The kitchen is such a place of gathering. I come from a big family and want a big family of our own… which means you spend a lot of time sitting on the countertops of the kitchen while mom cooks, bakes, and cleans… as you spill all the juicy details about your life. So much life happens between those cabinets, that backsplash, every appliance (especially the fridge). The kitchen is arguably the best room in the house… they come for the food but they stay for the conversation.
Let’s talk design!
I knew I wanted to do brass in the kitchen. I just love this trend right now because it gives the hardware more of a pop in an all white kitchen. If we ended up going with a stronger backsplash it might have been harder to pull off the brass… but honestly I didn’t even go down that route because I knew I wanted an all white kitchen so the brass accents was an easy sell because it was exactly what the kitchen needed.
We ended up matching all of our lighting to our handles/hardware. I did not want to introduce any more metals into the kitchen. I’m assuming this is like a rule of thumb but maybe people feel differently and I’m open to seeing examples of people that mix metals in kitchens that aren’t just high-end show rooms but that are everyday kitchens in regular homes.
The stone was a difficult choice because we went back and forth with so many options. This is what we did know…
- We wanted a waterfall because you could see the side of the cabinet so well from the living room that we wanted it to be pretty stone.
- We knew we wanted quartz because of our children. Don’t get me wrong, we saw A LOT of beautiful marble!! But marble is just not practical with little ones in the kitchen.
- We wanted something with big veins but not so big we would get sick of it. We practically went to every stone yard in the area (multiple times).
Mind you I was pregnant with an 18 month old on my hip and a hard hat on my head looking at different slabs at the time but it was totally worth it!
We found ours at Bedrosians and honestly I would go back to them again for our next project. There tile and stone selections are great. This is the stone we ended up choosing and a year later it still makes my heart race! We LOVE it!!
We did not go with a big farmhouse sink despite the huge trend it currently is because I really didn’t want to give it that country feel. For the right style they look great but not for this kitchen. But we did go with a big deep kitchen sink that has made washing dishes easier.
Believe it or not it was kind of hard to find 2×8 glossy white tile. Hard, meaning it’s just not anywhere like Lowes or Floor & Décor. We found a few online and I ordered samples (always order samples or try to see it in person!) and figured out which one was the best quality for the best price.
I knew I wanted to do a herringbone pattern because its more classic and timeless. It looks busy enough that it adds some fun elements to our kitchen but doesn’t steal the show. Backsplash can be difficult to choose because there’s SO MUCH great tile out there!
Have fun with it and get creative because it’s a great accent piece in your kitchen. It’s the difference maker in a lot of kitchens today. So far its been super easy to clean too. If your going to do herringbone anywhere in your house make sure you hire a quality tiling company/ guys. Our tile company was our best hire, which worked out because we have SO much tile throughout our house. A bad tiling job is super obvious and painful!
We LOVE our backsplash although I’ve already seen some beautiful tile come on the market that makes me want to re-do a kitchen 10 more times just so I can see it up!
Since I have small children and it feels like I’m in the kitchen all day long, functionality was obviously very important to us. I went with as many big drawers as I could get. I think it is way easier to find what you need in big drawers than it is lower cabinets.
My husband was really against corner cabinets so we found these corner cabinets that are so much more functional! I’ve had corner cabinets before and it’s just so easy to lose things in them and way harder to cook because your pulling everything out just to find that one ingredient.
The cabinets were some of the easier decisions we had to make because we knew what we wanted. One day I will get one of those kitchens with all the crazy bells and whistles like a phone charging drawer! One day.
The drawer microwave has been GREAT because you don’t even need to lean down to see the buttons or numbers, plus it is SUPER sleek looking! Its probably a little harder to clean then a regular microwave but really the pros outweigh the cons by a ton!
Well, that’s pretty much most of the details of our kitchen. If you have a question send me a comment and I’d love to answer! I will also post links to everything. I hope this inspires you to gather together and if you’re anything like my family… that happens most often in the kitchen.
Design a life you love!
1. Hardware Handles | 2. Hardware Knob | 3. Brass Faucet | 4. Utensil holder – (similar) |5. Oven | 6. Fridge |7. Quartz | 8. Salt & Pepper Shakers – (similar)| 9. Canisters | 10. Small cutting board | 11. Stools | 12. Sconces (similar sconce)| 13. Faux Succulent | 14. Cake Stand | 15. Vase | 16. Kitchen Aid-Mixer | 17. Marble Cutting Board | 18. Medium Cutting Board | 19. Microwave | 20. Dishwasher | 21. Small Wooden Bowls | 22. Small Marble Bowl | 23. Round Cutting Board