Saturday, May 4, 2013

I'm Dreaming of a White Kitchen

Tomorrow, I will post an update on our kitchen overhaul, but first I thought I would share a few of my inspiration pics...

My goal is to create a classic white kitchen that is timeless and elegant. It will feature white marble, soapstone, polished chrome, white cabinets, an antique cast iron farmhouse sink, and a sparking vintage crystal chandelier. Flooring will be espresso hardwood, consistent throughout the house.

We will use marble for our center island and for all of the backsplash areas. I absolutely love white marble! Yes, I know marble can etch and stain, but I don't care.  Marble has been used throughout Europe and in fine hotels forever. With proper sealant, maintenance and common sense, it will be fine.
We are using Carrara for our guest bathrooms, Crema Marfil for our powder room, and Calcatta Gold for our master bath. I still have not found slabs I love for our kitchen, and we are getting down to the wire, yikes! I keep referring back to Holly's post over at Things That Inspire for inspiration. Click here for Holly's primer on how to choose fabulous marble slabs.
We have purchased some beautiful Barroca soapstone for our peripheral cabinets. Barroca is a charcoal grey/black soapstone with white veining.
I love the way the veining in the soapstone serves as a mirror image to the veining in the marble!
And I love the dramatic veining in this marble!
After reading Tina's post on European-inspired ranges over at The Enchanted Home, I decided to investigate her final choice -  Ilve. Apparently it was meant to be, because I found a black 48-inch Ilve duel fuel range on close-out at La Cuisine in Coral Gables. It is gorgeous, and I got a fantastic bargain! I just love the way a black range adds contrast in an all-white kitchen.
Love the black range, and that backsplash is to die for!!

Our range hood cabinetry will look something like this, but with a surprise twist. :) Also, check out that sink...
Images via Cote de Texas
This sink appears to be a Kohler Harborview sink, inspired by early 20th century sinks. I found an original from the late 1930s (it is nearly identical!) through This Old Tub and Sink at a fraction of the price. My sink is HUGE – 50 inches wide! – which makes me very happy.
I am also highly inspired by Christopher Peacock's trademark "Scullery" kitchen. Click here for a fantastic post by Willow Decor on how to replicate a Christopher Peacock kitchen, and here to learn how to replicate Christopher Peacock's hardware. 
Christopher Peacock

I love this Roman shade by Anne Hepfer. I would like to have one made in The Vase by David Hicks for Clarence House to go above our kitchen sink.
The Vase by David Hicks for Clarence House
And of course I must have coordinating GiclĂ©es from The Pink Pagoda over our range…
Here are a few more lovely white kitchens that have inspired me...

I love the veining on that marble backsplash!
The marble/soapstone combo is so popular right now!
I just love the touch of glitzy sparkle this crystal chandelier above the island provides!
Stay tuned tomorrow for an update on our kitchen! It currently doesn't look a thing like these dreamy white marble kitchens, but hopefully it will soon!!


  1. I can't wait to see what you do. It sounds fantastic!

  2. Your inspiration photos are lovely!! Can't wait to see the finished product. Have a great day!!
    xx Gina

  3. Gorgeous pictures, most of these were in my inspiration files plus you have a few new ones!

    I am so happy with my white kitchen - my white Greek marble (which doesn't stain), my white cabinets. I have a few touches of color in the curtains and roman shades.

    This year, the goal was to finish the kitchen from a decor perspective. This week we are doing the 'install' of the new kitchen table, new chairs, rug, antique Swedish sideboard, lamps, and art. I can't wait to see it all come together! And, I can't wait to move my early 2000s French country table and chairs to the attic to become the kids craft table - my old stuff looked horrible with my new kitchen.


  4. You've pretty much described my dream kitchen, Andrea! Thank you so much for including my prints! I'd be thrilled to have them hanging in such a beautiful kitchen!

  5. The Vase is such a fantastic fabric, especially in blue. It would look so beautiful in your new kitchen!!!

  6. Just finished white kitchen renovation with carrara marble island, backsplash tiles and area over cooktop. Silver Corian countertops. Love it all! Can send you photo.

  7. These are beautiful kitchen design ideas, Andrea! I love those marble fume hoods, but alas, I have a small kitchen and one of those will take up more than half of one wall. Oh well, as long as mine still does its job of sucking out the heat and cooking fumes, I'll be happy with my simple chrome one.


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