I think Ian and I spend more time in the kitchen, than we do in any other room of our house. It has always been my dream to have a huge kitchen with a huge kitchen island where people can, sit and we can catch up and have fun. I think a lot of people feel this way. The kitchen is almost the heart and soul of the home. It can be a place of nourishment, creative freedom or expression, and a place of solitude. Some of my best childhood memories are where all of the people I love are gathered around the kitchen, talking, reminiscing, and having fun.
Ian and I have some of our best conversations when we are cooking together in the kitchen. I mentioned in this post how the part of my day I most look forward to is cooking a meal together in the evening. Cooking can also be so therapeutic, and it has become a huge creative outlet for me. I went through a phase where I could not stand to cook anything, but, now, the thought of ordering out does not sound as appealing. I would rather make a fabulous meal at home. But, that doesn’t mean Ian and I don’t eat out or get take-out at times. We still have specific cravings that only a certain restaurant can satisfy. 🙂
In full honesty, Ian and I’s kitchen does not stay this clean or organized all the time. The photos are after a good deep clean and organization spree. Our house certainly does not look picture perfect and totally organized all the time. We are those people where we are ok with letting some things slide, then we clean like crazy before company comes over. We are still working on breaking that habit, but it has not happened quite yet.
Our kitchen is cute and sweet. Sometimes it feels claustrophobic when Ian and I, our 3 dogs, and cat are in there at the same time, but it is perfect for what we need right now. We have several changes we want to make to make it even more functional and feel more spacious.
We want to change the tile countertops to butcher-block, and we want a marble top kitchen island. Do you see our stainless steel kitchen sink? Well, I would LOVE to have a copper sink. And, I want to paint the walls cream with a white subway tile backsplash. I am still debating on cabinets. We want to do completely new cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling. Of course, I love the cabinets that have glass fronts, so we will likely do those, too. I also want to fill are kitchen with marble and copper accents from pots and pans to bowls and serving ware.
We also plan on removing the wall that separates the kitchen from the back porch. We want to incorporate the back porch into the kitchen making it an “L” shape. On the back porch, we to have an eating area with table and bench style seating. And we want to enclose the porch, fill it with windows, so it can be part of the main house. This also allows us to build more shelving and create more storage space.
Do you remember the shelves above the door frames from this post? I want to give those a cosmetic upgrade with removing the paddles from the sides, and attaching copper chain from the ceiling to the front of the shelve. More copper accents, of course 😉
Our emergency pantry shelving and table from this post, will be upgraded to match the rest of the kitchen cabinets and countertops. As you can also see, Ian and I installed a small TV in the kitchen. We want to build shelving around it to become an organization system that holds mail, keys, dog leashes, and accent décor items. Above the kitchen Island, I would love to install a hanging rack to hold pots and pans so they are more easily accessible. And, finally, I need to have a leopard accent somewhere. As much as Ian dislikes it, it is my signature. 😉 And, it would be so perfect in such a minimalistic space! I still have my sights set on a decorative leopard rug. I think it may be one of those purchases I get as a gift to myself, and see if it will grow on Ian. I think it will. But, if anything, I can use it in my future studio, which I can decorate however I wish. Ian and I have similar taste and preferences, but I have much more of a need to be edgy than he does.
And, finally, every kitchen needs a model to show it off. 😉
I hope you all enjoyed our kitchen tour! The next rooms I will focus on is our hallway and bathroom. We have a dreamy claw foot tub I am excited to showcase! You can see our living room tour here, and our dining room tour here.
My next post will be about staining wood vs. painting wood. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out what direction you want to go with a project, whether it is making something from scratch or refinishing old furniture. I’m here to give a side-by-side comparison of what is involved with each process! In the meantime, you can go to this post where I applied both painting and staining to a refinished bedside table.