I've always felt (even though it's not likely true) that the perfect house = the perfect life. So a portion of each week is given over to imagining what my future dream house will be like (can we all safely agree to blame Barbie for this?).
I have very specific ideas of what my bedroom and kitchen will look like. A lot of my inspiration for these rooms comes from magazines like Cottage Living, where photos of the most adorable houses in the world go to live. And while I love each and every cottage house, I cringe when I hear things like, "We had to spend an extra $10,000 to get the room how we wanted it...." The room??? That would be my budget for redoing whatever house I end up buying!
So here's an idea to help get "the perfect kitchen" that won't add $$$$ to your decorating budget: rather than refinishing kitchen cabinets (which cost a pretty penny), rip off the cabinet doors entirely, and wallpaper the backs (or bottoms and tops too if you like) with the prettiest wallpaper you can find. Or if you want to spend a bit extra, fit the cabinets with glass doors (this will let the paper show through, and cut down on the dusting a bit).
Pretty Little World loves the coral wallpaper below from Thibautdesign.com. (And they have loads of other lovely papers).