My Kitchen!

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I am so excited to finally show y’all my kitchen in our new house. We moved in back in May, but with the arrival of Ellie & Lyla…well everything got put on the back burner for a while.

Today I am only showing the kitchen, because I am still working on the fun gallery wall for my dining area. I have been finding so much inspiration for my gallery wall on pinterest that it just keeps growing and I’m not quite finished with it.

Just so you have a “lay of the land”, the kitchen overlooks the living room. To the right of the kitchen is the dining room and to the left is a french door leading into my office. It is SO wonderful to finally not have to carry my food far to photograph it. It truly makes my life 100X easier compared to our previous house. My office used to be on the second floor, so I had to carry my food upstairs to get pictures. You have no idea how many times I dropped cookies on the ground only to have them gobbled up by Brody!

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I fell in love with this kitchen layout the moment I saw it in the model home. There are so many cabinets and I was instantly sold with the giant sized island. Once we added the double ovens and gas rang, I was sold.

The kitchen came pretty much as pictured. We bought all our GE appliances through the builder, except for the refrigerator. The biggest changes we made to the kitchen were paint and the pendant lights. I found the pendant lights on Etsy and I was lucky that my parents helped out with the painting since I was 8 months pregnant at the time. The color on the walls is called Dapper Tan.

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When it came time for us to pick out our refrigerator, I knew I wanted to stick with a GE fridge since all our other appliances were already GE and we are loving them (especially the double ovens!!!). I went back and forth on which refrigerator would be best for us. We liked that the GE Profile Refrigerator did hands free water. Meaning you set down your cup and push a button and it measures your cup and fills it up. I mean…come on, that’s cool.

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However, we ended up going with the GE Cafe Refrigerator instead. While it doesn’t measure your cup, it does hot water (any temperature you want) directly from the fridge. I also preferred the look of the hard lines of the GE Cafe Refrigerator, when compared to the rounded edges of the GE Profile Refrigerator. They were the exact same price, so it really came down to which features and style I thought we would like better.

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I was a little nervous about downsizing to a counter depth refrigerator, but the layout of the GE Cafe Refrigerator really has helped me not miss those extra inches. In both the fridge and freezer, they do an awesome job of maximizing all of the possible space.

And yes, those are my Pumpkin Spice Eggos you see in the freezer. Don’t judge me.

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And that’s all for now! Maybe one day I will be brave enough to open my pantry and show you the horrors that live in there…but for now, let’s just concentrate on that tray of Pecan Praline Cupcakes. :-) Recipe coming later this week!


Disclosure: I received a GE Cafe Refrigerator from GE Appliances, however all opinions are always my own. 

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26 Responses
  1. Sara

    Oh my gosh I love your kitchen!! I love the idea of counter depth because it just sits flush and looks so much better. But I was wondering if there is any way you know what the tile is for the back splash….it’s gorgeous! We’re buying a house and will be redoing the kitchen and that tile is perfect!

  2. Layla

    I have to tell you, my husband and I have been going back and forth between a Maytag fridge and the GE fridge for weeks. WEEKS. After I saw your post, we went to home depot and bought the GE. It was just delivered today and we love it already! Thanks for the kick in the pants to just buy it already!

    P.S. Gorgeous kitchen! :-)

  3. Nicki

    Gorgeous kitchen! What type of stove top do you have? How many burners is it? I really love the upscale look of it.

  4. Shirley

    Eek! I love your kitchen! It is so gorgeous! Also, love the fridge and am going to show your photos to my boyfriend tonight. We have been talking about replacing our old one, but he was worried that a counter depth one would not be big enough for us. Glad to hear you are happy with the size! With all the cooking you do, if it works for you, it will totally work for us!

  5. Julie

    Can I live in your kitchen please?? We are in the middle of remodeling ours and it’s currently in the tear down stage. Can’t wait for the appliance & countertop buying stage though!

  6. Shane

    I just saw photos of your kitchen on Pinterest and saved it for inspiration for when we build our house next year. And PS my refrigerator has eggos in it too. ;-)

  7. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    You have my dream kitchen! Congratulations :) I will definitely be using this as inspiration when it’s time. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Nice job!!

  8. DeAnna+Novak

    It’s beautiful! I can’t imagine having that much space. George and I are always on top of each other trying to get dinner ready.

  9. Sues

    Ahhh this is beautiful!! I love those pendant lights. The kitchen in my new house is only a couple years old, so we can’t justify re-doing much yet, but we replaced all the lighting and got a huge new fridge. But I LOVE that this one does hot water, too.

  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    My kitchen is 1/10th that size. Urban condo that’s crammed and crowded. The space you have is just amazing! And the appliances…omg soooo stunning!! Just beautiful! CONGRATS!

  11. jessica lynn

    I love my kitchen, but boy does yours give me kitchen envy!! Both fridges sound awesome—I was just putting water in my water bottle from my fridge and was thinking how nice it would be if they made a fridge that could just pour my water hands free…go figure that they actually do make them!

    Can’t wait to see more from your home!


I'm a trial & error, self taught, sugar addict who thankfully learned how to survive in the kitchen! I am also a wife, mama of 3.