Kitchen Remodel Inspiration

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My kitchen adventure continues. Today I’m showing you some of the inspirational images that have helped me define a look and style for my new space.

Thank you so much for all of your comments last week regarding this project and the start of demolition. I’m officially entering Week 2 today, and the preliminary work is now underway.

I’ll be sharing a demo update soon, but thought I’d use this post to talk about my inspiration for the space. Before we get to that, however, I did want to let you know that I’ll be creating videos to go along with these posts. I’m sharing the first video today! It’s inserted toward the end of this post.

I will also upload everything to YouTube. You can subscribe to my channel for updates.

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration:

Normally, I shy away from sharing others’ images here on the blog. However, in this instance, they’re essential for explaining the sources of my inspiration for the kitchen. I have limited the number of photos, but I think the ones I chose will give you a good idea of the overall design. I will mostly be directing you to images on Instagram since those are easiest to source. If you like any of the images I share, I encourage you to click the source and check out more of the creator’s work.

If you’re looking for more images that inspired me, visit my Pinterest page and take a look at these three boards: kitchen, pantry, and powder room.


Where to begin? Let me start by saying that I found a lot of inspiration via deVOL Kitchens and Humphrey Munson. I definitely recommend checking out their beautiful kitchen spaces.

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Humphrey Munson

Source: Humphrey Munson

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Humphrey Munson

Source: Humphrey Munson

I’ll get into more detail about the new layout of the kitchen next week. However, it’s worth noting now that my kitchen isn’t huge, and there are five door openings. This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s definitely a design consideration.

The plan is to install custom cabinets, which will be painted. I also will conceal the refrigerator and dishwasher behind cabinets. I’m looking at white quartz for countertops. The entire first floor, including the kitchen, will have hardwood floors. The floors in the other rooms will be refinished to match the kitchen.

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration deVOL kitchen

Source: DeVOL Kitchen

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Park and Oak

Source: Park and Oak

I do not have space for an island. Initially, I was bummed about this because an island is often the hub in a kitchen. However, I’m convinced my new kitchen will have so many other wonderful features that an island won’t be missed.

The design for my kitchen does include a large peninsula/work table providing ample counter space. I was so excited when I stumbled upon this image for the work table inspiration:

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration House Beautiful

Source: House Beautiful

Mine will be similar but shorter. There will be room for two stools underneath. (That image just served as table inspiration, so please ignore the rest of it.)

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Crisp Architects

Source: Crisp Architects 

Are you getting a feel for my new space?

In general, I’m sticking to the Modern Country Colonial aesthetic I wrote about when I first discussed the design plan for Bayberry House.

I also plan to incorporate fun touches when it comes to light fixtures, accessories, and decor. There are so many exciting layers in this project. While at times I’ve felt a bit overwhelmed by all of the choices, it’s been a delight to explore possibilities!


As I mentioned, my kitchen isn’t large, so I’m turning to some underused areas nearby to create additional storage, functionality, and style. This reconfiguration will allow me to have a small pantry. The pantry will also serve as a beverage station with a built-in coffee machine and a wine/beverage cooler. I am so looking forward to having a dedicated space for this!

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Humphrey Munson

Source: Humphrey Munson

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Humphrey Munson

Source: Humphrey Munson

Although the color is still TBD, I’m considering a subtle color for the cabinets and possibly a fun wallpaper moment.

Powder Room:

Part of this kitchen remodel involves changing the powder room. That space has been gutted and will be built back up.

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Marianne Simon Design

Source: Marianne Simon Design

Even though it’s not a huge space, and the walls won’t be tiled (maybe down the road), I want to infuse style in there. This image suggests the overall aesthetic. I would also like to have a similar vanity situation.

And that’s it!

I’m not sure if all of this is helpful, but I do hope it gives you a general feel for what I have in mind. Again, you can visit my Modern Colonial Pinterest board for a look at all my behind-the-scenes planning for every space in Bayberry House.

Kitchen Remodel Demo Video:

Now, before you click away: As I mentioned above, I wanted to try something new this week and share a video along with my post. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do this every week, but I thought some videos might provide a different look at the project.

This is the first video I’ve done in which I’m talking to the camera. I appreciate your patience while I learn the ropes of filming and video editing. The video is not terrible, but there’s always room for growth.

The videos will be in my various update posts on the kitchen remodel project and on my YouTube channel. If you use YouTube regularly, I recommend subscribing there on my channel. I will probably upload videos there first, so you’ll get a sneak peek. After subscribing, you can also hit the “bell” notification button if you’d like to be notified when I upload new content.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at some of the inspiration images for my kitchen. It’s a pleasure to tell you about my ideas for the space.

In my next Kitchen Remodel update, I’ll be sharing more details on how the new kitchen will look and be laid out. Stay tuned for that!

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  1. Hi Michael, I’m so excited about this journey with you. I love your inspiration photos. I have always been drawn to cabinet doors and drawers that are inset to the framing around them. Have you found that style substantially increases the price point? I am planning for the kitchen in my retirement home in my head. It is years away but that is one feature I would love to include along with triple windows over the sink and lots of under cabinet drawer storage. Should I get a second job now to pay for what I want – ha! Kim

    1. Kim, I’m opting for custom cabinets. Custom definitely has a higher price tag. I’m not familiar if these would be available in a stock cabinet. However, if they are, I would imagine they would be a bit pricier. I love the look too!

      xo Michael

  2. How exciting! Thank you for sharing! I’m sure that you’ve mentioned this already but is the plan to combine the dining room and kitchen? What will become of the closet/bathroom?

    1. They will technically be two separate spaces, but they will be open to one another. I’ll be sharing the new floor plans and elevations on Friday. You’ll be able to see exactly how everything will be laid out.

      xo Michael

  3. Can’t wait to see how it all looks when completed! One suggestion…is it possible to put closed caption on your video for those of us that are hearing impaired please? Good luck when the new redo!!

    1. Lin, thank you! And yes, love that suggestion. I will be uploading all of these videos to YouTube. (There’s a link in the post to my channel.) You can watch all of the videos there with close caption. I hope that helps!

      xo Michael

    1. I do, but it’s not pretty. Lol. I MAY decide to share once some of the dust clears. (Yes, even my temporary kitchen is dusty from the demo. Lol.)

      xo Michael

  4. I like your video! Please do more. I’m excited to see how your kitchen progresses so I can’t imagine how excited you must be!
    When we remodeled our kitchen, even though we didn’t plan every area, as I reloaded cabinets areas evolved: entertainment, baking/cooking; dinnerware; glassware and beverages; breakfast center; and my desk (now considered old fashioned, I know, but is the heart of my household).

  5. The video is a good thing. Keep them coming. I have a question: did you have someone draw up a plan for you or did you do it yourself? I have ideas for redoing my kitchen but I don’t know if they will work as I envision; so I figure someone with more expertise will have to create a plan for me. Also, I would love to get a ballpark figure on the cost of such a project. I’m enjoying following you as this project progresses. Keep the videos coming!

    1. Kay – yes! As I mentioned in my first post, I hired a designer and contractor. (I’ll be talking more about that this coming week.) I just don’t have the technical knowledge for such a project. (Layouts, spacing, electrical, etc.)

      I probably won’t get too much into budget here as I think it can greatly vary. With any type of big home renovation, I think it’s best to set a budget you’re personally comfortable with and go from there. Also, I’m doing so much more than just my kitchen, so my budget is a bit skewed for a typical kitchen renovation.

      xo Michael

  6. Really love the video inclusion! It does help to piece it all together more easily than just a post does (although I always enjoy your posts as well) &, I have to agree you ARE an absolute natural on camera! Loving everything so far Michael 🙂

  7. Michael, you are a natural on video. So charming! I urge you to send videos to HGTV! You would be great! A decorating show is very much needed and I think they know that. I’m not kidding, You are a natural on camera!
    Also, go with white cabinets. Grey is a trend and will be out very soon, I think. White is timeless. Love your blog and your talent.

  8. The video is terrific! Are u not going to blow out that dividing wall btwn the kitchen and dining room? Just looks like you would have so much more space and light?

  9. Looks like progress! I like seeing the before, during and after as it happens rather than just the after so I will be following along on your journey!

  10. So wonderful to follow your remodeling. We gutted our kitchen 14 yrs.ago. I wished we would have taped the process. I too could not have an island. I have a wonderful peninsula, plenty of work space. We went with granite and I’m still very happy. Looking forward seeing more.

  11. Oh, wow! A clean slate is a beautiful thing! Excited for you! Do you have specific product suggestions to keep the spread of dust to a minimum when doing big renos? In the past, we have used plain, plastic sheeting and this hasn’t worked well for us. And maybe it just is what it is!

    1. Thank you so much, Diane! I’m so excited to see it come together!! I’ll be even more excited when the dust settles and it’s complete! Lol

      xo Michael