How To Design The Ultimate Dream Kitchen

*This post is awesomely sponsored by my friends at The Home Depot


The kitchen is the heart of the home for so many cultures. It is where the delightsome smells and flavors make the holidays special, and where wondrous concoctions are savored at mealtimes by families of varying backgrounds all around the world. I don’t know about you, but I consider it a magical place…well when it is functioning optimally that is.

The Kitchen of Horrors

If it wasn’t the mysterious leak hidden somewhere in the deep recesses of the sink cabinet wall slowly rotting my sub floors, then it was the disgusting grouted counter tops that always seemed sticky and possibly to have bug eggs living in them that made me avoid dinner preparations. My kids hated that half our appliances didn’t work (they mourned the dishwasher when it died), and the other half didn’t work well.


But the final nail in the coffin was actually the new mouse families that moved into our base cabinets every month. The custom base cabinets were comprised of one large system of cabinets that opened to each other on the inside, and it may as well have been the underground railroad for mice as they snuck from cabinet to cabinet leaving little gifts in their wake.


Once I realized I couldn’t use any of the base cabinets without having mouse droppings in my pots, I was done. Sorry, but sharing the kitchen, the space you want as your most sanitary space, as a continuous mouse hotel is where I draw the line. My friends suggested I drop a match and walk away… I’m thinking there are better options.


The Plan & Renovation

I am incredibly lucky to be able to partner with my good friends at The Home Depot to make the kitchen of my dreams, and I think you’ll agree that it turned out amazingly.

I have so much to share about the process and planning to get here…information I hope will help you create the kitchen of your dreams.


Let’s face it, renovations aren’t easy, so every bit of help makes a big difference. Whether it is a source list of items you’ve seen online and love (so you don’t have to search high and low), or reno survival tips, or specs for the latest appliances. So I’m sharing all of that over on The Home Depot blog today.

The Big Reveal

My kitchen took months to finish due to all damaged wood from my previous leaky appliances, plus a couple structural changes. But wow, it was worth every moment without a space to cook for this incredible new kitchen.


I still walk into the kitchen a few times a day and stop and stare. It almost doesn’t feel real to have my dream kitchen and dining room.


A lot went into the creation and renovation of this space, and I’m sharing the whole process plus exciting before and after pictures over on The Home Depot blog today.

Pop over and check it out to see the full reveal and get the source list! 

Get more about my appliance selections, and why I chose each one here.

A big huge thank you to The Home Depot for sponsoring this project. I can’t get enough of the space!

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9 Comments on How To Design The Ultimate Dream Kitchen

  1. Alysa
    May 6, 2021 at 3:56 pm (6 months ago)

    Love the navy and white rug in the kitchen, where did you find it?

  2. Maureen
    January 20, 2021 at 10:43 am (9 months ago)

    Beautiful! How were you able to match all of your hardware/finishes? Having a hard time bringing it all together.

  3. Timothy H. Farney
    January 10, 2021 at 1:23 pm (9 months ago)

    Good share.That is a beautiful transformation! White is always great to make a space look bigger I think (my favorite color)! It’s nearly impossible to find great people for the kitchen remodel topic, however, you sound like you got much years of experiences! I found this post really helpful since my kitchen could need some remodeling tricks! Thank you so much for sharing

  4. Craig
    July 20, 2020 at 11:44 pm (1 year ago)

    Looks great, but I’m not sure I caught the name of your countertop surface?

  5. Christie
    March 4, 2020 at 1:37 am (2 years ago)

    Hi what brand and color are the blue cabinets?

    • Ursula Carmona
      March 5, 2020 at 6:55 am (2 years ago)

      It is KraftMaid brand in midnight blue!

  6. Sheri
    October 8, 2019 at 3:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Your space is beautiful. I could not find your dining light fixture is your source list. Would you please share more info about it?

  7. Jessica
    December 14, 2018 at 6:19 pm (3 years ago)

    The gold is so pretty!


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