I never dreamed I would get to design my own kitchen. Over the years I had always bought older homes and simply dealt with what was already there. And looking back, I really didn’t mind it. I looked at it as a challenge. When we bought this house, I figured it would be the same type of thing. Sure, the kitchen was small, but I thought, it will do for now!

Well, if you read my last post (here), you now know that we didn’t stick with the existing kitchen. Not even a little bit. After much thought, the best decision for our family was to remodel the kitchen while the rest of the house was already being remodeled – for the sake of our growing family, and for the sake of resale value. It was just something that needed to be done.

After that huge decision was made and our new floor plan was laid out (see post here), it was time to start designing the finish out. It didn’t take long for me to create my dream kitchen. After all, it was something I had been subconsciously doing for years. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry (shaker style of course), wood floors, white cabinets with a black island. A white quartzite to top off the island and black quartz to finish off the rest. It was as simple as that. It’s like the whole design came together in a matter of seconds. Geeze, why can’t everything else be that simple?


Get the Look:

  1. White Subway Tile with Dark Grout
  2. Over-the-island Pendant Light  (Amazon)
  3. Leather Barstools  (CB2)
  4. Hardwood Flooring – 4″ Solid Hickory (Shaw)
  5. Black Quartz
  6. White Quartzite
  7. Matte Black Sink Faucet (Amazon)
  8. Matte Black Cabinetry Pulls (Build.com)
  9. Antique Gold Hardware (Build.com)
  10. Farmhouse Kitchen Sink  (Amazon)
  11. Over-the-sink Pendant  (Amazon)

Paint Colors:

Main Cabinetry (uppers & lowers): White Dove (Sherwin Williams)
Island: Black Magic (Sherwin Williams)

As you can tell, this design embraces mostly traditional elements while also throwing in a few modern touches like these amazing leather barstools from CB2. I’m totally obsessing over them and have had them pinned for almost a year.  They’re right at $280 a pop, and I need four, sooo yeah. Haven’t bought them just yet. One day though. One day.


Another modern touch that’s going to change the entire look of this “traditional” kitchen are those sleek cabinet pulls from Build.com. I’m planning on using the matte black pulls for the white cabinetry and the antique gold pulls for the black island.


Some of the more transitional pieces I chose were elements like the lighting. As you will see later down the road, I got a little crazy with some contemporary lighting throughout the rest of the house, so I needed something a little softer, and more traditional to balance out the rest of the downstairs. For the over-the-island light I chose this super affordable industrial-style “pool table” pendant.


I searched for months to find something that was large enough for our massive island, but also affordable. Most of the pendants I found were in the $600-$1200 range and I was hoping to find something more in the $300-$500 range. That’s when I stumbled across this beauty. At $299.99 I couldn’t pass it up. It shipped from China (unfortunately) and the box was just about ripped to shreds by the time I received it weeks later, but thankfully nothing was actually damaged. We have yet to hang it, so we’ll see if it’s missing any assembly pieces. More to come!


The other light we chose was another incredibly affordable piece from Amazon. At a whopping $39, it was yet again another must-have. We needed a small pendant to hang over the sink and spending a few hundred dollars wasn’t anything I was interested in. This pendant is about 5.5 inches wide and 6 inches tall and the perfect fit. The clear glass was exactly what I was looking for because I didn’t want the sink pendant to distract from the over-the-island pendant, which is meant to be the main show piece in the kitchen. So the clear glass with slight hints of black and brass was perfect.

So what do you think so far? It’s still a work in progress, and we still don’t have things like our countertops picked out, but we’re getting there!

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Thank you for stopping by The Blissful Bee! I'm Amy and I'm the writer and designer behind the blog. I have a passion for interior design, fashion and simply living a stylish life. I hope you enjoy your "stay"!


  1. So many great pieces, really looking forward to seeing how this kitchen turns out. I feel that using wood cutting boards as table top kitchen decor would look great in this style space!

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