Erica’s Kitchen Tour

Erica's kitchen features light blue cabinets, a gray and white patterned tile backsplash, and white quartz counters

Welcome to my kitchen! This is my absolute favorite room in my house. If you’ve read any of our recipe posts, you know I love cooking and baking. I feel the most myself when I’m in this room, so I’m excited to take you on a little kitchen tour and share what I love about it. It’s also the room that has gotten the most significant makeover since I bought my house. In that vein, let’s take a little trip down memory lane to what it looked like when I first bought it:

Erica's kitchen tour - what it looked like before.  Brown cabinets, fluorescent light, white appliances, laminate counters

It had so much potential, but nothing about it sang. The fluorescent light was super depressing. The cabinets were cheap builder-grade wood cabinets. The dishwasher was leaking when I bought the house and needed to be replaced immediately, so it didn’t match the other appliances. The laminate countertops were super gross and deeply stained. We replaced the light fixture when the old one died, then eventually painted the cabinets ourselves, upgraded the remaining appliances, replaced the countertops with a super durable quartz, and had the backsplash replaced. The tile pattern makes my heart fill with joy every time I look at it. I feel like it all makes a huge impact, but as far as kitchen renovations go it was fairly low cost. The counters were the big “splurge.”

wine rack on top of a stainless steel french door fridge decorated with cards and fun magnets

This room is also super personal to me. Our fridge is covered with pictures of our friends and family (I took them down for this photo for the sake of our friends’ privacy). The R2D2 on top of the fridge is actually a popcorn maker. We eat popcorn almost every day, so this was our solution for not creating a lot of waste from microwaveable popcorn bags. I love that the popcorn maker also adds a bit of kitsch to the kitchen. I never want to take my house too seriously!

The only thing I truly hate about my kitchen is how the left side of the fridge opens into the wall where our stairwell juts out. Down the line I want to rework the cabinets a bit to move the fridge over.

The main wall of Erica's kitchen contains the stove.  A collection of art decorates the top of the blue cabinets

Moving the kitchen tour along…the stove wall is the main thing you see from the living room. The Julia Child quote in the corner is my cookbook stand-check out the DIY post here! My red KitchenAid was my first home purchase after I moved out of my parents’ house. I named her Molly, after Molly Weasley, because she’s red and the closest I get to being a witch is walking away when the mixer is kneading bread dough. The utensil canister is part of a set of Harry Potter canisters and says “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” I feel like that pretty much sums up me when I’m in the kitchen 😀

A red KitchenAid, llama cookie jar, utensil holder, and hippo figurine decorate the counter to the left of my stove

Our ceilings are really high, so it would have been super expensive to have custom cabinets go all the way up. We also don’t really need the extra storage space, to be honest. I added some art above the cabinets to kind of create the illusion of going all the way to the ceiling. The two landscapes are photos I took from the window of a small plane flying over Vermont. They’re super special to me because my dad was flying the plane at the time. The art print is a depiction of Saint Honoré, the patron saint of baking. I’m not Catholic, but it just makes me so happy that there is a patron saint of baking. The giant “E” came from the sign of an ad agency I used to work for when the company moved offices.

The sink wall isn’t that special, except I changed the faucet myself. I felt super capable and independent when I did that. Also, the tiered fruit basket came from my childhood bedroom. It used to display my Beanie Baby collection.

The right wall of Erica's kitchen has a window over a stainless steel sink.  A basil plant and a cactus sit in the window.  A fruit basket hangs on the wall to the right

In the breakfast nook, the table is another DIY, and the planter box was one of the centerpieces at our wedding. It has a Matt Nathanson lyric on the side. The blue chairs are from Target. The shelves holding my cookbooks are the only place in the kitchen we could hang floating shelves without risking our curious kitty, Celia, knocking everything off them!

Erica's square farmhouse table was a DIY and is surrounded by navy blue windsor chairs

The last little bit of joy in our kitchen tour is the prism I hung in the window. It’s hard to see them in the pictures here, but it casts little rainbows throughout our kitchen and living room all day. I think it was one of the best $10 I ever spent.

Thanks for joining in on my kitchen tour! I hope it helped you get to know me a little better. There is truly no place where I feel more authentically myself than in this room. We’d love to chat-about kitchen design, cooking, favorite foods-whatever! Hit us up in the comments below, or on social media 🙂

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