California Minimal Kitchen

What is the most important room in the whole house? THE KITCHEN. It has always been the heart of our homes, and I think my little Italian mom deserves a kitchen that dreams are made of. For the first design option for the Miller House kitchen, (and generally, the whole house) we want to bring some California to the Midwest. My mom is really missing her California weather, so I want to give her a home that makes her feel like she’s in southern California, if only on the inside. Light and airy, and simple but inviting. Warm.

I’m a big fan of white oak, and my mom was really drawn to light wood cabinets as well, so that was the basis of our first design direction. Shaker style, full-overlay cabinets. Potentially white uppers. To add a bit of contrast, the floor will be a medium-toned wide plank. White zellige 4x4 backsplash brings character, depth, and rich texture — we’ll pair that with a lightly veined gray quartz countertop, or maybe a black quartz for an edgier feel. Matte black cabinet hardware and faucet with ground all of the softer tones, along with the black stainless steel appliances. (I really dig the Bosch 800 series — they are more aesthetically please to me than the other mainstream appliance manufacturers). The island pendants round out the SoCal vibe with their textured, creamy finish, warm glow and contrasting black cord. We’ll add counter stools to the island, too, something a tiny bit modern. I can picture the sun streaming into this peaceful room (Southern exposure, gotta max out that natural light) and it almost makes me sigh with contentment. That’s sort of the feeling these finishes lend: a happy satisfaction.


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White oak cabinets certainly aren’t the most economical option for a kitchen, so I’m putting together a second design option should budget become an issue — painted cabinets! Keep your eyes peeled for Miller House kitchen option two, coming soon.