Since we left off on the topic of construction and rebuilding last week, let me open up this week with some major construction project I’ve been involved with recently. If you’ve been following me on Instagram you know that I’ve been busy working on a house remodel that involves a super awesome kosher kitchen design. I got to work with an amazing kitchen designer at Lowes and together we put together a beautiful and functional plan for this lovely family.
This amazing family of eight hosts a lot of people on a weekly basis and wanted a contemporary, practical kitchen that still felt warm and inviting. While that might sound easy to achieve, bear in mind that when you have stainless steel appliances (a huge fridge) and two of everything – burners, hoods, ovens, sinks… – the contemporary kitchen could go cold very quickly. So let me show you a peek at how we’re going to achieve their contemporary, practical, warm and inviting kosher kitchen :-)…
The first thing we chose were the floors for the entire house, including the kitchen.
I love how the floors turned out and if you follow me on Instagram you might have sensed my excitement when this was happening. This wood like tile is the prettiest warm gray.
This family really liked a white kitchen. Given that we’re going to have a huge pantry and broom closet, plus a lot of cabinets, we quickly realized that an all white kitchen with so much stainless steel, would feel very fancy and almost stale, for this busy, fun and friendly family.
I suggested we add grey lowers (Kraft Maid Pebble Grey) to add friendly, casual feel and a stained island (Kraft Maid Kaffe) to add warmth. (The grey of the lowers looks quite off in this image by Kraftmaid, though.) Now, I have to say that I’m super excited to use the Kraftmaid line, which has a finish that seems almost indisctuctible, perfect for a busy family. We like the quality so much, that we’re using the same cabinetry for the built in’s in the dining room and play room!
We tried to go with quartz for the countertops, but the family’s Rav preferred we use granite for kashrut reasons. I know many of you replied on Instagram that you’ve heard different opinions etc. That’s why one has to stick to one’s Rav. In this case, this was their Rav’s answer and so I was happy to oblige. We found a wonderful granite that is light enough to make me happy.
The picture above doesn’t do it justice, but it’s white with grey veining and deep purple speckles. It’s very pretty.
We’re going to use a classic white glass subway tile also from Floor & Decor, although in the picture it looks grey. It’s actually white glass, but because it’s glass, the white doesn’t look as pure as if it were ceramic, creating a nice flow between the white uppers, white/greyish countertops and grey lowers. All the hardware will be brushed nickel. I’m happy with these, simple classic ones, that are not too plain. Amazon has them and Ikea carries them in even more sizes, which was a super happy find!
The island is big and will require three pendants. These are similar but not exact to what we’ll be using, as we haven’t defined the pendant situation.
The paint I showed above is Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray, but in truth when I tested in the space I loved Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist as it almost matches the lower cabinets and blends very well with the floors, plus it has the purple undertone I was looking for to tie into the granite.
What do you think?
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