Welome to our home, and more specifically our kitchen
I am so excited to begin sharing photos of our home. We moved in December and finally feel settled in our new space. Since this is the first of many posts about our house, I’ll start with a bit of context about our design process.
Brett and I decided to take the big step of becoming homeowners together in August of 2016. We decided on a new-build which gave me 16 months to calm my nerves and us the opportunity to select all the finishings for our home ourselves. I imagined the design process would take place over many months and that we’d spend hours pouring over design magazines in order to get everything perfect.
What followed was a classic case of expectations vs reality. Our builder scheduled our design meetings during what I can only describe as the busiest and most hellish few months of my law school career. Instead of reading Style at Home I was pouring over Gary Born’s International Commercial Arbitration. We went into our first meeting with a few ideas but no reference photos and no plan. For a self-proclaimed perfectionist this felt like a nightmare. I didn’t think there was any way we could design a space we both loved without agonizing over every detail.
Looking back on it now though, I think this was the best thing that could have happened to us. I’ve been known to set my heart on something and completely close my mind other options. Going in with no expectations meant I was more open to suggestions. Going in with time constraints meant I went with my gut and didn’t make things overly complicated. We chose everything in two hours; cabinetry, countertops, paint colours… everything. And I only had a minor meltdown when the engineered quartz countertop I wanted was WAY outside of our budget. But that that ended up being for the best too. The granite we went with ties the whole kitchen together.
As for the design we kept it simple. I love the high contrast of the black cabinetry on the bottom and the white on top. The black grout makes the white subway tiles pop and provides a bit of visual interest. We went with grey barstools to tie the kitchen and living room together. And my favourite part of the whole kitchen? My built-in wine fridge, obviously!