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A Bright White Family-Friendly Kitchen

A Bright White Kitchen Before leaving Ohio, one of my friends offered to let me shoot a couple rooms in her amazing home! First up in the tour? A bright white, family-friendly kitchen. In addition to their two dogs, she and her husband have four(!) growing boys, so you can imagine the meals and entertaining that happens within this space. Aside from looking really fantastic, it seems they’ve thought of pretty much every added convenience and function that would be helpful in raising a large, growing family. Click through to tour the kitchen!

Black and White Kitchen I love the crisp, clean details that make this space feel fresh and modern, yet welcoming. They went with classic materials such as marble, subway tile, and brushed nickel fixtures to create an inviting kitchen that will never go out of style.

White Modern Kitchen One of my favorite aspects of the kitchen is the professional grade appliances. Not only do they have an industrial grade range and fridge, but also double dish washers- which my friend insists is a must for a family filled with boys! She said while one is running, there is always a place to put dirty dishes… and let me tell you- her boys know exactly how the system works. You may not even notice many of the appliances because they’ve been thoughtfully faced with cabinet fronts.

Professional Kitchen Appliances

Bright and Open Kitchen Can we take a minute to talk about the herringbone floors? They’re actually tile that looks like wood, but it’s very well done. With pets and kids, she preferred a material that was super durable, scratch resistant, and easy to clean. I think running the tile in an interesting way helps to add movement and pattern to an otherwise monochromatic and rectangular space.

A Bright White Family Friendly Kitchen The vintage industrial leather stools were a lucky find from a flea market extravaganza. The cognac color really works well with the warm wood tones. Speaking of vintage, I had to ask her about the sign hanging in the kitchen that reads, “John’s Store”. You guys are going to love this story!!

Vintage Sign in Kitchen Her husband’s grandfather owned a grocery store and this is the actual sign that used to hang above their shop. It’s been in their family and she knew when renovating the kitchen, it had to live in the space somewhere. She also displays a framed canvas of the store on the countertop. I love the personal touch it adds to her kitchen, sharing a piece of the family history- it’s the meaningful details that make all the difference!

Framed Canvas on Countertop

Bright Vintage Kitchen Looking into the kitchen, are four bar stools (one for each boy, obviously), perfect for eating breakfast or a quick snack.

White Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Chalkboard Wall in Kitchen I had to laugh the first time I met my friend at her home… the chalk board wall adorned a “grounded until…” reminder for one of her kids. Ha! In all seriousness, it’s the perfect fun and organizational feature for this space. Isn’t that every kid’s dream? A chalkboard wall to play on?

Barstools in a Bright White Kitchen Being a super fun mom, she said her family really spends a ton of time in the kitchen. One of their favorite things to do during the hot, Ohio summer is to make milkshakes and have movie night.

Milkshake Maker

Modern Cottage Kitchen Another handy and beautiful vignette is the coffee bar. It has it’s own sink, with an osmosis filter that I’m sure fills many water bottles for athletic practices and games.

Coffee Area and Wet Bar I’ve always been a fan of floating shelves, but the large canisters on the shelves in this kitchen are really charming! Maybe it’s the handwritten labels, or the soft under mounted lighting, but they just make me want to whip something up in this gorgeous kitchen. If you’re having kitchen-envy as much as I am, here’s how to get the look at home…

White Modern Farmhouse Kitchen 01: pendant lights // 02: vintage style sign // 03: hood // 04: classic subway tile // 05: marble countertop // 06: range // 07: white shaker style cabinetry // 08: clock // 09: bistro bar stools // 10: floating shelf // 11: chalkboard paint // 12: industrial sconce // 13: white dishes // 14: chalkboard canister // 15: vintage rug // 16: cutting board // 17: ornate frame // 18: wood serving bowls // 19: kitchen faucet // 20: leather bar stools // 21: stainless apron front sink // 22: herringbone wood look floor tile

Floating Shelves in White Kitchen

White Modern Kitchen with Floating Shelves What are your favorite parts of this family-friendly room? I’d love to have the space for large appliances someday! Big thank you to Carmen for letting me share her home with you guys… stay tuned for her living room and dining room.

28 Comments

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    Allison Hasserd
    September 6, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    love that kitchen!! so white and open and bright and pretty and and and… haha. so gorgeous thanks for sharing!

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      Sarah
      September 6, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Ha! It’s one of my favorites. They did such a wonderful job on it! I definitely have kitchen envy on those amazing appliances :) xo

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    Becky Radcliff
    September 6, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Beautiful kitchen! Love how they incorporated family history into a modern space. My favorite part has to be the wood-look tile floors. That’s my goal for my place! There’s nothing about this kitchen that I don’t like. Very well thought out and family friendly.

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      Sarah
      September 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Totally agree! I just love the significance of the sign, and the floors are probably the most practical option I’ve seen for the wood look. Hope your week is off to a great start, Becky! xo

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    Elizabeth
    September 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Fabulous bright, light kitchen. Love the floors, the countertops and the backsplash tile. Thanks for the inspiration as we start planning a new kitchen.

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      Sarah
      September 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Good luck with your kitchen reno, Elizabeth!! xo

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    Holly
    September 7, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Did they hit the flea market jackpot or what? Those stools are amazing & I love the art in the space. My counters would look so bare without some frames leaning on them. Great tour Sarah.

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      Sarah
      September 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      I know, right?! That’s one thing I never added to my countertop that I will definitely do in my new house- artwork! Seems like a no brainer. xo

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    Albert Soto
    September 7, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Carmen, I love your kitchen , you are so gifted with everything you do. I remember your previous house yo did the master bathroom is was incredible. I need to see this house, Besos, big huge to you and your wonderful husband and your four boys. Congrats you doing something incredible.

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      Sarah
      September 7, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      I agree! She’s one talented lady. I wish I could’ve stayed in Dayton a little longer so she could’ve photographed my husband and I.

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    Annie
    September 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Those dogs! What a pair! All of the heart emojis.

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      Sarah
      September 7, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      They are SO cute and sweet. I knew we’d be friends because she’s such a dog lover too. Ha!

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    Ardith
    September 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Fantastic photographs of a fabulous, well-thought out kitchen. Kudos to you and your friend, Sarah. Cheers, Ardith

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      Sarah
      September 7, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you, Ardith!! xo

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    Kimberly
    September 10, 2016 at 1:47 am

    This kitchen is a dream! And the personal touches are just lovely. Can’t wait for the rest of house, hopefully?

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    Ann Heltzel
    September 14, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Ditto, please show the rest of the house! The kitchen is drop dead gorgeous? Are the floors tiled throughout the first floor?

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      Sarah
      September 14, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      The last space is live on the blog now- the living room! No, the tile is only throughout the kitchen. The rest of the main level is hand scraped wood flooring.

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    Michelle
    November 14, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    This kitchen is to die for! Do you know if the quote on the chalkboard was a stencil? If so, where did they have it made? I would love to do something like that in breakfast nook.

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      Sarah
      November 14, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Agreed! The chalkboard wall was not created with a stencil. Love the quote though!! xo

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    Rebecca
    February 2, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Love it! So beautiful and inviting! I’m planning to borrow some of these different features for our tiny kitchen, and I’m wondering what color of white paint do you have on the walls?

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      Sarah
      February 2, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you, Rebecca! It might’ve been Sherwin Williams Pure White or Benjamin Moore Super White. Now that we’re onto another house and selecting new paint colors, it’s all sort of jumbled. Ha! xo

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    Julie
    February 9, 2017 at 12:50 am

    I love the flooring, so you remember what size the tile? I am seriously thinking we need to do this in our home.

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      Sarah
      February 9, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      I’m just guessing… around 24″ x 5″ pieces. xo

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    Cayla
    February 15, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Omg I love the all white kitchen with the stainless steel appliances . It’s modern and classical. The leather tan stools adds a pop of color adding a little masculine touch.

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      Sarah
      February 15, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      I totally agree! The perfect balance. xo

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    Rex
    April 2, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Love the materials in your kitchen (and that wine fridge!). I was curious what style of wood porcelain tile that was. That is the exact coloring and size I am looking for and I seem to not be able to find one that matches that. Currently your link just goes to “view all” tile on wayfair. Do you happen to have a direct link or name of the tile so I could source it? Thanks!

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    Malachi Ray
    July 15, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Hi! How was the writing on the chalkboard done? Freehand, stencil, etc.? Thanks!

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