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I...LOVE...MY...KITCHEN! I've literally dreamed of having a bright white kitchen my entire life (well my adult life). Our kitchen is the heart of our home, so when we created our budget for the
Toll Brothers design center, it was one of the areas in the house that we spent quite a bit on upgrades. Typically when family and friends come over, our kitchen is the entertaining space that people gravitate to. Everyone comes in and gathers around the island and the fun begins. I'm excited to share my kitchen with you!
When you walk into a model home, often times you are WOWed by the kitchen. What most people don't know is it that the kitchen is full of upgrades and one of the most expensive areas in the house. Taking this into account, we carefully planned out every detail of our kitchen at the design center and it was exciting and expensive. We decided to go with a modern shaker style cabinet in a color that is actually slightly off white with a grey undertone vs traditional bright white. We splurged quite a bit on the vent hood because it added so much character. Another big splurge we decided on was the double stacked cabinet with the glass inserts. Trust me, we went back and forth on how many glass inserts at least a dozen times but we absolutely nailed it. It's the perfect amount to display some great pieces of art and adds some pizzazz to the white kitchen space. Along with the "off white" cabinets, we picked grey as the accent island color which brings in a modern twist. We also had a difficult time picking the back splash. Originally, we wanted a white and gray marble look but quickly realized that it could get too busy because marble can vary in color and design. Instead we went with a white subway tile in a fun chevron design (another modern touch). We added some unique cabinets features as well. Under the cooktop, we added long horizontal cabinets for pan storage, a trash can feature, and a pull out drawer to hold sink accessories. Oh and I can't forget lighting! So we added under-mount lights and can lights for the glass cabinets. We also added in two additional recess lights to make sure our kitchen never felt gloomy and dark.
There are a few upgrades we made after we moved in because they weren't going to be as expensive as the design center. I included a before picture to show you how these simple items take the kitchen to a new level. So we purchased our pendant lights separately and had them installed. We also purchased our kitchen hardware separately and Derek installed them himself (I'm a very proud wife haha) and it took our kitchen from beautiful to gorgeous. Once those items were complete, we had our interior designer, 2bGlamHomeDesigns, Talisha Bowers (you'll see her work on the blog) created this custom floral piece to bring in a touch of transitional decor and continue to warm the space. I'd love to know some features that make up your dream kitchen, please share in the comments!
Before the added hardware and pendent lighting.
After the hardware and lighting was installed.