Our Kitchen Selections: Granite, Cabinets, and Lighting

2.27.2014


Selecting the options for our kitchen was fairly easy because we pretty much knew what we wanted.  Luckily, the model home at our community features our selections, so it was easy to know and love what they will look like in "real life."

I love a timeless, white kitchen.


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Ryan Homes Naples Kitchen Model
Ryan Homes Kitchen with Morning Room
Ryan Homes Kitchen with Morning Room (source)

The only thing hard to picture about our kitchen has been the actual layout.  The kitchens above have become the "old" kitchen models as Ryan Homes frequently changes their floor plans.

Our kitchen layout moves the fridge to another wall, adding extra cabinet and countertop space.  We have a morning room, so we will lose the window above the sink in the first picture and instead have bar space overlooking the morning room, as shown in the second photo.


ryan homes kitchen dining room


The refrigerator will now be on this wall, alongside the hallway leading to the dining room.  The pantry is on the right of the hallway to the dining room.

As mentioned, luckily our granite is installed in the model so it is easy to see what it will look like.  However, if you are interested in building with Ryan Homes, your granite samples to choose from are small squares.


Santa Cecilia Granite
Santa Cecilia Granite

The Santa Cecilia granite has two different shades to it, and can be either of the variations shown above (one has more gold to it).  So it is important that if you choose Santa Cecilia (and can't choose your own slab, which we are not sure we can at this point) that you love both variations.


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Santa Cecilia Granite


You can see the different variations in color actually sometimes run through the granite as in the photo above.  Also note too when choosing a granite the granite names are standard.  We were able to go to Home Depot and pick up a small sample of our granite to have on hand.


santa cecilia granite ryan homes under cabinet lighting
Under-Cabinet Lighting

My father suggested we add the under-cabinet lighting and I am so glad we did.  It looks beautiful in the model, but it will also simply add more light in the kitchen, and it will be nice to not always have to burn the can lights overhead for our recessed lighting.


Timberlake Rushmore Painted Maple Glaze Cabinets ryan homes
Timberlake Rushmore Painted Maple Glaze Cabinets

We are really happy with our cabinets, the Timberlake Rushmore Painted Maple Glaze cabinets.  The Timberlake brand also offers a "hazelnut" glaze but we were worried they would look too dark, and liked the look of the cabinets in the model.

The next step for our kitchen (besides it actually being completed) is coming up with a "design" plan.  We will want to find a kitchen island, choose and DIY a backsplash after move-in, and determine what color to paint, as well as a color scheme for decorative accents.  It should be fun!

Do you like a white kitchen, or do you prefer darker cabinets?  Both styles will be around for years to come.




12 comments :

  1. Just found your blog after you posted on mine and added yours to follow! Love your kitchen selections! I was torn between "timeless white" and "come hither" rich, deep colors... My husband prefers darker so it made the decision easy for us!

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    1. Thanks, Chrissie! I love the dark colors you described as "come hither." A warm kitchen can certainly be inviting.

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  2. Gorgeous kitchen selections! White cabinets definitely make the kitchen feel airy and bigger.

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    1. Thank you! Looking forward to following your progress as well.

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  3. I have the Espresso cabinets and wish i had gotten yours. Now I love the look of my cabinets, but I CANNOT keep them clean!

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    1. What do you find difficult in cleaning your espresso cabinets? I've added your Ryan Homes blog to blogs I follow, thanks for reading!

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    2. can you tell me what you find hard to keep clean

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  4. Hi Angela, just found your blog.. love your kitchen selections because they are similar to the colors I choose for our kitchen. I love love love the Butterscotch. The picture you were asking about the source is from the Rome model which I currently live in and know that kitchen like a book. lol We added double ovens and side cabinets to give gain extra cabinet space and my must-have double ovens. We do have the espresso hardwood floors which are difficult to maintain because of foot prints. However, I would not trade them because they are gorgeous and a nice contrast to the butterscotch along with the santa cecilia counter tops. My kitchen is two tone so there is some nice contrast in our kitchen. look forward to your journey and welcome aboard this love train called RH Blog. feel free to check us out at ricknadase.blogspot.com

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    1. Double ovens! What a dream. I think the darker floors are definitely a great contrast to compliment your butterscotch cabinets and st. cecilia granite. It's funny how popular the choices are, but I know the choices look different in every home at the same time once we each accessorize in our own way. Thank you for the warm welcome!

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  5. Hi Angela, thank you so much for posting this. Your kitchen is beautiful. I notice you selected a "painted maple glaze." Did you choose the Butterscotch?

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  6. Hello Angela, I was surfing in the internet and I found your blog. If you do not mind, I would like to mention about you in my blog and use one of your kitchen picture. Your cabinet color selection, backsplash and lighting bring more value to classic Santa Cecilia. Your job is totally well done. Sincerely, Debra Dee ILLEEZ

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