Oh the kitchen in this house needed some real TLC and sadly the cherry red laminate didn’t suffice. I knew I wanted a herringbone subway tile backsplash and a slight hint of colour in this space. With everything else being white, the cabinetry is where one can have fun! I kept all the appliances black to tie in the black accents from the living space and maximised storage by squeezing in a tall pantry and tucking the refrigerator next to it. I kept the shelving open instead of upper cabinetry so that I could display my china and other collectables, and this made the room feel open and airy and the plaid blinds added the right amount of playfulness. This kitchen has had 10 people at a time in here with some cooking, some prepping, some grabbing their beers, while having cookies humming away in the oven, whereas earlier it felt claustrophobic with just me in there!