Thursday, June 23, 2016

Texas Home Kitchen Tour


Today is all about starting the home tour of our new Texas house and we're starting in the kitchen!

We've now been in our new home for about 3 months.  The family has settled into our new surrounding fairly well, but I'm still working on getting many of the rooms situated the way we I want-  welcoming, little to no clutter, functional, and maybe, just maybe, even a little pretty.

While we've moved many times over the past 15 years of our marriage, this house definitely has more   upscaled finishing touches and that's a bit intimidating for me.  I'm not big on decorating or paying attention to such details.  This has been a new {and good} challenge for me!

You may be wondering why I'm revealing the kitchen first, huh?  Almost every time we move, the first room to get put in place is our kitchen.  Why?
  • If the kitchen is unpacked and functional, the family is able to get to a new 'normal' more quickly.  
  • Quick, fresh, nutritious meals are available no matter what time or what's going on.  
  • Having the kitchen done first is also a great way to save money during an already very expensive time.
And I really don't want to live with this mess for very long.

The kitchen is also the room that the least amount of decorating - which keeps the pressure off of me for a little longer.  

Let's start the tour!  

I love looking at floor plans, so that's where were going to start this tour.

Overall, the space is a really great size and has a good working flow.  Having more space has allowed us to have more than just one or two people in the kitchen at a time - something my kids are loving.

My dream kitchen is all white cabinets and stainless steel appliances that don't get smudges.  My husband likes dark cabinets.  Did you notice the color of the cabinets in our kitchen? Hmmmm....

Maybe next time I'll get what I want.

The wood is beautiful, though, and we have a HUGE amount of cabinet and drawer space.  Always a bonus!

The wall that has the most amount of cabinet space also has our ovens and microwave.  Before we purchased the house, the builder had only one oven installed.  Fortunately, the builder was willing to work with us and installed a double oven before closing.  The microwave is a few inches higher, but still works for us.  Even the builder was surprised at how nice it looked when finished.

As I said -  lots of cabinet space and that also means lots of counter space.

The cooktop has been another nice change for us.  We love having the gas range to cook on again.  It's been several years and several houses ago since we've been able to have one and I didn't realize how much difference there really is.  The older kids are enjoying it, too.

Did you notice the pot filler on the back wall?  Yep.  Already spoiled.

There's also a large walk-in pantry which has been an amazing addition for our large family! We get a lot of groceries and it's nice to have one space that contains it all.

Here's a panoramic picture of the corner. (A little wonky, but you get the idea.)

Opposite from the cooktop is the kitchen sink, dishwasher, and pull-out trash bin.  All situated nice and close to make clean up easy.  Of course, the highly important coffee maker is right there were we can fill it easily with the filtered fridge water to have our morning cups of coffee.

I'm still getting used to the sink.  I know, I know...... but farm sinks are all the rage, right?  Well, they are also, deeper than what I'm used to, which means I'm hunched over a lot when having to wash dishes.  It also doesn't seem to drain the water out as cleanly, so I'm having to push all the nasty debris down the drain with my hands more often than not.  And did you see what the finish is?  I'm not saying I hate it, but I really don't think I'll be requesting one in our next house.  

The last thing in the kitchen I want to share with you is our ceiling.  What's so special about a ceiling?  You'd be surprised!

There really was a lot of detail put into this house!

Thanks so much for joining me on this tour!  It actually ended up being longer than I thought, but I enjoyed being able to share it will all of you.  Kitchen sink aside {joking}, we really are enjoying our new kitchen.  

I'll be sharing more rooms and areas with you as we get them done.



  1. Wow, I am in love with your kitchen. I really like the dark kitchen cabinets and some of the silver appliances. I also wouldn't mind a big sink like that, especially when you have a large family as it always comes in real handy. My husband is building a walk in pantry for us at the moment, cannot wait to use it.


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