One of our favorite activities is picking and juicing oranges! As you have probably noticed by now. Fresh OJ is a staple of my childhood and reminds me so much of growing up and of memories juicing oranges as a kid and my dad always spoiling us with a nice cold glass in bed in the morning. I wanted to show you guys bits of our kitchen but thought it would be fun to do so through an activity that we are often doing in our kitchen, juicing oranges
We have loved having these orange trees in our backyard! For those who didn’t already hear this, David found a guy who owned a huge orchard of orange trees and he was wanting to develop the land and was selling his trees for a good price. We got 2 transplanted into our backyard and it has been so fun to walk back there with our baskets and pick oranges. (David has the info for the guy if you are local and want it! Just DM David on insta and he will give it to ya!)
I ordered these Ollie Ella rolling baskets a long time ago and the kids have used their little ones a bunch over the last couple years but I hadn’t really used my big one because I realized I didn’t really have anything to use it for.. which I should have thought of prior to buying it buuuut just got distracted by how pretty it was. Anyways when we got our orange trees I was looking for something to put the oranges in and voila, my rolling basket had found its calling in life! The other little basket we got while in Vermont this last fall at a pumpkin patch!
We worked with Becki Owens on designing our kitchen and one of the things I told her I for sure wanted was a butcher block island. I love the warmth it adds and just think they are so pretty. I know it is absolutely ridiculous but I don’t cut right on the butcher block yet haha we didn’t have ours sealed and I wasn’t ready for scratches on it quite yet. I know I am going to get comments about how stupid this is because that is the point of butcher block BUT you know when you get a new phone and you treat it like gold at first and you don’t want to even get the tiniest scratch on it? Then as time goes on you care less and less. That is me and right now I am still in my new phone phase. I am sure in a couple months I will be choppin things up on there but for now, cutting boards.
I am always getting asked about our juicer! We have this Breville one that we have had for a few years now and we lovvve it. My dream is to have one of those automatic orange juicers that you see in restaurants.. but I looked them up and they are VERY expensive.
Another thing I am asked a lot is about the white paint we have throughout our home. We have the same white in all of the rooms and also on our kitchen cabinets – it is Benjamin Moore ‘Dove White’. Masterbrand was able to custom match the color for our kitchen cabinetry. We went with their Decora line again – as we did for our mud room and laundry room also – and we love them! I went back and forth on cabinet style a lot but decided to do a mix of shaker and flat panels for all of the drawers. We also had custom panels made to cover our fridge and freezer so it looks like cabinetry. Then next to the fridge are two doors that Masterbrand designed to look like cabinets but those are doors to our pantry!
Then there is my white wash brick all the smiles for that backsplash because I really love it so much. It was another thing I had told Becki I had to have! I had a lot of you guys ask how they did it, and they applied bricks and then white washed them – but they are actual bricks and not tile.
When these pendants got installed in our kitchen I was literally giddy about them! They are sooo beautiful in person and one of my favorite things that Becki picked out for our kitchen. The lights are from Urban Electric and wow their stuff is so beautifully made. There are so many details in a custom home build and I found lighting to be one of the most difficult.. we had multiple get installed only to realize I didn’t like it or it didn’t work for the room. So when I saw these and they beyond exceeded my expectations I was sooo happy because the kitchen is the one place I wanted to love our lighting.
Below are pictures of our breakfast nook! We got this table from Wayfair as well as the chairs. Our chairs are another thing I have been asked about a bunch and a lot of people asking if we are happy with them. We lovvve them and multiple people have noted how comfy they are when they sit in them. We need to give our chair pads a good wash because.. kids. They will probably never actually be clean but thats okay.. I will just flip them to their clean side before guests come over