Before we moved in, we knew we had to do something with this kitchen. Dark, tiny, cramped and enclosed are the only adjectives I had for it.


And those words don’t work for me. I want open, light and bright.

After scouring Pinterest and Houzz, I found this image that inspired the entire design. I loved the cleanliness of the white, simple tile in unexpected places and the added natural wood element.

Image credit:  HomeLife

Image credit: HomeLife

After much research, the decisions were made. 


Why I chose what I chose:

COUNTERTOPS Pental Quartz Statuario – Marble was out of the question for me in terms of price but even more so in terms of functionality. I did not want to be stressed about stains on the countertop. The mitered edge makes them look substantial and modern. The countertops have been amazing – from finger paints to citrus to wine to you name it, it wipes right off.

TILE: Classic Subway Tile – what makes the tile more dramatic is that it extends along an unexpected wall and not just above the stove. We explored different sized tiles but the price difference didn’t justify the impact so I went with the most basic, inexpensive, simple, white subway tile.

FLOATING SHELVES: I used these walnut floating shelves from Room and Board in our previous apartment and knew I wanted to incorporate them in this house. Our kitchen shelves were custom built to hold a lot of weight and have lighting in them. I continue to bring wood elements in through trays and cutting boards.

CABINETS: Simple and classic shaker style cabinets. Notice a theme here?

SINK: {This should be its own blog post.} Function outweighs form when it comes to the sink. Yes, a farmhouse sink is beautiful but I want a divided sink – one sink for washing, one sink for drying. Many people say they want to pile up the dirty dishes in the big basin of the farmhouse but that’s not my work flow. I’m a wash as you go person so having somewhere hidden to leave things to dry is more important.

For more product sources and inspirational pictures, check out my Pinterest page where you will find all things related to this kitchen!

Photo credit: Brooke Bryand Photography