Thursday, July 11, 2013

don't hate me for NOT having a white kitchen

I spent the previous year glued to HGTV and DIY Network, and more recently, I've been looking at more blogs than should be allowed.
 
If there's one thing I've noticed (besides shabby-chic, distressed, beachy, etc.), it's that white kitchens are very popular. 

I love white kitchens, and I know they're timeless.  In fact, if we were staying in our current home (or had another 12 months to get it ready), I would definitely be painting my cabinetry white.  And putting in new wood flooring.  And new light fixtures.  Okay, I realize there's no good place to stop.

But am I nuts for not wanting a white kitchen in the new pad?

Perhaps.  Look at how beautiful these white kitchens are!






                       OMG I DIE!!

 



You get the picture.  And I could go on for days. 

But do I want a white kitchen?

Trust me.  I've toyed with the idea.  I've agonized over it.  I've torn all my hair out and it's magically grown back as natural blonde.  I wake the doggie up in the middle of the night to discuss.

Not really.

One thing that "helped" is that Philly really doesn't like white kitchens.  (Let me remind you he's a "wood purist.")  And there are some things worth fighting for, but since I wasn't 100% sold on a white kitchen to begin with, it's certainly not worth a battle.

So...I searched all over the country...the planet...the universe. Okay, I searched on Houzz.  This kitchen represents nearly everything I've got planned for the new place.

What do you think?  I'm in love.





It was WAY easier to find white kitchens than it was to find this.  Ummm...should that be telling me something?  I'm going with, "this looks awesome and not everyone has this look."  Yep.  That's what I'm telling myself.

This is pretty darn close to what I have in mind.  From the wood floors, to the slightly darker cherry wood, floor-to-ceiling, shaker-style cabinets along the perimeter, to the creamy-dreamy-white island...

And I even love the creamy-white subway tile, although I think we're going to wait awhile before installing a permanent backsplash.  Let's just say I have commitment issues.

Sometimes.

Well, occasionally.

Not really.

Okay, yes, I do.

I love this kitchen.  I love everything about this kitchen.  I can't find a single thing in this kitchen that I DON'T like.

What do you think? 

OH!  And who thinks I should have a pot filler?  This kitchen has one.  I have to decide soon since the plumber comes MONDAY!



24 comments:

  1. I dont have a white kitchen I have a tiny crappy grey blue one...previous owners really had no idea, I'd love one but the dark wood is nice just don't do pine!

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  2. I love your kitchen idea! My kitchen is green..seriously...I've had it for 12 years now and am still not tired of it. I would have been tired of white too quickly. Not a huge fan of pot-fillers...just get a kick-ass faucet.

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  3. I would LOVE to have a white kitchen, but a dark cherry wood like you have pictured above would not be bad either! I'd take new cabinets period, though! Any color! LOL!

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  4. I have a white kitchen, because it came with the house and I can't replace it. I decided last week to embrace the white and make the whole dad gummed thing back and white with wood floors and a wood (dark brown stain) island with a galvanized top. This will do until I can afford to replace stuff--sometime around 2027, right before I go to the home. (Of course in my last house, I designed the kitchen and it was perfect--the cabinets had a light cherry stain--but then we sold the house.)

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  5. I love the look of a white kitchen in a photo, but I could never live with all white anywhere. That's what I see here all winter long when I look outside. I'm a colour girl!! I think the dark wood above with all the stainless accents is gorgeous, and then I would add accents of colour here and there, like that lime green bowl or whatever that is. I have original 1930's cabinets, and I painted them an historic sage green years ago and they're still working for me. I'm sure anyone who ever moves into this place will heartlessly tear them out, but I still love them. I'm with Danni, a fabulous high faucet with a pull-out would be the way I'd go. Someday I might actually have one myself. lol.

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  6. I love your choice for the kitchen! I have dark cabinets with a travertine marble back splash and an aqua island. I like the rich colors and the contrast, BUT my next kitchen will be white because I am a food blogger and dark cabinets suck all of the light out of the kitchen :)

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  7. The white kitchens were to die for, but the darker kitchen is beautiful too. It's timeless, a little more rustic. Always pick your battles lol
    -Lauren

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    1. Glad you like it! And yes...definitely pick my battles!!

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  8. Gotta respect a wood purist. I am sure your kitchen will be BEAUTIFUL. It can be one of those non-white kitchens people search for :)

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  9. It's GORGEOUS - and yes please - Pot Filler - I'd love to have one...............
    XOXO

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  10. I vote yes on the pot filler, unless you have a tendency to turn it on and walk away forgetting it's flowing. Definitely a high arch faucet though.
    Bliss

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  11. I love white kitchens (I don't have one)...but the kitchen you picked out is gorgeous! I'd be happy with it! I bet it'll be easy to keep clean. I'm still not completely sure about all white.
    A pot filler would be nice...if you tend to fill pots often?

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  12. The kitchen in my last house was white--not when we bought the house but when we left it. We painted all the cabinets, replaced the counters, stove, oven, well... everything. The backsplash was tile called French Quarter and was different sizes and shapes of various colors of tile--all in the grey to brown range. I LOVED that kitchen. The one here- I don't love at all. Not even a little bit. I like your choices though.

    Ornery is with Philly on the wood purist thing. I am a painted surface fan myself, but can live with stained if it is nice.
    tm

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  13. All these kitchens are beautiful but can I just say lets see something different. I love the rich wood colors of the one you like and my favorite way to see white or off white is warmed up with wood tones. Oh and YES to the pot filler. Just cause you can. Wanda

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  14. We put black cabinets in the house we built. Talk about a rebel!

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  15. What's a pot filler? When I designed my kitchen in Maryland, I had oak cabinets, blue counters, and a white backsplash with the occasional blue flowered tile. It was beautiful. I also had a range with a downdraft so I could have a grill. I did not design my current kitchen. It's pretty with black granite counters and white cabinets. But all you have to do is look at the cabinets and they get black fingerprints on them.

    Love,
    Janie

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  16. i love my white kitchen (even though it is glazed so not really white white) but i also love dark kitchens. thats why we mixed it up with white and dark i suppose! also, if we weren't in the woods maybe I could have gone dark, but i was afraid of there not being enough white ya know?
    also YES to pot filler and where are you getting your cabinets? my ma is getting a brand new kitchen from maze lumber in peru and she can only say good things!!

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  17. I can't believe it, I have a white kitchen issue too!! I love em just don't want one! I love what you picked out, beautiful and classy!! Going to add your button to my blog right now!! Have a great day, Lori

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    1. I think I have seen everything now...not only white walls..and white
      appliances but white cabinets..white floor and a white table..
      White is the absence of color..is that what people are saying
      is that they do not like any color at all?

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  18. Your inspiration picture is amazing. You should go with what you love anyway. I remember when everybody thought I made a mistake when I chose my tiles for the cottage floor. And I'm still in love with it. I don't know what to say with the pot filler. It looks very chic to me.

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  19. Kitchen #2 and 4 for me. We just painted my walls a charcoal gray to go with my off white cabinets. I guess I am part with the in crowd. But I do love natural wood as well and would love a butcher block island!

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  20. Go with what you love. Good cabinets will outlast most of us, so pick wisely. My previous house had burgundy mahogany cabinets that were there when we bought the house in '87 and looked every bit as good when we left this past December. I like the look of two different colored cabinets in a kitchen and your inspiration picture is beautiful and timeless. Whatever you decide, I'm sure it will be gorgeous!

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  21. Well, it does have some of the warmth and homeliness of a white kitchen. Hehe! I mean, you still have the white backsplash afterall. I'm pretty sure Philly will love this design, too. Has he seen this already? I'm looking forward to see you working on your new kitchen. If you've got something in mind you think you can't do yourself, though, you can also trust the renovation to contractors.

    Ryann@YanceyCompany.com

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  22. As a person who just doesn't care for a lot of white and does not want a white kitchen I guess I'm a rebel. We are in the process of a total kitchen redo and I chose raised panel RTA cabinets in a medium wood and I love them. I also don't like white appliances - went with black. Don't really care about what is considered "dated" - the whole use of that word tends to annoy me because one person uses it for something and then everyone else suddenly decides it applies just because the crowd suddenly agrees. I've seen blogs stating that certain types of wood cabinets will NEVER be in style again. Well, many years ago I remember tons of plain white cabinets then everyone got sick of them. Now they are back and everyone thinks they are the only choice! Yet cabinet places are selling cabinets in all colors of wood as well as painted. I will stick with what I like and fortunately I have a husband who agrees.

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