In between work I'vebeen daydreaming about kitchens. Yes, I'm still on the house kick (but then again I don't think I will ever be off of the house kick so bear with me...) I'm not like most people when it comes to "the perfect kitchen." I don't really prefer granite (and if I had to pick something rock like, I'd always go for poured concrete because of how cool and unique it is) and when it comes to wood, well I am very particular. I don't really like anything super dark, but I think there is a very fine line between beautiful light wood cabinets and then cabinets that look veneered or straight out of the 80's. I like white, but not super modern and nothing too country-esque (and by country, I mean everything covered in needle points of apples and lots of frilly doilies.) Overall I really like things to feel airy and cozy at the same time.

If you can't tell by now, it's difficult to find something like I would call "perfect."

Now please don't get me wrong. In other people's homes I have no problem with any of the things I just mentioned (well except the 80's thing. home decor in the 80's just wasn't great), but for our house it's just not my style.

So after looking through decor blogs and magazines, and wandering around ikea and through home decor showrooms, I stumbled across a kitchen that I just fell in love with. The barely gray open cabinets? the natural light? the industrial juxtaposed with the vintage?

Lovely. Just lovely.

Oh! And if all of the counters were butcher block counters? and if the back splash was white subway tile? Well then it would be perfect...

thank you a gift wrapped life for showing me this beauty.

And a few runners up:

via urban grace interiors

I really like gray kitchens and I'm not sure why. Kind of reminds me of Paris, and personally, I would love to cook anywhere that feels like Paris.

via the city sage

I really really love the counters. Esp. if they weren't so heavily varnished.

via urban grace (again!)

I love all of the colorful cookbooks! Mine are hidden away right now, but I'd love to show them off. (Oh and I don't think I even have to say how much I love the subway tile again.)

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!