i can’t tell you how many times i want to title a blog post a line from a song or a song title. silly me.
wanna go on a little tour of my house? i can’t promise that we’ll get through it very soon. as i clean a room i’ll take some pics, then do a little (big) post. so we’ll get through the house over the next year, maybe ;)
here’s my kitchen. the only reason its clean is because i had to take some pictures of it for an interview. seriously, thats the only reason. unless i’m entertaining, it usually looks like this.
the kitchen was a huge challenge in designing and building this house. we had so many obstacles to work around and so many things i was a brat and insisted on. overall, i love my kitchen. i was super anal when we were designing it – i literally made a list of everything i had in my kitchen (bowls, cups, mixer…) and wanted them to be stored in the most logical places for ease of use. example: allthe utensils i use for cooking are in the top drawer next to the stove, while all the utensils i use for prepping food are in the top drawer in the island, where we prep all our food.
the really tall cabinets to the right of the fridge are our pantry. it has a few deep drawers that slide out and some higher deep shelves. then the little door to the right of them, under the upper cabinets is a coffee station. every moring my husband just slides out the coffee maker and when he’s done i slide it back in. the mugs are in the cabinet just above and the coffee canister is on the counter next to the little door. i try to be logical.
all the appliances are from a sears warehouse – that’s where they send all the floor models that have slight dings and knock a huge chunk off the price. so it all has little dings, but everyday wear and tear has produced its own set of imperfections, so i don’t mind them.
the cabinets are custom, only because the space had such size restrictions that we couldn’t order pre-fab cabs to fit. that was a nightmare. the cabinet guy ended up m.i.a. halfway through the job. no fun. they are made from paint grade wood and the hardware is from here. the latches are really pricey, so even now, after 2 1/2 years of living here, we still have a number of cabinets without latches or handles.
the countertop is called caesar stone and the color is concrete. we had originally wanted to do a concrete countertop, but after mixed reviews decided on this. most of the caesar stone color choices only came in a gloss finish, but we really wanted something matte. this, thankfully, was one of the few colors that came in the matte finish. and it wears great! any scratch or stain can be sanded out with automobile grade sandpaper, and daily clean up is done with the scratchy side of a sponge and windex.
the counter is never this clean. never. for the picture i moved the piles to another counter.
for the sink counter we added about 4 extra inches to the depth. i know at the time i had a compelling reason for this, but i can’t remember why now. but i still like it. except when i have to open or close the windows – its too far to reach.
the backsplash is made from subway tiles. they are a really beautiful tile with a hand glazed look. we never would have gone for anything but the cheapy tile, but our new neighbor owns a tile store and gave us a deal. and my husband’s cousin was our tile guy. love it.
and see that little white box at the end of the counter? thats supposed to collect the odds and ends that gather there. but best of all is the phone next to the box. see any cords or phone wires going to the outlet on the wall? that’s because we had the countertop installers drill a tiny hole for the phone cords to go directly under the counter, where we had the electricians install a jack and outlet behind the baskets.
here’s where all our everyday dishes are. its nice and close to the dishwasher, but not so close that the open dishwasher gets in the way. the glass on the cabinets is called seeded glass. it has a little bit of an antique look to it with tiny little bubbles. the drawers on top of the counter hold bottles, paper napkins, and cloth napkins. the top cabinets hold my cake plates.
our sink was one of the things i was insistant on. the deep single bowl was a must and makes washing dishes so much easier than a divided sink. and when the babes are little, it makes bathing them really easy. the faucet was a steal from lowes – i think it was just over $100! the 2 dispensers next to the faucet are for hand soap and dish soap. although its not in the pic, next to the soap i always have a bowl of hand towels to dry hands and wipe up spills, which are way too frequent around here!
these baskets are here for a couple reasons: 1 – the break up the monotony of white cabinets, and 2 – to have a psace to dump the things we want hidden. although, in theory, this is a good idea, they realy hold junk we haven’t gone through in months and all our other stuff just piles on the counter above. i really need to work on a better “drop zone” system.
this is probably my favorite part of the kitchen – my island. the butcher block counter is used constantly – we cut right on it (other than meat). the sink to the right was a last minute thought that i at first was opposed to. i thought it made the island look unbalanced. i am so thankful for it now! when we are prepping food, the scraps just get wiped right into the sink and there is a little button onthe counter next to the faucet that is the garbage disposal – its called an air stop.
the big center drawers hold: 1- prep utensils (knives, wisks…), 2- mixing bowls, and 3- baking dishes and cookie cutters. the other drawers are false fronts because of the things on th eother sides of the island.
i love having the microwave below the counter, mostly because its out of sight for the most part and not taking up counter space. the drawer below holds all the tupperware type stuff, and the tall cabinet to the left is our trash. it just slides right out.
the cubbies on either side of the island here are supposed to hold wine bottles, but because mr. destructo is still in the it-would-be-really-dangerous-and-stupid-to-have-wine-bottles-at-eye-level stage, we’re holding off for another year. or 2. the stools were a christmas gift from my parents and are from ikea. even the broken one in the middle. in front of them is more shallow storage under the counter.
some of my favorite memories are of the whole family (extended) gathered around the island, prepping food for a holiday meal or helping with a birthday party. the kids love to race around the island. sean loves to work at the island on his computer. i’d say i love to cook in here, but i’m just not that great of a cook.
thanks for stopping by! hopefully i’ll have another room to show you soon!