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

As we speak is an epic show-and-tell for all of those that have been following alongside on this challenge. It’s our farmhouse kitchen reveal, the place after two years of ARCIFORM and I tweaking renderings, our Pinocchio has come to life. And I’m not mendacity, I like this actual boy greater than I assumed potential. After we first walked into the kitchen two and a half months in the past, after all of the plastic was lastly faraway from portray, it was an excellent surreal feeling — like I’d been right here earlier than. I knew this kitchen so properly, though it had solely existed on a pc display screen. The emotional relationship with the room was deep and complex. As all creatives know, after engaged on one thing for a very long time (virtually two years), if you end up lastly “executed” and you place it out into the world, it’s actually laborious to understand how good it’s, or what “good” even means on this nutty universe stuffed with limitless pictures, excessive creativity, developments, and comparisons — particularly in terms of your own home, an area so deeply private. Anybody designing their house or creating a bit of artwork has such an intertwined historical past with the piece/room, an emotional relationship with each determination they made, and sure a fraught reference to their very own creativity and confidence. Expectations are unimaginable to handle internally — and sure externally — all through the method. So, I’m VERY, VERY, VERY excited to say that whereas I’m too near it to understand how “good” this kitchen is, it doesn’t matter — we love the hell out of this room and really feel excited and proud to prepare dinner in right here with our household for hours and hours every week. The colours. The supplies. The sunshine. The performance. The soul. We actually, actually, actually like it.

Earlier than we get into the nitty gritty and the entire fairly images, Brian shot a fast video tour of me within the kitchen so y’all can work together with the house. Simply watch for the advert to play first then get pleasure from:)

Proof of our love (with some assist from tickling our children). I believe the largest problem of this whole house was (and nonetheless is) determining tips on how to lean in to “farmhouse” in a manner that feels trendy and “us,” one thing that isn’t too secure but additionally not taking a danger or going after any development that I’d get sick of. Discovering that excellent spot between busy and boring, or timeless and on development, takes extra obsession and thought than you’d assume. And for higher or worse, I’ve turn out to be increasingly more conservative the older I get (public regrets will try this to you). The obsessing labored, and I’m completely happy to report that there are only a few issues I’d tweak — and I’ve such love for all the main points and supplies. I gushed about each element within the design put up for this kitchen, however now that it’s absolutely put in and you’ll see how all the pieces performs collectively, I’ll provide you with a fast (ha) rundown of why I believe it really works and any classes you could possibly probably glean. I additionally need to shout out the ARCIFORM workforce – Anne and Stephyn for all the assistance with the renderings and orderings. However Jamie, the challenge lead, actually killed it with the execution and set up of all of the carpentry, particulars, cupboard and equipment set up with the assistance of Taylor, Alex, Tourin and Steve. We love you Jamie!!!

The White Oak Customized Cabinetry


The cupboards from Distinctive Kitchens & Baths are simply so beautiful (and top quality). Laying out the cupboards and navigating the proper performance took time with the UKB and ARCIFORM groups (and it was so enjoyable, documented right here), however selecting the white oak shaker-style bins and fronts was one thing we wished virtually from the start. For like 5 minutes we have been nervous about mixing the white oak with the darker wooden of the island, however Anne from ARCIFORM assured us early on that mixing superior woods collectively all the time works, and he or she was proper. We partnered with Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, who’re FULL-SERVICE and extremely skilled. You don’t want a designer — they are going to be your designer as a part of their service, plus they do all of the renderings, and so forth. (You continue to decide tile and lighting, however they’ll plug it in to the design. We didn’t go the renderings route as a result of we didn’t need to present you their SketchUp drawings, since that might actually have given the entire kitchen away — they give the impression of being so actual!!) We wrote about it on this put up, however I want you to understand how top quality they’re, how stunning they’re, how skilled they’re — all of it. We’re going to shoot the insides of the cupboards quickly so you possibly can see all of the performance. If you’re out there for customized cabinetry, they’re additionally giving 10% off with the code “EH2022” and like I mentioned, they’ll do a variety of the nitty-gritty rendering work and elevations for you so you possibly can completely save on hiring a designer. Cupboards come as prebuilt bins (which is the European type, fairly than piece by piece), and so they come packed in blankets, which they take again with them, i.e., no wasteful packaging (which was a extremely beautiful perk we didn’t find out about originally).

The Classic Island

As , we wished a classic island to herald age and soul, however discovering the precise one proved to be very troublesome…till at some point it wasn’t. 🙂 Simply once I was about to surrender on the search, Britney from Aurora Mills texted me that she had simply obtained this piece, and after going to go to it myself, we checked that field very enthusiastically. It was PERFECT.

Island (classic)

It appears to be an previous retailer counter, as a result of its sheer measurement signifies that it will need to have been in one thing business (it’s greater than 9′ lengthy). The six drawers on the entrance aspect operate fairly properly — heavier and more durable to open/shut than new drawers, however they’re truly actually deep, so we retailer our colanders, Tupperware, and random cooking instruments in there. (It’s a multitude proper now, TBH, however the org is coming quickly.) It’s white oak with an previous reddish stain that we truly love. It’s strong, provides a lot soul, and feels informal however not too shabby-chic (nothing unsuitable with that, simply not what we’re going for within the kitchen). If you’re questioning how they made the highest larger to have an overhang, keep tuned for a put up on that.

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

Sconces | Image Lights | Pendants | Pendant Bulbs

I like them so, a lot. Very early on I knew that I wished these cute little enamel shades with black trim. At first, everybody else thought they have been too informal, not fancy sufficient for such a high-end home, however I used to be so certain that these have been our lights due to that. This configuration does have a really utilitarian vibe — it’s informal and never glam in any respect or overly conventional, and but it feels so pulled collectively and cohesive, and the hits of black make your eye dance across the room. It clothes down the formality of the tile and the hits of brass, in precisely the way in which that I wished it to. We selected the Fairview Conventional 2-Mild Sconce and paired it with the Carson Wire Pendant, with the Clyde image lights flanking the vary. I significantly couldn’t be happier. And keep in mind that with Rejuvenation you’ve got so many end choices (brushed brass, polished nickel, unlacquered brass, and so forth.) and shade choices (glass, opaque glass, a variety of coloured shades, copper, silver), so in case you like the form and magnificence however want it have been a bit extra conventional or much less utilitarian then you possibly can play on their web site and configure them till you discover what you need.

Additionally, Rejuvenation affords one of the best bulb for every fixture relying on which room it’s in, and so they helped weigh in on all of our bulbs. I LOVE the massive spherical porcelain (nonetheless LED) bulbs within the pendants — they made the disk pendants much more playful and enjoyable. I need to write a complete put up about this bulb-pairing course of as a result of I realized a ton. STAY TUNED! 🙂

Sconces | Image Lights | Pendants | Pendant Bulbs

We needed to swag the corded pendants from one junction field (in the midst of the ceiling, which is sadly NOT centered over the island as a result of the structure of the roofline didn’t enable for it). I don’t assume we even took a photograph of what the ceiling seems like with the cords, so keep tuned for that too (however it seems so good!).


You possibly can see right here the sconces work so properly collectively. The Clyde is being discontinued, and I attempted to change out to one of many different image lights that’s not on its manner out, however the J field was already minimize into the paneling, and the circle was too massive for the smaller artwork gentle cover. (That occurred in our L.A. front room, too, I simply realized — I want there have been extra customary sizes of J bins for this actual goal.) So in case you are nonetheless renovating you’ve got the chance to decide on a extra delicate image gentle just like the Ridgewood or the Cupboard Maker’s, however you should inform your GC and electrician in regards to the measurement of the cover previous to slicing the drywall or paneling.

The World’s Greatest Denim-Coloured Tile


Oh, Pratt + Larson, how I LOVE YOU. I’m so excited to say that this blue tile is perhaps my favourite tile I’ve ever put in (tied with the sunroom and our lavatory…and the mudroom!!). Possibly it’s as a result of looking for that excellent blue/grey is so laborious, and this one is PERFECT. We labored once more with Pratt + Larson on all of the tile in the home, domestically made in Portland (we didn’t even should ship it, which is simply beautiful for everybody). I introduced my favourite Levi’s denims to color-match and create our personal customized coloration for the backsplash, however after taking a look at all of their colours, I spotted that they really had one already. Whereas among the finest issues about Pratt + Larson is their means to color-match and create customized tile, they additionally have such a deep stock of colours in numerous finishes that it didn’t actually make sense to make a brand new coloration if what that they had was already excellent. This one known as P-146 (of their parchment line), and it has essentially the most excellent tender, virtually watercolor-like variation of blues and grays.

I like how Stage Aircraft (our installers) tile-wrapped the window jambs — with MASSIVE assist from ARCIFORM’s design workforce (Stephyn!), as determining the maths for what’s internally referred to as the “tile take-off” was so much. As you possibly can see (or possibly not) we would have liked completed endpieces for the jamb so that you just don’t should stare at an unfinished edge (like the remainder of the wall tile is, though butted collectively).

Tile | Outlet Switchplates

The Marble Counter tops

Counter tops

After MUCH DEBATE, we each agreed that actual stone is the way in which to go on this home (though we love our quartz on the mountain home, too). My ideas/emotions are that I like marble in older-style stones like this one, however it’s a must to be prepared for etchings and marking (we have already got a couple of). We obtained ours from Bedrosians, and it’s a Carrara however with a variety of unfavourable house and manner much less veining than traditional.

Tall Vases (unavailable) | Black Vase (related) | Ceramic Mortar & Pestle | Salt and Pepper Grinders | Glass Vinegar + Oil Cruet | Glass and Brass Cruet | Artwork (classic) | Spherical Vase | Cookbook | Cookbook Stand | Reducing Board | Wood Mini Bowl (unavailable) | Butter Dish | Spoon Relaxation

It’s tremendous fairly however quiet (Brian doesn’t love a dramatic vein, and for this home, I completely agreed). We most likely may have executed a never-to-be-stained porcelain (there are some from Bedrosians that appear like marble and are SO CONVINCING), however I like what we selected, and it simply feels proper. We determined to not do a bullnose or any form of attention-grabbing lip on the entrance, largely as a result of we didn’t really feel like we would have liked it, and it does price extra/take extra time (though it’s nominal, possibly a pair hundred {dollars} extra).

The Vary Wall

Vary | Dutch Oven | Kitchen Towel (related) | Wooden Board (related) | Pitcher | Artwork (classic)

I’ve a LOT to let you know about cooking with induction, which warrants a full put up (already shot, coming at you quickly, and spoiler — we like it). However this wall is clearly the assertion wall, grounded by the Aga Elise from Construct with Ferguson. We flanked the vary with 4″ shelving (simply sufficient for spices, oils, and artwork) and added a few of my favourite issues. The hood was a easy insert, which ARCIFORM clad within the paneling and painted out in Sherwin-Williams Additional White SW 7006. I imply, it’s essentially the most stunning vary, and to date we’re loving the induction cooking (with a studying curve that I’ll clarify).

The Shops, Mild Switches, And {Hardware}

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

We went with unlacquered brass for all the pieces ({hardware}, gentle switches), and the patina already seems fantastic. All of our retailers and light-weight switches from Rejuvenation have a black end for the precise outlet and the knobs (backside is on and off, high is dimming). We’re tremendous pleased with these gentle switches, by the way in which — they provide a classic/basic vibe, however they’re fairly intuitive to make use of. You will get simply on/off and add dimmers, like we did right here, or mix USB retailers in with the sunshine switches in different areas (they provide 1,000,000 configurations).

Bridge Gooseneck Faucet + Pot Filler (And Sink)

Faucet with Rinse | Filter Faucet | Sink

After a lot debate, we determined to go along with unlacquered brass gooseneck taps and ordered these from deVOL, as a result of we cherished the type, end, and the cross handles. They’re so fairly, however sure, we now have to handle them with a particular wax product. We have been prepared to do it within the kitchen, however we determined towards it within the bogs for upkeep causes. I wrote a complete put up about caring for unlacquered plumbing particularly (due to its publicity to water, it’s more durable to keep up), however the coronary heart needs what the center needs.

We additionally ordered a ravishing massive farmhouse sink from Rejuvenation that has this gorgeous entrance apron element — it’s particular but tremendous basic:)

Pot Filler Faucet | Faucet with Rinse | Filter Faucet

The Pure Mild (All Hail The Skylights And The Home windows)

Double Hung Home windows | Door | Image Home windows | Skylights

We actually ought to simply name the kitchen the “glass sunroom.” We have been determined for pure gentle within the beforehand very darkish west-facing front room (now with a lined porch), and y’all, we obtained it by bringing it in by the kitchen. The kitchen has a full wall of home windows (white oak, double-hung, from Sierra Pacific Home windows), and we didn’t cease there — we added three Velux skylights that flood it with pure gentle overhead, even on the darkest days. On tremendous sunny days, there may be some harsh aspect gentle within the kitchen, however just for a few hours (round 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and solely in case you are sitting on the island (it’s tremendous if you end up cooking). It doesn’t hassle us in any respect, because it’s one thing we predicted and deliberate round. It’s simply fantastic. When it rains, you hear it louder in right here, however it’s normally once I’m cooking up some soup and listening to a podcast, and it’s okay. (I can’t wait until the view out of the kitchen is landscaped. Enjoyable truth: Home windows usher in gentle, however you additionally see extra of the surface clearly, so when it’s a building zone…)

The Velux Skylights

Double Hung Home windows | Door | Image Home windows | Skylights | Jars (classic – related) | White Dealt with Bowl | Mild Blue Vase (unavailable)

I’m obsessive about that shot, seeing the skylights with the home windows with the vaulted ceiling with the pendants — it got here collectively so properly! The skylights in fact are solar-powered and have light-filtering shades that may be managed by way of a distant. They’re south-facing, with massive timber blocking the views the second half of the day. We went with massive skylights, and their lead time is all the time surprisingly quick (assume weeks not months, however it varies, clearly), so in case you are transforming, it’s not too late so as to add them. 🙂 When built-in properly into the design (and ARCIFORM did an incredible job dealing with out the insides with wooden), I believe they work properly even in older properties like ours.

A fast callout to the paint coloration: Sherwin-Williams Additional White SW 7006. I like it in right here a lot with the heat of the wooden. It’s a cooler white (which I don’t assume I absolutely realized), so know that when selecting it, however in case you are on the lookout for a cool white (which seems nice with pure gentle and blue tones), then Sherwin-Williams Additional White is great.

Jars (classic – related) | Mild Blue Dish Towel (related) | Cookbook | Darkish Blue Dish Towel (related) | Spherical Vase | Black Pitcher | Double Hung Home windows

The Sierra Pacific Home windows are white oak on the within (aluminum clad on the surface) and add a lot heat in a extremely easy manner. We did a basic two-over-two grid on the highest, with clear on the underside. In fact, we didn’t simply cease there…

Mild Blue Vase (unavailable) | Reducing Board (classic – related) | Door | Image Home windows

We even have these three non-operable home windows within the nook and on the east aspect behind the bar — massive image home windows that allow in a variety of gentle and provides views of what’s going to sometime be fairly timber and landscaping. (I truly had to purchase vegetation to place close to the window on the surface so that you couldn’t see so clearly among the building that was ruining the images.) The home windows are simulated divided lites (which implies there are three-dimensional grids on each the within and out of doors of the double-paned glass, with a “shadow bar” in between to appear like true divided lite home windows), with white oak grids and frames. My goodness, I like them.

The Kitchen Entry “Bench/Desk”

Double Hung Home windows | Door

For these of you following intently, about my mudroom woes, and I’m nonetheless firmly towards this space being handled because the mudroom. Nevertheless, the landscaping continues to be removed from executed, so proper now nobody can get into the mudroom from the yard till there’s a hardscape path to it (it’s a mud stroll proper now). So that is the place we come out and in of half the time (the opposite half being by the entrance entrance). We debated about putting in this at bench top (to take a seat down simpler and placed on footwear) or a low desk top (to cost units on and maintain extra beneath), and finally the decrease bench simply appeared higher. In fact with two massive vegetation there isn’t a lot room to take a seat, however solely one among them is staying there (the low huge one is now within the sunroom and was there to distract from the development outdoors).

Low Basket | Ceramic Tray | Blue Planter | Mirror (classic – related) | Tall Basket (classic – related) | Rug (classic) | Shoe Tray (related)

It’s a nice backpack and grocery drop zone additionally as a result of it’s deep sufficient (virtually 24″) to actually present a variety of house. We’re transferring the charging zone to the bar and pantry areas (including extra USB charging plugs there), after which I’d add slightly wall-mounted shelf for the aspect of the fridge to place telephones or watches in whereas charging (we now have no joke like 10+ units to cost, not together with laptops or iPads: headphones x 2, my flashlight beanie, Apple Watch x 2, Kindles, Gabb watches, our telephones — a lot). I’d even grasp that mirror on the aspect of the fridge with the shelf beneath it (that holds keys as properly). Keep tuned on that.

Our Stunning Wooden Flooring


How stunning is that this flooring?! It’s Oregon white oak, born and raised (and milled) right here at Zena Forest Merchandise, a household mill that’s half-hour away. If you’re out there for beautiful flooring that’s not loopy costly, I extremely advocate this one. It’s actual wooden, however engineered onto a tongue-and-groove backing (which we actually wished, as our mountain home flooring is actual wooden and has splintered, gapped, and buckled, as did our actual wooden flooring in L.A.). We like it a lot.


The Bar Space

Fridge Column | Freezer Column | Equipment Pulls | Cabinet Latch

On the opposite aspect of the BlueStar fridge and freezer columns, which we LOVE (extra data to come back on these), we now have the bar…

Brass Spindle Gallery Shelf Rail
Prime Self: Serving Bowl (related) | Candlesticks (classic – related) | Artwork (unavailable) | Colander | Pitcher
Center Self: Amber Bowls (classic – related) | Ceramic Planter (related) | Wood Bowl (classic – related) | Pink Coups (classic – related) | Flute Glasses | Tall Coups | Wine Glasses
Backside Shelf: Copper Mugs | Tall Glasses | Quick Glasses | Beer Glasses | Tall Pitcher | Blue Glasses

This space is supposed to serve all issues drinks and chilly snacks. We all the time meant to place a window right here with the cabinets in entrance of it with largely glassware on them — and it labored. We obtained the brass rails from Pepe & Carols, which they promote by the foot and with particular person rod brackets. Jamie and the ARCIFORM workforce constructed and put in the cabinets wall to wall (by some carpentry magic), and they’re 12″ deep. In case you’re curious why one aspect of the bar has a toe-kick and the opposite aspect doesn’t, it’s as a result of we did a toe-kick all through the entire kitchen. Nevertheless, for this part, for the reason that fridge drawers and the pebble ice machine each want venting you possibly can’t put a toe-kick there. Whoops. So we should always have executed furniture-style legs for the drawers on the left. I truly didn’t discover till I noticed the photograph!

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

What you possibly can’t see YET is the place our precise meals is. We’ve a pantry to the left of the bar that isn’t able to be shot but, however hopefully quickly.

The Classic Rug

Rug (classic)

I actually hadn’t considered happening the Persian rug route, however then I obtained this as a real present from District Loom (in collaboration with Distinctive Kitchens & Baths) and couldn’t imagine how excellent it was (that they had schemed behind my again to search out the one they knew would work). And now I’m again on the classic Persian rug prepare as a result of, my goodness, they’re so sturdy and forgiving (you possibly can’t see ONE piece of dust, and belief me, there are so much).

The Counter Stools

Counter Stools

I couldn’t be happier with the stools from Fernweh. They’re so sculptural and durable — heirloom items that we’re so glad we invested in. And I like how the black talks to the black accents within the lighting. They arrive in different wooden tones and heights as properly (eating chairs and barstools).


The structure and performance completely works for us, and I’m again to cooking most nights once I can as a result of chopping, souping, and listening to podcasts is how I shift from work to mother on the finish of the day. I like being in right here a lot. Chopping on the island whereas another person sits on the counter and chats with me is my favourite time of day. I actually had no thought how a lot pleasure I’d get from cooking until the previous couple of years, and now I see why individuals obsess in regards to the operate and heat of a kitchen.

A lot extra to let you know that didn’t match on this put up: all the pieces in regards to the home equipment, all issues “induction vary,” all my favourite kitchen equipment (some seen, some not), a full pantry tour, and even inside all our cupboards. However largely it simply works so properly for our household and feels so “us.” In case you missed it above, an enormous due to ARCIFORM – Anne, Stephyn, Adam and our hero Jamie – for the years of drawings, measuring, and ensuring all of it truly got here collectively. After which massive due to our companions who’re all linked up beneath. That’s it for at present’s show-and-tell. I hope you prefer it. 🙂

Kitchen Sources:
Cabinetry: Distinctive Kitchens & Baths
Counter tops: Bedrosians Tile & Stone
White Oak Home windows and Doorways: Sierra Pacific Home windows
Skylights: Velux
Tile: Pratt + Larson
Home equipment (sans Fridge and Freezer): Construct with Ferguson
Fridge and Freezer: BlueStar
Flooring: Zena Forest Merchandise(Oregon grown and milled)
Lighting, Switches, Shops, and Sink: Rejuvenation
Wall Shade: Sherwin Williams, “Additional White” .
Taps: deVOL Kitchens
Classic Island: Aurora Mills
Counter Stools: Fernweh Woodworking

Rug – District Loom
Brass Gallery Rods: Pepe and Carols

*Design by Emily Henderson and ARCIFORM
*Photographs by Kaitlin Inexperienced

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