Ojai Kitchen Inspiration

I’m thick in the midst of kitchen designing, and so I thought I’d show you some of the spaces that are serving up so much of my inspiration!  I’ve never designed a kitchen (well, I’ve re-desinged about a hundred in my head but this is my first chance to actually see one brought to life!  I’ve had so much fun with it, and only occasionally lay in bed second guessing my every decision and agonizing over options.  Totally normal to lose sleep over a remodel I think, right?!

So far (budget permitting) my plans are a light warm wood custom cabinet with no hardware- lowers only, with a couple of small floating shelves.  I’m hoping and praying we can swing integrated appliances and a thick countertop (I found a great product that looks very much like carrera marble but is durable AF!)  I want the kitchen to feel modern and clean- especially important because we’ll have an open floor plan.  I’m so excited that we’ll get to have a big island (does that represent the American dream these days or what?)  It’s a pinch-me moment for sure that we’re doing this project.

Honestly, when I was in my late 20’s I thought we would NEVER buy a house in southern California.  I thought the likelihood of us being able to remodel a house would be along the same likelihood that we’d fly to Mikonos in a private jet for a quick holiday and hang out with Beyonce on a yacht.  Truly, it’s one of my wildest dreams come true.  I don’t mean to say this in a bragg-y look at how lucky we are way but to tell you that I’m living a dream right now, one that I thought would NEVER happen, and that goes to show you that life is unpredictable and you can’t know what goodness is ahead for you.  I’m also telling you that because I am just so excited but also so humbled- these past few years have taught me that things can change in an instant and you’ve got to really appreciate every moment that you’re healthy and your loved ones are healthy and you’re given the incredible privilege of another day loving your people here on this amazing planet.  This has gone way off course from kitchen design but that’s how I roll these days I guess!

If you have any kitchen design tips you’d like to share, I’ll take em!!!!  Seriously, I know lots of you have walked down this road before and if you have any regrets about your kitchen choices can you share them with me (and others) so that we can learn from your experiences?!  I would be SO grateful!  My biggest worry is that it will be done and I’ll not be in love with it after all of the time, trouble and expense!    Ok, check out some more of my inspiration below!  xx- Sarah . {Image Sources:  1  // //  3 //  4 // 5 }

 

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  1. Amy|

    My advice would be to take inventory of all your small appliances, serving dishes, etc, etc and be sure you have storage for it all. A great kitchen design is only great when it works for YOU. How do you use the kitchen, where do you prep meals, what do you use most often, etc? I also don’t think you ever ever regret spending money in the kitchen, so go for the integrated appliances and the soft close drawers and those little extras that make life easier.

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Yesss!! I love the idea of planning it out so specifically! I’m going to try to do that, thank you! And those little extras are the icing on the cake, I completely agree!! Thank you!!! 💛

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  2. diane|

    Sara..when we became empty nester we moved back into a townhouse that had been our rental for 15 years and remodeled from top to bottom so I understand you feeling like you are living the dream. Just to relieve your anxiety a bit, this was 6 years ago and every time I walk into my home I still love it and we still receive compliments from visitors, even delivery people. So do not worry about your decisions, if you love it now chances are you are going to love it down the road. Like all big decisions, just go with your gut, it will never steer you down the wrong path. And John Adler says hello. 🙂

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Thank you so much Diane! I’m so happy to hear that even after six years you’re atill loving your home and not living with design regrets. That’s my goal!!! I so appreciate the support!! :). Big love to John Adler!!! 💛

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  3. gfy|

    Congratulations on seeing one of your dreams play out! Remember that you have great taste so whatever your finished plan is, it will still look fabulous at a pretty high level! Commit to loving whatever you do, because you are great! PS: I like the second kitchen inspo of the ones shown. It looks refined but still has an Ojai natural vibe, though it’s not quite right. Too generic, perhaps. I enjoy a bit of personality or originality.

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Oh you are the sweetest, thank you!! I love that second kitchen too! I’m going with a very modern design- because we have an open concept I want it to feel clean and un cluttered. I hope it doesn’t end up coming across as lacking personality 🙈

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  4. Alison Yin|

    Hi Sarah,
    We just went through a kitchen remodel 2 years ago and here are my tips:
    1. Stick with wood floors instead of something hard like tile. If you cook a lot (which I think you do) your knees will thank you later.
    2. Undermount sinks are amazing for keeping counters clean- you just wipe everything into the sink.
    3. If you have bottom corner cabinets definitely get the inserts for shelves that are on tracks and make it easy to pull out things. They’re like a type of lazy susan for corner cabinets- can’t remember what they’re called.
    4. One of my favorite things about our kitchen is the pantry- it’s just a floor to ceiling double cabinet but it has a butcher block counter inside for extra workspace, electrical outlets for appliances like the food processor, mixer…, spice racks on the doors, and pullout drawers on the bottom with open shelving above the butcher block. Such a great use of space in our kitchen and it’s nice to have an area to hide utilitarian items.

    Good luck!

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    • Sarah Yates|

      Thank you so much Alison, this advice is spot on!!! I’ll definitely speak with the cabinet maker about the lazy susan corner cabs and that pantry situation you have sounds perfect! I hadn’t thought to include outlets but now I for sure will!! Thank you thank you!!!! xx

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