My personal recommendations on the top kitchen must haves is finally a thing.
I put this series together 4 years after we finally moved into our custom build.
Our kitchen is my favorite room in our home.
It needs to be since I spend a considerable amount of time there…….sometimes all day every day.
No Joke 🙂
So, over this next series of posts, I will walk you through ALL my favorites.
These are the ” I would not change it” EVER elements we included in our kitchen.
I will also outline some things I wish I had never done.
Throughout this series of posts, I will cover the things I forgot about………
And, seriously regret that I overlooked these must haves.
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The Trash Can Kitchen Must Have
First up on the top kitchen must haves is our trash can.
The trash can was David’s idea. He talked about it for months and months.
It drove me insane the amount of thought he put into the trash.
David is a genius.
Who knew that a trash can would be the first element I want y’all to know about?
This trash can is life changing amd is definitely a MUST HAVE.
It is HUGE!
It is hidden.
The best part…….it is on a removable dolly.
Except when I want to roll it out on those magical wheels and take it anywhere in the house.
…..the fridge to get rid of week old leftovers.
…….my baking station to wipe all the spilled flour and sugar straight into the glorious trash.
…..the sink where I water and hack on my houseplants.
…….all of it goes into the giant magical hidden rolling gem.
OUR TRASH CAN.
The Appliance Garages
If you are an avid baker, coffee drinker, microwave user, and/or kid owner…….appliance garages are a must have.
We incorporated appliance garages to hide our Kitchenaid mixer, the toaster, the microwave, and our coffee station.
I can’t stand kitchen appliance clutter.
I would much rather clutter the counters with all my beloved house plants I keep hauling home from HEB grocery.
The Stand Mixer
To be serious, having the mixer hidden in a cabinet right next to my baking station is so handy.
I just pull it out when I am ready to mix together all my ingredients.
Then, I just push it back into hiding until I am ready to use it again.
The kids love the toaster and panini maker.
I despise the crumbs everywhere.
We keep the toaster and panini maker hidden behind a door with their very own hidden plug on a crumb catching pull out shelf.
When the kids are not using these appliances, the door stays shut, until I am ready to vacuum the crumbs off the shelf with my handheld vacuum.
The kids also love the microwave.
We keep it hidden behind a set of cabinet doors.
That cabinet also has built in pull out shelving to coral all the disposable product essentials……paper plates, napkins, and utensils.
The Coffee Maker
Our Miel coffee maker is hidden behind two large cabinet doors on the opposite side of the microwave.
The cabinet also contains all the cups, coffee beans, and extras one needs to make coffee.
I love it because once I am done with coffee for the day, I shut the doors, and BAM.
Guests also love it.
Everything they need to make their own special cup of joe or tea is housed in that cabinet beneath the coffee maker.
The mugs, spoons, beans, tea bags, sugar……
They can help themselves whatever time they roll out of bed without depending on me.
The Copper Sinks
If you follow me on Instagram, I like to brag about the fact that I have moved 17 times in my adult life.
I have lived in many houses. Some I have built from scratch….some I have gutted.
None have I stayed long.
In two of those houses, I used a copper apron front sink.
So, obviously, next up on the top kitchen must haves is a copper sink.
I love copper for so many reasons.
First…..copper has personality plus.
You can not NOT notice a copper sink.
Second, they are extremely durable.
No chips EVER.
Third, they are natural germ repellers.
Fourth, a copper sink is unbelievably easy to maintain.
We have two of these sinks installed in the countertops under our back bay of windows.
These two sinks are my workhorses.
One of them…..I use exclusively for the dishes.
The other one…..I use exclusively to water our houseplants.
I would like to say that I planned it that way.
However, I did not.
But, including two sinks in the kitchen sure does come in handy if you are a plant lover like me.
And, two sinks really come in handy when you have over 50 houseplants to water each week.
Spice Storage Must Have
David and I both LOVE to cook.
9 times out of 10, if we have to choose going out for dinner or eating in……we go with eating in.
In the interest of full transparency, David and I also live in the middle of nowhere.
“It’s just not worth the drive” comes out of our mouths alot.
Back to the spice storage…..
Because we live in the middle of nowhere and both love to cook, we need lots of spices.
We buy in bulk whenever we can.
We included a built-in pull out spice storage cabinet next to our range to hold those containers.
And, I LOVE it.
It is so easy to pull out the spices I need, and then slide the cabinet back in place.
Please take note – I do not keep my spices in alphabetical order…..that would be weird.
Have you not seen Sleeping with the Enemy???
Anyway, we keep the ones we use the most on the bottom shelf and then work our way up from there.
Between the two of us, David and I have a fabulous collection of white dishes.
If I am being honest, David brought way more to our union than I did.
So, we installed open shelving around our built in refrigerator.
During the design process, we decided to display the plethora of white dishes all out in open view.
We made the shelving adjustable in height so that we could also display the the big serving pieces.
This way, instead of wondering where a certain piece might be stored, I can see all of them quickly and easily.
The best part…….nothing gets lost or forgotten behind a cabinet door.
A Don’t Do It
In the list of top kitchen must haves, the following review would be my top “don’t do it”.
Years ago, I owned a custom bedding and drapery business in the North Dallas area.
Because of this, I was constantly in my customers’ homes measuring and installing window treatments and bedding.
I saw many beautiful kitchens with many glorious must haves.
Several of these homeowners had included a Scotsman “Sonic” ice maker in their kitchen.
This quiet high end ice maker made the perfect crushed ice. It also never seemed to run out of ice.
So, we made the decision to include this appliance in our kitchen.
Awesome is not even an adequate description – the kids and their friends flocked to it.
They would patiently wait in line for a scoop of their very own “Sonic” ice.
That overpriced piece of crap died after 2 years.
Thankfully, we were able to get our money back.
We thought it was a fluke, and were about to use our refund to purchase a replacement.
Then, David just happened to look at some of the reviews he found buried on-line.
Everyone LOVES the ice.
MANY, MANY people complained about the short life span of this very expensive unit.
So, even if we bought a new one, the same thing would likely happen.
We did not re-purchase.
Now I have a dead ice maker and custom built unusable space in my kitchen.
If you are looking into the Scotsman Brilliant Series nugget ice maker, do your research and consider going a different route.
So, that’s a wrap on my “Top Kitchen Must Haves Series” Part 1.
Obviously, anyone and everyone will have different needs when building the kitchen of their dreams.
I hope you found my recommendations helpful in your exciting new build journey.
Stay tuned next week, when I talk about the next round of my personal must haves……… baking, seating, hardwood floors, and another splurge I will never regret!
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MonicaFebruary 10, 2021 5:12 pm
This is the most amazing kitchen I’ve ever seen. There are so many thoughtful details! I’m stealing the garbage can idea when I build 🙂 On another note, could you give some details on your tile and marble choices? The island is spectacular!
JoannaFebruary 10, 2021 8:44 pm
Your kitchen is breathtaking. I love that it’s not the same old boring black and white everybody does over and over. Your backsplash is the best thing I’ve seen in years and that granite has me drooling. You have an eye for the unusual and it’s just GORGEOUS!!!!!
BibianaFebruary 10, 2021 11:34 pm
I’m certain I’m not alone in saying how magical your home is, and your taste in decor is never boring. Thank you so very kindly for allowing us into your home and for sharing so many amazing ideas.
LynneFebruary 11, 2021 1:57 am
Kitchen 101… great suggestions! We had those trash cans all over our office for the guys to use. Commercial cleaning. Brilliant idea.
I have types of spices together. One day I did Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.🤣🤣🤣
Appreciate appliance storage. My kitchens are small and I’m about the cleared countertop.
Magnificent! I’d live in that kitchen, too! 🥂
Carol KarlFebruary 12, 2021 8:51 am
What a great list. I have the trashcan but it’s not on rollers – mine is in a drawer. I would much prefer it this way as it’s quite fiddly. Copper sinks! Oh my! I have copper drawer pulls and knobs as well as light fixtures but I never knew you could even get copper sinks. Fantastic!
Kim WaldorfFebruary 14, 2021 9:19 pm
Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful. I love so many of the items you mentioned. My Kitchen Aid mixer is in a cabinet across from my main kitchen. I love that you have a pull out for that. It’s perfect. I also love all your spices together. Thank you for sharing your lovely kitchen and all the must haves!
Kim WaldorfFebruary 14, 2021 9:21 pm
Your kitchen is so beautiful! My Kitchen Aid mixer is in a cabinet across from the main kitchen. I love that you have a drawer right where you need it! I also like where your spices are. So convenient! Thanks for sharing your lovely kitchen and all the must haves.
MarieFebruary 16, 2021 2:32 am
Your stove and backsplash are so amazing! The trashcan on wheels is definitely handy. We have an appliance garage for the microwave and some random space next to it. I wish I had a coffee station set up in an appliance garage situation!
AnneFebruary 16, 2021 7:06 pm
Oh my gosh. That trash can on wheels is amazing! I’d never have thought to do a trash can that way but I’m convinced. Tell your hubby I think he’s a genius!