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Lake House White Kitchen

The day is finally here, I’m sharing the kitchen! Prepare yourself for photo overload as I haven’t decided the best angles to shoot this from yet, so I’m just including them all.A kitchen with an island stove and breakfast nookIn this house I wanted to make sure the kitchen really worked for our family because this tends to be where we all gather. High on the list were a large pantry that hides all the clutter (see the full pantry post here), a breakfast nook, and a large island.

A breakfast nook and kitchen island

I also wanted it tucked back a little from the main living room, so it felt more like an old school kitchen where it’s more of it’s own room. But I still wanted to keep an open floor plan where the lake views weren’t interrupted.

A dining table and kitchen

So you know, open…but closed…

Maybe you can see why the Mr. just stares at me sometimes scratching his head, but it all made sense to me! And it makes sense in real life too. It’s open to the dining area, but tucked back from the living room. We went a few rounds of drawing the kitchen and finally landed on the perfect plan.

A kitchen area with a breakfast nook

You may remember my kindergarten drawings (see below) of our kitchen I shared this past winter, and the kitchen really turned out pretty close to my drawings. We only changed a few things mid-build as we sort of saw the space coming together.


Pretty close right? I decided to change the china cabinet section on the far right a bit and drop the cabinets all the way down realizing I wouldn’t need that extra counter space.

A kitchen with a large window

A stove top oven sitting inside of a kitchen

One of the other things we changed was making the back lower cabinet and counter deeper. I went with a bigger 36 inch professional range (ours is a monogram) and they are deeper than a regular sized range so this made it look more custom. The other thing that was great about that was we could switch from a counter depth fridge to a full size one and not have it stick out any further than a counter depth.

A stove top oven sitting inside of a kitchen

We went with an inset cabinet style so that I could have these classic feeling latch hardware. I went with polished nickel in here to continue with the classic vibe, which I love although the finger prints do drive me a little batty.

A kitchen with a sink and a window

I knew I wanted a mix of glass cabinets and closed cabinetry vs. the open shelving we had in our last house. I just wanted a change of pace, but I still included the open shelving in the pantry.

A breakfast nook with rustic beams

I love how this china cabinet area turned out over by the breakfast nook. I’m still working on styling the shelves in here, so ignore the empty shelves!

A kitchen with a sink and a window

I chose this big sliding door cabinet design to balance out the refrigerator and make everything symmetrical. I also love that I can grab the dishes from either side of the peninsula depending on what table I’m setting. I’m so happy with the character this cabinet adds to the kitchen as well.

A kitchen with a sink and a window

We used quartz counters again in this house with a marble feel. I love how durable and easy to clean these counters are.

A kitchen with a wood floor

I wanted a pop of color in here so the island got this pretty blue grey paint. Speaking of the island, my cabinet maker did an amazing job on it. I told him I wanted it to look like a piece of furniture with an open shelving feel on either side for easy access to items I use a lot.

A kitchen with a stove top and blue island and stools

I love having the  island for the kids to do homework at and we do a ton of baking here too.

A kitchen island with stools

So that’s the grand tour, this room has such a sunny, happy vibe and it was so fun to see it come to life!

White kitchen with blue island

You can see the full breakfast nook tour here, and the pantry here.

SOURCE LIST – (contains affiliate links)

Cabinet color/wall color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams

Island Color – Blustery Sky by Sherwin Williams

Flooring – BuildDirect

Bar Stools – World Market

Rug – Joss and Main

Hardware cup pulls – HomeDepot

Cabinet latches – Home Depot

Range – GE Monogram Professional Gas Range

Fridge – GE Cafe French Door Refrigerator

Black range rack – IKEA

Lights –  Wayfair

Countertops – Vicostone Misterio quartz


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  1. I went through serious short-term depression when you announced that you were selling your last home! I phoned a friend, complained, drank a glass of wine, and came to terms with your new home being as spectacular as your last one…and it is :)

  2. I would have never thought you to use those lights but I actually really like them! Beautiful kitchen.

  3. Hi! Love your kitchen. Could you please give some info on your dining table with white chairs? Thanks so much!

    1. Oh it’s right there by the sink! We did a panel ready dishwasher in this house and our cabinet maker fitted it with a cabinet face so it looks like a big drawer. I love that it’s hidden!

  4. That blue against the wood and the flash of crisp, clean white with the fixtures! Prettiness & magic!

  5. Beautiful!! Would love specifics on flooring……I know in a previous post you said it was Vanier European Oak Whitewash Collection, but what color…Robin?

    1. Hi Sharon the color is Robin, I’m not sure what is going on with the BuildDirect site I keep linking to the specific flooring and it keeps getting rerouted to the home page. Sorry about that!!

  6. I love it – really like that there are no open shelves. I think this weird trend was started by some decorator idea to change things up – but too much clutter out in the open, as well as all those invisible grease particles that seem to float in the air and land on everything. I can’t clean every day and those grease particles are like a magnet and collect dust. I prefer a simple clean look. Great job.

  7. I love your kitchen! Classic that will never go out of style! Your blue island inspired me to paint mine blue as well, it was no easy task trying to find the right blue!

  8. I thought I wanted a really open floor plan until seeing how your kitchen is open yet slightly secluded from the family room. It’s the best of both worlds! Love your design so much! Thanks for sharing.

  9. You did an excellent job in designing your new kitchen – the deeper cabinetry on the range wall (are the uppers deeper than 12″?), the sliding doors to access either side of the peninsula..open shelves either end of island..very practical and well thought out. Functional for your personal use and also very beautiful.

    1. Hi Su, sorry the links to BuildDirect keep breaking here is the style – Vanier Engineered Hardwood – European Oak Whitewash Collection ours our the color Robin.

  10. The sliding door cabinet providing access to either side of the peninsula is the perfect solution to a design problem I am facing. Doing a mental happy dance and so appreciating your kitchen share!

  11. Ummm, hello? That window? Timbers meet tile? I can’t even!! Did you work with a designer on this house or is it all you? I’m in heaven every time you share. Thank you SO much!!

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