Do you remember last month when I joined some of my favorite bloggers to share my home tour? Well this month we’re back and sharing our kitchens-and it’s “all about the details!” So without further ado, here are some of my favorite things about my kitchen…be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the post to see the other great bloggers sharing their kitchens today and tomorrow as well as a big giveaway!
The kitchen is one of my favorite spaces in my home. We have an open floorplan so the kitchen is the centerpiece of the downstairs. It is flanked by a generous eat-in area with windows overlooking the backyard. We love this eat in area so much we abandoned our formal dining room in favor of a sitting room and use this area full-time.
In front of the kitchen is our living room.
Because we built our home we were able to pick out our own finishes. We opted for dark cabinetry (better to hide grime from our three little boys!) and a medium tone granite with flecks of brown and gold. We put in a white subway tile backsplash with white grout but I recently changed the grout color (it was so easy!) to a darker grey for a more classic look.
The island is the crowning glory of the kitchen…the original floorplan had a tiered island with a breakfast bar and it sat much closer to the other counter area making the kitchen seem narrow and galley-like. We asked the builder to give us one large flat slab for the island because this blogger needs some counter space to bake all my goodies, am I right?!
I also asked them to move the island out farther into the living room area to open up the kitchen walkway and take advantage of the large open layout which they agreed to. Unfortunately there was a mix up in the blueprints and my island ended up 7 inches CLOSER to the cabinetry against the wall!
We lived with it about a month but it was just too narrow (we couldn’t open up the dishwasher and oven at the same time because it was so close…not that we do that all the time but just to show how narrow the space between the cabinets was. The builder was awesome though and came out and moved the entire island out 15 inches towards the living room. This was no easy task-they had to take everything out down to the slab, move plumbing, electrical, tear out the wood floors…it was a mess.
But in the end it was worth it!
We don’t have a ton of counter space and storage in the kitchen but a few things have helped me take maximum advantage of the space we have. I created a “drop zone” in this little countertop space between the refrigerator and the hallway that leads to the garage and mudroom. This is where I can drop my purse, without it being in the way (and keep it out of reach of my two year old who thinks it’s great fun to dump the contents on the floor!) I also have a basket I purchased at World Market to keep my magazines, our library book, and the iPad stashed in.
On the main countertops by the stove I have our Keurig which is pretty new for us, and I use a small dollar store hurricane to store the K-cups in nearby.
Under the sink I try to keep it organized so I can find what I need when I need it. I hung an inexpensive tension rod across the top of the cabinet to hang all our spray bottle cleaners on and that keeps them handy while freeing up the bottom of the cabinet for sponges, dusting rags, etc.
Well, that’s all of my kitchen goodness…don’t miss the rest of the kitchen tours this week!
Thursday, August 22
Friday, August 23
And now for the giveaway!
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