Dear Kitchen,

Even though it’s been a full 12 months since you were finally completed, we appreciate you just as much as we did back on day one (yes, even after those four challenging months of eating fast food every night). So a few words of thanks…


Thank you for being our home’s centerpiece. You’re beautiful (but we’re your parents, so of course we’d say that). You set the bar high for our house, and gave us the motivation to make sure the other rooms were up to par.


Thank you for introducing flow into our home. You can try to gloat about having the widest doorways in the house, but that’s not about you – it’s about you making it easier for us to breeze through you, letting us hear each other from across the house and (my favorite) allowing me to watch TV from the stove. Speaking of which…


Thank you for enduring my attempts at cooking. For the most part, you help make those attempts more successful (bless you bonus prep space and storage for extra pans). And when they’re not, your dishwasher makes cleaning up my disastrous culinary messes a lot less embarrassing.


Thank you for turning us into bloggers. We figured you were worth sharing with the universe, and lucky for us, the universe cared enough to listen. Young House Love owes you one.


And, most of all, thank you for being done. Designing you and watching you come together was fun, exciting and educational- but it was really, really exhausting.


As we hear about my sister and her husband’s current kitchen remodel or read about other bloggers going through theirs, we’re excited for them… but can’t say we’d die to be in their shoes. But we’d happily join them in admiring their new, beautiful kitchens once they’re done (and eat any leftovers they care to share).


So dear kitchen, thank you. Here’s to a delicious year #2.


Love, John & Sherry


  1. says

    Such a timely post! I just posted yesterday about my upcoming remodel. Yours resulted in such a transformation…I’m hoping that mine, like yours, will leave no evidence of the atrocious ‘before’ state!

    Happy ‘Re-birth’day to your kitchen!

  2. says

    I feel the same way. Our kitchen was quite the labor of love as well. We moved into our first house a little over a year ago and the kitchen was the biggest re-design. We had horrible mustard colored tiles and with burgundy accents. So not us! Everything needed to be taken down and re-done. I will have to post pictures of it soon on my blog. It’s still a work in progress. We have yet to decide on a backsplash. I was going for subway tile, but now everyone and their mother has it so I’m on the search for something more original.

    I love your countertops. Are they marble? I really wanted marble, but it was so not in budget so IKEA to the rescue we got all of our countertops for around 250!

  3. YoungHouseLove says

    Hi Camila,

    You don’t know how much I love that you asked if our countertops are marble. They’re not, but that’s the look we were going for so your question was the perfect ego boost. Thanks!

    We couldn’t afford marble (and were concerned about its durability) but were able to find a granite called “Pashmina” through Stonemark at Home Depot (read about it here). It has a lot of the same movement that we loved about marble without the expense.

    And definitely post photos of your remodel soon. I’d love to see how things are coming along.


  4. says

    OH, the joys of kitchen remodeling! looks like you guys are enjoying yours as much as i am enjoying mine. i’m so glad to have stumbled on your blog this week and have truly enjoyed reading through your journey!

  5. says

    What a sweet post for an even sweeter kitchen. I am jealous of the beauty of your kitchen, as well as it’s ability to contain multiple functioning appliances…

    Sigh. I can’t wait until mine looks that sweet… (hopefully that will be sooner rather than later…)

  6. jbhat says

    Your kitchen really has been good to you, but I’m sure it already knew that the feeling is mutual. I love the shot of the dishes cupboard. Super cute.

  7. Sandy says

    Always a pleasure to look at your kitchen! I was wondering if you could share where you got your soap & lotion that you have behind your sink?

  8. Cecily T says

    I 3rd the soap * lotion question!

    Ah…I’m jealous! We have a new-ish house, which is big and open and has ‘new stuff’ in it, but most of which I don’t like. Perfectly serviceable counters/backsplash/cabinets, etc, but not what I’d do if I had my druthers, which are a while away, b/c other rooms are taking precedence right now, notably the basement remodel. I just started a blog, so when it actually looks like something, I’ll post a basement transformation entry.

  9. says

    Congrats, you two! =) The light blue walls are a really good color choice. I love your heart-shaped measuring spoons and the giant clam fruit bowl is charming!! Where did you find the measuring spoons?

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey everyone,

      The soap and lotion in the ceramic holder are from Anthropologie and are made by a company called Cucina. A splurge at $32, the whole shebang isn’t quite as bad if you consider that you get soap, lotion and the holder for about $10 each. At least that’s how I rationalized it. And since most of you know we’re crazy about organic all natural soap and lotion (Dr. Bronners to be exact), we’ll refill the soap and the lotion containers (when they run out) with our favorite brands to get even more bang for our buck. Hope it helps!

      As for the heart shaped measuring spoons, we actually got those as an early V-day gift from J’s mom so we don’t know where they’re from. Maybe Target? She loves that store as much as we do. She also regularly scopes out Marshall’s, TJ Maxx and HomeGoods so they’re good places to look as well. Happy hunting!


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