The Dream House Diaries #7 – Kitchen Part Deux…Butler’s Pantry

The Dream House Diaries #7 – Kitchen Part Deux…Butler’s Pantry

Hello friends.
My apologies for the lack of post yesterday…I had an impromptu meeting with my fabulous architect that lasted most of the morning so just ran out of time as it were.
Happily, we made great progress on hammering down the layout of rooms…much of which stemmed from the placement of the house on the lot, windows.
The kitchen design I’ve come up with also helped sort out where the other rooms would work best…over the last few weeks I’ve really nailed down a design for this space, which I don’t see changing…I’m BEYOND excited about it.
So, for today, I thought we’d do an installment of…
…so I could show you how the plans are coming along.
Here’s a peek of the kitchen ditchin in sections…

…and as a wide screen whole…
The basic idea is lots of wall moulding, a kitchen that doesn’t scream kitchen, modern black cabinets- lowers only, multiple black doors out to a back deck, lots of marble with a thick profile, some brass, and a wall of windows above one bank of cabinets.
The last point is the only point I’m debating…sort of.
On the wall opposite to the windows, I either want to put upper cabinets with mirror so that they  mimic the windows on the other side OR I want to leave it as open wall and instead, make that cabinet bank shorter and have a door beside opening up to a butler’s panty…the later is what I’m leaning towards. I’d love a space that was lined in glass cabinets on two sides that could display all my  pretty stuff…on the bottom, I’d like tons of storage.  In the pantry, the cabinets would go floor to ceiling and would be more traditional looking…the BP would be a horeshoe shape…
…so positioned like the photo on the left with cabinets like on the right…the counter will be black marble and I’d love to use those campaign handles for the lowers. The white marble and black long handles are for the main kitchen.
I’d love to house a coffee station, wine fridge and all my pretty stuff in the pantry so that the kitchen stays relatively unadorned and crisp.
Here’s some of the BP inspiration pile I’ve been pouring over (all from Pinterest)…
1. A pantry that was galley style would be great if I decided to link the kitchen to the dining room, instead of a self-contained room…
2. Love the coffee station…
3 Love the exposed hinges…

4. Though I’ll probably stick to white, the idea of lacquered colour is always good…

…and then there’s grey- love charcoal with brass…
5.  Quite fond of the style of this one and am thinking of something very similar for the two sides of the horseshoe (only with brass hardware of course) …

…even like the wood surprisingly (though probably not for me)…

6.  Horseshoes…

7. Another possibility is to have the horseshoe smaller and more open to the rest of the kitchen…

And yet another thought is to do some sort of furniture like storage piece on the wall opposite the stove…in my dream world, I’d have one of those huge antique rounded display cabinets like the ones Anthropologie always uses for their displays….lurv them.
Anyhoo…I still obviously have a few details to hammer out but for now, I’m pretty chuffed with how it’s shaping up…. I really adore the kitchen I have now so it’s going to be really hard to say goodbye to it…probably why I’ve been obsessing about the new one so much…really want it to be the jewel of our new house…the center of the action as it were.
I literally can’t wait to get started!

In the meantime though, let me direct you over to a post over at Fieldstone Hill…the lovely Darlene asked some of us bloggers/designers to spill the beans on our favourite white paint colours…

Designer Recommended Whites

…lots of beuno colours discussed so hop over there for the goods.

And finally, I’d like to wish my bestest friend in the universe…aka my sister Sara….

 …a very Happy Birthday!!!

PS, I have the sweetest/most beautiful nieces in the world…love this family to the moon.

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  • Lana Macpherson
    Posted at 08:54h, 25 June Reply

    I would definitely go with a pantry, but with lighter counters (IMO). I think the type of house you are planning, would benefit from the pantry. Plus I would be uber jealous

  • Amy D
    Posted at 08:55h, 25 June Reply

    I’m in love with the herringbone floor. That’s always been my dream so I will live vicariously through you! Love the sleek black for the lower cabs as well. With endless possibilities I don’t know how you make a final decision on anything. It would take me forever!

  • Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse}
    Posted at 08:55h, 25 June Reply

    How many bodily organs do I have to sell to get those light fixtures in the first photo? Because I’m totally ok with it.

  • wjbdesigns
    Posted at 09:22h, 25 June Reply

    Great meeting yesterday Christine… The plan is becoming more resolved and I’m happy with the direction we’re heading. I plan on sharing the rough sketches on my blog in the next few days.

  • {Hi Sugarplum!}
    Posted at 10:00h, 25 June Reply

    I love nothing more than watching you design and transform spaces!!!!

  • Julie
    Posted at 10:43h, 25 June Reply

    this house is going to be amazing. just amazing.

  • Katie Waddell
    Posted at 12:53h, 25 June Reply

    DYING to see this done!!! It’s fab!

  • alison g.
    Posted at 14:40h, 25 June Reply

    The range alone is something else.
    Dreamy, indeed.

  • Nancy {at} powellbrower at home
    Posted at 15:29h, 25 June Reply

    wow, love your kitchen showplace!I love that it is grand enough to not look like a kitchen and the appliances, lighting, etc. is like ART not kitchen-y. Brilliant. Happy Birthday Sarah!
    xo Nancy

  • {darlene} @ fieldstonehill
    Posted at 18:13h, 25 June Reply

    um. SO much gorgeousness. where do i begin??

    I am completely in love with your low-profile black action in the kitchen, making up for the storage in other creative and fun ways. Do I spy 2 fridges or are those 2 closets?

    Butlers pantry. Le sigh!!!!

    {thank you, sweet darling, for the link love, and for sharing your thoughts on white for moulding. We all know you are the moulding Queen!}

  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 22:08h, 25 June Reply

    it’s, like, so pretty that it’s stupid. in the best way. you tackling this one yourself?

  • Designwali
    Posted at 22:09h, 25 June Reply

    love it all! pretty sure when I get my dream house I’m calling you over to design it!

  • Jordana @WhiteCabana
    Posted at 18:26h, 26 June Reply

    Jaw has dropped. This space is going to look INCREDIBLE! Cornue or no cornue…

  • custom made wedding gowns
    Posted at 17:43h, 27 June Reply

    Such a nice piece of furniture, the color and the design are all stunning.

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