A Kitchen For Cooks

Yup, it’s true, both the hubby and I L-O-V-E to cook!  The other half is… we also LOVE to eat!  :)  Good thing, otherwise we’d have a whole bunch’o food a-wasting in the fridge.  My whole family totally teases me about how much I like to eat.  In fact, they say it might even rival the home project passion!  Scary, I know.  Anyways, all that said, I figured it was about time to share my kitchen with the world, since we haven’t really yet (except for some poor pictures on our Whole Home Tour.

Well, our kitchen had fairly decent bones when we moved in – lots of cabinets, roomy/open layout, granite slab countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a gigantic pantry.  All that together = a very functional kitchen.  The biggest endeavor when we moved in was cleaning everything because it was NOT clean!  In fact, the cabinets were so dirty by my standards that I even hired someone to come in and clean them first, before I would even take a crack at them… who lives like that?!?!?!?  Anyways, after a good cleansing… the kitchen was ready for action!  We painted all of the walls Wise Owl- by Kelly Moore (the neutral tan that you find throughout many of the common spaces in our house), put all of our “stuff” away, and then added a few key accessories.

The kitchen still is crying out for some splashes of color, but due to focusing on other rooms, it just hasn’t gotten it yet. :(  Sorry kitchen, my apologies. Despite this, we still love our kitchen very much.  It’s totally conducive to two cooks in the kitchen and has a great high breakfast bar which translates into a great buffet counter for parties!

So, here are the pictures.  Tell us what you think, and if you happen to look at the whole home tour, feel free to make some color splash suggestions!








I told you our kitchen was OPEN! Here’s the view from our Family Room.


Today, I am linking this post up with HOUSEography’s House Tour Linky Party, and today, obviously, is all about kitchens!!!  It’s totally fun and full of inspiration, so please join if you have a kitchen to share!!!

If you didn’t catch my last post about Melissa at HOUSEography, here are the details…

HOUSEography is a great blog written by Melissa, an adorable attorney by day and DIY diva by night!!! (Since I am in law school, I totally look up to her!) To check out other entries, you can go to HOUSEography. Melissa also has a full schedule posted for the House Party Linky Tour, here.

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  1. What a great big space! Perfect for when two people are in there cooking together! Art & dishtowels would be fun ways to add a little splash of color without committing you to any one color scheme. It’s a great kitchen!

  2. I think your kitchen is off to a great start already!

    Since you asked for suggestions though: are you open to the idea of painting the cabinets? I think I might paint them (& the supports under the bar) gray or maybe green (I recently read Erica’s post about her kitchen, and fell in love with green cabinets). Harware could be fun too. Here is a good post about adding hardware. I think some cute Anthro (or knock-off Anthro from World Market or Hobby Lobby) could spice things up. I LOVE these on our liquor cabinet (and they’re on sale!) Speaking of hardware, I might also switch out the switchplates above/around the sink to ones that are more tan/neutral and blend into the granite better (Lowe’s/Home Depot should have some good options,my mom just bought ones to blend better with their travertine). And maybe painting the nook where the coffee maker is its own fun color? (One or two paint samples should cover it.) Or hanging a large canvas/calendar/bulletin board or something there. And other than that, some cute wall art and you’re in business.

    Hope that wasn’t too many suggestions!

    • You are awesome Cait… YES, I would LOVE suggestions!!! I am definitely down with the hardware you chose from Ikea. That’s actually the kind I was leaning towards. :) Also, I am a HUGE fan of painted cabinets and HATE my honey oak/cheap-builder grade cabinets. They will get painted in the not so distant future. I love colored cabinets, but since we have so much color in our house, I would have to be pretty careful, so I might play it safe on this one and go with white… hmm… I am totally in love with those painted cabinets you selected and that color WOULD be perfect in our house. :) We’re going to be trying to pick out something for above the coffee pot area. We were thinking of making that area into a wet-bar of some sort… so we were thinking maybe some shelving for glassware and displays. I was also thinking of finding some washable metallic wall paper that incorporates colors of our house and using it behind that area and maybe behind the stove too (or do tiles.)!

  3. What a dreamy kitchen!!! Love it! And your candle holders are GORGEOUS!!!

  4. ok, i think that big empty wall above the countertop that is kind of set back is calling out for a fun treatment…. either a bold accent color, or perhaps a stencil treatment…it’s perfect for a dramatic impact since it is small and recessed.

  5. I think you’re kitchen looks awesome. Thanks for stopping by. If you do makeover that potbelly stove, please make sure to e-mail me a picture.

  6. Cute kitchen! I love a good kitchen island with seating! :)

  7. How fun! I Love you table and how open it is, gorgeous. I wish I could be more help but I am TERRIBLE at decorating. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    • Thanks for the nice comment. Wish I could totally decorate everything all at once, but with lots of other projects going on, it may be a little bit before any major updates happen in this room. :) BUT, the open aspect is awesome! Thanks for stopping in!

  8. Looks great! Love the rug. I’m a sucker for all things monogrammed.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment :)

  9. Great kitchen, the size and layout are perfect for two people who love to cook. I love all of the suggestions listed above. Have you thought about a fun backsplash? Something like this http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Deserto-Sticks-Wall-Tile-Sheets-Pack-of-10/4846904/product.html or http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/SomerTile-12×12-in-Cuivre-1-in-Forest-Translucent-Glass-Mosaic-Tile-Case-of-13/5569408/product.html. It would give you a big bang for you buck. Can’t wait to see what you do.

    • totally LOVE your ideas! I’ve definitely been thinking about backsplash and whether or not to tile, but I am totally IN LOVE with glass mosaic tiles! You hit the nail on the head!

  10. How cute are you two!!!! I LOVE looking at your blog! Happy decorating and living! I plan on following your adventures. Take care,

  11. Since the area rug in the connecting room has touches of blue & green, I’d add pops of those colors into the kitchen. I’d also add a huge mirror on the wall where those green pillar candles are on the ledge. It would add some sparkle and open up the space. Red would also look nice & match your pretty hair.
    So much potential!

  12. Kitchen is gorgeous and we have the same dining table! :)

    We have the same thing. Need to put some color our whole house is….subtle only it is in need of some fun. My Hubs and I are both SCARED of color and change for that matter so we are doing one small change at a time.

    My (totally unprofessional advice) would be could you hang something over the bar? Replace two of the recessed lights with some hanging fixtures? Or some lighting in the coffee bar area? Even a small cute lamp might do it.

    Looks great!

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