October 31, 2012

Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal (with details!)

 My kitchen is complete, just in time for fall baking!  The tile guy finished up the backsplash yesterday and I couldn't wait to make some pumpkin bars.

We wanted to go with the farmhouse look, without looking too country.  One of the most important design elements on my list was a window over the kitchen sink.  It was on the list even before we knew it would be overlooking a pond.  There's just something soulful-happy about a big kitchen window.

The only request my husband had for the design was simple: two dishwashers.  Who can argue with that??  Yes, we keep them busy!    
I love, love, love the divided farmhouse sink.  It's deep but not so deep that it hurts my back to wash dishes.

 The black and white maintains the streamlined farmhouse style.  Our countertops are honed (not shiny) granite.  We had the same countertops in our last house and I never got tired of them.  Originally, I wanted the look of Carrera Marble, but we couldn't find a local granite that had only white/grey (without browns) so we played it safe and stayed with black.  No regrets.  ;)

 The other priority on our design plan was a large island that could seat several people.
We eat many meals here.  I love having the cooktop in the island.  The kids sit at the bar and chat with me while I cook.  So many good memories already!
 I found the pendant lights in the Ikea catalog and prayed they would be in stock.  Two over the island and one over the kitchen sink give plenty of task lighting.  They also make me very happy.
 The other end of the island holds our microwave and keeps the cookbooks within reach.
The kitchen and keeping room are very open to each other, so we kept the paint color the same in these two rooms.

The details (for those who care):
Paint: Sherwin Williams Front Porch
Countertops: Absolute Black honed granite
Pendants: Ikea
Cooktop: Bosch Induction (love it!!)
Microwave: Kitchen Aid
Dishwashers: Bosch
Double oven: Maytag (we're not lable loyal.... we like the best deal with the best reviews)
Backsplash: subway tile in matte white finish
Barstools: 24" from Overstock.com
Faucet: Moen Brantford
Sink: Barclay white double bowl farm house sink Fire Clay

I'm linking up with Southern Savvy Style's Wow Us Wednesday
and Common Ground and Elizabeth & Co. and No Minimalist Here and Grace at Home and The Inspired Room


Tracey said...

It's as lovely as I imagined it would be!! Double oven / double dishwasher...a little slice of heaven!

Thoughts for the day said...

wow... that is very beautiful I am a bit jealous of the room and the beauty. Just love it.

Mom said...

I meant to ask you yesterday if you got the backsplash done. It all turned out beautifully!

Richella said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! Oh, Gretchen, it is BEAUTIFUL. I know you must be so happy with it! It looks like the poster kitchen for "Heart of the Home." I'm so happy for you!!

KR said...

If I bring a Pumpkin Spice Latte, can I come over RIGHT NOW?

Bugs and Sunshine said...

SO SO Charming!

I'm so happy for you guys. What a sweet Thanksgiving/Christmas season it will be in your new Farmhouse!

(p.s. in our first house our guest room was called "The Martha Stewart Suite"...the walls were painted the palest light green, we painted the ceiling SW Front Porch blue, the furniture was white, and white sheers hung on the double window...it was our favorite room! That's a great blue)

chateau chic said...

Beautiful kitchen!! So crisp and bright.
I'm happy to be a new follower, Mary Alice

Kellieab said...

Your kitchen is amazing! I'm enjoying seeing our new home come together!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I love it - everything from the white cabinets to the black counter and hardware and the pops of soft turquoise. I bet you love cooking in your kitchen now.

Pam said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous. Love the black granite. It reminds me of soapstone a little. I think you've hit the nail on the head with the farmhouse, yet not too country look.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Gretchen! What a gorgeous kitchen with so many things to love. Perfection. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and I am now a subscriber to your blog.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh Gretchen, that's the kitchen of my dreams! I absolutely love every little detail! Enjoy!

Renee said...

Gretchen - I love, love your kitchen and am just the teeniest bit (okay, a whole lot) jealous. Enjoy!

Rebecca @ heartland farmhouse said...

guess i got my answer. i'm so sorry, but this turned out beautiful. all of it. absolutely gorgeous!!!

Kellie said...

I am so behind in reading. Your kitchen is just beautiful! Love all of your farmhouse touches. I needed you 16 years ago.... hahaha!

Melanie Chambers said...

Do you still like your honed abosloute black counter tops? I love the look of your kitchen! I heard honed AB shows many etches and finger prints. I had polished before and it always looked dusty and covered in fingerprints 5 minutes after I cleaned it. Any kind of advice on the counters would be greatly appreciated!