Designing the Kitchen in the New House

Love the plaster range hood in this kitchen designed by: Dana Lynch Design

We have started to work our away into designing the interior of each room in our new home. The layout obviously is already there, but this is the fun part when we actually put the pieces together to create the look and feel we are going for.

We normally start by finding photos of rooms that we love. We then take bits and pieces from each room and create our own vision. Mood boards are great for taking inspirational pieces from different places and putting them all together. This helps visualize how each piece will fit together.

For our new build, we are visualizing a kitchen with a clean modern feel and some touches of texture and warmth. Keep reading and you will see what I’m talking about.


We have one wall of perimeter cabinets and the island. These will be a shaker style painted a dark moody color. We are considering Farrow & Ball Railings or Down Pipe. Railings has a blue undertone, while Down Pipe is more green.

The back side of the island (underneath the bar), will be clad in white oak shiplap, stained to match our floor.


Our lighting has actually already been shipped. We’ve partnered with Capitol Lighting to provide our lights. Over the island, we are using two large cage pendants. They are the Townsend 24 Inch Cage Pendant by Savoy House. They are each 24″ x 36.5″.

On the far left and right side of the wall where the hood is at, there will be open shelving. Above each group of shelves, there will be one wall sconce. We chose the Glenn Wall Sconce by Savoy House.


For the backsplash, we will let the counter top continue up the wall and stop underneath the vent hood and open shelves. I love this seamless look!

Range Hood

A while back we stumbled across this kitchen by Jami Lancaster and fell in love with the plaster range hood, and since I’ve seen some other really cool looking plater hoods. So we’ve decided to do one in the new kitchen. I love the look and the fact that it will add a bit of texture.

Design: Jami Lancaster Design

Counter Tops

I love the look of marble and the durability of Quartz. So we’ve decided to go with a marble look quartz. This will give us the best of both worlds. On the island, we’ll be doing a waterfall, which will add an additional modern element.

Wood Elements

To warm up the space, we will incorporate some wood elements in the form of open shelves, and also beams on the vaulted ceiling.


We have a partnership with ADM Flooring and they will be providing all of our hard wood. We chose to go a little lighter in this house and chose a flooring called Sea Smoke.


We will be going with stainless appliances for the most part. Even though I’m very tempted to go with more of a “designer” range and even one with some color, I think we’ll play it safe.

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  • Reply Missi Smith

    I am also thinking about a Thor range. I had a 48 inch DCS in my last house but just don’t want to spend that much this time around. Love love love all your choices!!!

    July 3, 2019 at 2:06 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Thanks! So glad you like it. 🙂

      July 4, 2019 at 1:13 pm
      • Reply Ashley

        What kind of quartz did you go with?

        April 17, 2020 at 6:57 pm
        • Reply Henry

          We went with Statuario Maximus by Caesar Stone.

          April 21, 2020 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Kathy Hallblade

    Wow!!! This is absolutely stunning and goes perfectly with the new exterior!!! Love it!!!

    July 3, 2019 at 5:38 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thank you Kathy! I think so too.

      July 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Kristyn Blackard

    Love it all Brooke and Henry!!! Can’t wait to see ❤️

    July 6, 2019 at 12:26 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thank you Kristyn. Glad you like it!

      July 6, 2019 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Jan

    This is going to be so gorgeous! Can’t wait to see it all come together.

    July 10, 2019 at 11:19 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Thanks Jan! We can’t wait either. 🙂

      July 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Kim Volk

    Can I ask how much your panoramic door or costs? I asked my builder and he said they were ridiculously expensive. Currently my plan has a 16×8 foot 4 panel door. Thanks I advance.

    July 17, 2019 at 11:41 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hi Kim,

      We ended up not going with the panoramic door because it was so expensive and we would probably never use it. Instead we replaced it with 3 large windows.

      July 18, 2019 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    I just stumbled across this and was laughing because I am picking out finishes for our new build tomorrow and this is almost exactly what we’re doing for our kitchen! It’s a good sign I’m heading in the right direction. 🙂 Do you happen to have a source for those cabinet pulls? I love the modern feel of them. Thanks for posting such helpful stuff for us novices winging it out here!

    August 20, 2019 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Blair

    Hi Brooke! We’re currently building and I just noticed our islands will be the same size! Have you run into any issues with finding a slab large enough? I was told it would certainly have to have a seam which I wasn’t *super* thrilled about. Now I’m wondering whether it’s worth cutting the size down to avoid the seam.

    August 23, 2019 at 3:58 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hi Blair. I asked our kitchen guy about that. He said it shouldn’t be a problem, although we will most likely be using quartz. He did say that a piece that big in granite would be a little more difficult, but doable.

      August 23, 2019 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Abiade

    Hi Brooke, we are the beginning phases of our vacation home in the Caribbean, our style is modern Caribbean( if that’s a thing), while we know what the exterior and floor plan is like, my husband has tasked me to figure out the interior design to create the look and feel we want. Which app or software did you use to create your kitchen mood board? Thanks a lot

    September 16, 2019 at 5:07 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Abiade! That is so exciting! Sure, modern Caribbean is a thing if you want it to be…lol. My husband used photoshop to create our mood boards. He’s the tech one in the relationship.

      September 17, 2019 at 12:20 pm
      • Reply Abiade

        Lol thanks so much Brooke. I will explore using photoshop for our mood board as well. Any other pointers on creating a mood board would be appreciated.

        September 18, 2019 at 1:42 pm
      • Reply Abiade

        Lol thanks so much Brooke. Would appreciate any Pointers your husband can share on creating mood boards .

        September 18, 2019 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Evelyn

    So beautiful! Love seeing the whole process!
    I have a question, we have beautiful dark cabinets & dark granite (Tuscan look) now I’m trying to update to French modern, we never did a back splash.. I’m loving the marble & quartz. Do you think it would be too much of a contrast? Or should I go with a cream glass tile? Value your opinion! Thanks

    October 31, 2019 at 3:11 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Evelyn! To make sure I understand, would you be changing out the current granite countertops for marble? Or are you planning on leaving the current darker coutnertops and just doing the backsplash?

      October 31, 2019 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Love that you are debating railings and down pipe! In one of our new builds we colored matched down pipe for the office and found that raccoon fur by Benjamin Moore is so similar to railings! Love the plans! 💕

    October 31, 2019 at 4:19 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Sarah! We love down pipe, but we actually ennded up choosing Railings. Im sure Benjamin Moore is another gorgeoius one!

      October 31, 2019 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Hi Brooke! Just beautiful! Can you tell me the brand and color of your tile as well as the wall paint color? Thank youA!

    December 11, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Mary! The example picture in this article is by Jami Lancaster Design.

      December 12, 2019 at 12:57 am
  • Reply Dawanda Johnson

    Hi Brooke! I’m doing a full custom build! I love your kitchen please share your where you purchase your open shelves?

    January 14, 2020 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Love the painted brick! Is yours tile and if so, i’d love to know the name or brand you used. Thanks so much and beautiful job!

    November 14, 2020 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Dayl Fullmer

    Hello Brooke,

    Please tell me about your beams!

    April 25, 2023 at 3:25 pm
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