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House Reveal: Our Kitchen

Our kitchen is probably where I spend most of my days…especially in this last year when we were ALL home ALL THE TIME. When designing this kitchen, here’s what we considered…

The kitchen is the heart of our home. As someone who loves to enjoy meals with my family, I’ve longed for a kitchen with more space (upgrade from our previous apartment kitchen of 10 years) to create meals for our family and friends. This is the room we go in and out of the most during the day. Plus, the corner floor-to-ceiling windows open up for access and flow to our yard. It’s clean and crisp with warm accents of brass throughout and pops of soft pink. When designing this kitchen, here’s what we considered…

The Materials
I wanted beautiful materials that spoke to my aesthetic, but they also needed to be durable, long-lasting, and not too trendy. Many might be surprised that I didn’t choose a bright cabinet color, but I wanted the color to come from more subtle accents and feel like we could always add or subtract to the kitchen as the years passed. All of the built-in pieces are in white, woods, and brass with accents of texture throughout. Here’s a look back at our design plans and the functional layout plans so you can see where we started!

The flow
Similar to the living room, the kitchen also has access to our yard for easy indoor/outdoor flow. This makes it easy to watch the kids while they are playing and provides convenient access to our outdoor deck where we have lots of meals when it’s warm outside.

Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Wall Paint by Clare (in Timeless), Ceiling Paint by Clare (in Snowday), Copper Watering Can at Floral Society, Cabinets by Cecilie Manz for Reform*, Lumiere Appliance Pulls by Schaub*, Hudson Valley Hinsdale Aged Brass Pendant Lights by Lamps Plus*, Mitzi Stella High Aged Brass Wall Sconce by Lamps Plus*, Quartz Countertops by Caesarstone* (in Calacatta Nuvo), De Haro Backless Counter Stools by Fyrn*, Backsplash Basel 1 by Tabarka Tile*, Premium Roman Shade by Blinds.com* (in Gent Bisque), Pull-down Kitchen Faucet East Linear 1500-5113 by Newport Brass from Ferguson (in satin brass), White Iron Tones Double-Bowl Kitchen Sink by Kohler from Wayfair*, Venice Terrazzo Floor Tiles by Concrete Collaborative* (in custom color with brass schluter between), Appliances: 36” Wall-Mount 3-Speed Canopy Hood by KitchenAid*, 36” 6-Burner Commercial-Style Gas Rangetop by KitchenAid*, 44 dBA Dishwasher with Panel-Ready Design by KitchenAid*, 24″ Panel Ready Under Counter Refrigerator by KitchenAid*.

The kitchen is rectangular shaped with a long island in the middle. The island extends our counter space while also serving as a seating area for the four of us for our casual meals.

Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Hudson Valley Hinsdale Aged Brass Pendant Light by Lamps Plus*, Backsplash Basel 1 by Tabarka Tile*, (top row) Dudes Think Pink collage, (bottom row) Small Summit Planter by Capra Designs, vintage gold-rimmed glasses, mugs by Eliana Bernard, Ceramic Stash Jars by MH Ceramics.

Open vs. Closed Shelving
While I love the look of open shelving, I didn’t want only open shelving. We have way too many things for that to work, and I didn’t want to feel like all of our dishes were out on display all the time. Open shelving works for certain kitchen environments but not for the functionality that we needed. However, the layout did allow for designing a smaller area of open shelving that not only serves as a decorative focal point but also helps to mix up the flow from all the floor to ceiling closed cabinets. I have been super happy with the mix of the two.

Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Degree Cabinets by Cecilie Manz for Reform*, Lumiere Appliance Pulls by Schaub*, Hudson Valley Hinsdale Aged Brass Pendant Lights by Lamps Plus*, Mitzi Stella High Aged Brass Wall Sconce by Lamps Plus*, Quartz Countertops by Caesarstone* (in Calacatta Nuvo), De Haro Backless Counter Stools by Fyrn*, Backsplash Basel 1 by Tabarka Tile*, Pull-down Kitchen Faucet East Linear 1500-5113 by Newport Brass from Ferguson (in satin brass), White Iron Tones Double-Bowl Kitchen Sink by Kohler from Wayfair*, Venice Terrazzo Floor Tiles by Concrete Collaborative* (in custom color with brass schluter between), Appliances: 36” Wall-Mount 3-Speed Canopy Hood by KitchenAid*, 36” 6-Burner Commercial-Style Gas Rangetop by KitchenAid*, 44 dBA Dishwasher with Panel-Ready Design by KitchenAid, 24″ Panel Ready Under Counter Refrigerator by KitchenAid*.

Storage and Cabinets
Storage was a huge part of the design process for the whole house, and the kitchen is a great example of that. We took advantage of every almost every wall to include closed cabinet storage. This allows us to store all the kitchen essentials (dishes, glasses, small appliance, bakeware, pantry foods, etc. and there are enough spots to designate a space for each category). We also included two slide-out trash bins which has been SO helpful as it feels like we’re emptying the trash every day. We worked with Reform for all cabinet doors (which go on top of Ikea bases/boxes for a semi-custom option that looks custom! The angled corners serve as handles which I loved for a clean option that also reflects the angles in the brass tiles, too.

Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Backsplash Basel 1 by Tabarka Tile*, Premium Roman Shade by Blinds.com* (in Gent Bisque) Pull-down Kitchen Faucet East Linear 1500-5113 by Newport Brass from Ferguson (in satin brass), Kendall Kirk painting, vintage vase.

Backsplash
To add in pattern in a sophisticated way, we played with these concrete terrazzo tiles with brass inlay to create a pattern in the open shelving area of the kitchen. It serves as a fun focal point and ties into the flooring as well. Behind the stove, the backsplash is quartz to offer easier maintenance when cooking.

Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Vessel from Anthropologie (past season), Print by Ok by Angie Stalker.

Artwork
When it comes to putting art in a kitchen, I didn’t want to put anything too precious near areas that could get heat, steam, or spatters from cooking. So the open shelving serve as a great area to place a few smaller pieces that could be decorative but not get in the way of any cooking messes.

Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Degree Cabinets by Cecilie Manz for Reform*, Lumiere Appliance Pulls by Schaub*, Hudson Valley Hinsdale Aged Brass Pendant Lights by Lamps Plus*, Mitzi Stella High Aged Brass Wall Sconce by Lamps Plus*, Quartz Countertops by Caesarstone* (in Calacatta Nuvo), Venice Terrazzo Floor Tiles by Concrete Collaborative* (in custom color with brass schluter between), Premium Roman Shade by Blinds.com* (in Gent Bisque), Appliances: 36” Wall-Mount 3-Speed Canopy Hood by KitchenAid*, 36” 6-Burner Commercial-Style Gas Rangetop by KitchenAid*, 30.0 cu. ft 48-Inch Width Built-In Side by Side Refrigerator Panel Ready by KitchenAid*, Smart Oven+ 30″ Combination Oven and Microwave by KitchenAid*.
Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Mica Wallpaper by Makelike* (in gold on off-white), Original Art by Juli Baker, Quartz Countertops by Caesarstone* (in Calacatta Nuvo), De Haro Backless Counter Stools by Fyrn*.

Wallpaper
Since most of the walls are covered by storage cabinets, we wanted to add texture and a large piece of art to the one wall that was open. The light gold wallpaper pattern gives texture and helps to tie in the brass from the rest of the space while also being the backdrop for this amazing piece from a Thai artist that I just love. This wall sits right by one of the doors to our yard so it’s a fun nod to the girls running and playing and being free.

Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Pavers by Concrete Collaborative*, Venice Terrazzo Floor Tiles by Concrete Collaborative* (in custom color with brass schluter between).

Here’s a look at back at the flooring during install….

The floor
The terrazzo tile was designed to be placed as a large square grid (set at a diagonal) with brass schluter inlay between. The tiles are SO durable and easy to clean, and I am in love with the brass detail throughout. It makes the floors both chic and functional.

There you have it…one of the most-used rooms in our house! I’m sure you have questions, so feel free to leave any and all below in the comments!

P.S. See all house posts right here!

Credits:
Reveal photos: Bethany Nauert
Progress photos: Lily Glass
Design: Joy Cho with Cleo Murnane of Project M Plus
Styling: Cleo Murnane of Project M Plus
Architecture: Project M Plus
Construction: Boswell Construction
My Dress: Rhode (past season)
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch

All furniture and materials sources noted within captions below photos. *Indicates an item that was designer discounted or gifted to us in exchange for coverage on Oh Joy. All opinions are my own. Please leave a comment if we missed anything you would like to know the source of!

40 comments

  1. So much JOY, space and light in your kitchen; absolutely love it! We are thinking about a kitchen remodel in our condo and are toying with the idea of open shelves. It’s great to actually “see” it up front and live and how it can be a combination of open and closed. The open shelves give a feeling of open and airiness, but the closed shelves are definitely more functional and pretty much a necessity. I like how you have it as a focal that incorporates greenery, art and special items.
    How large is the kitchen area? Are you able to share a round, ballpark number of the total cost and time required for this project?
    Thank you for sharing and for providing resources for products and materials.

    1. Thanks so much Nora! And because we did the whole house at the same time, I don’t have a breakdown for that room specifically.

  2. I love it–so bright and clean! I’m especially curious about that sleek range hood: was it custom designed by the cabinet-makers?

    1. Hi Sue! There is a KitchenAid range attached like normal and then we just built a cover around it to make it blend into the wall. It’s simple and clean and painted with the same wall color.

  3. Gooorgeous!! And so functional! I don’t always see that combo. Dreaming about updating my kitchen one day and will definitely come back to this post for inspo 🙂

  4. Looks beautiful! It doesn’t appear to be an open concept kitchen (well to the outdoors it is), like many homes nowadays to the living area. I don’t like having the kitchen open to the living area (smells of cooking) so trying to convince husband.

  5. So lovely. Everything works so well together. I really dig the light fixtures over your island. Thank you for sharing.

  6. It’s a beautiful space Joy! Can you tell me where the kettle is from? I didn’t see a link, but appreciate the simple, yet artistic look. Thanks!

  7. Absolutely beautiful! Seeing your room reveals has been so exciting : ) Once all the rooms are revealed, could you do a video tour? I would love to see how all the different rooms are connected.

  8. Beautiful! We are looking at doing a terrazzo tile with brass schluter inlay between, did your installers have to add grout between the brass and the tiles? or did they use silicone?

  9. What a beautiful space! I love the terrazzo floors and that opening to the backyard is swoon-worthy! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Love your kitchen and the details AND function! The outdoor access is great too. I’ve never heard of the company that made your counter stools. Do you like them (comfortable?) and are they holding up okay with kids? 🙂
    Again beautiful space and Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Julie! They are an amazing furniture company out of SF. They make furniture for restaurants too and they are handmade and beautiful. I chose a smooth leather so they could be easily wipeable with kids. The chairs have held up great. I would add a back if you have younger kids since stools can be tricky when they are little but we didn’t have the space for the ones with backs.

      1. Hi Joy, thank you so much for your reply! Great to learn about this company and thanks for your advice on the stools (I do have three younger children). Thanks and again, love your space!
        Julie

  11. Finally! A non open concept kitchen that is modern and fresh 🙂 Do you guys use a kitchen rug? Just curious!

    1. Hi Viet! Thank you! At first I had missed having the kitchen and living room together but now I love it! And no, we don’t use a kitchen rug. It would get dirty so fast and harder to clean than just wiping the tile floor.

  12. Love your kitchen. Can you share the spacing distances for the walkways between the island and cabinets?

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