My mom, Judd, and I went over to Grandmother's house in Rome, GA the day after Christmas to help her clear out her kitchen for the workers. We didn't get to see what she has picked out for her kitchen but she described it to me while we were there and once we got home over the phone.
She said her cabinets will be solid wood with a rope design in a cinnamon stain. I believe the wood is maple. She is going today to look at tile flooring. Since we live 2 1/2 hours away from her we can't be there to help her pick it all out. I thought I would make a post about it so that she might be able to pull it up to get ideas and some help.
I doubt she will put in real stone counter tops but she can at least be on the look out for a corian or laminate with a similar look.
She is also having the workers scrape her popcorn ceiling and paint it, install pot lights, re-wire her kitchen, replace the doors that cover her washer and dryer closet, hang a new light fixture, and put down new hardwood flooring or hardwood looking laminate flooring throughout the rest of her house.
I can't wait to go over there to see the finished product and to help her get her house reorganized.
I don't have any "before" pictures of her kitchen to share with you. But, from her description here is what I think would look best with her cabinets.
I am gathering that her cabinet stain is similar to this in color. Also, this is the rope design that will be on them.
Grandmother has rubbed oiled bronze hardware in her guest bathroom and I think it would look nice to carry it into the kitchen. Her house is rustic (It has cedar on the outside and a cathedral styled great room with exposed beams on the inside).
I think a medium sized travertine tile back splash would be pretty.
Or perhaps this small sized travertine for a back splash.
I think this granite (kashmir gold) or a similar looking counter top made in laminate would be pretty. Of course I would normally prefer real stone and will recommend it to her, but she is 85 years old and may find laminate more economical and easier to clean.
Here is an image of another similar granite called madura gold.
This large tile in similar colors would look nice on the floor.
However, I saved the best for last. I think this type of flooring would be beautiful! I don't know what it is called or where to find it but I think it would be worth looking for. I believe it is concrete tile.