This rustic modern kitchen was designed with a large kitchen island and plenty of creative storage options to make the perfect modern farmhouse open concept kitchen / living / dining space.
I cannot even explain the happy dance I’m doing right now. Just imagine something so epic that my children would be embarrassed to be seen with me for at least a week.
As we get closer and closer to being able to really use this new weekend place for our family (we’re still finishing out a few things upstairs before we can put it to full use), the excitement is only growing. I’ve got so many details to share with you about the full space, but today I want to focus on one main thing: the kitchen cabinets.
This post is sponsored by KraftMaid. All opinions are my own.
Open Concept Kitchen
I first shared a few months ago my overall vision for this space. The main thrust of the plan was to remove the walls on either side of the kitchen and turn the front of the home (what was formerly a small living room, narrow kitchen, and a bedroom) into a large, open living/kitchen/dining space.
As a reminder, this is what the interior looked like before.
Key to creating that new space (and any kitchen, really) was the cabinetry. In this case, we needed a huge island to provide working areas, seating at the bar, and easy flow between the three spaces. So I partnered with KraftMaid to design the perfect rustic modern space.
Rustic Modern Kitchen Design
If you knew the number of samples I carried around with me and the number of different combinations I considered, you’d be tempted to roll your eyes as much as Mr. Pax did in this process – ha! But truly, there were so many good options, it was very difficult to choose. In the end, we landed on a rustic alder cabinet in natural for the island (you can read more about our decision process here). The style is a simple 3″ shaker cabinet, and in the rustic alder it gives a warm, country feel that’s perfect for this little ranch house.
To balance out the country feel of the wood island, though, I wanted some crisp, clean white cabinetry, as well. So we used Dove White 3″ shaker cabinets in maple to create the main working space with a sort of galley-style kitchen between the island and the front of the house (see more about kitchen layouts and design options here).
In this area, we’ve included all our major working kitchen aspects: the triangle (fridge, sink, stove), trash, pots and pans, and more.
Creative Kitchen Storage
Although the full space is amazing (truly, I’m blown away every time I step through the door!), the actual working kitchen is not huge, especially given our plans to fill this home with lots of family and friends. As I mentioned, it is essentially a 10′ galley-style kitchen, so creative storage within this section was a big priority. Luckily, KraftMaid cabinets made it easy!
Pull out organizers
I have a spice pull out right beside our stove in my other kitchen that I love, so repeating that here was definitely in the plans.
And since the main pantry is all the way around the island, I wanted some kind of smaller pantry-style organizer within the working space… And a larger pull-out beside the fridge was the perfect solution.
Trash pull out
I know this is not a novel concept, but our other kitchen does not include a trash pull out, and we have always missed it… This double trash pull out (which even includes a special liner between the trash drawer and the top drawer to block odors!) is such a convenient addition to a functioning kitchen.
Layered cutlery organizers
It’s the small things, but this might be my favorite aspect of the brilliant KraftMaid options. These layered cutlery organizers are so beautifully made and offer endless options for organized storage. Portions slide open to reveal more storage underneath!
I haven’t even decided what will go into these canisters yet, but I love them!
Pots and pans storage
Pegs and dividers offer beautifully organized pots and pans within reach.
Toe kick drawers
This was a new option for me! Did you know they make drawers that actually use that formerly wasted space beneath the cabinets? In this big-island kitchen where we will likely be entertaining kids at the bar, it’s a perfect option for coloring books or other things my kids would like to use but would be in the way in the actual kitchen cabinets. I think we may end up with placemats or cookie sheets in them, too!
Additional Storage for Kitchen and Dining
As if all those amazing small-space organization options weren’t enough, we used more beautiful KraftMaid cabinetry throughout the space to really optimize our storage.
Dining room storage
We used an additional bank of cabinets to act as a credenza in the dining room; we can store dishes and serving items below, and the counter provides the perfect buffet for large family dinners.
Kitchen island storage
We also included cabinetry under the bar for additional storage. It’s not super easy to access, obviously, but roll out drawers help, and it’s perfect for a little extra space.
Broom closet cabinet
We filled up a little empty nook beside the stairs with a floor to ceiling cabinet with broom hooks below and shelves above – perfect for cleaning supplies.
Small pantry storage
And finally, we converted the former AC closet into a little walk in pantry. Drawers and shelves line the walls for additional storage in this sweet little space.
And more to come on this soon, but here’s a sneak peek around the backside of the pantry into the laundry area. We continued the 3″ shaker cabinets but changed it up a bit with the color. The mudroom-style cabinetry in there is even more storage for this full house.
Quality Kitchen Cabinets
In addition to all the innovations and creative storage options, I am consistently blown away by the quality of the KraftMaid cabinetry. If you know the story of our other kitchen, you know that we purchased the home with KraftMaid cabinetry already in it, and we loved the quality as well as the option to update the look (which wasn’t our style) simply by replacing the doors. So, completely unsponsored and out of our own pockets, we purchased KraftMaid doors for that space… and love them still today. That made my decision easy when it came to working with KraftMaid on this project, as I could already rave about the quality of the craftsmanship.
Seriously, the construction of the cabinets…
And the quality of the finishes…
Couldn’t be more beautiful.
The soft-close drawers and doors (which come standard) are wonderful, too.
This space has honestly captured my heart so fully… I’m ready to move in. Think a sleeping bag under the island would be a weird addition? 😉
Thank you to KraftMaid for your partnership and beautiful cabinetry… and most of all for your incredible encouragement of me and my designs for this space!