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Updating kitchen wooden cabinets

I wasn’t sure what direction I would take until after I visited Chicago for the Day of Design event in May.I was so inspired by the water that surrounds the city, the history of Chicago and architectural details that have endured the test of time that I integrated a few of the elements into our kitchen design.

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We wanted to make it feel fresh, without doing remodeling, painting the oak cabinets or spending a lot of money.To accent the original oak cabinets and porcelain sink, I added a kitchen towel in a beautiful scallop pattern which reminded me of the breathtaking stain glass ceiling at the Chicago Cultural Center.Painting our oak cabinets wasn’t an option because it’s costly and time-consuming.It reminded me of the timeless banister at the entrance of the Chicago Cultural Center and how the handrail and oak of the trolley we spent the day on played so well together, making my oak cabinets feel timeless, too.I incorporated a striped rug just below the sink to distract from the original ceramic tile floors and as a nod to the blue stripes on the horizon above the water on Lake Michigan.By choosing hardware with soft, curved lines, Julie managed to give this kitchen a new lease on life and the cathedral style door/hardware look natural and well-coordinated.

Adding glass to a few key doors will relieve some of the visual weight of the wood and add some reflective value to your kitchen.

I loved the unexpected sconce the builder put just to the side of the kitchen window and sink.

We were also lucky to have neutral appliances, countertops and a backsplash similar to the one in the Delta Showroom to work with, but those are also easily paintable to keep a kitchen budget friendly.

When we purchased the lake cottage, I told myself that we didn’t have to decorate it all at once.

We could relax, enjoy the lake and embrace the charm.

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