Yesterday I talked about the plan and budget for the kitchen remodel. Today I’m gonna discuss the major design decisions and inspiration. There are so many design decisions to make when it comes to designing a kitchen. Stainless appliances or white? Tile or wood floors? To backsplash or not to backsplash? To marble or to quartz? Custom cabinets or pre-fab??
A lot of the questions got answered for us with simple budget constraints, but other questions, like the colors, are just really personal. So Jason and I started off by sharing a secret Pinterest so we could get on the same page about design. This images, we both loved and informed our design.
Sarah’s kitchen was really inspiring to us too. Again, a similar palette with that kinda sage-y green, lot’s of metallic details–and here, wooden accents to bring in the earthy vibes. Yes! I wanted that too. But both of these kitchen skewed more modern than boho, so I knew I was going to have to turn up the volume a bit, and I did that through tile. I’ve talked about my tile choices here.
Once the tile was installed, and the white shaker prefab cabinets went up, it was time to pick the countertops. I love the look of the marble in Sarah’s kitchen pictured above, but after talking to friends who have kids, and knowing how eh-hem, boho we are when it comes to stains and stuff, we decided that marble was a little too high maintenance for us. So we headed to Lowe’s to do some intel.
We took a look, and copped a feel at all of the options. We were drawn to Silestone Quartz in Lagoon. It looks and felt a lot like the light marble, but it’s highly stain and scratch resistant. It also is more white and less grey, which I like. Ida helped us decide on the square edge for the countertops and we made an appointment with Lowe’s to get the measurements and estimate.
The process was actually really interesting. Umberto came over and took all the measurements, created a map and a scale model of the the countertops with wooden strips.
I was asking so many questions and taking so many photos that Umberto and I became homies.
Umberto then brought his wood-strip model back to the lab and used it to cut the quartz into the right shape with as few ‘cuts’ as possible so there are no visible seams. A couple of weeks later they came to do the install.
The install took about five hours. They had to trim little things here and there to get all the pieces on.
They cut holes for the faucets and finessed it, and then Umberto came back to check in on everything…and it looked like this…
I am really happy with our countertops. For those of you considering new countertops, the cost for the Silestone and the install for our kitchen was about $3800*. Here are some other items that we decided on for the design, and below, where you can purchase them…
GE Slide-in Gas Range
Cement Floor Tile
Mosaic Backsplash tile
Yesterday, a reader asked to see the floor plan of our house, so here it is. We knocked down the wall between the living room and the kitchen to create our breakfast bar. We moved the laundry room out to our garage and knocked out that wall too. I’ve marked where we added a new window.
Please let me know if you guys have any other questions!!
*Jungalow Kitchen Remodel Sponsored by Lowe’s
Top Photo of Jungalow Kitchen by Danae Horst
Thanks for posting the floorplan. As you continue to “reveal” the house this will really come in handy!
I’m so impressed with how good the Silestone looks! Great to know there are economical, but beautiful countertop options!
looks incredible! Can you give me an idea about the size of your countertops? Or a price per square foot for the silestone?
I bet it was hard to narrow down design and product choices. There are so many great inspiration pieces out there! Sara’s kitchen is lovely, but I really like the way you added your unique boho style to it.
Christina Brown says
I love… love… your kitchen… it has turned out beautifully and as you live in it I know it will gain even more added touches of loveliness and style! When we remodeled our kitchen I too chose the quartz countertops. I had never thought of them before and I love them! They have a hearty surface perfect for our family and 6 years later still look as beautiful as day 1!!! Enjoy your cozy new space!
Justina, your blog is my happy place & inspiration board in one. Thank you for sharing (with such refreshing honesty!) your process and amazing design. Hope all is going well with your house jungalow-fying and that you are taking time each day to rest :)
You have no idea how nice it is to hear this! Thank you!
Love the countertops and the backsplash tile. Also liked that you went with white appliances as I am not a fan of stainless. Beautiful remodel!
I absolutely love the backsplash and would love to add it to my kitchen renovation. I tried to find it but I don’t see it on the company’s website. Do you have any specs on the material so I can ask the company about it?
Can you please tell me the names of the floor and backsplash tiles and the paint colors you used for the walls and cabinets? I LOVE your kitchen!
Justina Blakeney says
Hi Marcy! The floor and backspash tile are from Badia design. The Backsplash is Bejmat tile from Fez: (http://www.badiadesign.com/moroccan-bejmat-mosaic-tiles-bmt001/) and the cement tile is from Badia, and while they don’t have the exact model on the site, you can find similar styles here: http://www.badiadesign.com/moroccan-cement-tile-los-angeles/?sort=priceasc&page=2 The wall color is Silver Maple by Glidden. The cabinets were pre-fab and came -prepainted in their standard white color.
I hate your kitchen! It’s too much beauty! ;P
Seriously so so good Justina!
Hi, those mosaic tiles in your product roundup at the bottom look a lot lighter and more rustic than the actual ones linked to and you chose. Where are the lighter ones from, please? Ps – love your kitchen – it’s beautiful x
Justina Blakeney says
thanks! Those are the same tile :) I got them at Badia Design
Q leracome says
The backsplash tiles look very cute. We are getting ready to renovate our kitchen. We want to refresh the space on white cabinets, change backsplash and floor tiles. You have inspired me and I got over my design fear. Thanks.
I love everything about this space! I am trying so hard to find your backsplash tile!! The ones I see in badia designs look like individual tiles and not the sheets of tile, nor does thr color look the same. Could you help me out?! Thanks!
What an amazing kitchen you have!
Just a quick question: we have bought similar green tiles but we can’t find a good colour for the grout. Could you please let us know which grout colour or grout product you’ve used? It looks like a light green / grey grout right?
Thank you very much
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