Kinda ironic, as I type this post on the kitchen in our new house, the kitchen in our current house is in desperate need of some cleaning. So sorry, kitchen. I'll get to you in a minute. I promise I still love you.
In case you missed it, here's the first part of our house tour with some details and here is the tour of the family room and dining room that won't see any dining in it.
Why? Look at this beauty.
Black granite countertops, matching granite tile backsplash, oak cabinets, stainless steel appliances, wood floors. It's a nice change from buying a house with dark cabinets, no dishwasher, floral linoleum floors, and green appliances. And certainly way nicer than I expected the kitchen in our next house to have.
Here's the kitchen from the eating area. The room is HUGE! 30 feet by 12 feet. Since this room is so large, I'd like to use this as our dining room, instead of the formal dining room. Why pass up a chance to eat in front of a fireplace? 😉
I'm really excited about that area between the sink and stove, perfect for prep work and cutting. The appliances work great, the stove actually has a gas range and electric oven. We don't use a microwave, only a toaster oven, so I was happy to see the big range hood.
The blacksplash are granite tiles that match the granite countertops. I didn't expect a kitchen with granite so this is a happy surprise! In our kitchen now, we have the fake granite-look laminate which we got on a Black Friday deal, and I was pretty happy with that so uhh, score. 🙂
If I was the one who put in the kitchen (I'm going to sound like a complete snob here), I probably wouldn't have done the granite up there since it seems so dark. I love the look of white subway tile, but I don't think we'll be changing it any time soon.
My poor dad walked in here and said (very sarcastically) "oh nice, plenty of oak for you to paint over". I wasn't planning on it at first, but oh how I love a white kitchen. 😉 Maybe, just maybe we'll paint the cabinets white. Sorry, Dad!!
These cabinets on the right have sliding drawers inside and open to the other end. Woo hoo!
Nice big window over the sink.
island? peninsula? counter that will fit 4 barstools. Lots of space for a big table. I told Doug he needs to build us a farmhouse table similar to our breakfast bar. Hey Doug, if you're reading this, all these people think it would be really cool too.
Another look at the eating area. I don't think I want to do much with that fireplace, it's great as is!
To the left of the fireplace there are two doorways. The one on the left goes to the front hallway/foyer. It also will take you to the master bedroom/bathroom. The one with a door will take you to the basement, which is finished!
Seriously, no idea what could need doing. 🙂 Not sure what to put on the nook to the right either, maybe our hutch? But I don't really even need a hutch cause...
BAM! Huge walk-in pantry. I promise, I'm not trying to brag here. I'm just kinda blown away with this house myself...
Lots of shelves. More shelves than I need. So many shelves I don't know what to do with myself. The pantry is L shaped and that back wall hooks around to a wall with deeper shelves
The door in the kitchen goes to the garage/laundry room. If you look just past the fridge, you'll see a dark accent wall. See it?
Here's a close up. I'd like to create some sort of command center in this spot. Calendars, paper storage, a place to display school papers? That's what I'm thinking. To the left of that little nook is the formal dining room and the family room.
Go through that door and you're in the laundry room. Nothing too fancy to see here. 🙂
We'll probably get a new or new to us washer and dryer once we move in. These worked but were very loud, which isn't the best for sleeping babies. Or for my laundry motivation. I credit my new and new-er machines (and maybe line drying in the basement for 2 months) with helping to keep the laundry from taking over.
Way far down on the list of things that need to be done, I'd like to pretty-fy and organize-ify this room somehow.
It'll be so nice to not have to do laundry in the basement. I'm sure these guys will help out. 🙂
Heading back into the eating area, there is a large door that goes out to the back porch.
You can see more pictures of this space in the first part of our home tour. I'm including it because this will be our dining room in the summer. 😉
So that's that! The kitchen, eating area, and laundry room.
Oh wait! I forgot your sneak peak into the next leg of the tour: the awesome bedroom set up and the bathrooms. One boys room, one girl(s) room. A master and a bedroom that can double as an office/craftroom/sleeping baby room. Okay, I'll stop now. 🙂
to be continued...
So help me out, what would you do with the kitchen?
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Wow, you all have done great with the house purchase. I love it. Kitchen-dynamite; fireplace-speechless! Yes to eating near the warm flames, definitely.
Congrats on the fantastic new home! I LOVE the style, both inside and out. Very traditional and lovely.
I am thinking of doing the exact same thing with my kitchen/family room combo--replacing the family room with the dining room! We have a fireplace and French doors to the deck, plus it's bigger than the "formal" dining room so I can actually add all the leaves to our 9 ft long dining table. My dilemma, though, is then what to do with the formal dining room?? It is right off the foyer (first thing you see when entering the home) and has a crystal chandelier. I mean, it's obviously a formal dining room. I just don't know how to decorate that room/make it look natural if it's not a dining room. I'll have to see what you do to yours! 🙂
Ann Marie Heasley
Thank you, Tina!! 🙂 If it were my home, I would either replace the chandelier with something more family-room-ish, or embrace it. Right now we have a "mom cave" which is just a fancy term for a living room that I had fun decorating. I'd put a small couch or chairs in there and use it as a place for relaxing, reading, or maybe even homework (if you still have little ones). I'd love to hear more of what you decide to do with it, if you ever want to, feel free to email me ([email protected]) some pictures of the space! I'm curious to see it. 🙂
Lovely lovely new home! So happy for you and your family! Also I want to know if your use if the term "girl(s)" is some kind of announcement???
Ann Marie Heasley
Thank you, Leigh!
AHHH! That would be awesome. But no announcement, at least yet, haha! 🙂 The kids were calling it the "girls" room and the "boys" room, and since there's just one girl, I put the s in parenthesis. Great catch! 😉
You are one fortunate family....LOVELY....home. I would re purpose the large pantry to accommodate the school stuff....backpacks, coats, bin for each child's school papers etc.....then you can shut the door and not see it. What do you think?
Ann Marie Heasley
Ooooh, I really like that! There is a LOT of shelf space, more than we need. Thanks for the idea!!
I think I might be a little jealous of your house. 🙂 How awesome though!
And I agree- I'd definitely change up the cabinets to white or gray. I think it'd work a little better than the oak with the black counters. But don't get me wrong, I'm still amazed at your kitchen as it is- our cabinets look like they've been gnawed. Seriously. :/
What an awesome kitchen and dining area! Hello fireplace!!!! That nook will make for a great command center area too. What a beautiful home! My kitchen is almost exactly like yours, I painted my cabinets, scroll to the bottom of the post and you can see the before, http://www.inspiringheartsandhomes.com/chalkboard-subway-tile-backsplash/ We have twin kitchens! Although yours has granite and i still have laminate. Enjoy your amazing new home! Can't wait to see what you do with it!
It is crazy that it looks like you guys have exactly the same kitchen layout, do you live in the same development or something?
Ann Marie Heasley
I might have missed another comment. 🙂 Same layout as who? (or is it supposed to be whom? haha)
Ann Marie Heasley
ahhhh, there it is! I need a nap or something. Uhhh, that would be awesome if we were neighbors!! Gorgeous kitchen.
Ann Marie Heasley
What a beautiful kitchen!!! I love your chalk-splashes. And the double butt. 🙂 The dark backsplash looks amazing with the painted cabinets. And if I had the countertops, I'd probably never replace with granite haha! I like the white.
Thank you for posting a link, pinning it asap! *swoon*
That would be great to be neighbors! I'd be over helping you paint those cabinets if you decided to. 🙂 Thanks for pinning my kitchen, I really was just amazed at how similar our kitchen layouts were. I'm excited to see what the plans are for the kitchen, that fireplace area is AMAZING!
Soooooo happy for you! Also burning with jealousy ...in a good way! Hehe I just knew when you were posting pictures of futile house hunts on IG that you would be blessed with the perfect house. It seems like everything you could want! God blessing you guys for always being humble and grateful for what you had in your old house???...yea, I think so!!! Congrats!