Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kitchen Inspiration Board

The Rustic White Kitchen

Lately I've been pondering white kitchens. There is certainly no shortage of beautiful white kitchens to admire in magazines and on pinterest, but there's something about it that I've always been a little resistant to. I don't know why. I love white, but I've had this notion that The White Kitchen would always be for someone else. In my own dream kitchen, I would choose a different color (painted cabinets for sure, but not white). But I'm starting to reconsider...

Now, let me be clear, there is no "dream kitchen" in my immediate future. And I am okay with that - I am learning day by day to be wholly content with what I have. But, let's also be clear, if you have the design bug, you won't ever stop decorating! It can't be turned off just because there's no actual room to redo. And thus, I've been pondering white kitchens...

And I've decided that I could easily love a white kitchen if it was anything like the Rustic White Kitchen that I've pieced together above! Simple, shaker style white cabinets, white walls, white windows, and a big white farmhouse sink. Add to that a generous dose of dark rustic wood, through antique tables, cutting boards, wooden bowls, and a big antique wood cupboard to display some white ironstone. And top if off with my collection of antique yellow ware, and a topiary or two. White + rustic wood + yellow ware = what just might be my white dream kitchen.

What does your dream kitchen look like?

(Several of the pictures in my inspiration board are from my own home, and the rest are from my Pinterest boards, along with links back to where I discovered them.)


  1. It looks exactly (and I mean EXACTLY) like yours!! Thanks for the inspiration. My kitchen is definitely on my makeover list...

  2. I am falling in love with white too.I am very very close to painting my cabinets.I also thought white was cold.But I since painting my walls white I am actually feeling a warmness in my house.I love your inspiration photos.

  3. Happy to find your blog. New Follower...


  4. I loved the pictures you shared. Lovely whites!!

  5. Well Ellie, my dream kitchen is materalizing as we speak. Come over to the Cottage and take a peek, but you will have to be patient as it's going to take awhile. It's not all white by any means, but whiter than I ever had before. The white is beginning to grow on me too..Happy Thursday..Judy

  6. I know just what you mean, I love painted cupboards but also feel like nothing is more beautiful than a Nancy fishelson kitchen. I went with white in my kitchen and I love it. Regardless of how you do your dream kitchen it will be beautiful because you have excellent taste and an amazing eye for design!

    Megan @

  7. My dream kitchen would have elements from your blog photos. :@

  8. My dream kitchen is still up in the air. Like you, I am pondering a white kitchen. I definitely would have a farmhouse sink ~ Love your photos

  9. Not the Rustic Kitchen is nice but I have to have color. I'm not totally sure what my style is. I guess Texas Rustic. I love how my guest room is looking but sometimes I wish I had it with blue, yellow and whites but I love my Texas guest room. I'll be glad when I can finish it.

  10. Kitchens to me always look best in white.

  11. I love your blog, I love your collection of ironstone, yellow ware etc. I also collect these things and have been doing so for many years. We recently sold our family home and are in the process of building our little retirement home. My kitchen will be white Shaker with my crocks and old bowels up above. This is a must and even thought I have gotten rid of so many other treasures, these things must stay. I have a big black cupboard that I use to create in and my collection of white ironstone usually lives there but in the fall I have lots of yellow that I display there with my good ol' autumn stuff. Then when Christmas rolls around its out with the red dishes that go so well with my ironstone.
    I keep all this stuff in boxes in the bottom of this cupboard so changing is pure fun.
    I could go on forever to you because I sense a kindred spirit.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Blessings from Canada.


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