• A Double Island Contemporary Farmhouse Kitchen

This post has been a long time coming. It seems like it was years ago that I sketched out my dream kitchen on a scrap piece of paper! I saved that piece of paper until it was time to meet with a builder. Slowly that little sketch started to become a reality. When we decided to re-build our previous house but make some changes, the kitchen was the first room we focused on. We knew that if we wanted to continue to host large events and workshops, we wanted to make this room more functional.

Now I’ll be the first to share that you don’t need a space like this to serve and open your home to others.  We started opening up our home and using it as a gathering space when we lived in a 1200 sq ft cape cod and the air conditioning didn’t work!! Your heart to SERVE is more important than your SPACE! I just want to make sure I put that out there before I share these images.

My hope is that through sharing our design thoughts and ideas, maybe this will give some inspiration to others who are building or remodeling their home! I heavily depended on Home blogger’s posts and ideas to help me design our house and so this is my way to pay it forward!!

We designed this space to make it easier to host large groups. Our last kitchen got really hot and crowded during our workshops. There wasn’t a good path for movement or a large amount of counter top space for serving. We hosted over half a dozen workshops at our old house and that helped us make design decisions for this house!

The BEST decision we made was getting rid of an “L” shaped outer countertop and creating two islands instead. We hosted a baby shower with over 45 people in the house two weeks after we moved in and the kitchen didn’t even feel crowded with that massive amount of people!! They circled around the second island where the food was and it was like they just “got” the flow of the room that we hoped for when we designed it!!! YESSSS!!! It worked!

These floating shelves DID save a lot of money in the cabinetry department. However, when you add sconces and a tile backsplash to the ceiling, that adds some cost back in. So we had originally had a decorative specialty tile for under the hood, but we nixed that idea once we saw the price tag, and we realized that it would look too busy! Staying simple was smart! 

Want LONG, white curtains that are super affordable?! IKEA for the win! Ps. It took me about 15 tries to write that chalkboard sign.

Ok…. you would think that open shelving would be cheaper than cabinet doors…. not the case. Ugh. Evidently open shelves cost a little MORE because you have to paint the entire inside of them. Well, thankfully it was worth it, because this was my vision and I loved the way it came together! We have SO many serving dishes from our wedding, from workshops and from hosting other events and this is how I wanted to display them!! You can withhold your “Well, your kids are going to destroy those dishes” comments because we’ll deal with that season when it happens. ha! 

That cabinet on the left? Most difficult part of the whole house. There was a slight .5 inch dip in the ceiling just in that one spot and it made it really interesting when the cabinet was hung. But it’s FIXED! 

Best place to get affordable bar stools? IKEA again! $59 each! Target doesn’t even have options that cheap that actually look good! 

The choice to paint the islands my favorite color of minty teal was a RISK. But Michael said ok and I LOVE them!!! Paint color : Waterscape by Sherwin Williams

Another fun idea was adding this barn door! This used to be our LAUNDRY room and now it’s our pantry. This barn door slider kit is actually just from Lowes and it has a “slow stopper” on it that prevents it from being slammed shut or open! 

The trick to decorating floating shelves is to keep negative space and keep it simple! 75% of what I thought I wanted on these shelves ended up being too much. 

The hardwood floors were a good decision. They are white oak with a diluted cottage white stain of 50%! 

Another good decision was having glass-less pendants over the islands. Glass in a kitchen quickly collects films and grit from the steam of the stove and sink. These pendants are from Ferguson and the designer is Visual Comfort.

xoxo, Katelyn
61 Comments A Home Made for Hosting, Our Home
  1. Erika Mills reply

    It’s beautiful!! I love the glassless light suggestion, we are hunting for lights now and I would never have considered that! Also, the comments about “you’ll regret blah blah with kids”…..well disregard. You just teach your kids NOT to touch things….it’s not that complex ;)

  2. Marie reply

    I’ve been waiting for this post. I really like you way of decorating places so i really enjoy reading this post. The kitchen seems to be very friendly it is an invitation for sharing good moments with family and friends. Well done.

  3. Jessica Haley reply

    Katelyn, can you come accessorize my new house? I love all your little touches… I’m terrible at that part!! The furniture and windows and lighting I’m all over, the accessories I am the worst! ha ha! Looks amazing!!


  4. Diana reply

    I love your kitchen! Thanks for sharing this with us :)

  5. Laura Hernandez reply

    This is just STUNNING! Seriously, one of those dream homes you see on TV. You’re eye for design is priceless!

  6. Jen reply

    Wow ! I get so envious of American homes! They are huge compared to whatr you can get in England. You have done an amazing job! Looks amazing!!

  7. Jesi reply

    Your kitchen is to die for!!! So beautiful!!!

  8. Colleen Smith reply

    SOOOO STUNNING!!! LOOOOVE all the white!! GAHHH!!! Annnd thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu for the bar stool tip!! I’ve been searching for some for our new kitchen and everyone I find $200+ per stool, INSANITY! Headed to shop online at Ikea now ;)

  9. Tara Steele reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Great job Katelyn!! Jojo would be so proud of you girl ;)

  10. Jess Bulloss reply

    WOW!!! So beautiful!! You have some serious style! :D :D :D

  11. Sarah Anne Hayes reply

    Oh my goodness! It’s gooooorgeous!!

  12. Nicole Hoffler reply

    Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful! You definitely have an eye for design! Love the idea of the double island, might have to use this one day when I get to build a house in the future!

  13. Tiffany reply

    The kitchen is gorgeous! I am dying to know where the hood came from as well as the flooring! The double island is such a great idea… I might have to add that into our remodel!

  14. Kristina W. reply

    Your kitchen is beautiful! And the Ikea bar stools are great, I have two of the same ones! :) I think your glassless pendants are awesome! And super smart.

  15. Aunt Susan reply

    I want to see inside the pantry!

  16. Tina reply

    YAY!!! I’ve been waiting for posts about your house!! Your kitchen is absolutely GORGEOUS and all that teal looks PERFECT with that white!!

  17. Ashley Powell reply

    This is SO beautiful!! I love how much natural light y’all have in your home! I told Robert that in our next home (whenever that might be), we HAVE to have more windows! ;) What color white did y’all use on the walls? Whites are so tricky! I hope y’all are all snuggled up with that precious baby girl enjoying every moment! xoxo

  18. Stephanie Messick reply

    LOVE THIS, Katelyn!!!! <3 <3 <3 I also experienced the same thing with my hanging cabinet against the ceiling! Glad it was apparent before the papers were signed. :) XOXO!

  19. candi reply

    I love it all!!! Do you mind sharing where you found the wall mount sconces above the shelves? Are they from rejuvination? We have been looking for some to go about our kitchen in our house! I love yours!

  20. amanda peters reply

    where is your sink from? I hear Ikea has an awesome sink, just wondering if its the same one?

  21. Sabrina reply

    It’s SO BEAUTIFUL, Katelyn! I love everything about it and I’m glad you went with what you wanted instead of what might have been safe or practical (i.e. cabinet doors to keep kids out… the only “child proofing” we’ve done in our house is to put plugs in the reachable outlets, everything else we teach Catherine what she can and can’t touch and she learns :-) And congrats on getting the post up! Blogging with kiddos is an entirely new territory.

  22. Tatyana Lee reply

    This is beyond gorgeous!

  23. Elizabeth reply

    SO beautiful, Katelyn!!!

  24. Rhonda reply

    Is that an ice maker next to the mini fridge?

  25. Molly Sanchez reply

    I don’t have to tell you this but this kitchen is a DREAM! Congrats on it being all finished!!!! and thank you for sharing! <3 , Jealous from Minnesota

  26. Alea reply

    Thanks for sharing! We’ve already made most of the design choices for our little home but I never thought about glass in the pendants! That helps my indecision. Also, kids can open cupboards. Even child-proof locks don’t keep them out for long, so you go for it!

  27. Tanja reply

    Your kitchen is absolutely amazing! <3

  28. Lindsay reply

    Prettiest kitchen I’ve ever seen!! :) beautiful, Katelyn!! Thanks for sharing!!

  29. Elizabeth Diane reply

    Beautiful! Don’t worry about the lower open shelving, we do not baby proof our home (not for decor anyway) because we want our children to know from the start what they can and can’t touch. So we just reenforce “no touch” when they go for the pretties and it’s worked out wonderfully :) Candles (unlit), glass, frames, books, etc. it’s never been a problem. Just set your boundaries and be consistent.

  30. Tasha Hess reply

    Absolutely beautiful! What a light and airy kitchen space. We just purchased our house a few months ago and it has a VERY dated (but functional) 1950’s kitchen… and it’s not a good kind of vintage! I am definitely collecting ideas right now so thanks for sharing your beautiful space. We have an open island right now with an 18 month old and it has been fine. Oh, and IKEA really is a magical place!

  31. Kimberly reply

    Your heart to SERVE is more important than your SPACE! I just want to make sure I put that out there before I share these images.

    Yesss!! I couldn’t agree more!

  32. Mary McAdams reply

    I have enjoyed watching the process of you build your house! We are about a year behind you guys, we are just getting our foundation in. My husband is a general contractor and is running the project so I am having to make all of the design choices and I’m slightly overwhelmed, so seeing your end product is helpful!! Especially things that you post like the shallow sink with the water spout! I may have done that had I not seen your post!
    Your kitchen is so pretty!!
    What brand and model is your cooktop? How do you like it? Does the stainless steel under the grates clean up well?

  33. Hiliary Stewart reply

    Oh my heck! I’m so amazed! It’s absolutely STUNNING

  34. Annetta reply

    Your kitchen is beautiful!! So envious of your white cabinets.

  35. Julie reply

    Wow! What an extravagant kitchen. Is that a second dishwasher next to the mini fridge?

  36. KJ Boyer reply

    I’ve been looking forward to this blog post! What a beautiful space! My husband and I are currently remodeling a kitchen in an old farmhouse with a newborn and 15 month old. We are currently shopping for our farm sink and faucet. Where did you purchase yours? I am also curious after looking at a ton of white paint samples what color white you used? We also had a hiccup with a ceiling dip and hanging the upper cabinets. :) Love the bead board in the back of your island shelves. Your post has me even more anxious for our kitchen to be complete. We selected very similar cabinet hardware! :) The Lord is using this season in my life to teach patience.

  37. Karen reply

    “You can withhold your “Well your kids are going to destroy those dishes” comments because we’ll deal with that season when it happens. ha! ” <—- my friends w/ girls say they don't even have cabinet locks. Totally depends on the kiddo! Our son is 4 & we still use cabinet locks … or our pans would litter the floor all the time! :)

  38. Megan Kelsey Photography reply

    Stunning! So light and airy and homey :) Can’t wait to visit <3 <3

  39. Kat reply

    Glass-less pendants? Genius! Your kitchen is beautiful!!! Ignore all those naysayers about open dish shelves, they are beautiful and worth it. Teach your kids responsibility, proper boundaries and don’t leave them unsupervised and you won’t have any issues! ;)

  40. Erica reply

    Love the cabinet hardware! Where is it from?

  41. Ashley Ziegler reply

    I absolutely LOVE the minty teal paint color!! So perfect and goes very well with all the white :)

  42. Cassia reply

    LOVELY!!! I Love the colors you picked.

  43. Trina reply

    Love the glass-less pendant idea! The kitchen looks great! So bright and lovely!!

  44. Driving Directions reply

    The kitchen room is so beautiful, I love pastel color of this room.

  45. Caiti reply

    Wow, girl!! You truly are making Joanna Gaines proud!! I love everything!!! The mint green islands are a HUGE win! So are the lantern lights.

  46. Nicole Hoffler reply

    Love all of your ideas and design! The glassless light fixtures is genius, I can not wait until the day I get to build my own. I would love for you to come design my house for me lol I wish you would do a blog post about your master bathroom design with your freestanding tub in the shower.

  47. Liz reply

    I LOVE this!! What color white paint did you choose for your walls? This is the exact color I had in mind for our kitchen and I’m dying to know. Thanks! :)

  48. Allison reply

    I LOVE this and can’t wait to see it in a couple of weeks!!!! I must know where you got that adorable white scalloped planter, though!

  49. Allison Jeffers reply

    Katelyn this is beautiful! I’m working on the design of my own home (I can’t believe it!!) and I was wondering what you used for your countertops? And you fridge looks amazing! Do you love it?
    Also, can you come design my kitchen? LOL.

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  51. Liberty reply

    This kitchen is simply stunning!!! Oh my gracious!! The whole house is gorgeous!!! May I ask, is this all of your photography pay?

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  53. Shelly reply

    I happened across this kitchen and am in love with the double islands! If it’s not too much trouble, would you mind telling me thr measurements of the walking space between them and also around the rest of the kitchen? I am building and discovered today that the island we planned for actually might not fit and I have been scouring the web for creative solutions! That’s how I found this beautiful set up!

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  55. Anna reply

    Your kitchen is like something out of a Tiffany and Co. blue box =) So gorgeous and I love that it is so simple and elegant. We have open shelves in the kitchen too, but I find that while they look good, they also like to collect greasy film, and dust. It’s a necessity to take everything down at least twice a year and wash it all, and then scrub the shelves. I think in my next kitchen I would forego them hehe =)

  56. jen reply

    I’m obsessed with this kitchen! And everything you create!

  57. Brittany reply

    I know this is an old post so I am not sure if you read the comments anymore but my husband and I are going to close on a house soon and I was curious what the color of the walls in this kitchen/main living space is? I have had my eye on how airy and fresh your spaces look and want to cultivate that in our new home. Thanks!

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