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The Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal And All My Thoughts And Feelings About It

Today is an epic show-and-tell for all of those who have been following along on this project. It’s our farmhouse kitchen reveal, where after two years of ARCIFORM and I tweaking renderings, our Pinocchio has come to life. And I’m not lying, I love this real boy more than I thought possible. When we first walked into the kitchen two and a half months ago, after all the plastic was finally removed from painting, it was a super surreal feeling — like I’d been here before. I knew this kitchen so well, even though it had only existed on a computer screen. The emotional relationship with the room was deep and complicated. As all creatives know, after working on something for a long time (almost two years), when you are finally “done” and you put it out into the world, it’s really hard to know how good it is, or what “good” even means in this nutty universe full of endless images, extreme creativity, trends, and comparisons — especially when it comes to your home, a space so deeply personal. Anyone designing their home or creating a piece of art has such an intertwined history with the piece/room, an emotional relationship with every decision they made, and likely a fraught connection with their own creativity and confidence. Expectations are impossible to manage internally — and likely externally — throughout the process. So, I’m VERY, VERY, VERY excited to say that while I’m too close to it to know how “good” this kitchen is, it doesn’t matter — we love the hell out of this room and feel excited and proud to cook in here with our family for hours and hours each week. The colors. The materials. The light. The functionality. The soul. We really, really, really love it.

Before we get into the nitty gritty and all of the pretty photos, Brian shot a quick video tour of me in the kitchen so y’all can interact with the space. Just wait for the ad to play first then enjoy:)

Proof of our love (with some help from tickling our kids). I think the biggest challenge of this entire home was (and still is) figuring out how to lean in to “farmhouse” in a way that feels modern and “us,” something that isn’t too safe but also not taking a risk or going after any trend that I would get sick of. Finding that perfect spot between busy and boring, or timeless and on trend, takes more obsession and thought than you’d think. And for better or worse, I’ve become more and more conservative the older I get (public regrets will do that to you). The obsessing worked, and I’m happy to report that there are very few things I would tweak — and I have such love for all the details and materials. I gushed about every detail in the design post for this kitchen, but now that it’s fully installed and you can see how everything plays together, I’ll give you a quick (ha) rundown of why I think it works and any lessons you could possibly glean. I also want to shout out the ARCIFORM team – Anne and Stephyn for all the help with the renderings and orderings. But Jamie, the project lead, really killed it with the execution and installation of all the carpentry, details, cabinet and appliance install with the help of Taylor, Alex, Tourin and Steve. We love you Jamie!!!

The White Oak Custom Cabinetry


The cabinets from Unique Kitchens & Baths are just so stunning (and high quality). Laying out the cabinets and navigating the perfect functionality took time with the UKB and ARCIFORM teams (and it was so fun, documented here), but choosing the white oak shaker-style boxes and fronts was something we wanted almost from the beginning. For like five minutes we were nervous about mixing the white oak with the darker wood of the island, but Anne from ARCIFORM assured us early on that mixing awesome woods together always works, and she was right. We partnered with Unique Kitchens & Baths, who are FULL-SERVICE and incredibly experienced. You don’t need a designer — they will be your designer as part of their service, plus they do all the renderings, etc. (You still pick tile and lighting, but they’ll plug it in to the design. We didn’t go the renderings route because we didn’t want to show you their SketchUp drawings, since that would literally have given the whole kitchen away — they look so real!!) We wrote about it in this post, but I need you to know how high quality they are, how beautiful they are, how experienced they are — all of it. We are going to shoot the insides of the cabinets soon so you can see all the functionality. If you are in the market for custom cabinetry, they are also giving 10% off with the code “EH2022” and like I said, they’ll do a lot of the nitty-gritty rendering work and elevations for you so you can absolutely save on hiring a designer. Cabinets come as prebuilt boxes (which is the European style, rather than piece by piece), and they come packed in blankets, which they take back with them, i.e., no wasteful packaging (which was a really lovely perk we didn’t know about at the beginning).

The Vintage Island

As you know, we wanted a vintage island to bring in age and soul, but finding the right one proved to be very difficult…until one day it wasn’t. 🙂 Just when I was about to give up on the search, Britney from Aurora Mills texted me that she had just got this piece, and after going to visit it myself, we checked that box very enthusiastically. It was PERFECT.

Island (vintage)

It seems to be an old store counter, because its sheer size means that it must have been in something commercial (it’s more than 9′ long). The six drawers on the front side function pretty well — heavier and harder to open/close than new drawers, but they are actually really deep, so we store our colanders, Tupperware, and random cooking tools in there. (It’s a mess right now, TBH, but the org is coming soon.) It’s white oak with an old reddish stain that we actually love. It’s solid, adds so much soul, and feels casual but not too shabby-chic (nothing wrong with that, just not what we are going for in the kitchen). If you are wondering how they made the top bigger to have an overhang, stay tuned for a post on that.

The Lighting: Pendants, Sconces, Picture Lights (And One Semi-Flush)

Sconces | Picture Lights | Pendants | Pendant Bulbs

I love them so, so much. Very early on I knew that I wanted these cute little enamel shades with black trim. At first, everyone else thought they were too casual, not fancy enough for such a high-end house, but I was so sure that these were our lights because of that. This configuration does have a very utilitarian vibe — it’s casual and not glam at all or overly traditional, and yet it feels so pulled together and cohesive, and the hits of black make your eye dance around the room. It dresses down the formality of the tile and the hits of brass, in exactly the way that I wanted it to. We chose the Fairview Traditional 2-Light Sconce and paired it with the Carson Cord Pendant, with the Clyde picture lights flanking the range. I seriously couldn’t be happier. And remember that with Rejuvenation you have so many finish options (brushed brass, polished nickel, unlacquered brass, etc.) and shade options (glass, opaque glass, a lot of colored shades, copper, silver), so if you like the shape and style but wish it were a bit more traditional or less utilitarian then you can play on their website and configure them until you find what you want.

Also, Rejuvenation offers the best bulb for each fixture depending on which room it’s in, and they helped weigh in on all of our bulbs. I LOVE the big round porcelain (still LED) bulbs in the pendants — they made the disk pendants even more playful and fun. I want to write a whole post about this bulb-pairing process because I learned a ton. STAY TUNED! 🙂

Sconces | Picture Lights | Pendants | Pendant Bulbs

We had to swag the corded pendants from one junction box (in the middle of the ceiling, which is unfortunately NOT centered over the island because the architecture of the roofline didn’t allow for it). I don’t think we even took a photo of what the ceiling looks like with the cords, so stay tuned for that too (but it looks so good!).


You can see here the sconces work so well together. The Clyde is being discontinued, and I tried to switch out to one of the other picture lights that is not on its way out, but the J box was already cut into the paneling, and the circle was too big for the smaller art light canopy. (That happened in our L.A. living room, too, I just realized — I wish there were more standard sizes of J boxes for this exact purpose.) So if you are still renovating you have the opportunity to choose a more delicate picture light like the Ridgewood or the Cabinet Maker’s, but you need to tell your GC and electrician about the size of the canopy prior to cutting the drywall or paneling.

The World’s Best Denim-Colored Tile


Oh, Pratt + Larson, how I LOVE YOU. I am so excited to say that this blue tile might be my favorite tile I’ve ever installed (tied with the sunroom and our bathroom…and the mudroom!!). Maybe it’s because trying to find that perfect blue/gray is so hard, and this one is PERFECT. We worked again with Pratt + Larson on all the tile in the house, locally made in Portland (we didn’t even have to ship it, which is just lovely for everyone). I brought my favorite Levi’s jeans to color-match and create our own custom color for the backsplash, but after looking at all of their colors, I realized that they actually had one already. While one of the best things about Pratt + Larson is their ability to color-match and create custom tile, they also have such a deep inventory of colors in different finishes that it didn’t really make sense to make a new color if what they had was already perfect. This one is called P-146 (in their parchment line), and it has the most perfect soft, almost watercolor-like variation of blues and grays.

I love how Level Plane (our installers) tile-wrapped the window jambs — with MASSIVE help from ARCIFORM’s design team (Stephyn!), as figuring out the math for what is internally called the “tile take-off” was a lot. As you can see (or maybe not) we needed finished endpieces for the jamb so that you don’t have to stare at an unfinished edge (like the rest of the wall tile is, although butted together).

Tile | Outlet Switchplates

The Marble Countertops


After MUCH DEBATE, we both agreed that real stone is the way to go in this house (although we love our quartz at the mountain house, too). My thoughts/feelings are that I love marble in older-style stones like this one, but you have to be ready for etchings and staining (we already have a few). We got ours from Bedrosians, and it’s a Carrara but with a lot of negative space and way less veining than usual.

Tall Vases (unavailable) | Black Vase (similar) | Ceramic Mortar & Pestle | Salt and Pepper Grinders | Glass Vinegar + Oil CruetGlass and Brass Cruet | Art (vintage) | Round Vase | Cookbook | Cookbook StandCutting Board | Wooden Mini Bowl (unavailable) | Butter Dish | Spoon Rest

It’s super pretty but quiet (Brian doesn’t love a dramatic vein, and for this house, I totally agreed). We probably could have done a never-to-be-stained porcelain (there are some from Bedrosians that look like marble and are SO CONVINCING), but I love what we chose, and it just feels right. We decided not to do a bullnose or any sort of interesting lip on the front, mostly because we didn’t feel like we needed it, and it does cost more/take more time (although it’s nominal, maybe a couple hundred dollars more).

The Range Wall

Range | Dutch Oven | Kitchen Towel (similar) | Wood Board (similar) | Pitcher | Art (vintage)

I have a LOT to tell you about cooking with induction, which warrants a full post (already shot, coming at you soon, and spoiler — we love it). But this wall is clearly the statement wall, grounded by the Aga Elise from Build with Ferguson. We flanked the range with 4″ shelving (just enough for spices, oils, and art) and added some of my favorite things. The hood was a simple insert, which ARCIFORM clad in the paneling and painted out in Sherwin-Williams Extra White SW 7006. I mean, it’s the most beautiful range, and so far we are loving the induction cooking (with a learning curve that I’ll explain).

The Outlets, Light Switches, And Hardware

Cabinet and Drawer Knobs | Drawer Handles | Push-Button Switchplates | Outlet Switchplates

We went with unlacquered brass for everything (hardware, light switches), and the patina already looks wonderful. All of our outlets and light switches from Rejuvenation have a black finish for the actual outlet and the knobs (bottom is on and off, top is dimming). We are super happy with these light switches, by the way — they give a vintage/classic vibe, but they are pretty intuitive to use. You can get just on/off and add dimmers, like we did here, or combine USB outlets in with the light switches in other areas (they offer a million configurations).

Bridge Gooseneck Faucet + Pot Filler (And Sink)

Faucet with Rinse | Filter Tap | Sink

After much debate, we decided to go with unlacquered brass gooseneck faucets and ordered these from deVOL, because we loved the style, finish, and the cross handles. They are so pretty, but yes, we have to take care of them with a special wax product. We were willing to do it in the kitchen, but we decided against it in the bathrooms for maintenance reasons. I wrote a whole post about caring for unlacquered plumbing specifically (because of its exposure to water, it is harder to maintain), but the heart wants what the heart wants.

We also ordered a beautiful large farmhouse sink from Rejuvenation that has this pretty front apron detail — it’s special yet super classic:)

Pot Filler Tap | Faucet with Rinse | Filter Tap

The Natural Light (All Hail The Skylights And The Windows)

Double Hung Windows | Door | Picture Windows | Skylights

We really should just call the kitchen the “glass sunroom.” We were desperate for natural light in the previously very dark west-facing living room (now with a covered porch), and y’all, we got it by bringing it in through the kitchen. The kitchen has a full wall of windows (white oak, double-hung, from Sierra Pacific Windows), and we didn’t stop there — we added three Velux skylights that flood it with natural light overhead, even on the darkest days. On super sunny days, there is some harsh side light in the kitchen, but only for a couple of hours (around 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and only if you are sitting at the island (it’s fine when you are cooking). It does not bother us at all, since it’s something we predicted and planned around. It’s just wonderful. When it rains, you hear it louder in here, but it’s usually when I’m cooking up some soup and listening to a podcast, and it’s okay. (I can’t wait till the view out of the kitchen is landscaped. Fun fact: Windows bring in light, but you also see more of the outside obviously, so when it’s a construction zone…)

The Velux Skylights

Double Hung Windows | Door | Picture Windows | Skylights | Jars (vintage – similar) | White Handled Bowl | Light Blue Vase (unavailable)

I’m obsessed with that shot, seeing the skylights with the windows with the vaulted ceiling with the pendants — it came together so well! The skylights of course are solar-powered and have light-filtering shades that can be controlled via a remote. They are south-facing, with large trees blocking the views the second half of the day. We went with large skylights, and their lead time is always surprisingly fast (think weeks not months, but it varies, obviously), so if you are remodeling, it’s not too late to add them. 🙂 When integrated well into the design (and ARCIFORM did an amazing job facing out the insides with wood), I think they work well even in older homes like ours.

A quick callout to the paint color: Sherwin-Williams Extra White SW 7006. I love it in here so much with the warmth of the wood. It is a cooler white (which I don’t think I fully realized), so know that when choosing it, but if you are looking for a cool white (which looks great with natural light and blue tones), then Sherwin-Williams Extra White is excellent.

Jars (vintage – similar) | Light Blue Dish Towel (similar) | Cookbook | Dark Blue Dish Towel (similar) | Round Vase | Black Pitcher | Double Hung Windows

The Sierra Pacific Windows are white oak on the inside (aluminum clad on the outside) and add so much warmth in a really simple way. We did a classic two-over-two grid on the top, with clear on the bottom. Of course, we didn’t just stop there…

Light Blue Vase (unavailable) | Cutting Board (vintage – similar) | Door | Picture Windows

We also have these three non-operable windows in the corner and on the east side behind the bar — big picture windows that let in a lot of light and give views of what will someday be pretty trees and landscaping. (I actually had to buy plants to put near the window on the outside so you couldn’t see so clearly some of the construction that was ruining the photos.) The windows are simulated divided lites (which means there are three-dimensional grids on both the inside and outside of the double-paned glass, with a “shadow bar” in between to look like true divided lite windows), with white oak grids and frames. My goodness, I love them.

The Kitchen Entry “Bench/Table”

Double Hung Windows | Door

For those of you following closely, you know about my mudroom woes, and I’m still firmly against this area being treated as the mudroom. However, the landscaping is still far from done, so right now no one can get into the mudroom from the backyard until there is a hardscape path to it (it’s a mud walk right now). So this is where we come in and out of half the time (the other half being through the front entrance). We debated about installing this at bench height (to sit down easier and put on shoes) or a low table height (to charge devices on and hold more underneath), and ultimately the lower bench just looked better. Of course with two big plants there isn’t much room to sit, but only one of them is staying there (the low wide one is now in the sunroom and was there to distract from the construction outside).

Low Basket | Ceramic Tray | Blue Planter | Mirror (vintage – similar) | Tall Basket (vintage – similar) | Rug (vintage) | Shoe Tray (similar)

It is a great backpack and grocery drop zone also because it’s deep enough (almost 24″) to really provide a lot of space. We are moving the charging zone to the bar and pantry areas (adding more USB charging plugs there), and then I might add a little wall-mounted shelf for the side of the fridge to put phones or watches in while charging (we have no joke like 10+ devices to charge, not including laptops or iPads: headphones x 2, my flashlight beanie, Apple Watch x 2, Kindles, Gabb watches, our phones — so much). I might even hang that mirror on the side of the fridge with the shelf below it (that holds keys as well). Stay tuned on that.

Our Beautiful Wood Flooring


How beautiful is this flooring?! It’s Oregon white oak, born and raised (and milled) here at Zena Forest Products, a family mill that’s 30 minutes away. If you are in the market for stunning flooring that is not crazy expensive, I highly recommend this one. It is real wood, but engineered onto a tongue-and-groove backing (which we really wanted, as our mountain house flooring is real wood and has splintered, gapped, and buckled, as did our real wood flooring in L.A.). We love it so much.


The Bar Area

Fridge Column | Freezer Column | Appliance Pulls | Cupboard Latch

On the other side of the BlueStar fridge and freezer columns, which we LOVE (more info to come on those), we have the bar…

Brass Spindle Gallery Shelf Rail
Top Self: Serving Bowl (similar) | Candlesticks (vintage – similar) | Art (unavailable) | Colander | Pitcher
Middle Self: Amber Bowls (vintage – similar) | Ceramic Planter (similar) | Wooden Bowl (vintage – similar) | Pink Coups (vintage – similar) | Flute Glasses | Tall Coups | Wine Glasses
Bottom Shelf: Copper Mugs | Tall Glasses | Short Glasses | Beer Glasses | Tall Pitcher | Blue Glasses

This area is meant to serve all things drinks and cold snacks. We always intended to put a window here with the shelves in front of it with mostly glassware on them — and it worked. We got the brass rails from Pepe & Carols, which they sell by the foot and with individual rod brackets. Jamie and the ARCIFORM team built and installed the shelves wall to wall (through some carpentry magic), and they are 12″ deep. If you’re curious why one side of the bar has a toe-kick and the other side doesn’t, it’s because we did a toe-kick throughout the whole kitchen. However, for this section, since the fridge drawers and the pebble ice machine both need venting you can’t put a toe-kick there. Whoops. So we should have done furniture-style legs for the drawers on the left. I actually didn’t notice until I saw the photo!

Lamp (vintage – similar) | Tray | Glass Straws | Copper Cocktail Shaker (similar) | Mirror (vintage –similar) | Blue Planter | Small Plate (similar)

What you can’t see YET is where our actual food is. We have a pantry to the left of the bar that isn’t ready to be shot yet, but hopefully soon.

The Vintage Rug

Rug (vintage)

I truly hadn’t thought about going down the Persian rug route, but then I received this as a genuine gift from District Loom (in collaboration with Unique Kitchens & Baths) and couldn’t believe how perfect it was (they had schemed behind my back to find the one they knew would work). And now I’m back on the vintage Persian rug train because, my goodness, they are so durable and forgiving (you can’t see ONE piece of dirt, and trust me, there are a lot).

The Counter Stools

Counter Stools

I couldn’t be happier with the stools from Fernweh. They are so sculptural and sturdy — heirloom pieces that we are so glad we invested in. And I love how the black talks to the black accents in the lighting. They come in other wood tones and heights as well (dining chairs and barstools).


The layout and function absolutely works for us, and I’m back to cooking most nights when I can because chopping, souping, and listening to podcasts is how I shift from work to mom at the end of the day. I love being in here so much. Chopping on the island while someone else sits at the counter and chats with me is my favorite time of day. I truly had no idea how much joy I’d get from cooking till the past couple of years, and now I see why people obsess about the function and warmth of a kitchen.

So much more to tell you that didn’t fit in this post: everything about the appliances, all things “induction range,” all my favorite kitchen accessories (some seen, some not), a full pantry tour, and even inside all our cabinets. But mostly it just works so well for our family and feels so “us.” In case you missed it above, a huge thanks to ARCIFORM – Anne, Stephyn, Adam and our hero Jamie – for the years of drawings, measuring, and making sure it all actually came together. And then big thanks to our partners who are all linked up below. That’s it for today’s show-and-tell. I hope you like it. 🙂

Kitchen Resources:
Cabinetry: Unique Kitchens & Baths
Countertops: Bedrosians Tile & Stone
White Oak Windows and Doors: Sierra Pacific Windows
Skylights: Velux
Tile: Pratt + Larson
Appliances (sans Fridge and Freezer): Build with Ferguson
Fridge and Freezer: BlueStar
Flooring: Zena Forest Products(Oregon grown and milled)
Lighting, Switches, Outlets, and Sink: Rejuvenation
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams, “Extra White” .
Faucets: deVOL Kitchens
Vintage Island: Aurora Mills
Counter Stools: Fernweh Woodworking

Rug – District Loom
Brass Gallery Rods: Pepe and Carols

*Design by Emily Henderson and ARCIFORM
*Photos by Kaitlin Green


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254 thoughts on “The Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal And All My Thoughts And Feelings About It

    1. EEK. thank you so much!!! What a lovely first comment to read while I sip my coffee, wait for the kids to wake up with more than a little bit of anxiety about the reveal. So thank you 🙂

  1. Oh my days! It is soooo beautiful – congratulations and well done Emily and team, this is the best kitchen you’ve ever done. I am speechless at how perfect it is – the light! the counter! the floors! The tile! and It looks like its always been there – bravo – I am really happy for you and just a teeny weeny bit jel you get to actually live in this fabulous kitchen – who cares what the rest of the house looks like 🙂

  2. Im glad you are so happy with it after all your hard work. To be honest it feels a little flat to me.`1Lovely light and windows, wood too, but kinda boring. basically white counters, lots of wood and Emily’s blue in tile.

    1. Did you watch the video? It’s not flat. I get everyone is entitled to their opinions but I don’t understand the point of saying all this out loud.

      1. The whole place makes more sense to me if I stop trying to see it as a farmhouse or even farmhouse style. To me, it’s giving more northern maritime with the brass rails, darker wood, copious shiplap, and styling (hello dramatic kitsch seascapes!).

        1. I agree Julia! I live in Maine where cottage meets farmhouse is quite typical here – and we often see hints of sailboat elements in our homes by the water here. I grew up in a true farmhouse here and can tell you that they’re pretty basic/simple when authentic. However, I also see farmhouse style as a bit of mindset in life – gardening, animal caretaking, etc. can be woven into practically any home style when I think of it that way.

      2. So you say everyone is entitled to their opinion, but then seem to want to deny this person expressing theirs because you don’t agree with it?

  3. Love the blue tile so much and the Rejuvenation sconces!

    I know everything old is coming back into fashion, but I’m not quite ready for the orangey wood cabinetry and all the dark wood myself — but I know it’s very pnw.

    1. I like the warm wood island with the blue-gray tiles – it’s refreshing to see more wood tones outside of white oak.

    2. I just want to say (first of all, so much beautiful light and SPACE 😍😍 love and congratulations!! Also, yes to chopping and souping and podcasts 🥰🥰) in defense of orangish wood, I know it’s your job as a designer to be tasteful and all the things, but I find people’s objections to 70’s-era orange stains so … privileged?? Like: “it’s beautiful, it’s old, it’s functional, and it supports me mentally physically and emotionally.” I never see a problem there! (Also, I GET when something doesn’t feel beautiful to an individual. Totally respect individual taste.) Whenever I am around almost any piece of wooden furniture, something in me relaxes. Bring on whatever finish you want! I’ll be curling into the swirls and burls and gratitude. To sum: that island is the bomb. The gorgeous smooth cabinets and floors are the cherries on top.

      1. I hear you on the idea of privilege. Opinions on fashion always are. But in gentle defense of those of us whose formative years were the 80s consider the impact of decades of harsh rejection of 60s/70s designs, when orange/dark turned to grey/light oak. It takes time and effort to unlearn that. Someday you may find yourself staring a young blogger’s enthusiasm for Ikea, or laminate or vinyl rolled flooring (all of which I can make a case for BTW) and at that moment I hope you remember this one. Accepting old is new again, once you are of a certain age, requires more self-change than it does when you are young and you can project any story you want to on “old” things. For those reading this who can relate, I am typing this in an office completely lined with “quality” knotty pine that’s as orange as it gets so I get a LOT of practice in thinking about this very topic. Do I paint it like decades of magazines conditioned me to? Or embrace it as vintage charm (so far). Anyway, I read the comments to get all kinds of points of view to challenge my own. (Apologies Kelly for implying anything about your age. I am only speaking from my own life experience.)

  4. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Well done everyone. I know that it is sponsored but I’m pretty curious – if you paid retail is this a $100k kitchen? $150k? Useful for setting more realistic personal renovation expectations!

    1. It is stunning! With the integrated appliances, custom built ins, custom tiling around the windows, custom cabinets, skylights, new windows, new floors, high-end contractors, etc. I would guess closer to $300k (or more). But well worth it, it’s beautiful! And if you’re designing your own space, you can pick and choose to include what’s important to you- maybe you don’t need integrated appliances, but you want skylights, etc. That’s the fun of a post like this showcasing so many great features!

    2. Our semi-custom kitchen cost roughly $86k in material costs alone (cabinets, finishes, fixtures, appliances). I’d say it’s nicer than big-box finishes but definitely not as custom as Emily’s, though similar in size. With her appliances, I could see materials running $150-200k.

      Interesting, we also opted for skylights in our dining area (Emily totally convinced us with the repeated gushing about Velux!) and the cost of the material is not as much as we would have thought – $900 for one fixed skylight. I can’t break down labor though, since we are doing one major remodel.

    3. Recently redid our kitchen in a HCOL area. I would bet with labor and materials a kitchen like this in an area where labor is paid well would run $300,000-$500,000. All these custom pieces are no joke and the customization also costs more to install in labor!

    4. Hey Rachel, I don’t know to cost right now and i’m not trying to keep it a secret, I PROMISE, but it the labor (which is the majority of the cost) was wrapped up in the whole renovation and not itemized per room. But you guys aren’t wrong – it was a lot. Over 100k for sure, but no where near 300K but I haven’t done the math (which is an obvious privilege). And remember that sponsored does not mean free, it means that some items are traded or discounted in exchange for my PR, social and photography services which costs a lot of money and time to produce (thus my wonderful team). So it’s really really hard to break down the numbers and offset them against production costs. I wanted to address your question but I’m sorry that I don’t know the answer. Give me some time and i’ll try to pull it together as i fully recognize that its valuable information that could be helpful. xx

    5. The $300K+ figures seem high to me. I recently remodeled my kitchen in the tri-state area (high labor costs) using similar materials (deVOL cabinets, marble counters, lacanche range, integrated appliances, hand painted tile). My kitchen is a bit smaller, but it was definitely less than $200K.

    6. Think WAAAAYYYY more than that. I have an 850 sq foot house. 5 total rooms. So very small kitchen. Current bids, to gut my kitchen, run $70,000-$95,000. In the Kansas CIty area for reference. About $15,000 of this is moving my furnace and water heater, to gain about 15 square feet of kitchen space. The cabinets ran from $15M-$30,000. Which includes a banquet seating, with pull out drawers. Continuing hardwoods into the kitchen. Quartz countertops, non-fancy tile probably from The Tile Shop. Moving my kitchen table light, adding around 6-8 can lights. 30″ push in induction stove, cabinet depth fridge, and regular old dishwasher. So nothing too fancy. my big splurge is moving the furnace and water heater, continuing my hardwoods, plus the wall of pantry cabinets. HGTV isn’t realistic about remodeling pricing. I assume the channel subsidizes some of the cost?

  5. I love it Emily, how stunning! The wood cabinets are beautiful and the whole design is so classic yet warm and original. The accessories are fab, too. Happy cooking!

  6. This, by far, is my favorite kitchen you have done. Such a beautiful balance between old and new as well as function. The materials scream quality and yet remain modest in their shape (i.e. simple pendants, no fancy lip on the marble). There is a lovely sense of light filled calm and no need to glam it up as the products speak for themselves. I really feel that this kitchen has been designed for you and your family without fretting too much about what your followers think – and it works.

    1. I agree, I absolutely love this – it’s incredibly special but feels restrained and pared down in a beautiful, wabi-sabi way – not packed with “stuff” or ornate finishes but happy, functional, and so so pretty. Can’t wait to see the rest of the house now! (But no pressure- just curious, not judging!)

      1. I’m still thinking about this kitchen and what strikes me is how every detail that adds to its visual appeal is functional in some way. Feels so organic, and so well-articulated.

    2. I totally agree with all of Bea’s comments above – the balance between old and new, quality materials without being modern glam. I think the kitchen fits the feel of the house and property. The kitchen looks current but timeless and grounded at the same time. I see longevity in this kitchen and it totally suits Emily and her family. This kitchen has soul.

  7. This is completely magical. Agree that it looks organic to the house…just wonderful. Congratulations and well done.

    Please can you show us how it looks at different times of day or weather? Am sure this is tough to photograph well, but would love to see how the light changes.

    1. I agree! I’d love to see how it looks in the evening as well. I suspect warm and cozy and sparkly.

  8. EEEEEEEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t even read the post yet, but had to scroll down here to say I am SO excited for this post! I’ve been dying to see this kitchen! Okay, scrolling back up to actually read it. I’ll be back with my thoughts.

    1. Okay. this is just STUNNING. i love everything about it.

      1. first of all, that steak + salad shot made me start craving steak and salad. so thanks for that 🙂
      2. those stools are so so beautiful. way completely out of my price range, but if i ever find a set like that in the wild, i can die happy.
      3. of course, that vintage island is perfect and make the whole kitchen not feel so perfectly new. which i love.
      4. love that blue bowl you thrifted/flea marketed recently. i loved it in the post you did a little while ago, and LOVE it even more seeing it here.
      5. love the use of all the vintage pieces and art. same reason i love that island.
      6. that corner bench area is PERFECT! i like it with all the plants on there. you should consider leaving them.
      7. all the windows and skylights – i’m jealous. green with envy.
      8. i love too many things that this list could go on forever, so i’ll stop now.
  9. Beautiful kitchen and is quite similar to my own I just remodeled (so you know I really do love all the elements)! However, as a designer, I can’t help but comment on the paint color. I know it’s something you’ve struggled with in this house, so I’m hoping this comment is helpful (not hurtful – the kitchen is near perfection!). I feel like the white is too stark next to all the organic, earthy colors and sticks out like a sore thumb. I would pull the lightest of the light blues from the tile and go tonal with the painted surfaces. I’m hoping the beams and edges of the walls provide a good stopping point so it doesn’t have to carry into the living room. In any case, it’s easy for me to say… love the content and appreciate all that you do!

    1. I am not normally a fan of white paint, but I think it works perfectly here in the kitchen. I think it helps it stayed grounded and “farm house” and really bounces the light around. I agree though that I think it would be a good idea to make the walls in the living area painted a color rather than white.

    2. Hmm. I disagree. The white paint spotlights that incredible blue tile. Having blue paint on the walls would lessen the impact of the tile. And all the wood warms up the white. I think Emily has achieved the perfect balance here.

      1. the white could be warmer, I agree (next time i would do pure white by SW) but i like it and am not going to change it 🙂 Admittedly I love a crisp white, probably more than most people (remember the glendale house and the mountain house?).

      2. I really like SW Extra White paint color with the blue tile and the warm wood tones. Even though SW Extra White is cool it does have a nice depth to it. I use SW Extra White a lot in projects and I specifically like it with warm wood. But I find it works best if there are some cool tones in the space, i.e, blue tile. So in Emily’s kitchen I think it’s perfect. SW Pure White is also pretty but depending on the lighting and finishes in an interior space the warm undertone (yellow) can pop out and in some low light situations it can gray out a little. So from what I could see from the photos the SW Extra White works great – it holds it’s own with all the warmer wood tones and enhances the tile.

    3. That’s what it is. I’m looking at the kitchen, which is overall so lovely, but the bright white doesn’t marry as well with the other elements.

    4. I love the white paint and how it speaks to the marble countertops! It’s the perfect level of vibrancy that will look stunning on sunny days but won’t get drab on the typical PNW overcast days. It’s definitely more important here to lean on the side of brightness with a white paint, especially with so many windows and skylights that will impact the tone depending on weather.

      1. I’m a big fan of white walls but as a 15+ year PNW resident (first Seattle, then Portland, now Seattle again) and having lived with multiple whites here — it has to be the right white. The light here has a really different quality than in the LA area, especially in the winter (even when it’s sunny like today!) that I think makes cool whites go really cold and depressing. Emily, if you keep feeling maybe SAD, consider repainting a very slightly warmer white — repainting (from one white to another very very slightly warmer white) made a huge difference for my mental state a few years ago.

    5. I already left a gushing comment about how I think the materials all work together SO WELL…and this comment doesn’t change that. But I do agree with Sr. Crow that the white paint might be more harmonious in a warmer hue. I think it’s a common, if not often talked about (although maybe among designers it IS talked about?) that people tend to fall into one of two camps when it comes to whites: either a loves cool whites ONLY, or loves warm whites ONLY. I’m in the warm camp myself, but I notice that people tend to stick to one or the other, recreating the same whites, in their preferred warm or cool tones, again and again, regardless of what other colors they tend to like. I also love blues, but they tend to be green-blues, but in both warm and cool versions, for example. All choices are unique to the homeowners of course and there’s no right answer, it’s just an interesting thing to notice. Thank you for coming to my Ted talk about um, warm vs. cool white paint choices, ahem!

    6. agreed. Stunning stunning kitchen congrats. But, for me too, the first thing that jumped out was ythe white is too bright with the warmer wood tones.

  10. Lovely, seems like the bar area could be a natural charging site. Plugs and a surface that won’t get used that much.
    I would not hold out ANY hope for anyone coming from the car to go all the way around the house to enter in via the official mud room. Just get used to having coats and shoes piled on and around the bench! Maybe some command hooks for coats on the side of the fridge someday?

      1. Emily built a stunning and purposeful mudroom largely to manage her family’s coats and belongings. Why try to cause anxiety and worry by making clueless and baseless pronouncements about her kids’ future habits?

    1. I agree! Not so much a comment on the kitchen design per we, but overall house layout – this to me the flow from outside to inside/side of the house is one of the biggest question marks w overall design of the farmhouse… Walking around seems unrealistic

  11. Love the oak cabinets and the marble worktop! I’m dying for a practicality update on the marble as I need to make a decision on whether or not to go with marble worktops soon – did you seal it and what with? What caused the marks you say it’s already got? Did you feel terrified sitting on it in case it scratched or does it feel robust enough for that? Have you dropped red wine/turmeric/lemon on it yet and what happens when you do? Please please could you write about that?
    Also, that is one of the best examples of a built-in fridge-freezer I’ve seen – I love that you don’t have a pointless open box shelf above the freezer, where nobody can reach it, and I like how the vents are treated. Reminds me of DeVOL, which is basically the highest praise.

    1. I can speak to this, as a person with Carrara in my bathroom and also a designer who guided clients through counter choices for 10 years! Basically: the first few months, you’ll notice the imperfections, because there are so few of them. But they soften and layer over time, and the headache is REALLY over-emphasized in my opinion. Example: etching is really only noticeable if you have a polished counter top – if it’s already honed, you’re unlikely to even see it. Color stains usually need a while to set in, so if you wipe things up within half an hour or so, it’s unlikely to stain, and can get scrubbed with a little baking soda if it does. I dye my hair red on my bathroom counters! Nary a mark to be seen. I really believe marble is only high-maintenance if you want it to stay absolutely pristine. Go to any bar or restaurant and check out their marble bar; it will take about a week in a busy bar to take the kind of abuse a home kitchen might take in a year, so you can see the patina easily. I personally LOVE that quiet evidence of life. If it isn’t your jam, that’s cool! But I don’t find it takes a lot of babying as long as you know what to expect.

      Your installer should seal it, and then you can buy sealer at any hardware store for a few bucks and reseal it yourself whenever you feel like it – once or twice a year at most. It wipes on with a cloth and needs maybe ten minutes to dry? Very easy.

      The one caveat is that if the stone is truly unsealed, some varieties can react with water around the sink and stain orange, because natural iron deposits in the stone oxidize. That can’t be fixed. But it’s mainly with very white, dramatically veined stones like Statuario. I’m also wary of very light stones installed as backsplashes behind your range – after many years, I have seen some grease staining. But that’s a long-game issue and I don’t see it on counters.

      Hope that helps! I’m a big advocate for feeling confident in installing what you love!

      1. Thank you so much for this! It’s incredibly useful. I wondered about the problems being overstated – I have had a wood worktop in the past and I never minded the occasional scratches or marks as it was part of the character, yet I have also seen people online say that wood is a terrible choice as it marks badly and stains around the sink – mine didn’t (iroko not oak though) and I didn’t mind oiling it, so I don’t think I’ll be upset by similar marks on marble. And thanks re the scratches comment too! I will avoid using it behind the cooker, which is good to know! I don’t think there’s much iron in the water locally either, as it’s mains water.

        1. I got so anxious about etching that I did a Very Bad Thing, which was to fill a spray bottle with vinegar, spray my marble, and wipe it down. It gives such a uniform etched pattern that future etches aren’t going to be obvious, and now that the worst is already over with, I no longer stress about it. Buy a cheap marble pastry board from World Market or Williams Sonoma and test it and see how you feel. I left one on my countertop without a sealer on it under my coffee making station for a year and purposely let drips and spills sit on it to see what would happen. I’m completely confident in my choice of marble now.

      2. I’m not even in the market for countertops right now and I found this comment helpful! :+) Filing away for future.

    2. Oh I forgot scratches, which you asked about! Very few stones are soft enough to scratch from sitting on it (it would only be from the metal rivets on jeans). Soapstone is the softest, and scratches easily. But also it scratches often enough that after a month or two, everything gets lovely and soft and you don’t see every mark. Carrara and other marbles are harder and would only scratch with pretty major instigation. Granite and natural quartzites are much harder and less porous, and perform almost exactly like an engineered stone (for scratching and staining alike).

      The only stone I think does not work at all for kitchens is limestone. It is very porous. It works fine in bathrooms but I think it would be a real bummer in a kitchen.

    3. Meredith is pretty spot on (haha). Our stains are from a pot lid that had marinara on the rim, and I think oil that we didn’t wipe up quickly enough. Our marble is honed and sealed (not sure with what). They will soften over time for sure. I think if you have a more traditional house a real stone or marble (even with the etchings and aging) is a great choice, but if you have a more midcentury or contemporary style home and you are worried about it at all then go with a simpler quartz. Also you have to really love the stone. I know its hard to see in the photos but the veining is really really really pretty and “worth it”. I could have gone bolder (which would make it even more worth it) but Brian liked it quieter. I do NOT regret this choice at all for this home, but again its a personal preference! I’m glad its not on the island TBH where we do the bulk of the cooking and the wood is holding up SO WELL, even though its only been a couple months – it takes a beating and a wiping so well.

      1. Thanks, Emily! This is also super helpful – I am leaning marble as I don’t have children and always use a chopping board anyway.

    4. I have marble in a kitchen that was finished ~3 months ago. So far, love it. It just has this very REAL feel that I don’t think I’d get from quartz in my 100ish year old home. Also, kneading bread dough on it is the simple pleasure I didn’t realize I needed in my life. It’s perfect.
      I do notice some etching where I leave wet dishes all the time and have one tiny stain by the sink, but only if I look really closely/tilt to see it in the light. Mostly it just looks gorgeous from normal standing height.
      For the sealing, most people use regular industrial chemicals which I hear work great! But I didn’t want PFAS chemicals being reapplied in my kitchen all the time so I have been using the ‘soapstone sealer’ from Milk Paint Co. That has been working really well! Had a party with drinks everywhere and not one mark left over. So, if you’re interested in a natural sealer, that’s an option that’s good to know about that was difficult to find!

      Last thing – for the decision making, I found it really helpful to go get a marble scrap from a stone yard. I sealed it and then subjected it to leaving a coffee ring overnight, spilling some wine on it, putting lemon juice on it. Gave me a really good idea if I could personally live with it or not.
      Good luck with your decision! It’s a big one.

    5. We have had marble countertops for 15 years, and never had a stain! Etching and chips, yes! The key is a great sealer that you redo every 6 months to a year. We used Bulletproof, The Gold Hive blog has a lot of info on sealers. At first we sealed regularly every 6 months ( it’s literally just wiping it on and off) now it’s just when we remember.

    6. We’ve had carrara marble for 7 years in the kitchen, and its much more beat up than anything I’ve seen on the internet. We have huge stains from water, our soap dispenser, something mysterious and red, etc. and massive chips at the edges and around the sink. I wonder if either we got an especially soft slab and if everyone else is sealing more than we are (we are pretty lazy about sealing). I still like it, but I’m torn about whether I would do it all over again or not, bc its so incredibly beat up in a non-charming way.

      1. I’m so sorry your slab weathered like this! I did have one client whose Carrara sounds similar (we were adding onto their existing kitchen, trying to match some counters that another reno/designer had installed years before), especially with the chipping. It was almost sort of crumbly along the sink edges? I have never seen it before or since, but it was legit. I think you’re onto something with the particular slab composition- something literally felt different about that one stone, which was a huge bummer for them, since no one could have known ahead of time. Quarries are weird once you learn about them; the names are a little subjective so the same basin of stone might produce three or four different varieties as it gets pulled out, as the minerals shift and colors change and they have to decide that this section is more like Calacata Gold but this is more like Calacata Violetta and this part is Statuario… it makes sense that occasionally the Carrara hits a pocket with a higher percentage of some mineral that just wears poorly. If anyone with clever mineral knowledge has insights on how to avoid it, enlighten us all! But anecdotally in my career of seeing a LOT of stone, it was just that one kitchen. I’m so sorry for your crappy luck!

    7. Hi Elle, I have a postmodern house and installed dolomite, which is marble’s cousin. Slightly more durable. I knew I wanted something natural and I thought I wanted just pure white with as little veining as possible but when I went to the yard I fell in love with this particular piece. It actually has dolomite and quartz and a very little bit of amethyst, I think it’s gorg! I’m careful but I don’t treat it like it’s too precious. It has not stained so far and I believe if you wipe up spills within a minute or two, it really is fine. I think they hype up how it holds up because companies do need to let people that it will weather. Honestly, over the past couple of years i really like how it is ageing and I agree that it is actually easy to take care of!

    8. I installed carrara marble in my kitchen about 6 years ago after much agonizing, so I can relate! Here’s my experience:

      • Like Meredith says, you can seal it with standard stone sealer, available at Home Depot or anywhere similar. It’s easy and quick. Sometimes a little stinky while it’s going on, but the smell clears up quickly.
      • What causes etching: anything acidic. Vinegar, citrus fruits, etc. I am a full-contact cook 🙂 who does not baby my kitchen, and there are plenty of etches on my counter. It shows less with a honed finish, but they’re never invisible. That said, you can mostly only see them if you lean down so your head is by the counter and look along it.
      • What causes stains: deep colored things, like red wine, smushed raspberries, blueberry syrup, wet coffee grounds, etc. As long as the marble is sealed, these things only stain if they sit on there for a while. Most stains can be removed with a baking soda poultice.
      • What causes scratches: heavy jagged things dragged along it 🙂 I have one visible scratch on my countertop and I’m not sure what it came from, but I’m guessing someone dragged a heavy pot across and there was something underneath it (a tiny pebble maybe? can only guess).
      • It does chip. I have an under-mount sink, and the edge of the counter around the sink has lots of chips from where heavy pots and pans hit it while washing dishes.
      • (You didn’t ask about this, but for anyone else reading: I would never use white marble on the floor around a toilet, as I’ve heard that it picks up pee stains over time that are very hard to get out.)

      My take after 6 years is: the key to having marble countertops is you have to truly love patina. Don’t trust the spotless photos in magazines like Architectural Digest 🙂 If you want your counters to look spotless or even just new, marble is not for you, and that’s fine! Just please don’t buy an irreplaceable slice of an actual mountain to use in your kitchen if you’re only going to feel frustrated by it. 🙂 But if you actively enjoy a lived-in look and you don’t intend to replace the counter for many, many years, go for it! For me personally, I deeply love lived-in things that pick up character with age. I actively wanted my kitchen counter to look like it came out of 100-year-old Italian pastry shop. There are chips, scratches, etches, and one faint stain I couldn’t figure out how to remove, and I like it that way. So it really comes down to what you want. Either way, I’m sure your kitchen will be lovely!

    9. I’ll echo what everyone else said – yes etching will happen with anything acidic, yes you will notice it even on a honed countertop but only from certain angles/lighting, no staining isn’t a problem unless it sits for a while, etc…

      Etching is really easy to remove if it’s bothersome to you with etch remover products (I use the one by Lustro Italiano, but there are lots of products on the market). It’s like a gritty paste you rub on the spot for a few minutes and poof! All gone. You just need to be sure to reseal after using the products. I use Bulletproof sealer by Stonetech. It’s also easy to use, just “paint” it on, let it sit for a bit, and then wipe it off. You just need to be sure to buff it out really well so there are no streaks, especially on a backsplash. Since I reseal once or twice a year, I’ll usually buff out any of the large etches before resealing. Otherwise the little spots and sprays from things like squeezing a lemon don’t bother me. I found this post by Ashley of the Gold Hive super helpful:

      I do have marble slab backsplashes too, and I wouldn’t be as worried about that as some people mention. I tend to use the front burners anyways so it’s rare to have too much splatter issues on the backsplash, but I do have some oil spots. Not a problem if you notice and wipe up right away and small dots here and there don’t bother me. I’ve also used an oil stain remover by Stonetech on a very large oil stain on my backsplash which worked like a charm, so it’s fixable if disaster strikes.

      Long story, marble is definitely more high maintenance than granite or quartz, but it’s not as out of control as some people make it out to be. You do have to be okay with some wear and tear, but most of that is also pretty quick and easy to fix if you don’t like as much “patina” as other people do.

  12. Wow! The skylights, the stunning wood, the finishes, I’m in heaven! What a contemporary yet also timeless and traditional kitchen. From the tile to the mixing of wood tones, to the brass, you knocked this out of the park! Enjoy that gorgeous induction range Emily, and WELL DONE!!

  13. Superb kitchen! Thank you so much for sharing your process because it so helpful. The drop zone bench write-up is particularly useful for me as inspiration for the configuration of my new porch. I live in Yorkshire in the UK and the issues are similar to the PNW, so the in-out mud, shoe/paw issue is real!

    You may already know this, but if you put beeswax on the runners of the drawers in the island it might help them glide much more smoothly. I did this recently on all of my vintage wood pieces and it was a game-changer.

      1. Mohawk also makes a lubricant product for drawers, doors, etc. called Slideez. It has been a godsend on some of my older Danish modern wood dressers that just have a wood dowel slides.

  14. AMAZING! What a fantastically beautiful, yet highly functional kitchen. One thought for the heavy island drawers – apply bowling island wax to all the parts of the drawers and cabinets that slide against each other. It’s really helpful to ease the stick with heavy drawers.

  15. How I have waited for this. What a triumph! It exudes warmth and longevity. Such an inspiration.

  16. Seriously wonderful job. I want to live in this kitchen. Also: If this was in my home, I would have SO MANY plants in the kitchen with that great light. Orchids galore!

  17. Gorgeous! Those windows! That bar! That tile! Love it all. Quick FYI, and I know you might already know this, but my husband found a silicone grease (clear) at Home Depot that has worked WONDERS on our big old heavy drawers. We have a lot of them – built ins – in our old house and he put a bead on the bottom of each drawer and voila! they move back and forth so easy. No mess and it lasts forever. Might help with the drawers on your bee-u-tee-ful island.

    1. Ok i’m going to do this – so many good suggestions and I haven’t even thought of this. thank you!

  18. My favorite part is all the light streaming in! Imagine how bright it will be with fresh snowfall outside?! You will need sunglasses 🙂 Great job and I’m so glad it fits your family to a T!

  19. It’s absolutely stunning and feels so EMILY HENDERSON in the best best way. Our new kitchen has a very similar layout so I love seeing what you’ve done (though sadly even though we started construction at the same time as you, ours is still a few months behind). You can just feel how much soul you’ve poured into it and I’m sure all the subtleties of those special special materials are even more magical in real life. It’s clearly functional on top of being beautiful which is sometimes lost and I love that you’ve leaned into and come home to what’s most important to you over time. Have loved following this journey and huge congrats on the gorgeousness but more so the memories that will be baked into this incredible space!

  20. I don’t know if it’s “good”….but it sure is gorgeous & fabulous!! I just can’t get over all the windows & skylights!

  21. It’s a triumph! I could pretty much leave it there and I’d be satisfied that saying ‘it’s a triumph’ covers it all. I think it’s the best I’ve seen throughout the years.

    The elements that stand out as big wins for me are the tiled window wall – the tile colour is sublime; the flooring – gorgeous; and vintage island – a beauty. All the other details – like the trio of pendants, the little ‘I-I’ vents above your fridge/freezer, the rug, those three over window shelves – just bring everything to life. Speaking of vents – could you not vent your toe-kick beneath the ice machine? I’ve never seen it done, but if it can be done the there’s no better woman than you to get it done! Little ‘I-I’ maybe?

    As we say in Ireland, well wear 😊

  22. Absolutely beautiful! It doesn’t read “farmhouse” to me—more California seaside with the white shiplap, skylights, and blue tile—but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s true to your style over the years and super gorgeous. The bar in front of the window and the plant shelf are my favorite touches.

  23. Holy smokes – gorgeous from every angle. Love the thought given to flow of work (kitchens HAVE to work!) and not just being a pretty face. I’m not a blue person at all and even I love that tile but my favorite part is the stove wall. The shelves, hood, tile, art, lights are just perfection. And the little gallery on the shelves – swoon.

  24. very beautiful and calm kitchen.

    I have two practical questions: first, it looks like the refrigerators can’t take toe kicks, and I’m curious how you accounted for the transitions between them?

    second, as a cook who used their island non stop for cutting and out island is often damp, can the island be used for that? the heavy drawers were mentioned but not the functionality of the top surface, so I’m curious

    1. HI! Ok to answer your questions: Versatile (a local cabinet and window making company) retrofitted the top and stained/sealed it. Whatever they used works SO WELL. I usually chop that a big cutting board of course, but this wipes up perfectly. its likely going to age over time of course, but I am very impressed with how well it wipes. Re the refrigeration, one thing I didn’t catch is the toe-kick on the bar side (I think I added this info in the post but just in case). Under the ice machine and the fridge drawers you have to have venting (no toe kick) so I should have done that bar side with more furniture style legs under the two drawers. it doesn’t really bother me, but wanted to call that out if thats what you are talking about. xx

      1. I’d add that it’s possible to put a toe kick under the fridge (and you could possibly retrofit it?). You just need to put a ventilation grill into the toe kick itself (I’m sure there are some pretty brass ones that would match). I know – as that’s what I have in my kitchen. And I should add that as it’s low to the ground and slightly inset it’s doesn’t scream or interrupt the lines too much.

  25. I recently got a Velux skylight in my attic with the solar panel. The attic isn’t finished yet, so I cant comment on the skylight itself, but you can get a federal tax deduction for part of the cost if its solar. Just wanted to give a heads up!

  26. So so beautiful. I can’t believe I’m being “that person” asking for maybe the one thing that isn’t linked, but would love to know the source for the large wood cutting board (with the steak remnants). It’s gorgeous. Thank you!!

    1. I don’t remember! I’ve had it forever … we are doing a whole post about all the accessories as most of mine are vintage or i’ve had them for a while, but while shopping for this kitchen I found SO MANY things that i loved and figured it would be a fun/organic gift guide for kitchen/design lovers. So stay tuned, but we’ll be sure to link up a similar one (if not THE one – i don’t think it was vintage … ).

      1. Hi Emily, would you also include a link to the kitchen stool your daughter Birdie is standing on. It would work very well right here! I will echo all the positive comments about your kitchen! I have been following you ever since rooting for you to be the Design Star so many years ago. You have earned every bit of your following and good fortune. Many more years of continued success.

    2. Catherine, I can’t tell what is stamped on the corner of that board but I know that you can get boards like that from Boos Boards and from Sauder Wood Cutting Boards. I don’t have a Boos board bc it was just too expensive, but I do have a Sauder board with the inset handles, juice ditch(?), and silicone feet at the corners just like the one in the picture. I really like it & I’ve had it for 2 years now. I use it almost daily and it barely shows the wear. Sauder is in L.A. and uses wood from sustainable forests. I do use Boos oil and conditioner for my cutting board and those products are also fantastic. I think you can also get thick cutting boards from Hope this helps and you find one you like!

  27. Alllll the planning, designing, rethinking and dreaming have paid off. It’s spectacular. It’s luxe, chic, farm-y, looks like it’s always been there but so masterful. Organic, interesting, restrained. ❤️ Congrats!

  28. Wow! As an OG reader, it’s so fun to see a space that I can say, “That’s got to be Emily’s house.” It’s been a while and it’s gorgeous. Well done!

  29. If this isn’t what it’s all about: “I love being in here so much. Chopping on the island while someone else sits at the counter and chats with me is my favorite time of day.” Love this sentiment and love this kitchen so much — great work to you and the full team!

  30. Damn. It’s so good. I didn’t think you’d top your primary bathroom tile in terms of the perfect stunning/understated mix but this is right up there. I don’t see you ever getting even slightly tired of this space. Congratulations!!

  31. Brava! Utterly exquisite. You noted that your style has become more conservative over time as a result of public design regrets. But this actually looks more like aesthetic confidence than aesthetic conservatism to me–the work of a designer who has grown more comfortable with her instincts and, as a result, less prone to chase after trends and clicks and zeitgeist. I see that in your personal style as well.

  32. I really love it so, so much. I’ve been so excited to see the reveal after the peeks you’ve given us, and it did not disappoint! There are so many high points, but I’m most obsessed with the beautiful windows and the way they brighten the whole space. I LOVE the fridge wall with the bar and the bench. The tlle is perfectly you, and I adore the brass rails and plumbing. I could spend hours looking at the styling with your vintage and abstract paintings, the interesting decanters, the plants, the vases… It’s just so lovingly done. Congratulations on making your dream kitchen come true!

    1. It’s the light! The light! The light! That’s the most magical here. The windows and Velux are just stunning. And the tile work around the windows is perfect.

  33. What an absolutely beautiful kitchen! It’s the kitchen I’ll definitely come back to over and over for inspiration!

  34. This is stunning! The light in the kitchen, those gorgeous cabinets, the lovely brass accents, the tile… It’s a great blending of old and new!

  35. Soo beautiful. The inset cabinets are *chefs kiss*. Can’t wait to hear how you like the induction Aga!

  36. Wow, LOVE this kitchen! My favorite part is definitely that amazing vintage center island! And everything else is just perfection! May you make many wonderful memories there and completely enjoy your beautiful creation!!

  37. I have not liked wood-“colored” cabinets since the 80s in my childhood kitchen, but you have made me fall in love with your white oak cabinetry. I have stared at these photos for so long…each detail is made better by your cabinets. I now feel like I could give it a try- no plans in the works, but my goodness these are gorgeous. Also, your tile- I’d never have done it, but once again, it is my perfection. Your green accents coming through…. Earth and sky combo going on. Since green and blue are my favorite colors, I am seriously so drawn to your kitchen and appreciate that it really could be in almost any setting/style. I’m just kind of utterly impressed right now. Thank you for this mental candy on my Monday morning!

    1. ah, thank you! And the benefit of wood cabinetry (which we learned at the mountain house) is no chipped paint. Wood can dent but its hard to see dents with the grain, so I feel like even when its beat up it looks good. the mountain house kitchen (granted only 4 years old) get SO MUCH wear and tear and still looks fresh I think because of the wood grain hiding the bumps and dents. Thats my pitch for these. But i agree that if not done right (shiny maple) it can ring a bit dated. Unique Kitchens and bath did an incredible job. The grain, finish and execution make it just look like natural pretty white oak. anyway, thank you 🙂

      1. I agree the cabinets look very pretty and natural. Can you share the finish they used on the cabinets? Wax or oil, etc?

      2. Fellow Oregonian here, with quarter-sawn white oak kitchen. And it is SO FORGIVING. The harder I use it, the prettier it is.

  38. I’m not personally a fan of wood cabinets, white shiplap or blue of any sort, and I still dig how this all looks together! I think you nailed the “could-have-been-original,” utilitarian but cozy, farmhouse but not “farmhouse” vibe!

  39. It is SO BEAUTIFUL!! I loved it and then it kept going and going to show one more cool thing (bench! Built in fridge! Bar!!) after another. The tiling around the windows might be my favorite detail, though. Congrats – and I can’t wait for alllll the details of the follow up posts.

  40. Really beautiful! Thoroughly enjoyed this reveal and even watched the video which I never do. It’s lovely and the light is just beautiful. It’s a very comfortable kitchen as well as being lovely to look at. I adore the windows.
    I’m with those who would be interested in knowing what something like this might cost, if that’s not too intrusive.

  41. Amazing job! Absolutely LOVE how it turned out. The vintage island is the stuff of dreams! 😍 I’m not great spatially, could you tell me roughly the dimensions of the room?

  42. Happy day! I’ve been anticipating this reveal and it did not disappoint. I love it so so much. That tile is IT. And, well, everything. Take a bow, Emily. Bravo!

    (Also, your leather clogs…are they Birks?)

  43. Congrats! Seems like a space that works for your family, fits within the asthetics of the home (no small feat with a project like this), and is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us!


    1. Oops – Sorry for the all-CAPS. That was done by mistake, but the CAPS certainly match my excitement for you and your family!

  45. Chiming in on the congratulations on such a beautiful, warm, Emily Henderson kitchen. I especially appreciated all of the tiny details that most of us don’t consider in a renovation – the tile on the window ledges, retrofitting an overhang on the island (I was planning on pulling off the top of our vintage island and replacing it with soapstone in order to have an overhang), the window panes made to look original, etc. I’m mostly doing our kitchen renovation alone and would LOVE someone to discuss those types of things with me that I never considered.

    Enjoy making your famous soups in this incredible kitchen!

  46. Such a gorgeous kitchen! Love how bright it is and feels so homey. My favourite bits are the island, the blue tiles, the mudroom/not mudroom area, the lighting, that faucet, those windows! Congrats, it all looks so fabulous.

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  47. Love the cabinets! Love that you love it so much. I dont feel wowed by it but I dont think thats the point, this is a kitchen for YOU, and its deeply personal. I love watching your journey, thanks for taking us along.

  48. Wow! Gorgeous! What an absolute beautiful kitchen. So many perfect details. Funny thing, I’m not a blue person but I absolutely love the tile backsplash. Wishing you many happy years cooking and making memories in this light-filled kitchen. Mazel Tov!

  49. I don’t want to be dramatic but HOLY $H!T this room is incredible. I want to move in and make zero changes. It’s absolutely perfect.

  50. I walked my neighbourhood for 3 hours this evening (dropping off mailbox leaflets abput increasing the tree csnopy re: global warming) and I kept thinking how I was missing out on this reveal.
    It’s now almost 1.30 am in Western Australia and I’m sittin’ here ogling at THE BEST KITCHEN EVVVVVVER!!
    💗 💗 💗 💗 💗 💗
    To me it looks like snippets of elements you’ve loved from kitchens past, upgraded and curated into one, functional, beautiful dream kitchen. I’m reminded that you’ve been working on the River House and a trillion other irons in the fire, while this house was being created.
    There are not enough words for your amazing work ethic!

    It really is beyond stunning! I hope all the design mag’s and reviews want some of this for readers to feast their eyeballs on!

    🏆Stintilating, stunning, superb, swoon-worthy, special, allllllll the things!

  51. Everything came together so beautifully! All your hard work really paid off! Thank you for all the sharing and all the beautiful inspiration. 🙂

  52. Emily and ARCIFORM, what a beautiful, warm, lovely space. I wanna hang out in there!
    Also, just wanted to say how much I appreciate that throughout this remodel especially that you have thanked, by name, the designers, contractors, and other folks who have helped craft this space. I bet it means so much to have their work recognized and to have that gratitude expressed! <3 Thanks for being a stand-up gal and influencer—it puts a lot of good out there.

  53. I feel like there are a lot of “trendy” elements here (white oak, shiplap, shelves instead of uppers), but this kitchen is 100% NOT trendy, and does not look like any other kitchens. And that is obviously due to your designer touch and the attention to detail you and your team put in! And also supports what y’all are always saying, which is that good design makes anything timeless.

  54. Love the kitchen. Regarding your hard-to-open drawers in the island, I cannot recommend this product strongly enough. It is called UHMW (ultra-high molecular weight) nylon tape, and all you have to do it stick it to the runners of the drawers and they will glide like silk. No candle wax, no soap, no drilling holes or installing hardware, just an easy, long-lasting fix for the sticky drawers in your life.

  55. I love it! The way you joined the old with the new (& mixed the woods and tones). The design looks so considered and timeless.

    Our home is 100+ years old, and much of it is in amazing original condition… but the kitchen and bathrooms were updated in the 90’s (and the design doesn’t match the rest of the house, so I’m trying to bring it together). This whole farmhouse series of posts (& your new book) have been so relevant and applicable! (I love it so much more than searching endlessly for how-to videos on caring for an old home.). It makes the hard work of home ownership more romantic ☺️

  56. Yes! This is the EHD kitchen that you’ve been building up to throughout the years!

    I think my biggest takeaway for the 2 cents that you’ve been waiting for from this internet stranger (sarcasm, obviously), is that the warmth of the wood cabinets is what is missing in the other spaces. Maybe a two-toned ceiling would help? The beams that run across the room could be clad and stained with a warm wood while the horizontal paneling stays that great crisp white?

    1. I a painting the ceiling blue like the sky, would be fantastic with all that light! However is so beautiful as is.

  57. BRAVA!!! I have been poring over these words and images for over an hour. It is just stunning, Emily and Brian! Of course you are in love with it. All your planning, re-planning, partnering, and patience has paid off in warmth, function, beauty, and grace. May your family continue to flourish in this lovely new home.

  58. It’s absolutely stunning! So very Emily Henderson. It’s everything I love about your designs: blues, brass, wood, soul, and fun, expected elements (the black in the light fixtures and the stove, the great art, the whole compilation of the wall of glassware above the bar). Just gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration! It gets my creative juices flowing for my own space.

  59. I may have not been on the same page with you lately, but this kitchen is gorgeous. I love the bar area! Can’t wait to see the pantry. Nice Job!!!

  60. It’s soooo beautiful! i love the different wood tones and metal finishes. The tile is gorgeous. The stove…drool! And ALL THE LIGHT!

  61. Can you explain how you did the ledge shelves on the range wall? Are those actually floating shelves with brackets that come straight out of the wall that the shelves slide onto or something else? I love these and am hoping to incorporate them into my kitchen remodel!

  62. SO SO SO beautiful!! Somehow you managed to make it feel both timeless and fun. I’m not even a huge fan of blue, but I would totally cook in that kitchen every day and not change a thing about it! I absolutely love the two different tones of wood between the cabinets and vintage island…I’ve been stuck thinking that I would HAVE to have one or the other done in a color whenever we get around to remodeling our kitchen, but you proved I don’t have to! This kitchen just screams you and it’s simply perfect <3

  63. This turned out soo perfect! You are going to love this for years to come and man, that blue tile and the windows will be the perfect backdrop for family pictures!
    3 Years ago we bought an old farmhouse that the previous owner renovated. I’m lucky to love a lot of their choices. It makes me happy that you chose the same sink style we have, along with the wood cabinets, black bar stools, etc. 🙂 I’ll have to email you the zillow link of our house- the similarities have been fun to watch unfold!!!

  64. absolutely beautiful! Can you speak to the mixing and matching of the wood tones/stains with the floors/cabinets/windows? They look like slightly different shades of white oak but flow beautifully.

  65. It’s gorgeous! I’m so selfishly tickled that you’re living in Portland now and I can actually use all of your recommendations!

  66. While I don’t ACTUALLY know you, I feel like I do, and this kitchen is SO YOU! It’s light, it’s BRIGHT (let’s be honest, the windows are the star of the show here), it’s warm, it’s casual, it’s just done WELL. Bravo to you and the team. I wish we all had such lovely kitchens, but you def deserve this 🙂

  67. Oh Emily! I am so happy for you! I have looked forward to this post, especially to see the tile. I can’t get over how beautiful it is. I can visualize many wonderful memories in this kitchen…which is the heart of the home! enjoy!!!! And thank you for sharing this beautiful space with us.

  68. Stunning! Every detail is superb and it all works together so beautifully. Would you share the stain and finish that was used on your flooring? The color is fabulously warm and I don’t see the greenish undertone I often see \with white oak flooring.

  69. Love everything except the farmhouse sink. Sorry, but am not a fan and am kind of tired of seeing it everywhere.

  70. I think it is pure perfection!! It is done in a way that it will never be dated. It is happy, perfectly functional and just so, so pretty!!! The workmanship and quality of every single thing shows! Bravo team!!!

  71. SO SO gorgeous. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It feels very EHD and farmy and traditional AND modern and fresh. It looks like a joy to cook in, and getting joy out of preparing and eating food for our loved ones is one of the best things 🙂

  72. I LOVE IT!!!! And I’m so happy that y’all love it – as the kitchen really is the heart of the home (at least in our family).
    As a fellow lover of vintage Persian rugs/runners in the kitchen, I can highly recommend this particular rug pad for vintage runners (which are often not super thick) and do best with a pad that holds it solidly enough for vacuuming and walking on without the runner wrinkling up . . . which this one REALLY does excellently! I really can’t recommend it highly enough (as I’ve tried many another runner pads for thin rugs on hard floors which just didn’t work). I attached a photo of my runner as a visual aid.

  73. I am a huge kitchen snob and don’t like many I see… your’s make me sooo happy! I love it and I’m happy for you and your family! Cheers!

  74. I love everything! It’s so beautiful and functional! I can’t wait to see your post about the range. I have the same one in ivory sitting in my garage, because my kitchen remodel has been delayed. I’m glad you love it, but I know I’ll welcome the tips, because cooking on induction is new to me, too. Thank you for sharing your process and welcoming us into your beautiful home!

  75. Oh my goodness it is just so beautiful and so you! I can’t imagine how stressful it would be to design for yourself and your family AND for the general public on the internet. But this is pure magic. And that Persian rug is perfection.

  76. I knew your kitchen would be very Emily. And it is! It’s exactly you! So fresh, modern, warm, pleasant. We’re a military family so one day I hope to have an equally beautiful, inviting kitchen of my own. Brava!

  77. So happy it is the kitchen you dreamed of. And delighted there’s so much light. I know how damn dark kitchens can be (live in Seattle). Can’t wait for the rest of the house to slowly unveil…

  78. Wow! What a beautiful kitchen! The island adds so much warmth and personality and all the lovely woods work so well together. The blue tile, the shelves across the window (one of my favorite features), the abundance of light, and of course the AGA, to name just a few. Oh and the light fixtures are perfect, especially the sconces by the range! This kitchen does not try too hard. It is just good design and that is what makes it stunning. It is elegant and understated.

  79. What an extraordinarily gorgeous kitchen. Every single thing about it. I lived in Portland for many years and the focus on natural light is so smart. The idea of cooking in the kitchen with rain pouring down gave me serious nostalgia. Well done!

  80. Absolutely beautiful! And is my inspiration for our upcoming kitchen renovation. Cheerful, calming, welcoming – so many words come to mind. It helps that the warm wood and blue/gray is my favorite color combination for interiors – especially a kitchen (like mine) that does not get much natural light. Seeing your choices come to life is SO helpful in envisioning my little kitchen here in the “other” Portland (we live just outside of Portland, Maine!). Literally getting up to move some of my vintage ocean paintings into our kitchen now. Thank you for sharing Emily!

  81. The kitchen is your best work yet — it’s gorgeous, yet homey and functional. That space you want to congregate in! Hope y’all enjoy and it holds many happy family memories!

  82. So beautiful. I love the blue tile. Could anyone get the video to play the whole way through? I tried twice and each time, about 30 seconds in, it would switch over to other videos and ads. 🙁

    1. Well, third time’s the charm, I guess. Not sure what I did differently but it worked the third time I tried. Very fun to see in video format!

  83. This kitchen is stunning! It’s the perfect, warm, minimalist, DeVol-ish kitchen of my dreams. I know nought of design but I’d like to think if I did, this is the kitchen I’d create. The finishes are so fine and considered. If that island was in my home and my home was on fire, I’d carry it out on my back and then return for my kids’ baby pictures. The whole room is totally ME. But for it to be totally EH, it’s needs just *one* weird thing. Even something tiny. Sneak it in there somewhere. As a tribute. I completely get the idea of tastes changing as we get older but put something ugly or funky in your kitchen to honor the younger woman who worked hard enough to allow the woman you are today to have a beautiful home like this.

  84. It’s gorgeous. It feels warm and timeless. My favorite parts are the details – the entry bench, the H cabinets above the fridge, the little shelves – so many beautiful details. You will love it forever.

  85. Too pretty for words…the corner window with the bench, the bar area, the blue tile. It is just too pretty, you have outdone yourself.

  86. I can’t believe this day has arrived. It’s been two years?? And the CABINETS ARE BEAUTIFUL! And the way the paneling drops down for the art is lovely. And the vintage island is amazing. Congratulations to the team!

  87. The light, the tiles, the details, the wood, the windows, oh my goodness- LOVE IT ALL. Congratulations on a gorgeous, functional, personal and creatively beautiful kitchen! WOW WOW WOW! 🙂

  88. You know what else is cool about this, you feel the connection to the Tudor LA house and mountain house. It’s all here, subtly.

  89. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the warmth that the cabinets and wood window frames bring and that blue tile is to die for. Simple, classic, quality stuff with just enough special touches.

    I was hoping you could explain the placement of the floor registers, specifically the one next to the range. Having recently lived through my own remodel, I know that moving HVAC stuff can be a real pickle. Just curious about the process around that.

  90. Curious about the decision not to include toe kicks and how that actually feels now that you’re using the kitchen regularly. Also curious how it feels to have fridge and food farther away from main kitchen/cooking zone?

  91. Congratulations!! Absolutely worth the wait and I’m so happy you’re happy!! I can’t even pick a favorite detail!

  92. It’s a beautiful kitchen. It took a long time to execute all the small details and it paid off. It’s high quality, yet still casual and not fussy. It’s lovely an works in the context.

  93. WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!! This is the kind of room I imagine when I think about how Emily is, at her core, a true artist and one of the most strikingly creative, thoughtful, talented, authentic, and purposeful creators I’ve ever encountered (and why I’ve read this blog daily for 10 years!) It is absolutely stunning, so gorgeous, and makes so much “sense” while also being full of the most natural, home-feeling sparkle, character, and like you said, soul!
    I’ve followed this journey from the beginning and seeing this reveal felt so much like finishing an incredible book that leaves you feeling like it was the perfect ending.
    What I love most of all about it is how clearly you are radiating joy and contentment at every detail and how it turned out! It reminds me of how the people I admire most are most genuinely themselves and know themselves so well (for me, I also admire people’s clothing/style the most when it feels like a true expression of their personality and what makes them feel most comfortable, most themselves, happy, etc.) — this room feels like a perfect reflection of what Emily loves in a way that makes me so happy to see. It’s contagious!
    I am smiling and can’t stop looking at the photos and just found myself getting a little teary/emotional! I know from reading along what a labor of love this was, and I’m just so thrilled you get to walk into this room every day and see all of that work reflected back in something so beautiful. Thank you for sharing the journey with us!!! I am truly giddy to see the rest of the house, but this feels like such a special reveal!!!!!!

  94. Gorgeous, classic, and so welcoming. You really nailed the vibe you said you wanted. This kitchen somehow looks modern and fresh and as if it’s been in the house forever.

  95. I read this post first thing this morning on my phone because I was so excited to see it BUT I had to come back to it this evening from the desktop computer so I could see all the photos in detail, WOW! It may be counter-intuitive to call such “quiet beauty” spectacular but it is spectacular and most of all it all works together to create the mood (and functionality) you wanted. It’s hard to choose a favorite feature: the materials, I mean I guess that’d be the easiest way to say it, are ALL fantastic. Every material looks to be authentic, durable, beautiful, and timeless. And the LIGHT, I mean, everything looks better in good natural light! My favorite “extras” are the paneled & integrated appliances, Persian rugs, vintage art, handcrafted bar stools. It’s a perfect timeless farmhouse kitchen!

  96. Emily, EXTRAORDINARY. I just saw the lead shot on Lauren Liess’s instagram this evening, went WOW, then realized it was Em’s kitchen reveal and came right on over to the blog here! You got the viiiiibe. Homey yet fresh. That island, yum. Henderson blue on the walls. It’s so you and also objectively a really really great kitchen. Enjoy it as I know you will!

  97. LOVE IT! Most gorgeous kitchen you have done! It makes me sad that “public failures” have made you more conservative and less risk averse. I really appreciate your honest blogs about perceived failures. It makes you more real and provides valuable insight to your readers. Very happy you and Brian love your kitchen. Most of all it needs to make you and your family happy.

  98. SO gorgeous! Those skylights are a dream! I’m so glad that it works so well for you after all this hard work!

  99. The kitchen is beautiful and the result of a labor of love. This space seems like the culmination of years of work and also a space that you are hopefully better positioned than ever to enjoy!

  100. If I had this kitchen, I’d just live in it! I wouldn’t even need the rest of the house. It’s a beautiful dream….

  101. Just OMG!!! AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING ALL THE TIPS AND LINKS! That is not easy to do! You are the best!!!!

  102. I know this is a late comment, but I’m really curious about the floors – you mentioned your last two sets splintered and cracked? I’d be interested in a post on that experience vs with these backed floors.

  103. This is lovely. Congratulations on making a space that brings you so much happiness! I especially love the ‘library’ look of the wood cabinets and hardware you had mentioned you were going for; the warm vintage island (fave); the Persian rug; the ethereal blue of the tiles…there are so many thoughtful, peaceful, harmonious details.

  104. Wow I love this kitchen too. And I thought I would be Mountain House Kitchen Forever. So many great moments, but want to call out that, while this is an extra large kitchen it still feels cozy. That IS a highly skilled outcome. Proportions are hardest to preconceive, imho. I also think the ideas would work even scaled down a bit. I especially love the idea of a long stretch of no upper cabinets and a pantry combo. #dreams. More important than my applause, however, is how much YOU love it. So very happy for you, Brian and your lovely children. Thanks, as always, for sharing with all of us too.

  105. Oh! ALL THAT LIGHT! 🙂
    So beautiful, I love it all….
    I would be adding many more plants, including a tree on the island!

  106. So happy to see this beautiful kitchen! We will have the same long expanse between fridge, sink, and range (have also chosen the AGA Elise induction!) and it is giving me a bit of pause. Can you comment on how the zoning is working for you? Ever wish your refrigerator were closer to the range?

  107. There really shouldn’t be labels for style especially if they are true to what you love rather than whats trendy or recreated.
    Beautifully done kitchen 🙂

  108. It is STUNNING! I have a BURNING QUESTION I HOPE YOU CAN ANSWER! Did you find an unlacquered brass air switch? (seen on the far right side of your faucet/sink area? I have the same beautiful faucet and can’t find a matching air switch to save my life.

  109. I love this kitchen so much! I see some comments calling it boring which I can’t help but laugh at. It’s truly beautiful. I would love to know the functionality of the two handled kitchen faucet vs single. I love the look of a bridge faucet but in a kitchen, I don’t know how I would handle not being able to turn it on with one hand.

  110. So good. Like so so good. We’re making do with our 20 year old kitchen with wood cabinets and dark countertops but I did update the hardware and backsplash (very similar to yours now) and your electrical outlet covers have convinced me to change ours to brass too…it’s all in the details!

  111. I’m here to say how right was the choice to rejigger the floor plan, remove the mudroom from this space, and have one large open kitchen. I was team “one room” back then and feel super happy about the outcome now – the results are even better than we imagined, because we don’t have Emily’s imagination!!!

  112. Oh how rewarding it must be for you to see all of your designs come together so beautifully!!! The kitchen is pure perfection and you totally nailed the right combination of elements to give it that up to date farmhouse vibe! The amount of natural light is wonderful & adds so much to kitchen. I am doing over some spaces in my home & would love to know the brand/details of the poplar boards on the walls & ceiling used in your home. I read previous posts, but must have missed it.

    1. Here you go, liz: “Throughout the house (where appropriate) we designed and installed this awesome paneling. It’s a custom run from a company in Portland called Creative Woodworking ( and they are 10″ boards with a 1/2″ bead. So basically a REALLY large beadboard, I’ll talk about it more later but it’s one of the more “unnecessary” things that we felt was extremely important to the home. Jamie, Taylor, Tourin, Steve, and the rest of the team have spent WEEKS installing it. If you are a real renovation/design geek these types of things are special, and if you are on a budget there are so many affordable V-grooves or beadboards out there.”

      From this post:

  113. Did you do an old school built in chopping board over the tiny drawers? If so, very nice touch… I can’t say I’m too surprised by the reveal, because I’ve seen so many pieces and sneaks along the way, but man is it satisfying to see it all together!! If I lived there, I’d get nothing done for at least a month, as I’d be just standing and looking and styling in my mind.
    The light…. It’s so beautiful, congratulations!

  114. The cabinets are very pretty. I was wondering if your toes hit the baseboard around the cabinets because there’s no recessed toe kick area. When we did our kitchen, we were told that recess was needed so we wouldn’t jam our toes when we were standing at the counter or sink.

    1. You can test it yourself: put an empty egg carton under your toe-kick and you’ll probably find you almost never kick it. Here’s a few posts from over the years about toe-kicks (or is it toe kicks or toekicks???): and and And who can forget the how to “pimp your toe kick” post:

  115. Sooooo stunning! The height of the room gives it even more wow factor.

    Wanted to say there’s a marked difference when Brian is behind the camera. You seem much more relaxed and “yourself” when presenting. Keep it up–it’s fantastic to watch!

  116. I love this!! It’s such an Emily kitchen (the blue, the wood, the natural light, the marble, that vintage island!) and it feels totally organic and customized and really perfect.

  117. I love so many things about this kitchen- tile, stove, art wall, windows and skylights!! I would love to sit in those barstools!
    I am curious that you chose not to have a toe kick for the cabinets…..? What was your thinking and process in that decision?
    Thank you for sharing so much of the process of the remodel!
    Patty Houston

  118. Love your design blog!! Curious if it’s possible to read this blog from the beginning? Are there blog archives to do that?

    1. I am just a reader, but here’s what I do to find old posts (warning this is a little convoluted…there are so many great old posts but they sadly aren’t linked where you can keep clicking “previous post” to go back in time). Try using this search to find posts from 2013, for example: That search will find all posts from 1/1/2013-12/31/2013 but not in any particular order, then scroll and see what interests you.

      You can change the search parameters too; so will find all the posts from 2021. It’s not exact/precise but you will definitely find tons of great old posts to check out.

      I use DuckDuckGo as my search engine in the Safari app on an iPad, but I think the search terms should work with other products (I tested it on my Firefox and Google apps). But I could be completely wrong 😂. Let me know if it works for you. I’ve always wanted to go back and create my own personal chronological archives of past posts but haven’t. Does anyone else know a better way?

  119. Stunning kitchen Emily! I can imagine how lovely it will be to come down on Saturday morning and make coffee with all the light pouring in. I love dramatic weather, so just thinking of raindrops on the Velux windows gives me romantic vibes. My favorite thing is the beautiful cabinets, theybare so simple, yet oak is such an elegant wood; and I would really love to see the inside. You did a wonderful job with the perfect blue tiles and all the little railing details for the shelves and I love the bench area, so smart. I loved that younused the vintage island and I totally agree that the old drawers can be such a pain, but they sure are pretty to look at. Hope you spend many lovely hours together cooking and chatting.

  120. I love it. I’m not a designer (disclaimer). It reminds me of my grandma’s kitchen. She always had old houses and old kitchens with doors that stuck in the humidity and other imperfections. But it’s where I learned to cook. It’s where we exchanged life stories. As a child of divorce and other heartbreaks, it was the one place I felt safe. And I’ve turned my own kitchen into that. It’s where I taught my daughter to cook. Where she comes to stand and talk to me while I cook and tells me about friend dramas, boyfriend and ex-boyfriend dramas, where we rehearse lines for plays, where we have dance parties as we clean up. It’s where her friends raid the fridge and sit at the table and talk to me when my daughter is getting ready. So I don’t see the design flaws or even the architectural details. I see where Birdie and her girlfriends will make chocolate chip cookie
    dough to eat with spoons over the counter as they lament 7th grade drama, where Charlie will learn how to cook before he goes to college, where dance parties during morning pancakes will be made all the more better. I see a room of stories and memories and a safe place for people who need respite. More so than any other kitchen you’ve designed. Which makes sense because your kids are growing and your priorities are changing. So I love it.

    I also would be cautious to use the word privilege. It’s such a cringey word when people use it to describe everything that isn’t a basic necessity. This is your job. Don’t apologize for putting something beautiful into the world because you can afford to do so or you have the connections to afford it. You’re growing up and you’ve gone from renting to owning, etc and building equity and using that. I feel like people use privilege a lot to describe and justify their own jealousy. And as a single mom who rents, there is a twinge of “I wish I could do that.” But I’m also not a designer and I also don’t hustle for those kind of connections. I just like pretty things. Compared to others, we’re all privileged in the fact that someone else has it “worse” but I feel like that just invites a lot of judgement. I don’t know what your house payment is or what you to do afford that or how much going to from LA to PNW allowed you to get more bang for you buck (and quite frankly, it’s not any of my business). I work in healthcare and see patients with really rare and complicated neurological diseases, so my perspective is probably much different. So while I know I’m not in a position to duplicate your design, I can still appreciate it and that doesn’t make me underprivileged, it’s just a result of choices that I made in my life and where I place monetary value. All this to say, don’t feel like you need to apologize for putting pretty things into the world or for creating spaces that allow for the people in your life to feel safe, inspired, welcomed, loved.

    Also, side note: the brown mules or slide on shoes in the first couple of shots. Can you please link those?

  121. Kitchens are soooo personal, yes? And it’s so great to see how much you l-o-v-e your kitchen, so many pretty touches amid the practical choices! In part because the reveal so highlights Kitchen-Emily, I wonder if you didn’t miss the “money shot” — it’s in the lighting section, the shot that made me stop, several times, the view of the island with the windows behind, Emily standing near the sink. Because, well, THOSE WINDOWS! THE BLUE TILE! They’re definitely more memorable than the view focused on the stove area. It’s fascinating, watching how your new place all comes together.

  122. I’m curious as to why the outlet on the bar is placed so high. I would have placed it closer to the counters like all your other outlets are.
    Was that intentional? I’m assuming it had to be given your meticulous attention to detail with all of the choices here.

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