A tour of our brand new kitchen, also known as my happy place. 🙂 PS yesterday I posted my vegan story, check it out if you missed it!
Hi! I wanted to finally walk you guys through our new kitchen. Last September we started the process of building a house, and while I was intimidated at first, it was a really great experience overall. Obviously the kitchen was what I was most excited for – it is the heart of any home, after all. I wanted it to be absolutely perfect, and I couldn’t be happier with how it came out. So excited to be able show you guys where all of my recipes are now born!
So the company we built our house with had preset floor plans, but we could pretty much customize whatever we wanted. In the kitchen, we extended the island by about 2 feet. A big, long island was a MUST for me, both for baking and entertaining purposes. I love being able to sit at and gather around a big island in the kitchen, as that’s what my parents had in our kitchen growing up, too! So happy with how it came out, it’s the perfect size.
The countertops are all quartz. We went with that instead of granite for lower maintenance, but it was a bit more expensive. Good thing I love how it looks!
Joe’s dad built us this amazing kitchen table. Isn’t it gorgeous?! I love the color and detailing on the big legs, which you can’t really see from this angle. We got our chairs online, from Wayfair. I don’t typically gravitate toward patterns, but I love them!
Another add on was adding more cabinets on this side (photo above). We have a ton of cabinet space that’s still completely empty – I am NOT mad about this. We plan on this being a forever home, so whenever we expand our family I know our “stuff” will do so also. Nothing wrong with some extra space!
This little shelf built right into the island was another thing we added – my parents have one, and Joe was insistent that we have one, too. I’m super excited to swap out decorations as the seasons go by.
Okay, I’m excited for it to explode with Christmas. Let me live!
These cute little white island stools are from Wayfair, too. Simple, but I really like how they look. I wanted a lot of white, if that wasn’t obvious already! But, I was a little nervous about it looking TOO white, so I wanted the backsplash to break that up a bit with some more greys.
The backsplash may actually be my most favorite part of our kitchen! I was so relieved with how much I loved it when I first saw it, I love how it brings everything together but doesn’t look too crazy.
My beloved, hot pink Kitchen Aid mixer has this special reserved spot on the counter. How could I put such a thing of beauty away in a cabinet?!
Oh, and my little cupcake sign. A good life motto to live by, am I right?! Vegan cupcakes, of course. 🙂
Speaking of beloved, Joe is obsessed with coffee, so we have our beloved Ninja coffee bar and espresso maker. I like the look of a cute little coffee station, and it’s right next to the fridge for additions like almond milk and what not.
Next – the fridge!
Not sure why I opened it for photos, but here’s a look at our food, haha. Tons of greens, almond and peanut butter, almond milk, and CONDIMENTS ON DECK. For days. I am the condiment queen, after all. Oh, and beer from a little get together Joe had for work friends.
Typically it’s also exploding with fruit, but this was a weird day toward the end of the week where our supply was super low and a grocery trip was necessary.
We both really wanted a drawer freezer, and I’m so happy that’s what we went with. It makes it so easy to see everything we have! Which is almost always frozen broccoli and other veggies, I’ve been obsessed with frozen cauliflower rice mixes – try them! Frozen berries for smoothies, and we NEVER let our frozen banana supply run out, as I’m obsessed with nice cream, for life. If you’re looking for a healthy bread option, Joe swears by Ezekiel, which you store in the freezer.
Right next to the fridge is a really big pantry! Lots of shelf space, and again, lots of extra room so we can see what we’ve got but it’s not overflowing.
Again if you’re curious about our food, our pantry staples are tons and tons of beans, crushed tomatoes/tomato paste, raisins (Joe literally goes through them like water), and a variety of plant-based flours and other stuff I bake with. A quick note on that – I just recently started using buckwheat flour and I AM SO OBSESSED I CAN’T DEAL. So get ready for buckwheat overload when it comes to recipes – sorry not sorry, it’s great for you!!
PS it’s killing me and my obsessive neat freak tendencies that the damn vanilla extract in the photo above is knocked over…UGH.
This little cubby area leads to the door to our garage. There’s another big closet to the left for storage, which is where we keep other appliances that we use often but don’t necessarily want on the counter – pancake griddle, waffle iron, etc.
The cubbies are so convenient for shoe/bag dropping right when we come in the door, to avoid random piles elsewhere. Rumor loves the bottom part to lay in after a walk in the hot sun. She’s weird.
Stove and oven! The oven is pretty legit, which is important to me, of course. The stove is gas and it’s also wonderful. All I’ve cooked on it so far is broccoli, haha. But it’s been REALLY good broccoli every time!
The photo below is literally just me wanting to show you my cute veggie spatula. See it?!
Also, the red thing is to set spoons/spatulas on while you’re baking/cooking and not done yet, but so that stuff doesn’t drip all over the counter. Seriously, such a good idea!
This little beauty might be our favorite wedding gift of all. I realize how ridiculous that sounds, but it’s true! We use this toaster oven at least 4 times a week, for what else?! SWEET POTATOES. If you know me well, you know it gets a lot of use, because I eat a LOT of sweet potatoes.
Don’t even get me started on the people that say “carbs” are bad for you and will make you fat, because I CAN’T EVEN with that. Processed, fake carbs will make you fat. Starchy, complex carbohydrates from plants will satiate you, fuel you, and make you feel amazing. And they’re delicious AF.
Sorry for that tangent!
Hahaha pictured below, our potato mountain. I’d climb that mountain all DAY.
Our pretty view out the window! It was a gorgeous day when I took these photos, so sorry for the blinding light. But this window is BIG and lets so much natural light in, which was another big focus for me when we started the building process.
We had the option of splitting the sink into two sections, which I think is more common. But I went with a huge, singular one, and I love it. It makes it so easy to wash a bunch of dishes without feeling cramped – I always wash dishes by hand. I’m sure if our family grows I’ll use the dishwasher, but as of right now we never do. Just simpler since we don’t have a bunch of dishes between the two of us!
B-A-N-A-N-A-S! I love bananas. You should know that at this point, though. This is actually much less than we usually have – time for a grocery trip!
I find these pictures mesmerizing, because I’m obsessed with bright colors and love our fiestaware stuff.
So much cabinet space!
This picture sucks, but I keep these appliances in cabinets because they definitely get used on the regular. The Ninja gets used basically every day for nice cream, and the food processor for nut butters, also known as plant-based, healthy crack.
My little baking supply cabinet! It’s actually really big. I keep a few other random things in another one, but this is most of it.
Something I value over my entire kitchen! Rumor says hi, everybody. Way too cute for her own good.
So, that’s it! The beaming banana kitchen. Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any questions about the building process or whatever, I’m so willing to chat!!
Have a fabulous week, beautiful souls! I’m currently in Florida celebrating my anniversary with my hubby, but I’ll be back with a recipe on Thursday 🙂