Today I decided to participate in the
Room by Room - Kitchens
event over at Cottage and Vine.
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Our kitchen received a major remodel seven years ago. We were without this room for a full six months but in the end I would have to say it was well worth it and even though we are now seven years into it, there isn't much that I would do differently.
So, welcome to our kitchen.
I have always loved white kitchens. They are so timeless and because our home is nearly 100 years old I felt a white kitchen was perfect for a house of this era. When we began this project the only two things I knew for sure were that I wanted a traditional look and I wanted it to be white with gray granite.
My goal was to keep the larger and more expensive to replace features neutral and classic. So we stayed with white subway tile and wainscoting, chrome faucets, and cherry floors.
After living here for the previous six years with a dramatically smaller kitchen and barely functioning, nearly twenty year old appliances, Mike and I both had some definite wish lists for this space.
I am a bit of a dish addict so plenty of storage space was a priority for me. Our kitchen designer didn't let me down.
I thought this butler's pantry turned out to be so pretty
and I love this wall of cupboards.
Almost every single cupboard in this room has full roll out shelving to make items easier to find and put away.
I also asked for deep drawers under the cook top to easily store large pots and pans.
Mike had more to say about the appliances since he is the better cook.
We were rather land locked when we designed this new kitchen and as a result, even though we had a lot more real estate here than we had before, we had to make some choices. More storage and a warming drawer won out over a double oven and for us this seems to have worked out fine.
We went with a Sub Zero frig and a gas cook top with an encased commercial grade hood.
We opted for the Fisher Paykel drawer style dishwashers and I love them. I wish they had been side by side instead of on top of each other but this was the layout that worked the best and it really isn't a big issue because the lower drawer seldom gets used except for parties or large family get togethers.
We are fortunate to have two large windows in this room.
A large bay window over the main sink
and a triple window in the dining area.
These are both places that I like to change out the tchotchkies with the seasons.
Another priority for Mike was an island with an ancillary sink.
We had to move a wall out three feet into another room to make it work but the man knew what he wanted.
White kitchens with granite are nothing new but the one feature in this kitchen that is rather unique is the table we had made for this space when we did the remodel.
I remember being flabbergasted by what those legs set us back but they have held up beautifully through all the abuse that a family of five dished out. Not a chip to be seen and yes that is one big a** piece of granite for the top.
It took six guys to move it in here.
I'm sure that if we ever move it will stay with the house.
Finally, what is a kitchen without art?
We bought these two pieces from a local artist in Galena
and this Sticks piece was an anniversary gift from Mike several years ago.
It is hard to believe that this room is already seven years old. Since losing the old oak tree out back this summer I am thinking I may have to break down and add a roman shade to the bay window and I am ready to update the rugs.
Something a little less country and bit more like this.
Something with a bit more of an edge.
Thanks for visiting.
Now I am off to get some more kitchen inspiration at
Cottage and Vine.
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