One of the things I immediately liked about our kitchen back when we were viewing the house for the first time was the L-shaped layout and the amount of walking around space inside the room. Our previous two homes had tiny galley kitchens, and I really don’t like the feeling of being confined when I’m cooking. I snapped these photos last week while I was putting together Andy’s birthday meal. (He requested a pot of clam chowder, thyme rolls and chocolate cake with mocha whipped cream.) I love that I have a long countertop for prepping and assembling meals, and I love our big bay window.
I don’t, however, love our linoleum floor, cabinets, or countertops, and I don’t care for the look of our stove or dishwasher. I’d also love a bigger pantry, though the narrow one we have has kept me from over-buying.
While our current kitchen is functional and I’m blessed to have it, I admit I often dream of what I’d do if I were able to design my dream kitchen!
My ideal kitchen would have a large peninsula with lots of built-in storage on the side facing into the kitchen, and an overhang for several seats on the other side. I prefer a peninsula over an island because I like to have lots of room to walk around. I want to be able to open drawers and doors and not worry that I’m going to bump into something.
I’m also all about storage solutions! I have been shocked by the amount of stuff we have in our home — I take a basket of items to Goodwill at least once a month. I don’t necessarily want storage for tons of dishes and appliances, but it would be great to have spaces specially designed for my baking goods, prep items, storage containers, cookware, cleaning items, etc. I regret to say our cookware is haphazardly shoved into our corner cabinet and our Swiffer is most often shoved between our kitchen trash can and the wall.
I’ve been following along with Jenny Komenda’s documentation of her parent’s kitchen remodel. As gorgeous as that island is, I would have rotated the entire thing clockwise and connected it the left side of the back kitchen wall. The herringbone backsplash is stunning and I can’t get over all those drawers! I also like the way they installed outlets and task lighting underneath the cabinets.
I don’t know if I’ll ever have the opportunity to design my dream kitchen, but a girl can dream! It’s fun to browse magazines, blogs and Pinterest and pull out ideas.
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I love the idea of having a bit of open shelving and a section of butcher block in my dream kitchen. I would also love to have a big statement piece in the kitchen — I adore that copper hood pictured above!
What’s your favorite thing about your current kitchen? What’s one thing you’d include in your dream kitchen? I’d love to know!