing something lighter like the weathered oak. Amazing selection of materials though. It's going to be gorge!

  12. On snapchat you mentioned finding a great deal on hardware. Where did you end up purchasing ur hardware from?