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Look at our beautiful cabinets!

A few days ago, our cabinet guy (the proper term, I’m sure) finished installing our lower cabinetry and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Cabinets were one of the few jobs we chose to hire out, mostly because dear Ken is a massive perfectionist (if you didn’t realize from our flooring debacle!) and we’re both aware that building precise kitchen cabinets ourselves would call for an estimated move-in date of July. In 2018.

I should tell you up front that these cabinets are not what they seem. They’re insanely special, fully equipped with slow-close hinges. Fancy, yes? I’ve been repeatedly slamming them since they were installed last week, completely in awe of how magically slow they close (even when faced with full force bashing from me)!

We chose all-white kitchen cabinets (surprised?) to flow seamlessly with our Pure White Caesarstone countertops. In fact, the countertops are being fabricated as I type this and I am bubbling over with excitement. Until they’re ready, of course, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of the kitchen layout and design as it is today:

Above is our island, complete with a space for oven and cooktop. (Both are from Maytag and are gorgeous in person!) That big pipe in the middle? We love it. We’re keeping it. Our mothers think we’re crazy, but we like the charm of it all and are envisioning our galvanized pendants to fit beautifully nearby.

Here’s a shot from the other end of the island so you can get the full effect of the layout. (Ken’s installing the dishwasher in this photo—isn’t he dreamy?)

Anyway, things look a bit crazy in this stage, but trust me—we’re in for a treat once we install our shiny stainless accents!

1. Our Maytag cooktop is white and seamless, creating the perfect cooking surface to blend with our Pure White Caesarstone countertops. This might be my favorite piece of the entire kitchen.

2. Our Kohler faucet is just as pretty as I imagined.

3. We chose a half-load dishwasher because we don’t cook all that often and are super interested in conserving as much water as possible. I can’t wait to give this one a go!

4. Our apron-front sink is stainless, and although I voted for white, Ken lobbied for the functionality of stainless. I’m still pining for a white ceramic, but I suppose marriage is one big compromise, yes?

5. We actually didn’t realize we needed a down draft until the very last minute, so this was a late-in-the-game addition to the team. Welcome, Down Draft!

6. Last, our built-in oven is super gorgeous. And it smells shiny and new, which is almost as intoxicating to me as a shoe store. Almost.

Above is a bad photo (Ken’s the photographer in our duo!) of Ken installing the sink, and that’s all you get from this sneak peek. I can’t wait to show you the rest in due time—get ready for a big reveal!

See you next Wednesday, friends!


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18 Responses

  1. Stacy says:

    It's official: I am majorly crushing on your kitchen.

  2. erin / dfm says:

    Thanks, sweet Stacy! Come visit anytime!

  3. juice says:

    Love the cabinets! Where did you get them?

  4. Guardian Basement says:

    This is honestly a nice design. Now imagine having all that in your basement with great waterproofing. At Guardian Basement Waterproofing we can comply with prices and what you would like to have done in your home. Give us a call at (410) 265-8888 ‎or visit our website guardiandry.com

  5. snappycasual says:

    Eeeee! This is awesome, Erin! I love the pipe, the cabinets, the sink! Obsessed. :)

  6. erin loechner says:

    @juice We custom built the cabinets with a local carpenter. :)

  7. Glen Canfield says:

    Thanks for sharing this information. Caesarstone countertops are best

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