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