My Dream of the Ideal White Kitchen

When Mike and I first got married we bought a cookie cutter house.
The floor plan was already created; all we had to do was pick out the details of tile, carpet color, brick color, whether we wanted a tub or not and that was about it. Our house has served us well over the past 8 years. We’ve started our marriage in it, raised our first child in it, and made lots of memories.
But the idea of building a new house next year and being able to customize every bit of it to my liking… well… that just gets me excited.
ESPECIALLY WHEN I THINK ABOUT DESIGNING THE KITCHEN!
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After all, it’s the place where all the magic on JHE happens!As I’ve started to plan and create dream boards on Pinterest {because that’s what every girl does with her ideas}, the one thing I know that will stay the same is it will have GE Appliances. There is a reason the builder of our first home used GE as the choice appliance for all their homes: they last! It’s just a good quality product!

GE Appliances is a company that has been a part of the American home since 1905; they make products for the American people, for individuals, for families, and they understand every family is different and unique, with unique needs and unique history and culture. After all, that’s what makes us American people isn’t it? Our diverse, rich cultures!

GE Appliances is putting together an inspiring documentary series about the diversity of the American experience through the kitchen. The series is entitled Our American Kitchen, and is a collection of stories from real GE Appliances owners of different cultures, different traditions, different styles, different needs, and varying family sizes – to see how they are living their lives. I’ve had a sneak peak at some of the families and let me tell you – I cannot wait for you guys to see this series!

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So… onto my Dream Kitchen!

What needs do I have for my kitchen? What’s important to me? What is something I grew up with that I NEED to have in my kitchen?

A.K.A. What does MY American Kitchen look like?

Well… let me tell you!

WHAT DO I NEED:

Because I’m a food blogger and all of my photos are taken inside the kitchen, LOTS of natural light is a must! Bright and vibrant is what I want in my kitchen. I want people to feel comfortable and welcome when they come in to that area of our house.

Lots of storage space for all my dishes, pots, baking supplies, utensils, glassware, serving dishes, etc. {and even more for my food props :)}

Lots of counter space because you can never have too much counter space. Right now our kitchen doesn’t have an island, but I would love to have an island in our new house. It’s great for extra space but also can serve as a place for people to gather with their wine glasses and munch on appetizers during a dinner party.

Top notch appliances are a must! I want double ovens for sure, no more of this timing things out perfectly or trying to figure out how to shove everything in the oven around the holidays. Two high quality dishwashers – because two is better than one. A large 6 Burner Gas Stove Range with optional Grill on the side. A big exposed Stainless Steel Vent above the range. A Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator with MORE storage! I have to admit I’m kinda hooked on the GE Café™ Series right now!

Can you tell I’ve thought about this a bit? haha! 🙂

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WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME:

I would love to have those cool custom organizer cabinets and drawers. You know the ones that help you store your pots and pans, Tupperware, and utensils so it doesn’t look like a hot mess every time you open the door/drawer.

We are wine and coffee drinkers, so I would love to have a little niche where all that stuff is housed.

I go through a lot of dishes during the week, especially when I’m recipe testing. A big Farm Tub sink is important; so I can actually fit all those cutting boards and baking sheets in it!

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FAMILY INFLUENCES ON MY KITCHEN:

Growing up, my mom had this one little built-in bookshelf area in the kitchen where she stored all her cookbooks. I can remember her walking over to look for an old family recipe in her boxes or skimming cookbooks to find dinner for that night. I would love to have a little built-in bookshelf in my kitchen so my kids can see the same thing.

My mom always involved my brother and I in the process of cooking. She loved the kitchen, food, and everything about it, and wanted to pass that passion down to us. Three in the kitchen is a lot, especially when they are all cooking. But with plenty of room between the counters to move around and not get in each other’s way, it’s not a problem. That is a must!

So, I’ve shared my idea of what MY American Kitchen looks like? How about you? What does your dream kitchen look like?

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In fact, better yet, to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, leave a comment below and tell me what your Dream Kitchen NEEDS to have!

If you need some inspiration head over to GEAppliances.com – they have a really cool Design Center with TONS of inspiration!

Or head over to my Pinterest Board –> Inside my Dream Kitchen

 

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197 Responses
  1. Kayla

    I agree on the space…lots of storage and counter space! My apartment is just not cutting it. I also really really really want a pellet ice machine someday…and a deep freezer!

  2. Love love love!!!!! Funny enough I haul all my creations up to the studio because it has more light than the kitchen. So if we ever bust out a wall & expand the kitchen even more – my dream would be even more natural light & adding a second island – maybe double the size of the pantry & fridge too. Just sayin’…….

  3. Lisa Brown

    my dream kitchen needs to have an island, hard wood floors, solid counter tops and back splash, dishwasher, lots of storage.

  4. Julie Wood

    My dream kitchen needs to have a new GE Range, mine is getting old, and new GE refrigerator-it is also very old, and a bigger table for my growing family!

  5. We are still in our starter home 6 years later, but the overhaul we have done to the kitchen is amazing! White cabinets, white subway tiles, just put in rustic bamboo floors, butcher block counter top! It has become my dream kitchen 🙂 Of course, when the time comes to move, I will have an even more amazing kitchen (if that is possible!)

  6. LOVE your dream kitchen! And this post came at the perfect time. We just bought a house and are moving at the end of April. We are in the fun stage of buying new things for the house, including new appliances! We were unsure what brand we wanted to go with, but after this I am definitely considering GE!!!

    And we are also restaining the kitchen to be all espresso (it is currently oak). While I love white, we thought to stain first because once we paint, we can’t go back. Surprisingly, I am actually really excited to have all espresso cabinets!

    And best of luck designing your house! I can’t wait to hear more about it 🙂

    1. Yes, so do GE. Honestly its all we have! 🙂

      I’m so excited for you guys. The stage you are in is my favorite part about buying a house! You HAVE to post pictures!

  7. courtney b

    OMG where do I START! Granite counter tops, white cabines- stainless steel appliances… I could keep going but that’s about it for now ! !

    Thanks!

  8. Nicole D

    My dream kitchen needs to have large sinks, stainless steel for all the appliances, granite counter tops, big table, and a huge stove.

  9. Kris O

    My dream kitchen needs a large work/socializing island, great lighting, two garbage cans, and plenty of space for my two mixers and all my baking pans!

  10. Niki Johnson

    My dream kitchen NEEDS a dishwasher, double sink, large island for prep and definitely windows to let some light in.

  11. Stacey b

    My dream kitchen needs to have a black granite counter top, double oven, a large fridge.. basically fully loaded with appliances and spacious! Oh, and self cleaning.

  12. Robin Krites

    I to dream of a white Kitchen! White subway tile, Gunstock hard wood flooring, white cabinets, butcher block island, new appliances! Can you tell I have been dreaming for a while? Just discovered you on Pinterest, love your site!

    1. haha.. yup and I LOVE it! I think the two things women dream about are weddings and then dream kitchens. 🙂

      so pumped you found me on pinterest girl! Hope you are able to find some tasty recipes that will become staples in your family!

  13. shelley robbins

    OOOOH Love the all white kitchen! It always looks so fresh and clean! I would love to win the appliance package because we are redoing our old (and i mean seriously OLD) kitchen in stages because that is the only way we can afford to do it!!

    1. I hear ya on that. White always makes things shine more and makes them look cleaner. Hope you win it Shelley, would be awesome to redo your kitchen with brand new free stuff! 🙂

  14. Pamela Bello

    I love your white kitchen — the one thing that I would love is a large refrigerator with a matching large freezer — same brand, style, etc., but with a left handle on the ‘frig and a right handle on the freezer. Heard of this idea a few years ago and it is extremely cost effective and looks and acts very upscale and commercial.

  15. Carolsue

    Well, there is nothing from my childhood kitchen that I would want in my current one. But I do need a lot of updates done — new cabinets, floors and appliances.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  16. Vickie

    Wow, I think we could be sisters from different mothers. Practacial your entire post could have been written by me.
    I am a foodie and love to experiment, prepare, cook and eat it.. I love kitchen design mags and cookbooks. I collect lots of vintage dishes, cutting boards and tools/gadgets. I tend towards beach cottage with vintage tropical..bright colors for all my vintage Fiesta etc..I need bright light, friends, family and pet..Hahah.
    I need a place to put it all..
    You should see my kitchen pinterest board as we are about to remodel the whole house.

    1. haha.. Love it Vickie! And the description of your dream kitchen sounds dreamy… vintage tropical with bright colors!? Yes please. I totally need to check out your pinterest board, I need all the inspiration I can get as we are going to be building soon too!

  17. Kristen

    My dream kitchen needs a really nice gas stove, good, practical storage, lots of counter space, natural light and ideally a view (for washing dishes!)

  18. Stephanie Phelps

    My dream kitchen needs to have granite counter tops farmhouse sink and my five burner gas stove and I will be all set!

  19. Elle

    My dream kitchen needs to have a pleasing aesthetic, counter space, storage space and updated appliances…and space for a table/chairs for the family to eat.

  20. Gina M

    My dream kitchen needs to have a double over, a large island with granite countertops, and a touchless faucet.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  21. My dream kitchen need to have lots of counter top space and a huge walk-in pantry! I currently don’t have a pantry and my kitchen is quite messy. 😛 But I still hang out there the most! More than rest time.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  22. Henria O.

    My dream kitchen needs to be sleek and modern with lots of cabinet and counter-top space.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  23. Susan Smith

    My dream kitchen needs to have an island, hard wood floors, granite counter tops, a big pantry, a dishwasher and lots of cabinets.

  24. Debbie B

    i like my kitchen it could just use a bit of a facelift – i’d like to replace my formica counters with quartz or granite and refinish my cabinets

  25. ELIZABETH P

    My dream kitchen needs all the latest and greatest appliances and an add on main level laundry room – no more basement laundry!

  26. Karen Drake

    My dream kitchen would be a farmhouse style with GE appliances, plenty of cabinets and countertops, double ovens and an eat in kitchen.

  27. If I had to dream…. you know those self cleaning ovens? I would like a self-cleaning kitchen 🙂 Barring that – a bigger dishwasher would be freaking awesome. Everything else would be gravy… double oven, a walk in pantry, wine refrigerator, lots and lots of counter space.

  28. Debbi Wellenstein

    My kitchen IS my dream kitchen-i have a work island, and a walk-in pantry, which I have decided I cannot do without!

  29. Chi Shannon

    My dream kitchen needs to have SPACE! My kitchen is SO TINY you barely have room to move. I’d love an open layout with LOTS of counter space! 🙂

  30. Sarah L

    My kitchen hasn’t been updated in 30 years. Now that my mortgage is paid off I plan to update it.
    Thanks for the contest.

  31. Wanda McHenry

    We just bought this house last July and it already had my dream kitchen with updated stainless steel appliances and a functional work space. The only thing it needs is a fancy pull down sprayer faucet.

  32. Denise L

    Oh my dream kitchen! The list is long: a farmhouse sink, a tin ceiling, a professional grade stove with a grill, a window for growing herbs, a bit of marble countertop for rolling out dough, a big pantry….

  33. Tabathia B

    kitchen island, bar, place to hang pots and pans from the ceiling a double door refrigerator and a double oven

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  34. Crystal F

    It would have a country feel to it. I would love a big oak island, oak picnic type table and oak cabinets. Thank you!

  35. Claudia Davis

    MY American Kitchen has a ton of counter space with either marble or granite tops. Right now I barely cook because I have a tiny kitchen with almost NO counter space. Its beyond frustrting.

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