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Kitchen Scheming

Beebop and I have been talking, and pinning kitchen ideas for Mike and Amy’s kitchen. Last week, Beebop came home from work, and for fun she had been thinking about ways she could update her employers poorly laid out kitchen space.

Here is an idea of how the space is laid out now: The cooking space of the kitchen is set up into a galley. The rest of the room is large open space. There is a random island at the end of the galley kitchen, in the eating space, that you can’t sit at and is removed from the cooking space so you can’t prep food on it either. It’s an over sized catch-all. There’s a pantry that is full of storage, and is smart in theory with shelves that swing out from within, but can’t really close anymore. On the other side of the wall of the galley kitchen section is a narrow, backdoor hallway that is used as the “mudroom” space, on the other side of the back hall is the laundry room. All these spaces being narrowly divided makes each of them difficult to fully function in as more than two people, sometimes not even two people, can easily share the space.

We wanted to work with the main bones of the kitchen, like not moving water lines, but we wanted to eliminate some of the walls so that we could get a more open layout and be able to really use the space. We had a few main thoughts that guided our inspiration pictures we pinned: More open kitchens, U or L shaped with an island in the middle of the space, sink under the window like it is currently, stove top in the island, seating at the island, timeless kitchen elements like subway tiles and farmhouse sink, with contemporary touches to keep it looking fresh and clean.

restored style

Restored Style

White subway tile, counter tops are different from the outer kitchen and island, glass front cabinets mixed with regular cabinet fronts



The grey shaker style cabinets are contemporary but traditional at the same time. White subway tile, white farmhouse style sink. I love the unique touch of the clasp lock cabinet “pulls.”

kitchen 2 no mirror

Allison Harper Interior Design

I love the farmhouse sink, and the white subway tile and the mix of glass front cabinets and full length cabinets. I also love the contrast the clean, white, cold elements ofĀ  the white stone with the the wood eating bar in the right corner.


This image is from Pinterest and doesn’t have an original source with it šŸ˜¦ From this kitchen I love the pulls, the built in microwave, and the stove top in the island fits our checklist. The main star of this image is the glass front, display cabinet at the end of the island. For Amy’s kitchen this could be a nice place to display cookbooks and serving dishes, it also keeps them in an easily accessible place to grab quickly when prepping for a meal.

You could also do an open cabinet at the end of the island for the same storage purposes. We have open shelves next to our stove, not a cabinet just shelves, at my house and it is a nice place to store small pots and serving bowls that we can grab quickly when were in the middle of cooking or prepping a meal. It helps visually to have the openness and not another closed cabinet.

More ideas from Better Homes and Gardens:

Open shelves at the end of the island 1:BHGĀ 

Glass Front CabinetsĀ  2:BHG

Cook top in the island with range hood over the stove, the open shelves at the end add a nice opennessĀ  3:BHG

The multilevel island keeps the cook top separate from the eating area 4: BHG

Part of the kitchen talks involved moving the laundry room to a closet off the kitchen that has the laundry shoot, based on some of the home layout I would guess that the laundry room is planned to go back where it originally was since the shoot is in that closet. There is a storage closet off the kitchen too that would beĀ  a nice space to make into a butler pantry as the hall leads into the dining room.

Beebop mentioned to Mike that we had been playing with some ideas for the kitchen and he was pretty excited about a lot of the ideas we came up with. So, who knows maybe our brainstorming and pinning session might turn into something more.