Welcome Part 3: the Kitchen.

I have to be honest when I say that the kitchen was the biggest reason I bought my house. I love the white, I love the all the storage and I love the set-up. After living in apartment galley kitchens all of my adult life this is a dream come true!

As much as I adore stainless appliances, I went with a white fridge. The stove and dishwasher were already in place and I wanted to maintain consistency. I like to keep it as cleaned off as possible – no magnet collections or anything like that.

Right now my counter is a dark, dappled gray laminate. It’s in great shape and will do for now, but eventually I’d like to install stainless counters. Perhaps even a built-in drain board next to the sink.

This is only a small fraction of the cookbooks I own. The rest are squirreled away in a cabinet next to the oven. The binders on the left are full of the recipes I share on The Daily Eat and the books are some of the ones I like best.

There’s isn’t any backsplash in place, only wall. I’ve been seeing a lot of subway tile lately that I’d love to employ in this space. White please!

I started collecting my Fiestaware in college. Now I have eight settings and some random serving pieces. I love looking at them all stacked up in my cabinets. Most of my other “supporting” dishware is equally colorful or glass. Right now I’m on the market for a set of white dishware for entertaining.

The only window in the entire kitchen is above the sink and is shaded with custom 2 inch wooden slat blinds. My hope is to take them down and in their place put up a few glass shelves when I can grow herbs and succulents.

There’s also a flush mount light fixture (unseen in photo) overhead that I’d like to replace with a modern pendant lighting.

Next: the Dining Area

  • caroline duke

    June 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm Reply

    hands. down. my favorite part so far. and look at how hot that coffee maker looks on the counter!

  • Kelly

    June 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm Reply

    thanks, lady! the funny thing is that i took these photos before i got my awesome Cuisinart last weekend, so that's my old one. i bought it because of how much like the Cuisinart it looked. but i can't help it, i guess i'm just a coffee slut at heart 🙂


  • oneshotbeyond

    June 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm Reply

    cute kitchen, so clean and orderly! Love that you showed off your cookbooks…one of the most important things in a kitchen! You are inspiring me to show my home off too. I have been in my new place 2 years and yet I've only done small things so far. I get intimidated to share because I have done much, but I love you adding your wish list to your posts. Makes perfect sense so you can share updates as they get marked off the wish list later. I may do it too. Thanks for always posting positive and inspiring tidbits to your blog. I love stopping through!

  • Kelly

    June 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm Reply

    i think it's important to acknowledge that a home is ever-changing. you're never entirely happy with how things are, you're always thinking of new looks and ways to improve! thanks for the sweet comment 🙂


  • At Home with Kim Vallee

    June 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm Reply

    A food blogger friend just send me pictures of new kitchen; it is so fun to see what style and clever storage people opt to. Although my kitchen dated from several years ago, I still love it. I designed two small bookcases for my cookbooks. It is now full.

  • Who Sees the Seven.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:45 pm Reply

    Love the dark green walls that are made to pop by your fab green kitchen towels on the oven door! Amazing how small pieces can really jump out from those fantastic white cabinets!

    Also, this city girl is swooning over all of your counterspace. No joke, that square to the right of your stove and BEFORE the corner is what we have to work with. Enjoy it and thanks for sharing!

  • danielle

    June 27, 2009 at 3:40 am Reply

    i love seeing glimpses into your home…thanks for sharing. try to stay out of the heat!

  • Ellen Mrazek and Mary Ann Varanelli

    June 27, 2009 at 11:42 am Reply

    I, too, have been collecting Fiestware for some time. Love the stuff! I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmother's collection from the 30s and have been adding new colors ever since. My collection is so large that I swap out the different colors in my glass cabinets depending on the season. Right now we have the red, white and blue theme going… Thanks for your great blog! Ellen

  • esta sketch

    June 29, 2009 at 11:32 am Reply

    what a fabulous kitchen! i've been slowly renovating my new home and agonizing about the kitchen more than any other room. i hope it looks half this beautiful and organized when it's finally done!

  • evie s.

    June 30, 2009 at 1:33 am Reply

    I love white cabinets in a kitchen, and yours is beautiful! Especially against those dark walls.

  • Alya

    June 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm Reply

    your kitchen is really a feast for the eyes. I love all the white. I think it's perfect. I wouldnt change a thing.

  • The Lil Bee

    July 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm Reply

    I love that you're sharing your house pics, Kel, since as you know my house is still very much in reno mode, and these are inspiring me. The white fridge was the right choice for your room. And I love your Fiestaware. I have my own small collection and the rainbow colors make me infinitely happy!

  • Kelly

    July 1, 2009 at 7:37 pm Reply

    my Fiestaware is one of my favorite kitchen-y things – just opening up the cabinet and seeing them all stacked up brings a smile to my face some days 🙂


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