Our Austin Casa || The Kitchen Design

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TGIF, friends!  The countdown to Thanksgiving break and a much needed extended holiday has begun.  We spent the week hosting a Women and Whiskies happy hour with Noonday Collection (and these two gems), shooting new content, and finalizing our building permits with the city– as well as making many a house decision.  Which brings me to our kitchen and more importantly our kitchen dilemma: The cabinets!  I would love to hear which of these designs you like best or if there is a different combination you would prefer. (Note: those aren’t our light fixtures in drawing two. Keep reading for more of our kitchen decisions below.) Also, be sure to check in tomorrow for the latest in our Real Talk Series.

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Things that change in each of these: Color of shelving, range hood, microwave placement (it went into the island on the drawings where you can’t see it), double cabinets vs. single cabinets with molding to the ceiling, glass top cabinet vs. solid top cabinet.  What won’t change?  Our tile selections! I’ve been head over heels with Fireclay since we used them in our Los Angeles Master Bathroom renovation and would seriously use them in every room of the house if it was in the budget.  We are doing the 6″ triangles on island below the bar and the glazed thin brick as a backsplash.

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1.Diamond cabinetry in maritime || 2. Walnut floating shelves || 3. Bertazzoni refrigerator || 4. Bertazzoni hood || 5. Muuto pendant lights || 6. Cabinet hardware from Build.com || 7. Kohler faucet || 8. Fireclay glazed brick backsplash in cotton|| 9. Bertazzoni 48″ range || 10. Fireclay 6″ triangle tile in Daisy || 11. Cambria quartz countertop in “Ella” || 12. Kohler apron front sink

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  1. Love the white and green. My kitchen is much smaller so I’ll be focusing on whites, and ivory colours to open up my space.

    xx, Fatima
    http://www.fatimasabri.com

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/21/2016

      You really can’t go wrong with a white kitchen! So light and airy!

  2. Sally Murphy

    11/18/2016

    3 and 4 disperse the focal points and look more balanced to me, good luck.

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/21/2016

      Yes, I probably should have pointed out that the only difference between 3 and 4 is that the cabinets are 9″ off of the range in 4 and right next to the range in 3– it’s hard to tell from this angle. (Agree on the balance– 1 was our first thought and then we realized how heavy it looked on the left side.)

  3. I’m sold on 3, but with the addition of the glass front top uppers of 3! I think it will soften it up a bit. I definitely prefer the microwave tucked into the island. Nothing about a microwave is glamorous so I like that it stays a bit more out of sight, but also I think it could be more efficient to have it near your range. I prefer the open shelving over by the fridge, I think it provides really nice flow and will just look so pretty. LOVE the finishes and color palette! Either way, you really can’t go wrong. 🙂

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/21/2016

      Thanks, Cyd! Yes, the flow of 3 and 4 feels more balanced to me too. Xo

  4. Shannon

    11/18/2016

    I prefer #1. The open shelving by the could be quite useful, maximizing organization near the refrigerator and counter space. However, I like the glass front cabinets in #2 best. They lighten up the space a bit. I love the colors and layout! Good luck!

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/21/2016

      Yes, I agree that the dark cabinets all the way to the ceiling can feel a little heavy. #1 was our very first thought– now we are torn!

  5. Completely agree with everything CYD said. Nailed it! And want to add that I adore the pendants. Are you just dying to cook in this kitchen yet?? So pretty!!

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/21/2016

      Molly! You have no idea! I feel like I’m not cooking nearly as much as I have in years past because I’m not in my own kitchen. Counting down the days! (And, sadly, it’s still a lot of them!)

  6. I like option two but with the open shelves of three.

    My only comment on the microwave in the island is that while it looks better, I would be concerned about the safety issue of having something cooking and Parker walking by and wanting to be helpful and pulling out a hot dish and hurting herself. When we remodeled, we had a open microwave cabinet put in so the microwave is out of the way but higher up.

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/18/2016

      Oh I hadn’t even thought of that. Thanks for mentioning!

    • Katie H.

      11/18/2016

      I agree. I recently heard a terrible story about a friend’s daughter who is in the hospital after a microwave injury. I’d put that up high (even though it less aesthetically pleasing). I would also caution you about corner cabinets (option1). So difficult to store/reach things. I think I’m leaning towards options 3 & 4, but I do like the idea of glass upper cabinets. It’s tough! 🙂

      • Jen Pinkston

        11/21/2016

        Those corner cabinets actually pull out separately like three stacked drawers! It’s really cool! I’m so glad you guys pointed out the safety aspect of the microwave placement. I hadn’t thought of that!

  7. Lauren Horton

    11/18/2016

    What if you did Option 1, but added matching open shelving on the left side of the hood? Or would that cut out too much of your storage with doors? If that won’t work, I like option 3! I like the lighter color shelves and the double cabinets. You may as well have as much storage as possible even if you can’t easily access the stuff on top!

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/18/2016

      I have thought of that! I worried it would be too much open shelving… but it’s worth looking at! I feel like we have a lot more cabinets than I thought we were going to have, so maybe it’s fine?

  8. Laura from Houston

    11/18/2016

    A few thoughts –
    I like the glass top cabinets if you feel like you have adequate storage. Otherwise, if you need that space to “hide” stuff, it will be wasted. If you choose glass, I would add soft lighting within. Also keep in mind you gotta dust those bad boys.

    Regarding the microwave, if you’re like me… it’s always involved in final meal prep (the busiest time) – steaming veggies, heating a sauce, melting butter, etc. If it’s located in a super high-traffic spot in the kitchen, it can cause a little chaos… especially since you’re opening/closing at thigh-level.

    As for the shelves, I prefer the location in #3 and #4. I like the color and balance next to a bulky fridge. I would stay away from putting open shelves next to the vent hood. If you’ve cleaned a stainless vent hood (inside and out), you know how grimy they get.

    It’s going to be beautiful!

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/18/2016

      Oh my gosh, the griminess of a vent hood! I hadn’t even thought of all of that hot grease popping near my favorite things on those shelves. I think you may have just sealed the deal for the shelf placement for me… thank you!

    • Christy

      11/21/2016

      That was going to be my comment….I’d never intentionally put open shelving right next to your stove. To much possibility of spatter. I agree on the microwave too…out of reach of the toddler and somewhere that you don’t have to bend down to access it. Colors are so pretty though!!

  9. I like the placement of the open shelves in No 1

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/21/2016

      That was the first version that we put together and I really liked that you could see them from the living room. Just worried about the grease from the range, though.

  10. I just love #4.

  11. Tanya (Taylor) Alloway

    11/21/2016

    Hi Jen! I vote for option #1. I love it!

    • Jen Pinkston

      11/21/2016

      Yay! Thanks, Tanya! (PS. Your little babe is just the cutest thing. So happy for you guys!)