A Lovely Home: The Cabinets

laguna vista_kitchen final (3){the original kitchen}

A home remodel is like a juggling act. Be ready to do some multitasking because once our team was in place, multiple things started happening at once. To help me not get overwhelmed by the whole process, I’ve decided to look at it as a marathon – to take it slow and steady and be present each step of the way. It’s definitely a lesson in compartmentalizing!

Once the floor plan was finalized, BDG began designing the largest and most expensive part of the remodel – the kitchen. They designed a really cool rendering and drawing of the kitchen elevations for a better visual representation of the cabinetry layout. We loved and approved their first pass at it.

The next step was to work with a cabinet maker on cabinet details and finding the best vendor. Our contractor referred us to Earl with Cabinetry Design Center. During my first meeting with Earl, we talked about the 1) door style & finishes; and 2) cabinet interiors.

heartDoor Style + Paint Finish:

I knew I liked the Shaker style for its classic and simple look. They don’t come across as trendy, they’re versatile – good for traditional or modern kitchen designs. Definitely go with soft close doors, if possible. We wanted the kitchen to be light with a natural and organic feel, so we chose a neutral color palette of whites and greys.

These are some of the inspirations: kitchen_white waterfall countertop with cream. cream-colored cabinets. light wood flooring. final{cream-colored Shaker cabinets, marble countertops + white accents}kitchen_light grey final{light grey with bluish tint-colored flat panel cabinets, marble countertops + backsplash} kitchen_Mint kitchen cabinets with white marble backsplash| like the gold handles final{mint-colored Shaker cabinets with brass pulls, white marble countertops + backsplash}

heartCabinet Interiors:

I knew I wanted a place for everything. I work and live best when my surroundings (that I can control) are clutter-free. I made a list of all the small appliances I wanted storage for, which includes a toaster, coffee maker, stand mixer, food processor, Vitamix and a few more. The list helped Earl create the best, most convenient storage for them. kitchen_storage for everything final{roll-out shelves for small appliances}

We also talked about organization for dinnerware and flatware, the pantry, even spices and a tea drawer. Getting down to the details was a little mind-boggling! But, it’s also a great opportunity to think about flow and how you want to use the kitchen. For example, I’d like to do baking prep on the island, so we created a  place in the island cabinet for the stand mixer and another cabinet with dividers for baking sheets.kitchen_Pullout drawers for dishes + silverware final{roll-out shelves for dinnerware + divided drawers for silverware} kitchen_compact built in pantry with pullout drawers final 2{built-in pantry with roll-out shelves for easy access + to see all your food!} kitchen_tea drawer final{divided drawer for tea bags + sweeteners}

Images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. See these + more kitchen pics by following A Lovely Life on Pinterest.

I hope you enjoy!


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