If there is ANY place in our home where we pulled out all the stops it was the kitchen. Because let’s face it, as a food blogger I basically live in here! Keep reading for all the details including what I love the most about the space!
SHOP MY KITCHEN
As a food blogger and dietitian it makes sense that our kitchen would get a bit more love compared to the rest of the house. Charles and I spent a LOT of time in the design stage to make sure that the space really worked for us functionally and aesthetically. And am I ever happy we didn’t rush this step!
In the end I’m head over heels in love with our kitchen: I wouldn’t change a thing. I broke up all of the key elements below and am super happy to answer any questions you may have of course, just comment at the end of the post!
Our friends at Norelco designed our kitchen cabinets for us and they hit it out of the park! Picking out a white was like pulling teeth for me – some were too warm, others were too pink … we settled on Benjamin Moore Simply White and chose a simple shaker profile with a slight curved detail in the inside of the frame to make the cabinets a little less modern looking. I also added glass doors last minute to flank the range for the upper cabinets. They made a huge difference: the glass really breaks up the space and allows me to display all of my favourite things (all white, of course!).
Norelco was beyond amazing to work with. They spent countless hours on the design getting it just perfect with impeccable attention to detail and have THE best customer service and team. I can’t say enough good things about them – we had them back to design our office and I can’t wait to share that with you too!
Range & Hood Fan
We cook a lot, so getting the ‘work flow’ of the kitchen right was super important to us. From a design perspective, one of the best things that we did was to widen the space between the island and the stove (we have 6′ between the two): it gives us so much room to work in, and there are zero issues when the dishwasher and the oven is open. As a family that cooks a lot I applaud Charles here: I wasn’t convinced it was the right move but he was right (just don’t tell him lol)!
We went with an 8 burner gas Fisher & Paykel range with dual stoves (gas as well) and it’s been nothing short of amazing. It has a bit of an industrial feel to it, and quite frankly I loved the fact that it doesn’t have digital controls (the old fashioned dials). Our hood fan was also a custom Fisher and Paykel hood fan from Norelco (they did SUCH an incredible job!).
We do a lot of dishes in our home which is one of the reasons we went with a set of drawer dishwashers from Fisher and Paykel. Not only do I love how they look but they are super practical as they function independently. They do a great job of washing the dishes (I use Nellie’s powder dishwashing detergent for the record)!
We have dual fridges from Fisher and Paykel that we had integrated by Norelco (when they put the cabinet faces on the appliances) and I must say that while it felt very very overboard we really use them given what I do for work. The fridges aren’t super deep so you don’t loose things in the back and have a large pull-out freezer in the bottom. I have a feeling I may be thankful for the extra space as the boys grow older too (Max is already eating his weight in food!).
We went with the same colour of hardware on our fridge with this Spindle appliance pull from Emtek and it is one of my favourite things in the kitchen! They are so classy and really make a statement!
Lighting… ugh! I had SUCH a hard time finding the perfect lights. The first ones we got were pretty but not a good fit (too big), and when I ordered these ones I panicked a bit thinking they were way too big for the space. Charles hung them anyway when I was gone one day (sneaky move Mr. Wesszer) and lo and behold I LOVED them. They make a statement and really frame up the island. These are the 17″ version of the lights (I found a less expensive version after here that is 1/3 of the price) and we hung them just under 4′ apart. Our island is 8’x5′ for the record, and I think the spacing was spot on.
Charles also installed a ton of pot lights in the ceiling – it looked like someone took a machine gun to the ceiling when we were building I thought he was crazy to put in so many! But… again, he was right. We went with the Sylvania LED pot lights and I am so impressed. They are incredibly energy efficient (our electrical bill is a fraction of what it was in our old house, and the home is twice the size now!) and give off a really nice natural light that you don’t get with a lot of LED lights. Lighting is a big deal to me as it can make or break a mood (ever gone to a restaurant with bad lighting?). They are so much more environmentally friendly, and you can even get them in a Smart Home function to customize and automate your lighting.
I really wanted to get the look of that marbled Carrera but without the headache of the staining and everything that comes with it – we went with Silestone Statuario by Cosentino and absolutely love it! It has a light marbling that is classic and timeless and resists staining unlike Carrera marble (it does mark up if I leave something harsh on it like red wine or turmeric but the stains don’t last – it’s really a very durable product that I highly recommend).
We decided to go with a thicker countertop on the island which was a really good move. We did the standard thickness on the kitchen counters that flank the range, but went with a 2.5″ thickness (install by Colonial Countertops) on the island which really helps it stand out. Our kitchen has an open concept main level so this really made a difference!
I waffled so hard on hardware. I had polished nickel picked out for the longest time and at the last minute my cousin Jillian convinced me to switch to the brass – BEST MOVE EVER! We got all of our hardware for the house from Emtek and they do not disappoint. These are the French Antique Brass Cup Pulls with these round Norwich knobs in French Antique Brass. They really warm up the space.
We went with Shaw Castlewood Oak in Tapestry flooring which is an engineered hardwood and it is so beautiful and forgiving. It is a nice wide plank, light in colour but has enough grain in it to hide almost anything. I love it.
Sink and Faucets
I really wanted a farmhouse sink, and ended up going with the Kohler one that has the divide just offset from the middle – it was the best choice. I highly recommend the divide versus the single sink – it’s nice to have a place to drain vegetables or rinse dishes. Our faucets are from the Artifacts collection from Kohler in polished nickel which is a warmer finish. We also added in a pot filler from the same collection which is really nice to have.
Stay tuned for a post on my favourite design elements that made our kitchen extra functional!