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Saturday, February 11, 2012

In the Kitchen

This week I got an email about our kitchen with a request for more photos. Looking back at the blog, I realized I have only given you glimpses into our living spaces.  Not only that, I had not even taken photos of it all.  Instead of just emailing Lisa, I decided to invite you all in. 

So, step into the space where I spend most of my time.  I hope you find it cozy.

For our long bank of counters we choose maple butcher block from Lumber Liquidators and finished it ourselves with a food safe product called "salad bowl finish".  This way I can roll out pie crust or make biscuits directly on the counter.  I have a strict no knife rule though.

The cabinets have shaker style doors with glass inserts and drawers are plain flat boards.  All are finished in Benjamin Moore Acadia White.  Nickel finished knobs and pulls are from the Home Depot.

My little corner of the counter is where I blog to you.  I love this space because it's so close.  The little organizer from Target keeps keys, pencils, and bills at hand.  The drawers you see in this area are used more as desk drawers even though they look like kitchen storage.

I absolutely love our stainless steel apron front sink.  The combination of undermount sink and butcher block counter keeps me vigilant in wiping water off so it doesn't warp the wood.  The light is from Pottery Barn.

Under the beadboard backed cabinets, we hung storage items from Ikea.  The old bicycle basket holds white flour sack towels. 

The french rolling pin was a gift from my son, Jonah.  He turned it on his lathe.  It's amazing!

The magnet strip holds knives and small items like mini cookie cutters.

Our island holds a microwave and basket of cookbooks. Behind the tall cabinet door, I store cookie sheet pans and serving trays.  The countertop on the island is granite.

Over by the fridge is a pine cabinet with a painted black wood top.  This cabinet is built in but made to look like a stand alone piece of furniture.  Stainless Ikea shelves are above it.

All together this is what it looks like.
Thanks for visiting Kim's kitchen.


  1. Hi Kim....your kitchen is WONDERFUL! I LOVE the stainless farmers sink...I really miss mine although mine was porcelain. Don't you love the depth for pots. Your butcher block cabinets are gorgeous and I love the simple look of your cupboards. It's perfect for your modern farmhouse! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  2. I love your kitchen and am happy to see more pictures! Thanks for sharing. One question, though, do you have some sort of hidden vent system for your stove? I like the idea of having it in the island.

  3. Very cozy! My favs are your desk area, your wood stove, and of course that rolling pin! I bet your heart melts a bit every time you see it.

  4. Kim, you have such a gorgeous kitchen. Stunning, but cozy and homely too.... Of it all, I *love* the rolling pin ;) (That's a mother's heart for you!)

    Everything is just beautiful....

  5. Thanks for taking us on a tour. I love the blend of different things: butcher block, painted wood, granite!
    Also love IKEA, which is general so modern, mixed with classic styles. What fun!

  6. Cat, we have a whole house vent system that brings fresh air in and expels the "old" air. So in a way we have a vent but yet we don't. The code only requires an exhaust vent if you have cabinets above the stove and since there aren't any we didn't have to put in a vent. The key is not to burn anything (ha,ha)

  7. What a great place to spend the day! Most of the items you chose are what I hope for in my next kitchen!

  8. Lovely kitchen, Kim. I can see why you like to spend time in there. It's so bright and sunny looking. Was that a wood stove back there burning?

  9. Yes, we have a Jotul wood burning stove and on a day like today with a 6 degree wind chill, we keep it burning. We put it in the middle of the downstairs so it would heat the house better. It's a secondary heat source but the heater doesn't run when it's burning. I love that it adds charm (and heat) to the house.

  10. I love your kitchen! I'm afraid if it were mine I would never leave :) your countertops are beautiful!!

  11. Kim, your kitchen is AMAZING!! I love your style!! Thanks for sharing:).


  12. what a bee-utiful kitchen! love the sink and Target organizer.


  13. Your kitchen is lovely, Kim. I love the mix of white with pine.

  14. I absolutely love it. Cozy indeed.

  15. i really enjoyed this. thanks for sharing. favorites: farmhouse sink, ikea shelves, pantry door & the heating stove, so very cozy.

    LOVE the new header. i always appreciate how clean & stream lined everything seems in your house picture...kind of like it feel out of a pixar film or something. :)

  16. Wonderful. I really enjoyed your commentary! It is very well designed! Thank you for the tour.

  17. Love your kitchen, especially the island!

  18. Hi Kim! Love the kitchen tour, it's so nice and homey....yet sophisticated!! Really enjoy seeing your space! Have a wonderful weekend (and p.s. love "Tuff", they are so cute at that age (good thing! :) )

  19. Do you have a sketch of the floor plan posted anywhere? We just sold our "town" home and are getting ready to build on 22 acres we own. We would love to see how your home lays out. Thanks!

    1. I'm sorry to say that we don't have any sketches of our floor plan on my blog. We decided when we built the house that we wouldn't share the plans. I'll be happy to answer any other questions you might have if you'd like to email me through my profile.

  20. I understand, thanks for the answer!

  21. I love love love your romantic kitchen. So perfect! ~Jo


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