Happy Friday friends!
Welcome to the heart of my kitchen. This wall that you are looking at, is where Jeff and I begin and end each and every day with. Don’t be fooled by it’s size… this space is filled with everything that anyone could ever want or need. It’s amazing what you can squeeze into a kitchen with a well thought out plan and design.
When we began to design our new kitchen I knew that I would need the help of a great kitchen designer. Yvonne King has worked on many of my friend’s homes and I loved her style. From the get go, Yvonne was a dream to work with. She listened to everything that I said I wanted to incorporate in my kitchen and she somehow made it work. This wall acts as an anchor in the space and houses just about everything we live for… our large refrigerator, commercial range, coffee maker and the cabinets we use the most.
Because this wall sits opposite from our family room, and it’s the most viewed wall in the house, it was very important to me that it not only be functional, but beautiful.
Yvonne was instrumental in making sure that everything was properly spaced and I’m telling you, her math was spot on. The size of the cabinets could not be more perfect and she gave us just enough room to squeze in the luxurious commercial range and fridge that Jeff wanted.
Our mornings begin with the left side of the kitchen.. We are serious coffee drinkers and our coffee maker has become one of our favorite kitchen appliances. Jeff loves a good cappuccino and I’m big on espresso. We both need our caffeine and this little corner and machine never lets us down…
While our day begins with the coffee maker, it ends with Jeff at the range.
Jeff loves to cook and I will do anything (and I mean anything) to keep that habit going.
I love the range Jeff selected and while I don’t use it much myself… seeing him standing there, making his special meals every night, makes both of our days. The range acts as a de-stressor for him and for me? It’s the most gorgeous piece of home decor. (keeping it real) Lol
My cabinet maker, George Denton designed all of our cabinets and our incredible hood. As luck would have it, Yvonne and George have worked together a ton in the past and so the entire process went smoothly from beginning to end. I love the classic, tailored hood that George designed for me. He listened to exactly what I wanted and I’m thrilled with the outcome. It anchors the kitchen perfectly.
As to the cabinet style and design, I went with a clean door that has a slight bevel rather than going with a full shaker. I wanted a softened edge that was timeless, elegant and simple in style.
Incorporating glass cabinetry was a ‘must have’ for me. I need lots of light illuminating throughout my kitchen and glass cabinets provide that. The glow at night sets the mood and if anyone knows me well… I am all about candlelight and low lighting. I never use ceiling lights for this very reason… even though we still have them.
I went with glass shelves inside my glass cabinets to further increase the range of light. One of the important aspects to consider with glass shelving is the thickness of the glass. If you plan to use the shelves for heavy items like plates, etc., the thicker 3/8ths of an inch thick glass is required. I also upgraded the glass so that it has a lighter green edge. All of this increased the cost a bit more but it was well worth it.
When it came to lighting, I worked closely with a lighting expert to decide on all of my cabinet lights. I’ll write a blog post on all the lighting next week. In it I will link all of my lights as well as some of the tips that I have learned through my entire experience.
As to the backsplash material, I chose a subway tile that is both classic and contemporary. The 9”x 2 1/2 white tiles have a pearl like texture and sheen that closely resembles handmade tiles. They look rich and luxurious and I’m so happy that I changed my mind last minute from my original choice of Thassos marble subway tiles to these. (Thanks Lori Paranjape and Kathy Cipponeri for your influence)
People often ask me about the color of my cabinets. I went with a white that happens to be one of my favorites. Benjamin Moore, Chantilly Lace in a matte sheen. This is the perfect white for me. Neither too gray nor yellow in appearance. Whites are tricky and the minute I saw this on my walls I knew I wanted to paint my entire home with it, cabinets included.
Next week I will make sure to fill you in on all of my lighting selections and the tips I learned along the way. I can’t tell you how much of a difference good lighting makes in a kitchen. I remember my contractor giving me the hardest time because I made such a big deal about getting specific lights. I knew I needed to handpick every single lighting element and now I am SO happy I took the time and stood my ground to get it right. I nearly drove Jeff bananas throughout the process but he now tells me he is thrilled with the outcome. :)
Have a great weekend!
Marble – Lincoln Calcutta Marble
Click here to see more details on my Pendant lighting, ~ I wrote an entire blog post on it!