The One Kitchen Trend That Should Never Leave

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In honor of mother’s day, a post about kitchens and the one trend that I hope never leaves!

 

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In days of yore… kitchens looked a lot different than they do now.

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Raspal_Interieur_cuisine_300dpi_15x19cmAntoine Raspal c. 1778 Interieur de Cuisine

Cute. I don’t like eating at the kitchen table either.

siftingthepast_the-maid-in-the-kitchen_justus-juncker1703-1767_Justus Juncker before 1767 – The Maid in the Kitchen

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I couldn’t decide which image to use so I put in all three by David Emile Joseph de Noter 1818-1892

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This dude was obviously a real foodie. Or else, the Victorians were just slobs. But it sure is pretty. Oh yes, we’re supposed to be focusing on the KITCHENS. Yes, these are all kitchens. And there is nary a cabinet, much less an overhead cabinet!

David Emile Joseph de Noter (1818-1892) A Maid In The Kitchen Oil on panel, 1861 30 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches (77.47 x 64.14 cm) Private collect

Hope that doggie didn’t drag something in…

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You’re going to hurt your back, honey? I surmise that’s the least of your problems… but your stove is way cool!

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“Hmmm… Did I give Bob the regular or the decaf???”

I see that she has a wonderful floor to ceiling cabinet, so handy for putting the dishes away at least!

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And then the thirties… Things started to change very quickly. Fun colors and patterns help with depression I guess.

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40’s-50’s. She can’t possibly be that happy lining her shelves? common now… Girdled up the wazoo and wearing pumps?

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The sixties. Gosh, THAT was my mother— always on the phone! Except our kitchen was blue.

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the 70’s. Obviously the result of too many drugs in the 60’s. Scary time.

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And beyond… I STILL see this. The ubiquitous oak kitchen with fugly cabinets just stuck to the wall with all sorts of crap sitting on top. But will someone tell me why? This is so bloody ugly I can’t stand it.

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And possibly worse. Melamine. Almond. What IS that thing hanging there over the peninsula? In this photo and the one above, imagine removing all of the upper cabinets (and the hideous balloon shade). Doesn’t that already look better?

And that is the Kitchen Trend That I Hope Never Leaves. NO UPPER CABINETS!

(Or at least very few and if they are there, they make sense within the composition.)

We’ve certainly come along way from house maids shucking pea pods with the rest of the groceries strewn all over the floor.

tammy-ramsey-lonny-white-kitchen-hottest-kitchen-trendTammy Ramsey via: Lonny

This classic white kitchen is open and airy. The cabinets  integrate into the ceiling and windows. There is a gorgeous island with a little sink close to the range. This is vital if the primary sink is further than an arm’s length away!

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via: Better Homes and Gardens

Our ranges are frequently separate from the ovens. Double ovens have become increasingly popular.

Kitchens-by-Eileen - kitchen trend - no upper cabinetsKitchens By Eileen

Floor to ceiling cabinet is great. Now that we have islands, we really don’t NEED all of those upper cabinets. That’s what pantries are for. (another post!)

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Bob Williams (of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams) fabulous retro inspired kitchen. Love the hexagonal marble tiled floor!

windsor-smith-pot-racks - kitchen trend - no upper cabinetsWindsor Smith’s charming beauty!

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Above and below, a lovely blend of trad and contemporary in a sophisticated kitchen by Hubert Zandberg.  Notice how seamlessly the cabinets are built into the range area.

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A small over cabinet next the range built into the soffit makes total sense in this case.

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A modern European kitchen. I have to admit that I was seduced by that huge window!

dquesa-walker-zanger kitchen trend - cement tilesI think a bit of this Walker-Zanger Duquesa Tile would’ve looked amazing in the kitchen above.

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A perfect example of upper cabinets that make sense within the composition.

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I love this kitchen but just don’t know about those giant hooks. A little scary, no?

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I’ve posted this kitchen before and attributed it to Donald Lococo who is the architect, however, Darryl Carter is the interior designer. I’m not sure who did what, but no matter; this is one of my favorite kitchens ever. Again, there are very few upper cabinets.

A good rule of thumb is that if you have any upper cabinets, they must never round the corner.

(of course, there’s an exception to every rule. One would be a very small squareish kitchen in an apartment for instance)

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A contemporary kitchen with counter to ceiling way cool green tiles and concrete counter tops.

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Another fabulous kitchen! I adore antique rugs in kitchens.

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Their style is a wonderful blend of craftsmen and traditional. Their kitchens have lots of windows and few if any upper cabinets. And they’ve been doing that for a long while!

What do you think of kitchens with no or few upper cabinets? Do you like that look? Do you think it’s here to stay or a passing trend? If you ask me, I think there’s a trend to NO cabinets! I have seen this and it’s pretty interesting. I mean, they did it 300 years ago. but then again, they didn’t have hot and cold running water either!

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25 sumptuous kitchen pantries

the death of the boring white kitchen KBIS

 

xo,

laurel

  • L Winn - February 15, 2017 - 10:15 PM

    Laurel– your blog is the only designer blog I find myself consistently reading. Love them and just can relate. I too love the look of old orientals on my old kitchen hardwood floors. Do you think the white paint in those whiter kitchens you posted was the dimly white ben moore color? They were so fresh with the hardwood floors and orientals. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 15, 2017 - 10:54 PM

      Hi L,

      Thank you so much for your sweet message!

      When it comes to colors in photos, I’ve learned that to try and guess is pure folly. And then to look at them even further removed on a computer screen. It’s merely a suggestion and sometimes, not even that. It all depends if the photo was color-corrected and also if one’s monitor is reading the image correctly. And then there’s the lighting in the room photographed. ReplyCancel

  • Deb - July 18, 2016 - 12:51 PM

    Hi Laurel,

    In my opinion as a kitchen designer, upper cabinets are a must for most people. There are ways around the long runs of uppers of the past decades – it’s all about breaking up the look. While I occasionally get to work on a large kitchen like the ones shown above, most of the kitchens I work on are for the average homeowner. I break it up by cabinets to the counter, adding glass fronts, open shelves, or a wall-mounted hood mixed with standard door front cabinets. While your rule about not rounding a corner with cabinets is ideal, in small kitchens it’s unrealistic since you’d have to lose too much storage space.

    I do always question trends of today and what will we think about them tomorrow. The gray trend now – what are you thoughts on that? I like it but I have a feeling 15 years from now, we might be saying “what were we thinking?”ReplyCancel

  • dana - March 2, 2016 - 10:28 AM

    Hi Laurel, Such great ideas, and you are an interesting writer! Help! My cabinets (not white) don’t go all the way to the ceiling. They stop 1′ short of the 9′ ceiling. WHY? WHY? And the builder of high end homes here 20 years ago, also did not put in a pantry.
    Yikes!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 2, 2016 - 6:22 PM

      Hi Dana,

      Don’t get me started! They stop because it’s cheaper. That’s why. My old home built in the late 80’s also did not have a pantry. One day, I made my husband rip out the permanent dividing shelf in one of the double cabinets to make a little broom closet!ReplyCancel

      • dana - March 3, 2016 - 9:20 AM

        We have to get creative. I Really like your perfect kitchen! I don’t suppose you ever come back to Indiana to give consultations? Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Abigail - February 28, 2016 - 9:50 PM

    Just discovered you through Pinterest and I am so glad! You have fantastic ideas. I particularly love your comment about using upper cabinetry as it fits the composition. Oh my gosh, and the importance of them going up to the ceiling!! Amen to that.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 29, 2016 - 2:35 PM

      Hi Abigail,

      Welcome to the blog! We have a lot of fun here and yes, Amen to cabinets going up the ceiling!ReplyCancel

  • Pat - February 23, 2016 - 2:47 PM

    Who makes the counter to ceiling green tiles in the contemporary kitchen?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 23, 2016 - 7:09 PM

      Hi Pat,

      Sorry, I don’t know who makes that tile. It’s not my work. But you might try Ann Sacks. ReplyCancel

  • Kate In Kennett - October 18, 2015 - 10:00 PM

    What fun I’ve had reading your blog! It has become my nightly treat after the kids are in bed and asleep. Thank you so much for sharing! It seems it’s a labor of love, and that makes it even more enjoyable to read. This post in particular was fascinating. Those paintings! We’ve come a long way… The hanging chickens, rabbits and cats (?). Got to keep them off the floor and away from the dogs I can only guess? I’m in the throes of a complete kitchen renovation, as well as other areas of our new/old house. The kitchen section was built in 1734, and has the large cooking fireplace. I can’t help but imagine all of the women that have stood in that room washing dishes and bouncing babies. As for the design, I’m going with BM Crisp Khaki painted shaker style cabinets, with a matching island with a wood counter top. We still haven’t decided on a countertop for the counter bordering 2 walls, which also will house the sink (farmhouse) and range (1908 by La Cornue). There will only be two uppers on either side of the sink, and if lack of storage space wasn’t an issue (no real pantry), I’d nix those too. I do love those white kitchens, but I live in one now, and with a 1 & 3 year old, 2 slobbery dogs, and a husband & mother in law that are a little messy, I need to hide the dirt so I can function. Haha! I found your blog via a Google search for white paint recommendations, and since I’ve got a whole house to coat on the inside, you have been a wealth of knowledge! You’d think I’d be afraid of white walls too, and I’m now reconsidering after reading your posts on colors and small rooms. Anyway, yada yada yada. Love your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - October 19, 2015 - 9:25 PM

      Thanks so much Kate! I very much enjoy writing the blog and am always happy to hear that it’s helped someone. I’ve learned so much in the process as well! I try to infuse something a little different from the usual.

      Your kitchen sounds positively gorge! Crisp Khaki is a terrific color!ReplyCancel

      • Kate in Kennett - October 19, 2015 - 10:05 PM

        Thank YOU! I’ve also been sharing posts with my mom, aunt and sister. We’re loving you’re writing style, and of course all of the beautiful visuals.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - September 10, 2015 - 12:36 PM

    I loved this post. I would be happy with windows instead of upper cabinets. I am considering a variation on the no-upper-cabinets idea: replacing the cabinets with 12″-deep shelving all the way to the ceiling.

    I got rid of a huge ugly island and have adjusted to that loss of storage space. I have 12-foot ceilings in my kitchen. It already seems like a waste of space to have just the normal-height upper cabinets (stupidly positioned higher than normal to look better with the high ceilings which just means there are more shelves out of my reach). I am thinking of replacing the upper cabinets with built-in shelves that go all to the way to the ceiling and are about 12″ deep. A pot rack in front of the large window over my sink will help with storage. It might look like a restaurant kitchen but that is actually my dream type of kitchen. I might have to dust a lot and buy lots of pretty storage baskets and a kitchen stepladder, and maybe paint the wall inside/behind the shelves a pretty color. (I’ll be going for as much as white as possible, although the floors are oak, trim all over the house is white, and lower cabinets are maple and I have not yet worked up the courage to paint the cabinets – but I might!)

    Does anyone want to talk me out of this? I may be in need a serious intervention! Thanks for any and all thoughts!ReplyCancel

  • Val - July 28, 2015 - 3:46 PM

    I’ve been enjoying your blog. Excellent advice on paint colors!!!

    This post – sorry, not for me. The idea of no (or few) upper cabinets looking nice is fine. The idea of open shelves on the walls looking nice is fine. However – for those of us who live in the real world and actually use our kitchens (which are not the size of ones in mansions), I’m not sure how practical it is.

    I have relatively few upper cabinets, though probably more than you’d like. (My heavens, they round a corner!!) I also have a huge pantry with floor-to-ceiling shelves. And I have to say that I still bemoan my lack of upper cabinets. I would LOVE more space for glasses, plates, etc. Not interested in open shelves in the kitchen at all–how dirty would those things be?! Yikes! Even in closed cabinets, seldom-used objects can sometimes get dusty. No thanks! I’ll take practicality any day. Especially since I’m quite sure we have alot more stuff in our kitchens than they did 100 -200 years ago.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - July 29, 2015 - 1:00 AM

      Hi Val, I am referring to the upper cabinets where there is a space underneath. A floor to ceiling cabinet will give more storage area. Less counter space, yes, but most kitchens have islands these days and/or other counter space. If it’s a small kitchen, upper cabinets are necessary and look better too, IMO.

      But above all else, my motto is definitely function before form. Always. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Monica - May 13, 2015 - 3:27 PM

    I love white kitchen cabinets. The new paint finishes are easy to clean and of much better quality than 15 years ago. My current kitchen has 2 upper cabinets and a built-in hutch for china. Pots and pans I keep in large bottom drawers. I like how my kitchen feels and functions.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2015 - 9:41 PM

      I’m a white girl too! But because I got a bit of friendly-flack about it, I’m working on a post with non-white
      cabinets. White is classic, however. Nobody is ever going to walk into a beautiful white kitchen and go ewwww… lolReplyCancel

  • Mimi - May 13, 2015 - 11:40 AM

    I am so happy to read this. I just bought a 1927 home with the original cabinets. There is a big window over the sink with only one small overhead cabinet on either side. I had stressed over there not being enough overhead cabinets, but now I feel much better. The kitchen is small, so I will have to figure out where to store all of my stuff without the cabinet space, but we will manage! Great post! I loved seeing all of the old paintings 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2015 - 9:34 PM

      Hi Mimi,

      Lucky You with the original 1927 cabinets. How cool is that! One thing that people sometimes forget and it goes with any storage. If it’s not something you use at least once a month, it can go somewhere else.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - May 11, 2015 - 4:53 PM

    Love the small doses of inspiration you provide in my inbox.

    The kitchens with fewer upper cabinets LOOK fabulous, but when I think what is IN my upper cabinets, dishes, glassware, I wouldn’t want to be retrieving these items from below the counter or a pantry across the room–or placing them there day after day. If the kitchen is just a show piece, then it doesn’t matter–put a basket and a plant next to the oven where you really need space to place a hot pan. Float dreamily among the beautiful cabinets and accessories.

    I did paint my oak cabinets white last year and am very happy with them. Yes, a little more wiping, but I know they’re clean. It was amazing how much dirt that oak was hiding! The next hard part: Where to STOP painting the oak trim in a late 80’s oak-filled suburban home. Can door trim be paint and doors left finished? Transition from one room to another? Window trim and sashes different?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2015 - 5:13 PM

      Hi Mary,
      Without a visual, it’s impossible to answer the question. You can leave the doors in a wood-tone however with painted trim. That is a traditional look.ReplyCancel

  • Dolores - May 11, 2015 - 2:05 PM

    Oh Laurel..my heart is filled to the brim with envy/covetousness for the kitchens such as you just posted- but my reality is that I have a 9.5’ x 14’ galley kitchen that is tri-sected(?) by three doors, no pantry for storing my big pots except in the basement, and I cook a lot- every week I have family members who come for dinner, and even though the kids are all grown and on their own, I still cook every night for my husband and myself so I need storage for my pots and groceries..The largest copper pots are on top of the cabinets because I can’t keep them in the basement. Nothing I can do about that, boohoo. At least I have cherry cabinets 🙂
    I am going to get new counters this summer, and I definitely want soapstone. Wouldn’t want brand new, sparkly counters to outshine my kitchen! Soapstone just looks aged right from the start..ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 11, 2015 - 10:14 PM

      Hi Dolores, My kitchen is similar in size and slightly trapezoidal. One of the charms of my old building. It’s narrow in the front and wider in the back. But anyway, the woman before me did put in two very large drawers and a big cabinet over the fridge.

      I love soapstone! Sometimes people have it oiled which makes it darker but then it doesn’t stain as much. I actually like the stains! It gives it more character!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Sinclair - May 11, 2015 - 12:25 PM

    Those days-of-yore images are charming, but I admit to being relieved when I got to a white, bright kitchen! How far we’ve come! xo LeslieReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 11, 2015 - 6:59 PM

      Hi Leslie, Yes, it’s amazing. Of course, these are all artist’s depictions. Interiors in the late 18th century were often pale or white as was the furniture; not all of it, but some of it. But still… the kitchen was generally a big fireplace. Maybe I’ll dig a little deeper and see what else there might be if anything.ReplyCancel

  • Janet - May 11, 2015 - 7:16 AM

    Okay, I love the look…open, airy and crisp. It does make me ask: Does anyone cook anymore? I see white kitchen cabinets and I run for the sponge to wipe away the dog nose prints, the kids’ hand prints, ink from my husband’s Wall Street Journal and the dripping tomato sauce. Then there is storage. Even with a pantry closet, I still need storage for dishes. (ohmygod) I have more than one set and glassware. I don’t want to bend or reach for that stuff. Guess what? those big pots for spaghetti and steaming don’t fit in those cute cabinet drawers. True, I only have two wall cabinets in my kitchen, but I also have a large pantry and a French armoire fitted with lots of shelf storage floor to ceiling and a huge center island. So what about the guys who don’t have 20 x 20 kitchens? I may dream of crisp white and slaver over open walls, and then I remember I’m a cook. The most important thing for my kitchen is lots of uncluttered counter space and lots of storage within five steps and one arm reach (upper or lower).
    I suppose when it’s time to sell the house, I can paint my light solid cherry cabinets with the fitted inset doors and sliding trays white and include a carton of Mr. Clean scrubbies with the sale.

    I know, I know. I’m such a grouch. But I still love you.ReplyCancel

    • Karen - May 11, 2015 - 1:35 PM

      Janet,

      I used to have a white-painted kitchen that had light gray walls. I spent most of my time wiping the cabinets. We just moved into a house built in 1985 complete with tons of oak cabinetry and I am relaxing in it because it I am not wiping up all of the drips. I have two little ones, ages 3.5 and 2, plus I am a coffee addict. So any help I can get is appreciated.ReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - May 11, 2015 - 10:06 PM

        Hi Janet,

        Anything you can do to make life easier for yourself with two toddlers in tow is a good thing! I like coffee too!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 11, 2015 - 10:09 AM

      haha! no worries Janet! Also, your kitchen sounds way cool! Cherry isn’t oak. I’ve done cherry kitchens for clients and they were lovely. BTW, my kitchen has upper cabinets in my galley slightly trapezoidal-shaped kitchen. They’re on one wall. It’s an Ikea kitchen. It was here when I got here and it is extremely unlikely that I’ll ever change it. I’ll never get the investment back and it’s fine. I had melamine in the previous home. Horrendous, but I had a guy put moulding on the doors and then it was all painted and it was really pretty.

      I wouldn’t paint your cherry cabinets before selling.ReplyCancel

  • Gina Patdoe - May 10, 2015 - 4:38 PM

    Laurel, this post is so funny yet so educational! It’s sad to say my current kitchen resembles the oak one way more any of the beauties you featured today! Woe is me, but in going through the kitchen plan of my new house (starting it next year-insert any emoji showing joy) yesterday, I was kind of scared that there were few upper cabinets! Now, thanks to you, I know that I’m already on trend for years to come! I’ll have a huge walk in pantry, too! Our area is soooooooooo behind the trends! I’m actually helping a client renovate her kitchen with the dark 70’s cabinets that they “updated” in 1999 by installing sea foam green Formica! Nice! At least it matches the rest of their house, sea foam green, mauve, and powder blue, also installed in 1999. They were already a decade behind! Anyway, Happy Mother’s Day!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 10, 2015 - 6:17 PM

      Hi Gina, Oh wow! Those clients desperately need you!

      It occurred to me that I might be insulting someone who was perfectly happy with a fugly oak kitchen. And I have had clients who have no intention of doing a whole redo. But, a sofit to give a built-in look, paint, new counters, backsplash could’ve made my kitchen look brand new. And if they at least took off the doors of the uppers, even better! I would at least take off the cabinets flanking the window. ReplyCancel

      • Gina Pardoe - May 11, 2015 - 7:47 AM

        I did love my kitchen in 1995 when we installed it!! My house is a 1920’s 4 x 4, with oak EVERYWHERE!! I’ve grown to hate it. At least I don’t have the soffit full of crap and fake ivy, but I’ve really outgrown the entire look! I’m building next year (white trim everywhere!!) so we’ll be selling our house. I fear if I paint over all of the oak to freshen things up, someone who is loves keeping houses authentic will see the white paint as a downer. I can’t “un-paint” it. Any thoughts?ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - May 11, 2015 - 10:11 AM

          Hi Gina,

          Rest easy on that one. You are right. Most people buying this style home would not be happy with a painted kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Chris - May 10, 2015 - 4:27 PM

    I love the way you put a mini history lessen into lots of your posts!
    It is so important to know from whence we came….in order to avoid the mistakes of the past…ahem, talkin’ bout the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s…ok, the sixties and 70’s were great fun, but the 80’s and 90’s just plain horrible.
    Love the examples you posted for modern day inspiration!
    I just bought a 90’s house and all cabinets were painted 90’s mauve. Someone tried to update by adding a black granit slab on top, which just did not work with mauve! Our painting team just finished painting all trim and cabinets chantilly lace and it looks fabulous! But what work…I would never attempt after to paint my own kitchen cabs after seeing the work involved to do it right! Thank for this great, and for me, timely post Lauren!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 10, 2015 - 6:11 PM

      Hi Chris, Commenting to both of your comments. First of all, if I had a dollar for every time someone called me Lauren, I could just stop all of this right now and spend the rest of my days somewhere warm and gentle.

      I like the history lessons too! (well, duh) What fascinates me is when we look at the paintings, the things that are the SAME and the things that are different. Of course, that is filtered through the eyes of the artist! I love the old paintings and wish that people today could paint more like that!

      Mauve, huh? How weird. But yes, it IS a lot of work to do it properly. One can’t just slap on a couple coats of paint because you’ll end up with a gloppy pealing mess! However, the savings from getting all new cabinets is huge, plus the savings in time and mess.ReplyCancel

    • Chris - May 10, 2015 - 5:54 PM

      Gosh dern this spell checker and middle age eyes….sorry bout the typos and it even changed your name from Laurel to Lauren before I caught it. That should teach me to write comment without glasses.ReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - May 10, 2015 - 6:18 PM

        Hi Chris, Just you know… I’ve become so far-sighted that I sometimes have to wear TWO pairs of glasses! I used to wonder why on earth my grandmother couldn’t thread a needle! First you have to find the needle! lolReplyCancel

        • Chris - May 10, 2015 - 10:28 PM

          Yes, mine too! My grandma would ask me to thread her needle and was always amazed that I could see needle and thread…I would feel so important like I could do something special cause I had good eyesight and thought I would always and forever have eyesight like an eagle…oh, the innocent arrogance of youth! Your right, now I can’t even see the needleReplyCancel

  • Cathy - May 10, 2015 - 3:46 PM

    Laurel, I love you. I burst out laughing (loudly; people stopped and looked) no fewer than five times reading today’s post (not to mention that the kitchens are fabulous). Your blog is always full of beauty and inspiration; today it also brought me joy. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 10, 2015 - 6:04 PM

      Hi Cathy,
      I’m a big laugher too! It really IS the best thing ever! And there’s so much humor in the world because us humans are such interesting creatures!ReplyCancel

  • Tricia Heliker - May 10, 2015 - 2:43 PM

    I’m in agreement with you on the overhead cabinets and not just because I am 5’2″. I am remodeling my kitchen and the overhead cabinets are now gone. I will have a cabinet on either side of the window behind the sink that rest on the counter top with tambour doors for appliances. I am adding a pantry cabinet next to the fridge with roll out trays. That will make up for the lost storage in the overheads. I am putting pictures on my blog to document the process as it slowly moves toward completion.ReplyCancel

    • Janelle - September 7, 2015 - 2:34 PM

      Laurel, I loved this.

      Tricia,I, like you, am 5’2″. I find upper cabinets very impractical for me. When we were building our house i decided against upper cabinets and went with pantry cupboards. We’re doing some work in the kitchen which will give us an additional pantry.
      Laurel, I am totally with you on the upper cabinets thing. The only upper cabinets we may eventually would be on either side of the range hood as the hood would look like an orphan without cabinets on either side.ReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - September 7, 2015 - 3:29 PM

        Hi Janelle,

        That sounds like that’s going to be one sick kitchen! Please send me pics, if you like, when it’s finished!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 10, 2015 - 6:01 PM

      Hi Tricia,
      I just signed up for your blog. I’ll look forward to following the progress. I love those pantries with the roll-out trays. Why did it take us centuries to figure that one out? They save so much space and make everything totally accessible!ReplyCancel