My Favorite Room – Our Farmhouse Kitchen


Hello sweet friends.  Today, I am joining part of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours – Favorite Room addition, hosted by the ever lovely Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co.  If this is your first time stopping by, thank you so much for dropping in!  Hopefully you have already stopped by the lovely Carries’ tour over at Dream, Green, DIY.

favorite-room-edition-graphic Some day, I will live in a farmhouse.  Someday I will have rolling hills and acres of maple trees surrounding our home.  Until them, I am happy with our farmhouse kitchen.  It works so perfectly for our family and the style is so welcoming and bright.  It set the tone for the rest of the house – both in style and function – and like all homes it seems, is where most people congregate.


But that wasn’t always the case.  You see, it seems, my style use to be a very different color scheme, a lot more stuff and a builder’s grade kitchen.  There is nothing wrong with our kitchen as it was, other than a few too many rooster decorations, but it just wasn’t working for us.



About five years ago, we were at a crossroads, unsure if we should move or stay in this house.  There were a lot of things at play and a lot of variables to consider.  After months of trying to figure it out, I was at the local deli picking up a large order.  An acquaintance from church saw my struggling with all that I was carrying, stopped what he was doing and carried all of my stuff to the car for me.  That was all it took.  I could see no reason to leave a community that was filled with people like that.  In fact, I should probably write him a thank you note.

We started considering staying and decided that if we were going to stay, we wanted to enjoy our house more and have it work better.  And in the ultimate game of dominoes, what started out as just updating and adding to the molding, lead to a full renovation of our home.

Actually, we had architectural drawings made for a MAJOR overhaul with an addition and major changes.  One morning, my husband got up way too early, had way too much time to think and had way too much coffee.  By the time I got up, he had it all figured out.  We would leave the footprint of our house the way it was, but make the space we had work better for us.


So we took one bay of our garage and turned into a laundry room and mudroom.  But moving the entrance to the kitchen down the wall and removing the very small laundry room, we were able to extend our kitchen four feet.   Four feet may not seem like a lot, but it was enough to change the layout of our kitchen to a better flow, more cabinets and the most important thing on my list – a sit down island.




The simple white shaker cabinets contrast with the wood island just enough to keep it bright and warm all in one.  We have added some details along the way including this fun little table and the DIY tea towel.




Sometimes I feel like I am not worthy enough for this stove – I am not sure I am that good of a cook!  But we do love it and it has served us well.




I have always been a fan of vintage toolboxes and I usually find a place (or three) for them in my kitchen.  There is almost always one on my kitchen table.  Our table was made for us by my father-in-law before our house was even complete.  It was made from wood that was cut and milled on my husband’s family’s farm – not sure it gets better than that.  Except that it does.  The finish is filled with imperfections, but the best kind, like the pattern of “Z”s when my daughter was learning how to write.




We love to eat at our kitchen island these days.  It is quick and easy and lends itself to conversation.  But, when we sit at the table, we always seem to linger longer.  That is my favorite.  There is also a fun little secret in our kitchen that you can find here.


KitchenGalleryWall_thumb.jpg (More details on our gallery wall can be found here)


A kitchen always seems to be a favorite room and I am so thankful that we were able to make ours into one that really worked better for our family.  It is not uncommon for this room to be very full.  But, the best days are when it is just us really enjoying and living in our home.  I am often very aware that these are the days of our kids’ memories – and the home they are being raised in.  I feel so blessed to be providing a comfortable and welcoming home for our children to grow up in.

And now is the fun part where you get to go the next stop and see what their favorite room is!  Please stop by at…

This, That and Life


And for the full line-up today….

The Shabby Creek Cottage
Dream Green DIY
This, That & Life
Dimples & Tangles

And the start of the tour is at The White Buffalo Styling Co.

You can see more of our before and afters of our kitchen makeover by clicking here.

Thanks so much for reading!


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30 thoughts on “My Favorite Room – Our Farmhouse Kitchen”


  1. I could hug your stove — I love all your burners. We practically live in the kitchen so your kitchen is inspiring me to do something different. Hummmmm perhaps I should take your hubby’s solution and start drinking some coffee.

  2. Laura, I LOVE all of the vintage details in your space. It is seriously so gorgeous. Thank you for joining in! It’s always a pleasure to have you 🙂

  3. What a lovely space Laura! So fresh and light. I agree, sitting around the table for a while with the family is the best, but an island where everyone can hang is also a must in my next home 🙂

  4. I have always loved your kitchen remodel. Your whole house feels so warm and welcoming. I know that cross roads you talk about. We are/were there. For us, it is not the community, as ours is not anything like yours. But for us in this world we live with lot of uncertainty with the direction of this government, etc. we chose to stay and work at paying it off. Our payment is comfortable, with a good rate and best of all, we pulled it out from under a big conglomerate and our little bank we have been with for 17 yrs holds our mortgage, which we like. So, we are working on little things to make it our own, ever so slowly.

  5. Your posts are always so interesting and full of warmth, Laura. I really loved reading about the evolution of your kitchen. Even in the “before” picture, you added a lot of charm to the space. Now, I just love everything, especially the Shaker style cabinets. You and your hubby did a wonderful job!

    Jane xx

  6. Your kitchen is such a warm welcoming space, I feel as though i could come over and bake cookies all day… plus have a cup of tea or coffee when we’re done…. Did i say”we” I meant me LOL!

  7. That is one dramatic before and after! I totally agree on the 4 feet not seeming like much but making a huge difference… we added about 2 feet to our island and it makes all the difference in the world! I love how bright and airy your kitchen is!

  8. I love your kitchen! The before and after is quite a change but it’s so much brighter now. I like the turquoise accents and I went over to see the hidden secret too. Brilliant!

  9. Beautiful! You have lovely taste and the ability to pull it all together. I have to admit, my personal favorite is your cute little table, so much so that I used the idea to design and build my own a few weeks ago! I love it

  10. WOW!!! Your kitchen transformation is amazing!!!! I love the white cabinets against the wood cabinets, love the idea… And I love how you have blue throughout the kitchen. OK I am in love with your kitchen, pinning this. Thanks for the inspiration…

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  12. I love your kitchen! You have oodles of storage and work space and THAT stove is fantastic. That kind of stove is on my dream appliance list. Is the sink a stainless steel farmhouse sink? I have only seen them in porcelain. I like the look of porcelain sinks but i prefer the stainless steel for the durability. My hands sometimes like to work against me when I do dishes and porcelain can chip.. I really can’t decide which is my favorite part of your kitchen between your decorating style, appliance choices and cabinetry it is all just so wonderful. Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. Your kitchen is lovely, Can you please give me the dimensions of your kitchen where the island sits and island dimensions. I am leaving a great kitchen with an island in my current home for a beautiful older larger home on our property, with a narrower kitchen and looking for something that will fit in.