I'm not sure what my favorite feature is, but I really like having the knives right next to the sink and over the trash. I have to re-train myself to not always use the island for prep, since I now have more room next to the sink, so that entire set up is a lot more convenient.
I know my husband likes having all the silverware and dishes closer to the dishwasher, making unloading so much easier.
I still love the open shelves under the cabinets, too! Here's a little more detailed look:
And here are a couple of photos of the room with all of our junk back in!
We spend a lot more time in that back room in general, which is nice! The kids eat breakfast at the island during the week, and I rearranged the pantry so they can reach the things they need for snacks, so they can get those themselves. We actually have less seating for dinners right now, because we sold one of our dining sets, but I'm looking for some new furniture in the back, anyway. I'll post more photos when I have any of the new pieces. My husband bought that painting on the mantle for me for our anniversary last year and was done by a friend of ours, Dana Ellyn, who is amazingly talented. It says, "for better or worse... for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, til death do us part." Way more traditional than our actual vows (we kind of wrote them ourselves), but I love that painting! We have another piece of hers in our bedroom.
Some might be curious about the first meal I made in the new kitchen, once we got everything in and put away. Well, I have to say it wasn't very fancy, just sausages with peppers, onions and sauteed baby kale:
This spring is really busy with practice or games for the boys four of the seven days of the week, which means we need quick, practical meals. Plus, I'm working at our elementary school two days a week, which cuts out a lot of my experimenting time (much easier to do when the kids aren't around). It means I'll be posting a little less, but hopefully giving you some higher quality ideas to get you into the kitchen and having some fun, too!