Our Home Tour: Kitchen and Dining Room


Our house took nearly 9 months to build and yesterday marked 7 months since we moved in. Since then I've gone shopping pretty much every weekend, looking for something new to add to the house. It has been a piece by piece project, making sure I find the right accents to complement both our styles. 

Designing the kitchen was one of my favorite projects during the home build process. It's hard to imagine how it's all going to come together, especially when you have hundreds of tiles and cabinets in front of you. 

When I went to Pinterest for inspiration, I gravitated towards dual tone kitchens. Honestly, if I had my way, we'd have a bright blue island but we erred on the side of caution for our first kitchen design.

Instead, we picked white for the upper and lower cabinets around the walls and selected a darker wood for our nearly 9 foot island. The countertop is a grey-ish granite and the backsplash is a mix of blue glass and grey subway tiles. 


Aside from the furniture pieces we already had and the occasional accents I picked up during accidental Target shopping sprees, our barstools were our first purchase for the new house.

I ordered a set of 3 Allen Stools from Ballard Designs and they fit absolutely perfectly. My style is usually more vintage than industrial but I wanted something more masculine to complement the open floor plan and rich wood tiles.

So about those floors. Apparently in Texas hardwood floors are pretty rare and tile is preferred because it keeps the floor cool. We weren't a huge fan of the idea of tiled floors until we found tiles that look like hardwood and they came in a distressed barnwood grey. Once I saw them, I was in love and realized that having tile floors would be the right choice with two dogs running around.

Our dining room is right off of the kitchen and it's our first time having a true dining space. In Chicago, we had a dining area but because of the lofted ceilings and lack of light, it was pretty unusable after the sun went down. 

We bought the West Elm Boerum dining table and Porter chairs while we were still in Chicago and they fit perfectly in our new dining room.

Our first big purchase for the dining room was the chandelier. While we were finishing up at Round Top Antique Weekend this year, I spotted j. tedder designs and snagged one of his one-of-a-kind pieces to put in our dining room.

For the most part, our dining room and kitchen is pretty neutral. We didn't want too much color competing with each other in such a small space. The one exception to this rule is our ruby red Hemnes Ikea cabinet. It's my showstopper. 

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We turned the sideboard into our liquor cabinet. From our nice glassware, to serving plates, to our collection of growlers, the cabinet is big enough to hold it all...and look good doing it. 

Off our dining room and kitchen is our downstairs living room. We've redone this room with all new furniture since we moved in and repainted our coffee table using Annie Sloan chalk paint. Stay tuned for a tour of our living room and bedroom!