In our home, the kitchen is the most important room. Michael is a chef, after all, and we LOVE entertaining! In fact, when searching for our home, we chose our builder and floor plan based mostly on the kitchen/living room/dining room setup. So it’s no surprise that the kitchen is the first room I’m ready to do a full, official reveal on.
BTW: I’ve linked pretty much every single item you see in these photos that you can buy, so scroll all the way to the end for the full list.
When designing our home, we wanted to keep things pretty contemporary with a touch of mid-century modern. The kitchen is honestly the place with the least mid-century pieces, but I do love the mid-century-inspired counter stools we picked up at Target! They help tie the mid-century pieces from the living and dining rooms in with the kitchen.
When we were designing our home at the design center, we opted not to have the builder install the kitchen backsplash or cabinet hardware. I didn’t love their hardware options, and they wanted a small fortune for the backsplash install…so we saved both for after move-in. These were two things I knew we could easily have done ourselves. I found the brass cabinet hardware on eBay for a GREAT price and the herringbone backsplash tile online as well. We also installed the pendant lights ourselves and found the most amazing LED E
The thing we did upgrade with the builder though: appliances. I priced them all out separately, and it basically came out to the same price as the builder was offering, so we kept it simple and had them install our oven, microwave, gas range, hood vent, dishwasher
On our counters, we keep things pretty simple. Michael hates cluttered counters, so we opted for items that are a little more necessary v. purely decorative (aside from my letter board, but that does come in handy when we’re entertaining). Until we get my dream full-wall wine refrigerator (one day, guys, one day), this honeycomb wine rack works well for our reds. And then, of course, we have the obligatory cake stand and pineapple cookie jar.
On the left of the range, we keep the essentials: magnetic knife block with a small selection of Michael’s chef knives, cooking utensils, cutting board (although we have a bazillion more in a cabinet below), salt and pepper grinders, fruit and vegetable bowl and olive oil and balsamic in decanters.
We even have a perfect little coffee nook, with enough cabinet space to store our collection of coffee mugs. The jars you see in the photo are from Home Goods, so I can’t link them, but I have linked our coffee maker (which is super basic but effective) and coffee grinder.
I also got the pantry all organized recently (which you may have seen on Instagram), but that’s another post for another day.
So…what do you think?