Little by little we brought in kitchen boxes from the garage, unloaded them, and started the long process of dozens of dishwasher loads to get everything clean. It had all been in storage for 10 months, so I wanted everything washed and shiny before I put it in my new cabinets. My mom even came over and hand-washed a bunch of stuff on her lunch break a couple days.
There's still a few random things that I need to find places for- but here's our biggest counter, mostly cleaned off and dishes in the cabinets!
The center of the kitchen has a huge, huge island. I used to not be a fan of islands, but the island in our old kitchen held the stove top and also had room for stools. I've gotten used to it as a center, social part of a kitchen, so I like that our new kitchen has one too.
One of my favorite parts of the kitchen is in the island. It has a built in wine fridge. Johnny and I have been debating getting a stand-alone wine fridge for a few years, so it's cool that the decision was already made for us!
There's the usual fridge, stove, microwave. All in close, easy reach of each other.
A different angle, same view. To the left of the fridge is the living room. The kitchen and living room are open into each other, like so:
And in that little bay window area is where we have a table for in-kitchen dining. (Right now it's our only table, since the people that bought our Illinois house wanted our dining room set.)
It's a cute little Ikea table and chair set my mom got for us, gently used from a friend for $50. It's normally round, but for this photo we have it extended.
And there you finally have it! The new Dinner at Christina's kitchen where I'll be making, eating, and photographing the food I share from here on out!