I get a lot of questions about my workspace but truth-be-told we spend so much time in the kitchen these days, testing out new and vintage products, styling and shooting new stories and entertaining. It's the gathering place in our home and one where we spend wonderful family time too.
I thought it was about time to give a little sneak peek into the details of our farmhouse-inspired kitchen.
I love testing out some of our product designs in my own kitchen. It helps me to see their functionality and how they hold up to wear and tear, and do so for the WoodKith side of the business too.
I wanted a bit of a cozy nook feeling to our range, tucked away into a vent that is hidden by the square, matte subways that cover every wall in the whole kitchen. I loved the feeling of the tile against the shiplap wood ceilings and walls in the adjoining rooms. And, I always have my metal tea kettle on the stove, a vintage little nod that I still enjoy having handy and use so much especially in the colder months. It was a wedding gift from my stepmom and a must-have if you ask me!
We have a range of light grey and creamy to bright whites to lightening up our kitchen area, touched with dark accents like the heavy iron knobs, metal lighting and industrial bar stools. I love mixing in these more utilitarian elements and finishes to keep it simple and clean and give nod to that vintage feeling I love so much.
One of my biggest must-haves when I designed the kitchen was a large island workspace. No sink, no multilevel bar, just a big area that's perfect for working and rolling dough and entertaining. This versatile space changes a lot as I love playing with the decorative elements but handy essentials like a seasonal candle, a fresh vase of flowers and my go-to snack bowl of pistachios are almost always a part of the assortment.
The large, rustic bulb tray that sits there now is the perfect size and place to keep everything contained without feeling too cluttered, and it's easy to move in one swoop when I am needing the extra space for working in the kitchen. It's also home to my little basket of collected vintage silverware and serving pieces.
Flanking each side and atop our refrigerator are glass cabinets filled with stacks of mismatched cream + white dishes, my favorite dune Le Creuset cookware and a host of mismatched cake plates, vases and vessels that are both handy and worthy of display. I love stacks and pairings of objects in a kitchen and dining room, bringing collections of similar things or colors together helps to pull together the whole area in a more dramatic way.
And, did I mention they're super functional and effortlessly easy to keep this way too. Never too neat but never too messy. Just my style.
I originally wanted to go with concrete countertops but functionally it wasn't the best considering the wear and tear of someone who likes to cook a lot, or for a young and messy family. I ended up going with quartz in honed pebble to give the same look and color palette of the concrete I wanted design-wise.
The quartz is super durable, very low maintenance and I went with a 3" thick version on the big kitchen island to really root the kitchen and give it some substance. If I had to do it all over again I'd go with quartz a hundred more times, and just two short years later there are so many new designs and colors for you to choose from. But honed is my favorite finish of all.
The large farmhouse sink was another must for me when designing the space. It offered the perfect touch of rustic with a vintage nod and all the functionality of a modern home. I knew I had to have a sink with a single, large basin instead of one that was divided into two sections thanks to my love of large pots, pans and dishes. The little metal wire insert in the bottom is also key to keeping it good condition and not breaking (too many) wine glasses during their washings.
I had so much designing this special space for our family and seeing it come to life. I go Pinterest-crazy when it comes to loving kitchen spaces and I'd love to see some of your own favorite kitchen design details. Hope you enjoyed the little peek inside and it helps to visualize some of what you're seeing from our own home studio and kitchen here on the site.
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