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Pink California Kitchen Renovation

This post was sponsored by Whirlpool and they generously donated products in exchange for coverage on the blog. All content and opinions are that of my own! 

KITCHEN REVEAL TIME!!!!!! I think I’ve gotten messages every week since we moved into this house asking me when I was going to re-do the red and orange kitchen. Ha!! Well, I feel pretty lucky that I got to team up with Whirlpool to finally make it HAPPEN! It feels so good, between the color change, appliance upgrade and opening the new arch the whole house feels bigger and more functional. We wanted our kitchen to check a few boxes. We wanted it to be bright, airy and fit our style… but still be re-sale friendly and we wanted it to be more functional for our family, so we could enjoy more time together.

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I’m going to breakdown every little detail of this new space below but first, some before and afters because it’s a pretty darn good one. 

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Can you even!?!?! Ha! Bye red! Bye orange!! Here we go with how it all went down….

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Picking The Right Appliances

First things first, our previous kitchen had a dishwasher that fell apart almost every day, a fridge that didn’t close properly and two ovens that didn’t even turn on. After a year and a half with that situation, having new appliances feels like a DREAM.

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We went with Whirlpool’s stainless steel contemporary handle style across all our appliances, including the highlight of our kitchen… the Whirlpool® Smart Range! It feels like living in the future, honestly. I can control it both from my phone (via the Whirlpool® app) and with voice commands via our Google Home*. That means, I can pre-heat it while giving Arlo a bath, and turn it off while getting him in his PJs. Features like that are SO life changing for parents of little ones who need alllll your attention always. Oh, and did I mention the screen has a lock? Also very key.  

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The Smart Range also works with Yummly to provide guided recipes, with step-by-step instructions that will be sent straight to the smart range to help us cut routine steps so that I can get dinner on the table quickly.** I’ve talked a lot about how Jeff and I aren’t exactly gourmet chefs so this will take a lot of the guesswork out of making dinner! And from a non-“smart”-but-still-awesome perspective, the cast iron grates are hinged so they easily lift up for cleaning!! We’ve never had an oven that had a fifth/center burner before either and with the added griddle option, we’ve used it almost every day to warm tortillas or make quick breakfast/lunch options for Arlo!

We chose the Whirlpool® contemporary hood to pair with it, and I love the look of it so much. But if you’re trying to save some space and want a microwave option above your range, Whirlpool has a smart microwave that looks super sleek too!

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Moving on to the other appliances, the Whirlpool® side-by-side refrigerator we got is counter depth which is a great option for those of you with tight spaces like us! It also has a lock for the water and ice features. Are you sensing a (toddler) theme? Haha!

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The smart dishwasher we got can be controlled from our phones too, through the Whirlpool® app, so we can start it even if we rush out of the house and forget*. In addition to that, it has a third level rack which gives us so much more space to load in those random items that don’t fit. The one-hour wash cycle option is great on those days that you forget you ran out of, well, everything. Is that just us? And the plastics cycle, which runs at a lower temperature, has been in rotation for Arlo’s various snack containers!

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Finding the Right Cabinets, Drawers and Shelving Mix

If you get a chance to live in your kitchen for awhile before renovating it, I highly recommend that. It helps you realize what you do and don’t use, and what you do and don’t like. Game changer for us! We found that we really missed having large drawers like we did in our apartment, so we went with almost entirely drawers for our lower cabinetry.

The previous kitchen felt really closed-in and “heavy” with the amount of cabinetry it had, so we decided to leave the wall above the sink open for open shelving instead. We knew we could manage this because we had so much extra cabinet space in the previous kitchen, so storage wasn’t a concern. Having the space on the wall makes the room feel SO much lighter and more open and it allowed me to add in all the color I wanted with various plates and dishes that we’ll use for entertaining. Our everyday tableware will live in a cabinet, for easier upkeep.

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For all of our cabinetry and shelving, we went with the IKEA system for it’s affordability and then added Semihandmade DIY shaker doors and custom oak floating shelves. That meant, we could totally customize the color of the doors and size of the shelves to make it feel like a completely custom kitchen but at a much better price point and on a much quicker timeline. The quality is stunning and gives an instant upgrade to the look of the pre-fab cabinets. SUCH a great option if you’re in the market for new cabinets.

The color we went with is Dunn Edwards’ “Galveston Tan” which reads as a beautiful dusty blush in the room. It’s subtle and looks SO good with the shaker style fronts. Plus, it really complements the tones in the oak shelving and floors.

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Combining Style and Functionality

The kitchen is the one place you really don’t want to skimp on function for the sake of design, if you ask me! We already checked the boxes on appliances with the Smart Range and the counter-depth refrigerator. But we also thought about it with our countertops and tile. We went with a quartz countertop, Caesarstone “Statuario Nuvo” to be exact, which gives the look of a marble counter but with little to no maintenance. Can I get an AMEN!?

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Same goes for the weathered white zellige Cle Tile we installed for the backsplash!!! One of the best decisions I’ve made! It looks stunning, with the subtle variations in the tones and shapes of the tile giving it so much depth, but still wipes clean SUPER easily. We ended up doing the entire wall behind the sink in tile and it acts as a focal point of the room. On the other side, we tiled the entire wall behind the Smart Range and hood and it’s the gorgeous combination!

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Kitchen Lighting: Day and Night

Ya need good lighting in the kitchen! We have FIVE sources of light in our kitchen, here’s a quick breakdown:

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Daytime Light: We replaced the window and door in our kitchen with ones that had more glass and sleeker frames so that we let in as MUCH light as possible. Even just that small change made a huge difference! Then, we added two Velux skylights which made this room go from one of the darkest in the house to one of the brightest. And the ceiling feels ten times taller!! They have shades as well, for when we need to control the amount of light we let in, and both the shades and skylights can be opened from our phones!

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Evening Light: At night, we have the option to choose between three different light sources. First, the standard recessed lights which we put on dimmers (a MUST if you ask me!) and give us overall, even light across the kitchen to work in. Then we have under cabinet lighting, this is great to use late at night when we’re popping in and out of the kitchen after dinner and don’t need to leave the powerful overhead lights on. And last, the Sazerac Stitches sconce over our sink. This acts both as a major design element (I know, it’s black!? But I love the contrast of it against the tile, and how it picks up the black in the rug!) and as an extra source of lighting for washing dishes and all that good stuff.

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Finishing Touches

Because this kitchen has limited counter space, we keep most of our specialty kitchen items and small appliances hidden away in drawers that we can easily pull them out of. Even though I’m a “more is more” person, the less you can have on your countertops, the better if you ask me. It gives your eye some visual space to breath, and of course gives you more room to cook.

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That said, don’t be afraid to add a few cutting boards or platters leaned against your wall. These are often awkward to store in a cabinet or drawer, but they do a great job of adding some visual interest to your countertops without taking up too much space at the same time.

Not surprisingly, I added a rug. This can be a controversial choice, and I’ll report back in a few months about how it’s going but I just can’t stand a space without ANY softer textures in them. Plus, a lot of people don’t know this but small moroccan rugs CAN be washed in your washing machine! So there ya go!

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And one final touch to always consider… plants! They add so much warmth and texture to a space, especially in a kitchen where the lines and surfaces are often very hard and cold. We had an awkward little wall in between the arches that we filled up with a hanging basket turned tiered planter and popped a couple small plants on the counters too. Jeff is now in charge of them, since I kill basically all plants instantly. Haha!

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Photos by Jeff Mindell


Whirlpool® Counter Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator  | Whirlpool®
 Smart Slide-in Gas Range
|Whirlpool® Contemporary Range Hood  | Whirlpool® Smart Dishwasher

Small Appliances

KitchenAid® Stand Mixer *** | KitchenAid® Blender ***
KitchenAid® Food Processor ***

Permanent Fixtures

Cabinets: SEKTION Cabinet System  | Cabinet Fronts: SemiHandmade DIY Shaker Fronts***
Cabinet Paint Color: Dunn Edwards Galveston Tan***
Hardware: 6″ Brass Pulls | 4″ Brass Pulls | Brass Knobs
Tile: Weathered White Zellige Tile*** | Countertops: Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo***
Shelving: SemiHandmade Oak Floating Shelves***
Skylights: Velux Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights***
Sconce: Double Valmont Sconce***
Sink | Faucet | Air Gap

Kitchen Decor

Rug: Vintage from Soukie Modern | Tiered Hanging Basket

On the Shelves (left side):
Blue Dinner Plates | Pink Dessert Plates from Gretel Home | Seagrass Carafe
Lavender Ceramic Cups | Turquoise Pattern Jar
Mini Dipped Bowls | Lavender Bowl from Pigment
Yellow Rimmed Tray | Pink Bowl | Peach Plates

On the Shelves (right side):
Yellow Bowl | Pink Low Bowls | Mint Tumblers
Pink Pattern Jar | Burnt Orange Ceramic Cups
Mint Bowls from Anthropologie (Similar) | Blue Mini Bowls
Seagrass Tiered Carafe | Teal Plates

On the Counters:
Chemex | Black Canister | Terrazo Platter from Pigment
Wood Dish Brush | Pink Bowl | Soap Dispenser
Pink (Faux) Marble Cutting Board | Wood Cutting Board from Target (Similar)
Pasta Jars | Planter from Pigment | Toucan Measuring Cup
Dutch Oven | Utensil Holder

And there it is. It feels so good and already, in just the few weeks since it’s been done, it’s made us enjoy this house of ours SO much more. The time we’re spending in the kitchen is so much more efficient, thanks to Whirlpool’s smart technology and enjoyable as a family, thanks to the open floor plan the new arch created. I couldn’t love it more!!!! Now we just need to complete the living room and our interior living space will be officially DONE! As always, stay tunedddd!

*WiFi & App Required. Features subject to change. Appliance must be set to Remote Enable for remote control ca capabilities. Details and privacy info at

**Select recipes only. Look for recipes labeled ‘Guided’ in the Yummly® app.

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  • Kaitlin

    SO SO GOOD!!!! I mean I knew you wouldn’t disappoint, but you knocked this one out of the water!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the tiles!!!

    • Kaitlin

      You didn’t just knock it out of the park or blow it out of the water, you KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE WATER!!! 🤣 I obviously was half-asleep when I wrote that comment! I just wanted to wake up early to read this post!! 🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ #worthit

      • Kelly

        Hahah!! I appreciate the dedication! 😉 Thank you so much for the love!!

  • Cathy

    Gorgeous, simply stunning!! Thanks for sharing! Been looking forward to this for weeks!

    Do you not have a microwave? Or is it hidden in a cabinet somewhere?

    • Kelly

      We do! It was supposed to go in our pantry but we had to change cabinets at the last minute due to the space being just *slightly* too small and now it doesn’t fit! SO it’s currently on our counter while we figure out the best place for it, and we pulled it for the shot since it didn’t have an official home!

  • Sophia

    Oh my, this is absolutely gorgeous!

  • elsie larson

    WOOO!!!! It’s amazing!!!!! I love it! Augh!

  • Tammy

    Simply stunning – every little detail!

    I totally may have missed this in a past post or this post and my apologies if so – where did you get your flooring from?

    Thank you! And again, so beautiful!

    • Kelly

      Oooh I actually don’t have a source! Our contractor picked up the wood and I’m not sure where from. I’m sorry!!

  • Erin

    Are you kidding me?! Incredible. Opening up that arch is a GAME CHANGER and that light fixture is everything. 10/10

  • Jen

    Love, Love, love the way it came out!!!! Amazing and total inspiration for small spaces!! My favorite is the sky lights and the wall on the sink side, it gave it so much “space!” The gas range, controls from an app! Amazing! Enjoy your new kitchen!

  • Jillian

    There are not enough heart eye’d emojis to express my love of your new kitchen!

  • Samantha

    It is SO GOOD. What color grout did you end up going with?

  • Jackie

    It’s beauuuuutiful! Really love all of the colorful accents and the additional archway, tying together so many pieces and palettes elsewhere in your home. So happy for you all that you can now cook, bake + create in this kitchen! Cheers.

  • Amanda

    This is so beautiful! I love that it’s a mix of practical and lovely to look at. I was wondering though, where did you end up putting things like the microwave or toaster? I know other small appliances are easy to pull out, but those would be more like daily use to me 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather O.

    Your space is DREAMY! I love every single piece of it!

  • Kristina B

    DUDE this puts the GAH!!!!! in GAH. LOR. I. OUS!!!
    Also one time my niece pressed the water thing on my fridge and it got her right in the face. Maybe I’m a monster but it was hilarious.

  • Tiffany O

    LOVE IT! Once again, you’ve designed a space that is functional, beautiful, and different from most of what I see online!

    What height are your ceilings where the wall of cabinets and fridge are? I’m thinking of doing a similar setup, and I’m curious if my ceiling is a similar height. 😁

  • Jenna

    Your space is gorgeous! It must be like Christmas waking up to it everyday!! I really identify with this post and enjoyed it because I’m in the middle of a kitchen reno too. Made some progress this weekend and it’s already so exciting! Also, a counter-depth fridge?! Genius! Never heard of one before!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Kelly

      Counter depth fridge is a GAME CHANGER!! It fits in so seamlessly and gives us more space! Love it so much!!

  • Quinn

    wow wow wow wow wow. i spent a really, really long time looking over all of this. “thorough” is your middle name 🙂 new kitchen is a real beaut! you should be proud!

  • Tess

    Absolutely love it!! Do you have a microwave? Is it hidden?

  • Johanna

    It looks amazing! The reveal was well worth the wait. I have the same question as many commenters — where is the microwave? I would love to see a look inside the pantry if that’s where it’s hidden away! I’m so glad you kept the original arch shape. I feel like all kitchens are starting to look the exact same so it’s nice to see the old character!

  • Jacqueline Scott

    Thank you for always sharing links to the exact featured items that we gravitate towards! Another room that is to. die. for. I love your choice in tiles and that Jeff is a pink fan. The kitchen, paired with the bedroom, really tie the spaces together as you’d hoped but not in a too matchy way.

  • Orianne

    Absolutely love it ! It is such a great space !!

  • Michelle

    I absolutely love this, especially the rug and all those colored details!

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  • Audrey Zehner

    Drool worthy I love the pinks!

  • Lizzy Leff

    I love everything, but especially the pink cabinets, tile up to the ceiling, and sink. Beautiful work.

  • Erica

    Are the boxes just white inside?

  • Rebecca

    Wow, your space is amazing! I absolutely love the color of your new kitchen! 😍 We bought an apartment 5 years ago that we completely renovated as well, it was such a fun process! I just came across your blog and I can’t wait to check it out closer! 😊

  • Daniele

    Love!!! Is this a Kohler sink? I’ve been searching for a durable and affordable farmhouse sink for our remodel!!

  • Celeste

    Wow! This is AMAZING! I love your style! I just absolutely love every stinking thing about this post! Thanks for sharing all the details from your hard work. I’m getting ready to remodel my house (which I’ve never done before) and I so appreciate you sharing your experience. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Erica

    Thank you for sharing all of the details. I’m redoing my kitchen and this has been my inspiration. I’m varying a few of the colors/backsplash but I LOVE what you’ve done.

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