Isn't it a lovely day in the cafe? I just pulled out a fresh tray of warm cinnamon rolls, so y'all help yourselves.
I feel a little odd being part of this kitchen tour for a couple of reasons. The first is because not long ago I shared our kitchen redo. Of course, in those photos my kitchen was pristine and nice, while today's kitchen is a little more lived in.
|The pristine version.|
The second reason is that I'm in the process of trying to decide what my dream kitchen might look like. You've heard me mention that we'll be moving to the ranch in a few years and renovating my MIL's house. The kitchen is huge, however it is trapped in 1976, complete with orange countertops, gold flooring and brown appliances. Definitely not my dream kitchen. However, my tastes seem to gravitate in two different directions--the light and bright of cottage style or the rich wood tones of a more rustic style.
But that's a decision for another day.
Here's today's reality check.
Right after breakfast seems to be the worst for my kitchen.
Dishes left from late evening snacks, groceries I've unloaded, but have yet to put away (I almost always make my Walmart run right after I drop #2 son off at band practice. That means I'm in and out and back home well before 8 o'clock) and various other things, some of which have no business being in the kitchen.
What is the one thing I wish I had in my kitchen?
More counter space. One can never have too much counter space.
This is our hot beverage station. The coffee maker is hubby's, while the kettle is mine.
Here I've got a nice cuppa Margaret's Hope blend steeping in my favorite Penzey's mug. :)
This is the snack/breakfast/baking corner of the kitchen.
All the things we use most are within easy reach.
Of course, the boys get the Little Debbies and Fritos while hubs and I have the oatmeal, Truvia and whey protein.
And then there's my pot rack.
I'd be lost without this thing. Storage is at a premium in my kitchen and there's not nearly enough cupboard space to store all of my pots, so the rack is a must.
My cast iron stays in the cupboard, though. Or on the stove. All that weight would likely bring the whole thing crashing down.
You know, I've had a lot of kitchens over the years, from a tiny room with an even tinier stove and absolutely no counter space in Germany to galley-style apartment kitchens to where I am today. So if there's one thing I've learned, it's to adapt.
Which is probably why I'm struggling so with planning my dream kitchen.
So here's your question for the day.
If you were building YOUR dream kitchen, what would it look like?