Cabinets are in; here's the progression:
When we bought the house, we were hoping to re-surface the existing cabinets (getting new doors and hardware) to save some money (I had total sticker-shock over the cost of new cabinets!). But we were surprised to find out that the cost savings between resurfacing and buying new cabinets was nominal. And since cabinets are such an important feature in a remodeled kitchen, we didn't want to skimp and be hindered in our new layout by what was already there.
Our contractor found a great, reasonably-priced cabinet line for us from a company right out of western North Carolina. We went with a classic, white shaker-style to go with the soon-to-be-installed white subway tile backsplash and Carrara marble countertops. I really wanted a clean, white kitchen and plan to incorporate lots of color with fabrics, art, and accessories. I'm a strong believer in keeping the fixed elements of a home pretty neutral so that you (and future homeowners) don't get sick of them.
The perimeter countertops are being installed today, so stay tuned next week for pictures...happy weekend, everybody!