Hello! I’m happy to finally share the LMDS Dream Home 2021 Dream Kitchen! If you’re new here – you can read the origins of this virtual design project here. This is the second fully completed space in this 4,600 sq. ft. home (plus 600 sq. ft. pool/guest house and 900 sq. ft. deck). I’m nearly done with the mudroom/pantry/laundry/dogwashing station (sneak peek at bottom!).
So, let us begin the tour with the floor plan of the central part of the house for context:
The house has pantry closets in the mudroom as well as a butler’s pantry off the dining room so I felt that I didn’t need a lot of upper storage in the kitchen. As you can see from the floor plan, the kitchen is open to the great room and visible from the front door, so I wanted the areas seen most by those spaces to be less kitchen-like. I’m not a fan of an open floor plan and have ended up with a more open space than I generally love, so it’s important to me that the “business” parts of the kitchen are as obscured as possible. Also, full disclosure, I’m not much of a cook. I like to cook for friends and entertaining, but on my own, not so much. So, while I wanted to design a beautiful kitchen with great appliances, I didn’t want a trophy kitchen either. You can see above, it’s basically the same size as the mudroom.
Colors are very important to me and I’d fallen in love with this fabric from Anna Elizabeth and was planning on using it in the great room on the window treatments.
I toyed with a teal blue color for the cabinets but didn’t like it as much when I started mocking it up, so I returned to my life-long favorite color of green. The nice thing about this fabric is that it has a lot of different colors and I was able to swivel to Farrow & Ball’s Calke Green #34 – “A traditional sage green” as they call it. (Note, all the finishes and products are linked below.)
I initially was going to do a BIG IMPRESSIVE range such as an Aga, La Cornue or Signature Kitchen Suites. But that seemed overkill for someone who isn’t an avid cook. And while this is a fantasy project, I am really focused on doing what I really want to do if money were no object. So, I went in the completely opposite direction with a seamless Thermador induction cooktop that blends right into the black Cambria quartz countertop.
From left to right, the other appliances are a Wolf built-in coffee maker, drawer microwave and double ovens. The drawers under the cooktop would be pots and pans.
I have a copper collection that I wanted to display in my dream kitchen.
These pieces below were my Mom’s and I just love how they look on my pink wall. Fun fact – I loaned this set to local design colleague Kristina Crestin to use in one of the houses she designed for her HGTV show Farmhouse Fixer. You can see them in action here.
The end of the cabinet run switches from quartz to reclaimed wood counter top – the concept is that the closer to the living area, the more furniture-like the kitchen. The glass front cabinet houses the coffee maker and every day dishes.
And below is the other side with a Blanco sink, Brizo faucet, Thermador dishwasher with panel front, trash pull-out and a Sub-Zero fridge.
And looking back through the kitchen to the great room.
I don’t know why I couldn’t get a better rendering image out of the coffee station, but here it is.
Here’s the view as you’d enter the space from the garage and mudroom. I haven’t begun to decorate the great room, so all the furniture is shown in neutral linen. More to come on that!
And the opposite view where you can see the kitchen just peeking out.
(Pin for future reference)
Resources – A Dream Kitchen
(All resources are linked below)
Cabinet Paint: Farrow & Ball Calke Green #34
Wall and Ceiling Paint: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee OC-45
Counter and Backsplash: Cambria Quartz slab Blackbrook
Coffee Maker: Wolf 24IN Coffee System
Microwave: Wolf 3oIN Drawer Microwave
Refrigerator/Freezer: Sub-Zero 42IN Side-by-Side
Fabric (to the trade, contact me for more info): Anna Elizabeth
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And there you have the kitchen! Next up is the mudroom/pantry/laundry. And yes, I’m continuing to indulge my love of green, this time a little lighter and brighter – because I just fell in love with the wallpaper!