Welcome to My Kitchen


Modern Kitchen Design

It’s been a little over two years since we moved in to our home. It seems like I have been wanting to do a home tour here on the blog for what seems like forever.

You know when you get something new…and you worked REALLY hard on it…you want to share it with the world?

That’s kind of how I feel about my kitchen.

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Except I always felt like there was just ONE more thing that needed to be finished. And when that one more thing was finished, then it became the “I would actually have to clean this kitchen if I wanted to post pictures on the blog”. And not just kinda clean it…like DEEP DEEP clean it. You can’t show off your kitchen when it looks like a grocery store exploded on your counters.

With 3 boys, a husband, and a dog…the kitchen is the messiest room in our house. I think the peanut butter has a permanent home on the island counter. Usually with the lid off and a knife sticking out of it.

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I have been trying to learn how to use my camera better and so really…the motivating factor to clean this kitchen and welcome you all in to my home came from the deep desire to learn how to shoot in manual mode.

This kitchen…practice 101. Don’t judge my skills.


I’m proud of the finished product {finally} and although, some things here are still a work in progress *cough-basement-cough*, other things…have come a long long way.

kitchen sink

First let me just say this, my dad was a huge HELP in making this kitchen/house what it is today (shocker, I know).

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He installed the cabinets.

He installed the floor. AND the backsplash.

His lifetime employee discount with Whirlpool scored us almost 50% off ALL of our kitchen appliances. Oh, and he installed them when they arrived.

He installed the hardware.

You get the point. His free labor…saved us thousands of dollars.

Lucky us!  Because if you haven’t ever looked in to the price of labor for some of the things I mentioned above…you may have to go sell your first born to be able to afford it.


Between his free labor and our discounts on the appliances, it allowed us to do the *extra* things in this kitchen that really make me smile.

Like the pot filler.

My dad actually hated this feature. His 50-something-year-old mind just couldn’t understand the need to have running water available ABOVE an electric appliance.

I get him. Really I do. But, I also told him that he needed to get with the times, if you know what I mean. Thankfully, against his wishes, he ended up liking our pot filler (although, I am pretty sure he still thinks it’s ridiculous).

We were also able to spend our $$$ on things like frosted glass…

…and pretty stools.

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So there you have it. My kitchen…finally complete.

Now if having a pretty kitchen only meant you wanted to cook more, right?


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Not so much.

I really need to attend a cooking class. In a bad bad way.


Source List:

Paint color – Valspar Lambs Ear {Lowes}

Paint color pillars – Glidden Bittersweet Chocolate {Home Depot}

Hardwood Floors – Wynfield Hickory Burnt Barnboard

Granite Countertops – Bianco Antico

Cabinets – Aristokraft Winstead Maple in Sarsaparilla finish

Kitchen Faucet – Delta Talbott 16968 SSSD-DST

Range Hood – Arietta 30 inch DKW001MX30

Refrigerator – KitchenAid 25 Cu. Ft. Architect Series II

Pot Filler – Danze D205314 Melrose Collection

Bar Stools – Lowes

Backsplash – Lowes



  1. Diana says

    Is there a microwave or did I miss it? Stunning kitchen! Love how there is really no white anywhere like a typical, boring really, home (like mine is right now).

  2. says

    Hello! I love your bar stools! I have a console table with 2 banana leaf baskets across the room from our counter and think these would be a nice compliment. Are the backless stools also from Lowes?
    I checked Lowes online and didn’t see the stools with or without backs but I plan to visit Lowes this week and see what they have.
    Thanks for sharing your home with the world. :) Beautiful!

    • nikki says

      Hi Heather – did you have any luck finding these bar stools? I’ve been trying to find them but come up short wherever I look! let me know if you found them and where I may get lucky. Thanks so much! : )

  3. Melanie says

    Mandy, First off, your kitchen is beautiful! We are planning on installing hardwood or laminate in our house soon and I’ve been struggling with what to do with the kitchen. I would love to have the wood everywhere but I keep hearing warnings about putting it in places with water (ie. kitchen, bathroom, etc.) Did you have any concerns about that? Also, how has it been holding up so far?

    Thank you so much!

    • says

      Thanks! I haven’t had too many issues with water and the hardwood. My husband did leave our pot-filler dripping one night and it flooded a part of the kitchen…but I must have cleaned it up in time because the floor is ok. I love the handscraped look if you are wanting something to hold up well. With the dog and 3 boys…it was a must for us.

  4. Brian says


    Your kitchen is literally my vision of every single thing that I want in my dream kitchen and I am SO jealous! Question: where is the microwave??

  5. Christin Erwin says

    I am building a new home and we have picked the same cabinets you have. I was wondering the size of bar pulls you used on cabinets and drawers. I also love your west elm light and am thinking of it for my diningroom. Do you still love it?

    • says

      I will have to get back to you on the size of the pulls…they are not all the same. The drawers are different from the cabinets, but I’d have to measure to figure out what they are. I ordered them off ebay. I LOVE the West Elm light!! It’s one of my favorite pieces in the whole house!

      • Heather says

        Love your kitchen girl! My hubs and I just finished our dream home and I am searching for cabinet/drawer pulls similar to yours. Of course, I want the best deal I can find. Did you find your pulls on an ebay store where you can purchase or did you bid on them and win? Our cabinets are very similar in size and love the larger pulls for the drawers. Just gorg!!! AND where do you find the time to do all of this with 3 boys???

        • says

          Luckily I only had 1 child for most of the home planning. Bents (our middle son) was born 3 weeks before we moved in to our house, but by that point, I was pretty much done planning. I ordered the pulls from an ebay store. I did not have to bid on them…I did the “buy now” choice. You can find stores on ebay that sell them and you don’t have to bid.

  6. Dana says

    I love your kitchen.. We are in the process of a total kitchen renovation!!! We are wanting an island but its going to have to be super skinny.. What are your island dimensions??

  7. Vanessa says

    I absolutely love your kitchen!! Your house layout is lovely! I wanted to ask you about your refrigerator. I’m about to upgrade to a french door fridge, but have heard of issues with the ice dispenser taking such a long time to refill once you remove all the ice. How do you like your fridge and can you give me more information on it. I really appreciate it!


  8. kim says

    I noticed that the color of your kitchen and master bedroom are the same. How come they look so different. I was trying to figure out which color was the dark gray/black from your master bedroom but realized that its actually at dark brown. Am I missing something or is the color actually brown and not dark gray?

    • says

      I don’t have a dark gray/black in the master bedroom. It’s a deep chocolate brown. It is the same color that is used in the kitchen on the pillars. The lighter color in the master is also the same in the kitchen. They probably look very different because of the lighting. My kitchen has TONS of natural light and my bedroom does not. Makes a difference in how paint looks.

  9. Amy says

    So…I’ve always wondered about hardwood in the kitchen. Our next home I would like mostly hardwood throughout the house. Does yours stand up well in the kitchen?

  10. Linda Lakes says

    LOVE LOVE and more LOVE. I have the same counters and floors as you, but when we bought our house it had oak cabinets. Now that I see the darker cabinetry…I may have to have mine refinished!! LOVE THEM!

  11. Nikki says

    Hi Mandy,

    Wow – this is beautiful! We are currently building our home and you have a lot of the same colors as us!!

    I’m sure you’ve already got this plenty of times but I’m coming up with no luck on finding those bar stools – have you had any luck finding them anywhere else? Did you get them at the Lowes store or online??

    Thanks for all of your help!

  12. Melody says

    Hello! I was curious where you got your rope looking vases on your island near your tall stools? I have been looking for some like that for forever!

  13. Danielle says

    We are about to build our house… I love the layout of the rooms that I can see…can you give a layout of your home ( or how each room flows?)

  14. Jennifer Poenitske says

    I saw you got your cabinet hardware off eBay.. Do you happen to remember the sellers name? Name of the style? Thanks! Beautiful kitchen!

  15. Cristina says

    Hello! I had set out to decorate my children’s rooms in our new house. I used google for a girl’s room inspiration and I saw thousands of pictures and fell in love with the white and gray room. I had so many ideas and so then I decided to look for ideas to decorate my son’s room. I typed in google ‘boy’s rooms’. I saw this big boy room I fell in love with and, lo and behold, it was yet again fromyour blog!!!! If that is not a coincidence, then I dont know what is!! We are currently in the decorating process. You’ve inspired my crafty and artsy side that for some reason I had long forgotten. Thank you..

  16. Jessica says

    Hi there! I must say awesome job! I was wondering what kind of rug you had at the sink and what color are the letters spelling eat? Thanks so much for your time.

    • says

      Awwww, thank you for your concern. Trust me, I appreciate anyone who passes along my images being used on other sites. Fortunately, this is my husband’s blog…so it’s his kitchen too. 😉 Thanks again though!

  17. Jess says

    Hi, I am in the process of finalizing the kitchen layout in our new home. Our kitchen dimensions are 14’6 x 15’2 and was curious if you could share with me the dimensions of your kitchen area. Just worried that my kitchen is going to get too crammed if I put an island in the middle like yours. Easy to measure on paper, but it’s nice if you can physically compare it! Thanks, your home is beautiful!

  18. Chantel says

    My husband and I are building a home and are up in the air about kitchen cabinets. Our choices are wolf, aristokraft, merillat, and
    Kraftmaid. How did you decide on aristokraft and are you pleased with them? Thanks!

  19. Shelly says

    Your commentary in this kitchen blog was funny. Enjoyed your sense of humor, I think you and I would get along great! Oh! And I love your kitchen. :) beautiful

  20. Jessica says

    I am loving your kitchen! Just curious what your dimensions are. I have a similar shaped kitchen and want to know if I could pull this off with the island in the middle. Your whole house is SO cute!!!

  21. Sherrell Ogletree says

    Your KITCHEN is such an inspiration! I love it! I have two questions. What is the name of the backsplash that you used for your kitchen and is Sarsaparilla just a finish you bought to put onto your cabinets. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Emily says

    Love your simple yet elegant kitchen, how bout helping a girl out with the whirlpool employee discount!! :) Super jealous about that one!!


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