I had this funny realization over the weekend that if I was going to be showing you guys the inside of my refrigerator this week, I probably should show you the rest of the kitchen first! Our first two homes had small galley kitchens, so it was AMAZING to plan our open kitchen and finally have an island!
There are a few things that I need to update in the kitchen, but it’s a low priority compared to the other rooms. When we built, the majority of our upgrade money went to the kitchen, so most of it is exactly what I wanted. At least within reason. Glorious thick white marble would have been awesome, but I’m confident we would have somehow stained it within the first week!
To orient you a little, check out the wide shot below. Starting with the left, the large arch is the dining room.The next arch is a small entry area from the garage & to the laundry room. Maddie must have thought we were going for a walk, because she is down by the front door. Her tail is pointing at the office, and I’m taking this picture from the living room.
Now that you have your bearings, we can check out some closer views! The counter next to the fridge is perfect for party food. One of the small changes I want to make is painting the inside of the upper glass door cabinet a fun color. That wall could use some personality 🙂
The schoolhouse pendants are one of my favorite features in the house. I just love them! I was worried about them when I picked them out. My roughest day in the home building process was definitely light day. I had to pick out every fixture in the entire house in a few hours. It was something crazy like 50 lights to pick out when you include all the hallways, closets, etc. We had a game plan to spend more of the lighting allowance in key areas and go super cheap in others so we could upgrade the over time.
Another building dilemma was the appliance situation. I’ve always wanted double ovens, BUT it wasn’t working out with the budget or design. I knew I didn’t want a microwave as the focal point above the range. At the LAST minute, I figured out the perfect solution using a Frigidaire microwave/wall oven combo unit and a slide in oven/range.
For the seven years I lived in our last house, I dreamed of having a gas range again. Then we moved into my parent’s house between selling our old house and the new house being finished. I hated the gas range! I was really torn so did a ton of internet research. I’m really glad I did because it lead me to an induction range. I LOVE it! It heats up superfast like gas, but to me cooks more evenly. Best of both worlds!
Changing out this rug is also on my list of little kitchen updates! It looks okay with the island, but is not the same “feel” that we are going for in the rest of the house. I need something less green. Maybe turquoise chevron or stripes!
I’m really glad we decided to go black on the island instead of leaving everything white. Although, the dark cabinets are actually harder to keep clean than the white ones! The final item on my kitchen to do list is the knobs/pulls. But we can’t find any we love. Seriously, we like them at the store, then they don’t look right when we get them home. One day we’ll find them, but we’re okay being patient for now.
And finally, here is the outside of the refrigerator I finished organizing this weekend! That post is coming this week. As you can see, the door next to the fridge leads to the pantry which has a second smaller fridge. We were going to get an under cabinet wine fridge in the pantry, but then realized it would be way better to get a full size unit. We use the fridge section for beverages & extra food storage during holidays. Having the extra freezer space is really great too! The pantry was a HUGE part of me falling in love with this house plan, and our decision to add a second fridge makes it even better. I’ll eventually get some pics taken in there for you!
That’s my kitchen! I know white cabinets aren’t for everyone, but I love them! We stained the cabinets in our last house really dark, and I loved them too, but my first & deepest love is definitely for white 🙂
Cabinets & Trim – Benjamin Moore White Dove
Appliances – Frigidaire Professional (except fridge, which is Frigidaire Gallery)
Granite – Giallo Ornamental (color varies ALOT slab to slab, I went to the warehouse to pick my slabs)
Barstools – Ikea HENRIKSDAL w/ Linneryd natural covers
Walls – Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige