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Scandinavian + Craftsman Kitchen Inspiration: Hygge Goals

Hej friends! You haven't seen or heard much from us lately and it's because I've been super busy pulling the details and scheduling together for a "lil" project we've been dreaming about for 2+ years (ever since we moved into our 1920's fixer-upper)! I'm super excited to share that we'll be a guest participant in the Better Homes & Gardens Fall 2020 One Room Challenge and the project that we'll be tackling over the next 6 weeks is (drum roll please..........................................)


It's week 1 and I absolutely can't wait to get started on this and as you'll see in the photos below, this kitchen has a long way to go!

This kitchen renovation will include, removing walls, changing a window size, moving the new appliance locations, adding new cabinets, demo'ing literally every square inch of the kitchen, and refinishing original wood floors (that are currently under 2 different layers of flooring). I'll provide more details next week on the layout and demo/construction progress, but want to share the design inspiration here.

I love the Scandinavian design aesthetic and hope to blend that with Craftsman details to tie the space into our bungalow. What is a Scandinavian design aesthetic and how are we going to bring that hygge vibe to this kitchen? Below are the Scandinavian design principles that we'll be incorporating.

  1. Warm Woods: Warm woods are a staple in Scandinavian design and we're hoping to pull up two layers of previous flooring to reveal and refinish original oak hardwood floors. Additionally, we'll be incorporating wood fronts on the cabinets.

  2. Light & Airy: We'll be changing a window and removing a wall to allow more light in and bring openness to the space.

  3. Muted Colors: We'll be incorporating a white quartz countertop and neutral wall colors.

  4. Decluttered: We'll be adding new cabinets that we've planned to optimize storage, which will allow us to tuck all our kitchen items away and leave the counters clear of clutter.

  5. Texture: We'll bring in a little texture with a geometric tile for the backsplash.

Before we go too much further ahead, I wanted to include some before photos below. There is so much to be done on this project, but it'll be so worth it when we get to enjoy the new kitchen!

One last look before demo'ing!

I realized I hadn't taken many "before" photos so I snapped this while packing up the kitchen. It's definitely not normally this messy!

I was looking through old photos of the house and can't help but share this photo from before we bought the house. We did a quick painting of the walls to grey, before we moved in, to get us by until we could fully renovate the kitchen. (Ohhh, those peppers!)

I'll be updating this blog every week with details as we progress through the renovation. We had so much fun renovating our front porch during the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge and are really excited to be doing the kitchen as part of the Fall 2020 Challenge!

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