The Classic Modern Kitchen Moodboard

So here it is. I’m calling it the classic modern kitchen moodboard. What do you think?

We have had a lot of back and forth about all of the finishes. We want to save money where possible, but also want the space to be new, fresh, and timeless. Here are some of the decisions we have made:

We are most likely going with CliqStudios for our cabinetry. We haven’t pulled the trigger, as we are still waiting on samples. But we are pretty confident they will be what we want. If for some reason they aren’t, we are sure we want a dark navy cabinet front. There are other options available but they require assembly, which we would love to skip if possible.

We are doing a Carrara backsplash, preferably a solid slab. This is still under debate…… but it is going to happen! haha

The countertop is going to be a dark charcoal, almost black, concrete countertop.

We intend to install two French doors on either side of the “stove cove” we will create on our large wall. A simple, white, custom hood will hover above the Carrara slab and disappear into the soffit created by the stove cove.

We haven’t purchased, but intend to do a brass latch hardware on the dark blue cabinetry. This will depend on the room available on the inset cabinets, but this is our plan for now. If latch hardware doesn’t work we will stick with brass but do a pull of some sort.

We are keeping our slate floors, refrigerator and dishwasher. The refrigerator will live in a former china cabinet that we customized for it to slide into. It was the best solution to keep the refrigerator off the stove cove wall. This also allows symmetry in the rest of the kitchen. And who wants to see a refrigerator anyways??

So this is where we stand on the kitchen as of now. Things will change, as they always do. But I feel very confident in this design as of now. I can’t wait for it to come together!

Here is a link to our last post about the kitchen in case you missed it. Keep following along to see our weekly progress!


Our Kitchen Renovation

Our Kitchen Renovation

When we bought our home we did a minor kitchen spruce up. We added new countertops, painted the cabinets, modified a bit for new appliances. We have lived in our home for 5.5 years now. The 70 year old kitchen is due for a remodel. So here we have the start of our kitchen renovation!

I always have a struggle between doing what style I really want, and what is appropriate for my house. Where we live in Ohio, modesty is abundant. So doing a wildly modern or super trendy kitchen is out of the question. I also do not live in a beach house or a super cool NYC loft. Our home is a one story ranch on a large pine filled lot. It has some mid century vibes because it was built in the 50’s, but it is by no means mid century.

With that in mind, I am by no means a traditional style girl. Ornate mahogany cabinets isn’t going to be my first choice!

We have a few things that aren’t changing. Some of our appliances will stay. We are also saving the slate floors we installed 5 years ago. They are in great shape, we love the look, and it will save a ton of time and money. So the color palette must work with those.

Courtney also wants to do concrete countertops again. They are so durable for our busy family, and because he does them himself, the cost is insignifigant. I would love white, but I know the maintenance of white is something I can’t handle. I don’t want light grey, so it must be dark. Black preferably!

So where do we find our balance?

I always keep in mind Ikea’s cabinets because of the amazing price and interior organizers. You really can’t beat it! But I am not in love with any of their door fronts. I would only consider a matte black door they make, however it is pretty modern. Maybe to modern? And how would that feel with black concrete and dark flooring?

Then we found this kitchen that I had pinned in my personal Pinterest boards for a very long time.

Once I realized that 75% of the kitchens I pinned were by DeVol kitchens, I knew I had pinpointed my personal style. They are such a perfect blend of modern and old. This particular color palette would compliment the slate perfectly as well.

Courtney loved the brass latch hardware, which can only work on inset cabinets. Not Ikea. So begins the next problem.

So I started a hunt for inset cabinets, and I found these from Cliqstudios:

They obviously cost more, but they come assembled and painted. So that means no modifying or painting Ikea or semi handmade cabinets fronts. Which is incredibly appealing! Once the samples come in, we will know for sure if this is the route we want to go with our kitchen renovation.

There are so many other aspects of the kitchen to still decide. But I feel we are well on our way to having a fabulous kitchen!

Follow along as we get this kitchen renovation done!


Our 4 Favorite Party Dips

Our 4 Favorite Party Dips

When Rocky and I spent last weekend together we had a small family party. We were going through some ideas for easy dips to serve there. Heres a roundup of our 4 favorite party dips!

The first dips that came to mind were ones that we have used for years.

Parmesan Artichoke Dip

  • 1 can of artichoke hearts, oil drained
  • 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of cream cheese
  • 1 can diced green chilies with juice

Mix all ingredients together. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of parmesan on top.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

Note: This original recipe called for 1 cup of mayo instead of cream cheese. I did not have enough mayo but did just come home with a lifetime supply of cream cheese blocks from Costco. So that’s what I used. Use what you have on hand!

Serve with baguettes, crackers, or pita chips. Anything you like really!

I made this recipe this weekend and it was a hit, even with my 6 and 8 year olds.

Another of our recipes is one Rocky whipped together out of necessity before a party. It is simple and delicious and will appeal to all those with a sweet tooth!

Nutella Dip

  • 8 ounces of heavy whipped cream
  • 3/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 8 ounces package of cream cheese, softened

Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer. Serve with vanilla wafers, strawberries and bananas.

Note: Rockys orignial recipe used cool whip, which was something I didn’t have on hand. I substituted heavy whipping cream, heavily whipped. 🙂 Feel free to use what you have as both work well in this recipe.

Rocky super easy Nutella dip

We both have two other favorite dips we use regularly:

Mexican Street Corn

by damn delicious

(recipe link here)

If you love street corn, you are going to love this one!

Also on our top 4 list is:


by the chunky chef

(recipe linked here)

This dip is fun, playful and perfectly sweet. It is great for kids parties too in individual cups.

So there you have our top 4 favorite dips to bring to parties.

We hope you love them too!


Relative Renovations Etsy Shop

Relative Renovations Etsy Shop

It has been about a month since I wrote my One Room Challenge Reveal. That was a hectic 6 weeks and I needed a brief hiatus from blogging. But I haven’t been idle! In the past month Rocky and I reopened my old Etsy shop. Relative Renovations Etsy Shop is alive!  Continue reading “Relative Renovations Etsy Shop”