If you follow me on social media, you likely saw that I’m super pumped to have merch now! I also feel super awkward calling it merch. Products? Stuff you can buy?
I suppose it doesn’t matter what I call it, I have it and I love it. I’m still getting the hang of the vendor that I’m using and see myself probably moving to a different one that will suit my needs a bit better in the near future, but for now I have two different designs (with lots of different color and shirt style options) available in my Teespring shop! There are also mugs and stickers if you’d like to give a more subtle touch of support. I’ve also added a “Shop” link to my navigation to make it easy to find from this blog itself – I have much bigger plans for my shop page to give you an easy way to shop my favorite kitchen tools and gadgets, so keep an eye out for that soon!
To the people who have already placed orders to show their love for my tiny corner of the internet: thank you from the bottom of my cold, black heart ❤
Okay, that’s enough self-promotion for one day. Onto a different subject that has been top of mind for me lately as we can an eye on the real estate market to get a sense of what we’re looking for in our next home: my dream kitchen.
In a shock to absolutely no one, the photo of the kitchen above is from a beautiful home in Nantucket. Click on the photo to check out the photos in the slideshow from this house… it’s a complete and utter dream come true and I’m endlessly jealous that these people get to live in it.
It’s taken me a long time to compile a list (aka: Pinterest board) of all the things I do/don’t want in my dream kitchen. I’ve come to realize that these are the things at the top of my list:
White cabinets with a light colored counter top. It’s light and bright, and would be perfect for photography. I long for a day when I don’t have to lug out backdrops just to have the right setting for my recipe photography.
High ceilings and as much light as humanly possible. This is an extreme example, but seriously – how gorgeous is this? Personally, I spend so much time in the kitchen that openness and natural light are essential to feeling stress-free and happy. Having a beautiful view wouldn’t hurt either.
Enough room on said countertops for large appliances. We’ve run into the unfortunate problem in our current place that the cabinets are too low to the counters, so I can’t fit my KitchenAid and have to lift it out of a floor-level cabinet every time I want to use it. We also had to buy a little cart to turn into a coffee station for our espresso machine because it didn’t fit either. While I appreciate the additional cardio, I’d love to not have to do this in the future.
Having an island with plenty of storage. The boyfriend and I work well in the kitchen together, but it requires an island where we can work from all sides to keep a natural flow (or at least, opposite sides). I don’t find seating at an island to be particularly useful for us since we always eat at the dining room table – I’d rather keep the island free and clear of chairs in lieu of storage and extra room to walk around.
Speaking of storage, I WANT ALL THE STORAGE. I would love a mix of solid and glass cabinets so that I could showcase some things, but not all the things. While I long for a Pinterest-perfect kitchen, I know damn well I will never have 100% place settings and mixing bowls that I’ll want to show off. I’m fine with my faded and mismatched stuff, but I also want to keep it behind closed doors.
A farmhouse sink. I’ve fallen more and more in love with this style over the years.
Oo oo, and a double oven! Think of how many freaking cupcakes I could bake at once. Just look at how beautifully Sally implemented one in her own home. I’m guessing that Franklin wouldn’t come with my own installation, but I’m like 50% okay with that.
And not to sound like an alcoholic, I would also adore a decent storage solution for wine. We like to have a good selection on hand at all times so that we can try different things and be prepared for company at a moment’s notice. We don’t live particularly close to a liquor store, so last minute company proves to be an issue if we’re not prepared!
Here’s something kind of funny: Because our current house is on stilts and we don’t plan to purchase a place on the water that requires it, I find myself thinking about things in terms of a house that sways in harsh winter winds and nor’easters. Like, “I really like the way that hanging pot rack looks, but it would really bang around! Wait…” It’s going to be one of a few things that will be nice to not have to worry about in our new home.
Okay, so I guess the “top of my list” is basically EVERYTHING. But you know what… this is the room in our future home that I’m willing to spend the most time and effort towards.
What do you want in your dream kitchen? Or do you already have your dream kitchen and have tips for me? Tell me in the comments below and give me more things to pin! ?0