I have loved white kitchens all of my life. I’m proud to say that I loved them even when they weren’t the trend! I insisted on making our current kitchen white when we built our house ten years ago and at the time dark cabinets were all the rage. I love the clean look of white and I especially love that it is the perfect backdrop for any and all decor. I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of white kitchens!
So speaking of my NEW white kitchen…it is off to a good start! Today was so fun. We met with our builder and cabinet guy for a couple of hours. I had so many pictures to show them – so many ideas of things I’d love to incorporate in my kitchen. I did change the plans from three ovens to two. I also made sure the microwave was in a prime location. :) I’m thinking of bagging the warmer too. Will I ever really use it?
(Kids! Your dino chicken nuggets are ready! Guess I’ll put them in the warmer until you get downstairs!)
I mentioned in our meeting that I don’t exactly love to cook. They laughed and told me that with this kitchen it was time to start. They were on board with most of my ideas. But. They are trying to talk me out of my big island. And I think they might be right. When we first sat down with my architect my “house wish list” included a big kitchen and a big master closet. My architect went above and beyond my wish list and gave me a really big kitchen and a really big closet. Kitchen and clothes storage will not be a problem in this house! Because I have a large, square kitchen I was picturing one large island. My cabinet guy has been trying to convince me that I’d rather have two separate islands (each would still be plenty big) instead of one extremely large one. A few things he pointed out to me:
Aren’t they charming!? But a few good points were brought to my attention:
1) When one person wants to get out, everyone has to shuffle out…
2) Not super comfortable – especially for adults…
3) Locked into this look…
4) A pain to clean if someone spills something (a regular occurence for my crew).
So I’m thinking that as much as I love the look, function is key and a simple table and chairs will be most likely be filling my breakfast nook.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Does anyone have one large island or two regular sized islands? What do you like/dislike? Kitchen warmer – useful or not so much? What about benches for your dining nook? Pros/cons? Any other kitchen thoughts/suggestions? What would be a must have for you if you were designing a kitchen? Anyone else ever have a dream turned nightmare about not being able to open your new fridge when your daughter is in desperate need of some string cheese!? Talk about stress!