A great kitchen has MAJOR impact in a home. This one room has the ability to be a show-stopping, jaw-dropping, mouth gasping space for you and your family to enjoy meals, a hub to entertain guests, and a big factor when it comes to future buyers deciding whether your home is worth purchasing.
When we built our old house three years ago on the west coast of Florida (mind you, the first home we ever owned after being long-time NYC apartment renters with teeny tiny kitchens!) it was very important to me to have a light, bright, functional, and spacious kitchen that made you want to take a deep breath and linger with a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Also, let's be real, whether we're a fabulous cook or not, all of us parents know we spend 98% of our time feeding little humans and washing bottles so we better like our environment! The kitchen will always be the heart of a home in my world.
When we were choosing our home's design details I knew I definitely wanted us to have an all-white kitchen. Big surprise, right? This eventually translated into white shaker-style cabinetry, a white subway tile backsplash with dark grout, light granite countertops, a shiplapped island for white metal counter stools, stainless steel appliances, roll-out shelving for pots and pans, a gas stove, a double oven, a large undermounted stainless steel single sink, and lots and lots and lots of hidden storage!
I wish I had a quality picture of our actual kitchen to share, and my favorite space in our old digs, but weirdly enough I don't have an any worth showing. #hindsight
When we sold our home this past July, while incredibly excited for our new life on the east coast of Florida, I was sad to leave our pretty kitchen for our temporary rental kitchen (think dark IKEA bachelor-pad style cabinets and zero storage). I've been daydreaming about our future 2.0 kitchen a lot recently, and while I know I'll want white cabinets, the countertop, backsplash, hardware and lighting are up for discussion. Do I go brass, stainless steel, or brushed nickel, quartz, marble, or granite? The possibilities are endless, and I'm also crazy! Totally normal to be worrying about this when we've only recently started the house-hunt and have zero prospects to actually contemplate buying at the moment!
Anyway, check out the gorgeous kitchens below that I'm currently crushing on! I'm sure you'll love them all as much as I do.