Last week I picked some more modern product picks for our country kitchen makeover, and part of me really wants to modernize the old mansion kitchen. I have mixed successfully Eames chairs in our 400-year old dining room and modern furniture also adorn my office, and why not add more modern touch for kitchen too? At the same time, the kitchen has the original wood burning stove, with gorgeous copper range hood, and with thick wooden plan floors, and the butler’s kitchen is right next to the kitchen and you just don’t see this kind of kitchens often! It is almost a shame to try to modernize it when it comes to decor, and part of me really wants to keep it looking as rustic as possible. You can see pictures of my Swedish mansion kitchen and decide yourself.
The only thing I really want to change in the kitchen design itself are the faucets because they are leaking, but other than that we even can’t make any big chances because we are renting the mansion. And I honestly wouldn’t even want to, I love the rustic country feel in the kitchen. However, the kitchen came furnished with the table and chairs and the lamp and the curtain was there too, and I think if I could be able to swap them for something more our style, the kitchen would really look completely different. Unfortunately the nomadic lifestyle and moving around the world doesn’t always allow you to decorate your home the way you want to. We will live in this beautiful house only for the next 16 months and then I have to say goodbye to Swedish mansion-living.
What do you think? Should I just take the plunge and give the kitchen a little bigger makeover, or keep it as rustic as possible and keep the changes in minimal? My makeover budget is very minimal – also our travel time in Europe is limited and we want to travel as much as we can, so it’s either kitchen mini-makeover with products we can’t move, or planning a trip to Italy, and it’s tough to say no to Italy. We can’t buy any more nicer designer furniture, our moving allowance is already way overweight, and our only options are IKEA, DIY and flea markets, which either I don’t mind. Here is some inspiration photos I found from a Swedish decorating magazine.
Maybe little too much flea market charm, but I do love the look above. And the below kitchen is gorgeous and we have the subway tile as well. Maybe I could pull together the modern country look like this?
Below kitchen is a nice modern country kitchen as well, and the furniture is very IKEAish and I don’t know if it’s any better than what we have now.
I would love to hear what you think! Should I go with the more country rustic look, or stick to my more modern taste? Any ideas how to stay in the budget and still plan on seeing Positano before we move out of Europe? :)
You can see my Inspired Living Pinterest Board and more of my inspirational ideas for the kitchen.
Inspirational kitchen photos from Sköna Hem.
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