The Heart of the Home

When I first saw the kitchen in the home we bought last June, we were sold. The previous owners had mentioned to us that they’d spent a lot of money and time building their dream kitchen. And while their dream kitchen isn’t quite my dream kitchen, I fell in love like anyway.

Now ideally, my dream kitchen looks more like a modern farmhouse kitchen. Picture this: exposed beams, shiplap, some open shelves, wood and white galore, possibly a brick accent wall or backsplash. You get the imagery, right?

So while I may not have selected the color or finish of the cabinets, the backsplash and floor tile had I been designing the kitchen myself, I’m thrilled that they are all of excellent quality. It gives me a good base to work with. Eventually, the plan is to paint the cabinets white to get a crisp, clean look in the kitchen, but with so many cabinets (a great thing!) I’m nervous about making that move just yet. I think that one change will make a world of difference in the look I’d like to achieve.

Okay, let’s get to it, shall we? To start the tour, here are some photos of the kitchen as the previous owners styled it:

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The countertops, cabinet knobs and floor tiles give the kitchen a country, quaint look, and again, while they are top quality, I hope to be able to someday change a few of those items to make it more mine.

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One of the first things I did was repaint the kitchen from the salmon hue to the Sherwin Williams Rainwashed color. I know that once the cabinets are all white, the blue-green backdrop will give it a fresh farmhouse look.

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One of my favorite parts of the kitchen is the display case, where I can showcase some of the beautiful dishes I have. My only change here would be to have the frosted glass on the front replaced with transparent glass, and I’m hoping that will be an easy fix to make down the road. This space has served as the drink and dessert station for many parties at our house.

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What would a farmhouse kitchen be without a few rustic touches? I mixed in some vintage pieces, with some items from Decor Steals and Home Goods, as well as thrift store finds (the wall medallion, copper bowls, etc) to add some character:

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There is more than enough space for everything I need in this kitchen, and that is the best part of it all. Even though I often wish for more wall space to hang art, I’m finding more storage space has been invaluable. Just look at all those cabinets! It took us a while to remember where everything was stored.

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Here’s a closer look at some of the styling I have done since we’ve been here:

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What’s even better is that the kitchen has become the spot to hang out in when I host. I hope to make/add some cushions to the bay window one day too, since that seems to be the seat of choice for everyone who comes to our home. And thank God for the butcher’s block, which acts as the perfect place for serving food.

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Stay tuned for more progress and please let me know if you have any other great ideas you think I should implement.

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