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CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsThis is our kitchen. I know I’ve shown it in many posts before and I’ve also talked about doing a new kitchen tour with some updated photos and source links. That will be for another day. Today I wanted to talk a little about the feature wall with no upper cabinets as well as a simple update we’re looking to do. UPDATE : CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NEW BUILT-IN SHELVING REVEAL!CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsHere is a straight view of the back feature wall.CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsI  wanted to create an old-world meets new-world vibe in here. I know not everyone likes the look without cabinets. To some people it feels unfinished, or they want as much storage as possible and I completely understand why they feel that way. I like it for a few reasons, it’s modern and it feels open and airy. It’s also a little less conventional.CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsOur island holds quite a bit of storage and is our main eating area as well. It makes up for the cabinetry that we don’t have on the walls. I keep silverware in the top drawers, bowls in the middle drawer and dishes on the bottom.CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsThis view, looking at the sink, is where I have some plans to update…CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsI do really love the open feel of our space. We get great natural light, especially in the mornings and it’s usually pretty bright in here.CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsMy little office nook on the left will eventually be moving from this corner (shown below). Right now, it’s the only space I have for the daily papers and the lower cabinets to the right of the stool hold all of my files. It’s not ideal, but for now it functions!
CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsI had planned from the beginning to add multiple shelving to the right of the window. Unfortunately, it never happened because we became so busy…life happens, right?! Instead, we put up this floating shelf we’ve always had, to fill the space as a ‘temporary’ solution. Five years later, the temporary solution has become more permanent! The ‘non-symmetry’ has always gotten on my nerves, so I need to do something about it.CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsI really think the additional shelving in this corner will be fabulous and make this space look even larger. And PS – that little light has got to go! UPDATE : SEE OUR NEW LIGHT AND WALL SCONCES HERE !CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinets CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsGetting back to having no upper cabinets, here are a few closeups of our feature wall. The classic, white subway tile goes from the counter to the ceiling for maximum impact.CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsCitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsWe have a marble inset above the range to create visual interest and to break up all the white tile.CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsI really do love the statement it makes. I’m all about big statements in decorating.CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinetsFive years later and I’m still in love with this wall! UPDATE!! SEE OUR NEW ISLAND PENDANT LIGHTS HERE!


I’ve linked to an this amazing kitchen designed Heydt Designs and you’ll see the beautiful open shelving they’ve used, which is exactly what I want to do in our kitchen. That’s it for today. I can’t wait to get started on our project and give you an update on how it turns out! I also hope you found some ideas here if you’re planning any updates to your kitchen or if you’re building a new home. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have a great week! xo

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  1. tamaraanka says:

    Kathkeen, Thank you so much for your note and for stopping by the blog! Unfortunately, I don’t have the brand or stain color. But the wood is oak and we chose a mixed grade – that allowed us to get different textures and color variation throughout, rather than too much of the same. This was the look we wanted which created a more casual feel. It was also very budget friendly! I hope this helps and PLEASE let me know if you have any other questions! xo

  2. Tamara, I absolutely love the hardwood flooring in your kitchen! Would you mind sharing the brand and stain color? We’re getting ready to put hardwood in some areas of our home and this is exactly what I have in mind.

  3. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much, Lisa! I’m so happy to hear your encouragement! I’m excited to get this project going! Have a great week and thank you so much for stopping by! xo

  4. I love your fresh approach to your kitchen design details. It will look fabulous! I love the plan to use a new shade of color on your shelves…it’s so artistic!

  5. tamaraanka says:

    Hi Cindy, I’m sorry to hear you have to have surgery – at least it will be during winter rather than summer! I hope it all goes well! Doesn’t it always seem that there’s projects we want to get to? I know I have had many on our list that haven’t gotten done, in fact we’re only starting now to actually finish our house completely…we finished the inside ourselves when we built and have many, many items on our list! Thank you as always for your interest in my blog and your support! I’m so happy that you can use it as an escape! Good luck with that surgery, my friend..sending you lots of positive energy! xoxo

  6. Cindy Weis says:

    Hi Tamara, you know I love your kitchen (as I do with the rest of your beautiful home), I was thinking of a redo for my kitchen as well, but I have to have ankle surgery next week, so 12 weeks in a cast will put me into Spring, and it will be time to work in the yard, so I guess the kitchen update will have to wait until next year. Keep the beautiful posts coming, I am going to depend on them for the upcoming weeks to transport me out since I will be stuck at home. Take Care.

  7. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much, Jean and thank you for visiting! I always love to hear feedback and I’m so happy you took the time to visit :)

  8. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much, Marty! I’m so happy you think it will look good! I’m excited to get started, I hope it turns out like I’m envisioning!

  9. Love your inspiration posts. And wonderful bar stools. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

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