The giddiness set in when my backsplash tile arrived, and now that I’ve done a full design board for the kitchen and dining room, I’m experiencing giddiness overload!

I made a single inspiration board for the kitchen and dining room since the two spaces flow together:

Kitchen & Dining Room Floor Plan


The design board really captures the rustic glam look that I love. The kitchen portion at the top of the board is a little more rustic, while the dining room portion at the bottom of the board is a little more glam.

Kitchen & Dining Room Inspiration Board | Angie Builds a House


Usually when I make a design board, it’s really intended to provide inspiration to find similar pieces that create the same overall look. But in this case, I actually already have about half of the items in the design, so this is closer to what the two spaces will actually look like. And I love it!

One item that I obviously don’t already have is the kitchen cabinets. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to use Rockford Cabinets in White from Cliq Studios.

Rockford Cabinets (Installed) from Cliq Studios
Rockford Cabinets in White from Cliq Studios


I’m a little nervous about this. Cliq Studios is an online company that sells direct to consumers, so there are no showrooms to visit to scope out the quality of the cabinets. I’ve received small samples that seem pretty solid, and I can also order a full door, which I’ll do closer to the build. In addition to the price – which is less than half of what I’ve been quoted from more traditional cabinet retailers – I like that the Cliq Studios cabinet boxes are constructed with plywood instead of MDF. That should make them stronger and more durable.

I’d be curious to know if any of you have ever ordered cabinets from Cliq Studios. What was your experience like? I’ve read reviews on Houzz that are mostly positive, but there are a few in there that give me pause. But at less than half the cost of other quotes I’ve received, I’m leaning pretty heavily in this direction.

Because I’m a big nerd and I’m super impatient to see how everything will look in real life, I’ve drawn out the kitchen elevation in Publisher. There will almost certainly be some tweaks to the cabinet design, but this at least gives me a rough idea of how the Rockford cabinets will look:

Kitchen Elevation drawn in Publisher - Rockford Cliq Studios | Angie Builds a House


Another item I obviously don’t already have is the quartz countertops. Based on the photo, I looooove this Silestone quartz in Pulsar:

Silestone Quartz in Pulsar

I’ve ordered a sample to see if it’s as great in person as it is in the photo. I love that it seems to incorporate gold tones along with the gray. Last night I had a dream that I was in the kitchen at my new house, and these countertops looked pretty amazing, so hopefully that will be the case in reality as well!

Moving over to the dining room, I am completely obsessed with these Audubon prints:

Audubon Prints


These will be large prints that will fill much of the dining room wall on the right side of the floor plan. They will look stunning on the dark gray paint. As in the laundry room, I’m planning to use my favorite charcoal gray paint color, Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart #1617. This is a much larger space, which would normally dissuade me from using such a dark color. However, there is not actually that much wall to be painted. The kitchen wall all the way to the left will be tiled up to the ceiling. The back wall has large windows and a French sliding door, which will really break up the expanse of dark paint. And the dining wall on the right will be largely covered with the Audubon prints.

The dark walls will also be softened up by the curtains around the French slider:

Ballard Designs Essential Drapery Panel in Spa Linen


I’m a big fan of the Ballard Designs essential drapery panels. They’re good quality, fully lined, and very reasonably priced. The spa color will add some nice, subtle color to the space.

Here’s one last look at the overall kitchen and dining room inspiration board with sources listed afterward:

Kitchen & Dining Room Inspiration Board


Source List (asterisks indicate items I already have):

CabinetsRockford White from Cliq Studios

*Backsplash TileFaventie Nero Black Ceramic Tile – Wayfair, $5.32/ft2

CountertopsSilestone Quartz in Pulsar – Lowe’s

Cabinet HardwareCup Pull and Knob in Aged Brass – Home Depot, $3.78 and $2.10

*SignGeneral Store Wood Sign – Antique Farmhouse, $22

*FaucetAmerican Classic Oil Rubbed Bronze Spiral Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet –, $180 (Note: I received this faucet from my sister for Christmas last year and it’s one of the best presents I’ve ever received!)

SinkDomsjo 24″ Apron Sink – Ikea, $186

*Pendant Light – Polo Mini Pendant – Joss & Main, no longer available

FlowersMercury Vase with Preserved Succulents – Forever Green Art, $99

*Pitchers – to represent my rather extensive collection. The pitchers in the design board are:

Shelf Floating Shelf in Medium Brown – Joel’s Antiques on Etsy, $90

*TrayTwo-Tiered Wood Tray –, $57

RangeGE Double Oven Electric Range in Stainless Steel – Home Depot, $1,100

Bar StoolWendy Bar Stool –, $198

FlooringCOREtec 5″ Vinyl Planks in Corvallis Pine

Paint – Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart #1617

*Chandelier – Amelia 6-Light Chandelier in Antique Silver – Joss & Main, no longer available

Prints – Audubon Giclee Prints, 24″ x 32″ –, $80 each

*CurtainsBallard Essential Drapery Panels in Spa Linen – Ballard Designs, $99 each (Note: these are on sale through the end of the day!)

*ChairsSafavieh Kallie Slipcover Side Chair –, $305 per pair

*Dining Table – Crate & Barrel – no longer available

*BucketCreative Co-Op Flower Market Buckets (Set of 3) –, $167