Our Traditional Kitchen

**See our updated kitchen here!

Most of my kitchen inspiration came from Urban Grace Interiors, I could stare at her portfolio for hours.  And actually, I was on it for a good 10 minutes before I got back to writing this blog post.  I was inspired by this exact kitchen and I think you’ll see how around my kitchen.

The lights were already installed, but not the fixtures themselves.  Before they were ugly shiny silver bathroom lights, ugh.  So I replaced them with warf looking lights, which were a bit pricey at $65 each but so worth it.  Remember, I think light fixtures are so important and a good investment can really make a room look more upscale. Our ceiling fan however, is the cheapest one by Hampton Bay at The Home Depot.  My dad had me double check the price because he was shocked I liked something so cheap.  I love it! I use the term “I” a lot when it comes to things I did before Mr. Wonderful moved in as my husband, just FYI.  He also knows this is my nest so he lets me do whatever I want, thank goodness!

The little wood box you see at the top of the wall covers our doorbell chime.  I had our handyman build a custom wood box.  He’s pretty much amazing.  We don’t have a double oven even though it looks like it. Who do you think I am, Martha Stewart?  The top is a microwave.

The kitchen was pretty much done when I bought it, minus the cosmetic fixes that I’ll show you.  The flagstone floor is throughout our dining, kitchen and laundry room – the rest of the home is solid maple, not engineered which makes it super sensitive and thus, the Asian no shoes please rule, has migrated with me from the townhome to this house.  It’s much more sanitary to have a shoes off policy I think, especially if you have little babies who basically crawl on their hands and touch everything on the floor.  Clearly I’m not speaking for myself but I think it helps when my friends have little ones over.

I loved the cabinets as is, though I debated painting it once, so glad I didn’t.  The flagstone island with concrete counter top was not my style and I was convinced I would build something around it but then decided against it.  It has drawers on the other side that holds our recyclables.  And, we have an automatic motion sensor garbage can which is awesome.

I wanted this bakers rack so badly and it fit perfectly in that nook.  I refused to sit in a corner at some bistro table.  Realistically since space is clearly not a limit in this area, I took the pendant light out and I changed to this adorable star ceiling mount from Ballard Designs which is on a dimmer.  I should have dimmed it… Custom roman shades made by my very good friend Melissa’s mom.  She did our laundry room roman shades too. I asked her if she wanted me to plug her for more work but she’s busy – she’s actually an interior decorator too and works with her contractor husband.  What a nice pair of talents!  The door to the right leads to the blue laundry room.  See it here.

We also have a few fruit trees in our backyard so we encourage our friends to help us out by taking fruit if they want with the baggies below.

Below, I decided to hang the curtain rod from the ceiling for a different look.  I also sewed the curtains myself.  Fabric and curtain rod from Pottery Barn.  All dish towels and oven mitts from Anthropologie.  They have the best quality stuff.  I think most modern kitchens now have the coil in the faucet.  This one we bought at Overstock.com and it’s by Kraus.

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” is a reminder for our home.  I painted the scripture on pallet scrapwood I had my handyman Dennis make for me.

We can call this the His and Hers of coffee.  Mine is on the left, I love lattes.  My Phoenix wedding party planner and designer friend Ricki actually picked this machine for me to buy and she came over to show me.  I think I cracked her up several times when I asked why I couldn’t squeeze another shot out of the ground espresso if it was still coming out brown.  Then when she tried to show me how to steam milk, I asked her why I couldn’t just microwave the milk.  Her mouth dropped.  I think one of the reasons she keeps me around is because I make her laugh.

This sweet plate was a birthday gift from one of my brides, who is a J.Crew and Anthro fanatic and a graphic designer, Kate.  I have a lot of things around the house from her, she is so stylish, I love her so.

Overhead lights: Maxim Lighting 35001 Wharf Small Outdoor Sconce in Empire Bronze, $60 / Faucet: Kraus / Barstools: Tabouret / Platter, hand soap, dish towels and oven mitts, dishes: Anthropologie / Horse hook, accordion frame, paper towel holder, kitchen rug : Pottery Barn / Fruit basket/serving tray: Crate and Barrel / French Shopkeeper’s Shelves: Wisteria / Ceiling star pendant light: Ballard Designs / Espresso Machine: Williams Sonoma

**See our updated kitchen here!

Diana Elizabeth says a nice kitchen has made her cook more.  You’d be surprised.  She knows to only cook on the front two gas burners since the gas man practically scolded her for putting a chalkboard painted sign on the back of the wall.  

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Alan Phillip

    Love your Kitchen!! I agree with Elizabeth, does look like something on HGTV! :)

  • Elizabeth

    love the island!!! that is a dream kitchen — looks like something on HGTV…LOL

  • Ashley Clark

    Yeah, Cutco!

  • Victoria

    Your kitchen is just a dream!! It looks too nice to be cooking in it. :)

    BTW, I had to lol at the ‘Asians no shoes in the house rule’. It’s part of life over here and I don’t even think of it!

  • Tracy

    I love everything about your kitchen! My dream kitchen is white antique like cabinets, but this has me changing my tune! I absolutely have to have that paper towel holder, thanks for listing where everything is from. Also, I love Urban Grace – follower her like a hawk as well – ha! :)

  • Jen

    Swoon. I ADORE your style. Love, love, love. And the scripture…perfect. :)

  • krystal

    WOW. I adore your kitchen and all the details in it, Di! That island is so neat. LOVE IT ALL! Thanks for sharing :)

  • sherly

    diana, i LOVE your kitchen! i actually really love the flagstone island! i would look forward to cooking all the time with a kitchen like that! miss you!


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