Hi friends, hope this finds you settling into the new year. New series alert! This is a post I have been thinking of doing for a while. I have had the good fortune to build three homes and must say, I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. It is an amazing experience to dream something up and watch it come to life. Yes, it’s a lot of work and almost always ends up being more expensive than you might have initially planned. But worth it? Absolutely. Though I vowed that I will never build again, I am not going to say never. If the right situation presented itself, I could see possibly taking on one more house build. Sometimes I like to fantasize about creating spaces or rooms that I would love to have, with just me and my needs in mind. If I was designing a home, strictly for my needs with not as much regard to resale or what might be “in vogue”, it could easily be a house I could live in for the rest of my life. In other words, maybe even dong things a little unconventionally because it would suit day to day living. An example would be, I know some will forego a formal living room or dining room (or both) recognizing its a lot of wasted space for a room used twice a year, I can’t even rebuke that. So, I thought designing a virtual dream house would make for a fun post. Today starts the new series entitled “Designing a dream house”, where we can each chime in with our own ideas. Each post, I will talk about a specific space/room with my ideas on the subject at hand and then you will have the chance to give your own. Sound like a plan? Let’s jump right in and talk kitchens. I do love a white kitchen. I have one in PB and it’s always so fresh and crisp feeling, I love how light and airy it is and if I were to build a new kitchen, white it would be. I love subway tiles because I think they are classically beautiful and stand the test of time. Whether marble or porcelain, its a classic look. I also wouldn’t have to even think about the countertops because Calcutta Gold marble is my favorite and what I have used the last three kitchens I have done. When people ask about them being fragile, my first reference is immediately to Europe. Have you visited the countless monuments, castles and churches that have marble from hundreds of years ago? The Spanish Steps that millions of shoes have walked on? Been to almost every restaurant, bakery and bistro? Case in point:) Which brings me to our first room in this new dream house, the kitchen, the hub of the home. In this new dream kitchen I would have an entire wall of open shelving. On that shelving would be my many many dishes, glasses, serving pieces, I would have a place for every single item. It would literally be a very long wall of open shelving. Let me demonstrate exactly what this new kitchen would look like…….. ___________________________________ Open shelving it would be. Love the accessibility, and by being open I would imagine it would force me to keep things in order. I would still do some closed cabinets but the big long wall would be all open shelving, almost boutique like. Windows and light, are SO important to me. I like everything light, airy and sun filled. No dark spaces for me. I have really grown to like the look of some of the metal windows, I think it works beautifully in certain spaces. How great is all this light and these huge windows? Imagine cooking during a snowstorm:) I have always loved the look of glass doors on a refrigerator and the possibilities are limitless over at True Residential you can add colors and various hardware options, love this look! It has a very interesting, customized vintage-y look. Flooring- I love my floors in my NY home, they are reclaimed thick limestone pavers and it’s a great look with so many styles. The problem is here are several floorings I really love so I would be hard pressed to choose. I also love a beautiful limed oak herringbone floor (below) I think the painted cement floors are really neat too, they have a wonderful vintage vibe which I really like and love that there are so many fabulous blue options! Then there is what I have now fabulous reclaimed limestone, love it and would repeat it…its so beautiful (my floors are from Paris Ceramics who specializes in reclaimed flooring) In this new experimental kitchen I might just go for an unlacquered brass hardware/faucet. I have always liked the look and with the whites and blues, it’s a winning combination Really like brass hardware in a kitchen especially when used against a very light cabinet. On the subject of ranges, I love a European range…they are such amazing pieces to anchor a kitchen with their glossy painted finishes in all kinds of yummy colors. That said I need to be fully honest by saying, the best cooking range has to be my Wolf in Palmetto Bluff, it is fabulous! This is the range I have in my house now (but mine is black) It is from Ilve and this is the majestic range, quite a beauty! These below are from La Cornue- A smaller Ilve- How gorgeous is this color from La Cornue! Just like a Robin’s egg:) I am all about clever kitchen storage. To be honest, not something I thought much about in my NY kitchen but more so in the PB kitchen. These ideas however are brilliant and something to take note of for anyone building/redoing a kitchen! So many good ideas here- In this dream house I might have a dog (or two) and would love to have any one of these fabulous ideas for a beloved pet, convenient, pretty and practical. So smart! Then I saw the unit with the bulletin board and thought that was so smart as I have always wanted a bulletin board in my kitchen, this is so practical! Lighting, even if you hate high hats, it is still the best task lighting but now they make them much smaller and even square! I would have those and some kind of beautiful pendant over the island. I love my belljars, it’s such a classic look and goes both ways, traditional or modern and with any color! A very close contender would be these from Visual Comfort that I used in PB…hey, at least I am consistent with my choices:) Then I came across this picture which really exemplifies the kind of look I am after. Tall ceilings, airy, flooded with light, lots of windows, open shelves, checks almost all the boxes! I would change the lighting and some of the styling on the shelves but this is pretty close to the kitchen I am envisioning. This looks like a happy kitchen and what a fun space to cook in/entertain in! ___________________________________ Well, wasn’t that fun! I love dreaming and coming up with new ideas. The only scary part about this is when we are done “designing” all the rooms, I may find myself wanting to build a new house, lol. I have an appreciation when done right, for many styles of kitchens and that is what makes this exercise a lot of fun, getting to imagine doing something totally different. I cannot wait to hear your ideas about what you would do in your own dream house kitchen. If there were no parameters, what would be on your must do list for your dream kitchen? Any of my ideas resonate with you? I cannot wait to hear all about your perfect dream kitchen! Thanks for stopping in, wishing everyone a fabulous day. Until next time……… If you have had your eye on a pagoda or tulpiere, it’s a great time to take advantage of our 20% off sale (ends Friday night). use code “happy”. Click here to visit shop, all subcategories are on the left. And the tole sale ends tonight! Click here if you missed it.