My amazing contractor could do the work, but was not a designer...so the choosing was up to me! I quickly switched my blog-stalking focus to interior designers (hence my list of super creative fun reads in my blog roll!). I looked at every kitchen I could find, printing out my favorite pictures as I went.
Clearly there was a pattern of what I adored:
Shaker style cabinets in espresso finish, blend of contemporary and modern design, stainless steel appliances.
My kitchen floor was in good shape (a new one wasn't in the budget), so I knew I was designing around white flooring. More pictures brought the realization that I like light colored counters partnered with dark cabinets. I also like the parallel lines the floor and counter made (all this self-discovery...it's like free therapy! See, it's good to spend all day on the internets!)
The other elements that I discovered I liked most in a kitchen were subway tile backsplashes (preferably in glass *swoon*), breakfast bars, an unexpected light fixture, and beautiful molding on the cabinets to make them feel truly built in.
And you may remember this post where I sang the praises of Erinn Valencich. This picture sealed the deal for me...it contained all of my favorite elements:
She was even so sweet as to answer my email regarding the color of the cabinets and info on the glass tile.
It certainly was nerve-racking making these decisions...I was panicked as to how it would turn out ($20 paint "oops" are a different story from granite countertop "oops"). Also, these designers most likely had generous budgets and access to countless materials...neither of which was my luxury!
So stay tuned....I'll be revealing my kitchen Before and Afters soon!!