Since starting Southern Plate, one of the regular things I get asked is to show readers my kitchen. Many loving and wonderful people have this grand idea of me having a spacious and functional kitchen with the latest and greatest of appliances and decor. While I do have some pretty awesome counter top appliances, the “coolness” factor of my kitchen ends there.
Whoever designed this house had a real eye for miniatures and they really let that shine in my little kitchen, which I affectionately call my “walk in closet with appliances”. I’ve never actually shown photos of my kitchen because I have a difficult time fitting in there with a camera. The designer’s love of miniatures is further emphasized by the dark finished cabinets and dark blue counter tops. The teeny tiny window pulls it all together, shedding just the right amount of light to make one feel as if they are in a small and cozy cave. Ahh, the baking bliss I’ve known for the past ten years.
~grips the sides of her keyboard with white knuckles as she looks to you in desperation~ I need sunshine people!
Now I know some of you are thinking that I could have painted those cabinets and remodeled that kitchen. Seems easy enough until you realize that I don’t have a handyman handy. I have a husband who can design entire space stations but after ten years I just recently managed to talk him into taking up a paint brush for our living room. This left me with two options: Do it myself or hire it done. My two answers to those are: I don’t have time and I can’t afford it – BUT ….
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…the moment you’ve all been waiting for!
Alright, so I’m the one whose been waiting for it but I’m trying to be all grandiose here because this is a big moment for me so bear with…
MEET MY NEW KITCHEN!!
(with cabinet hardware that is soon to be replaced with shiny chromey silvery looking deals because I can do that much myself!)
MEET MY NEW STOVE!
It has FIVE eyes!
Thank you, GE, for making my FIVE eye stove!
Meet the interior of my new stove!!
MEET MY NEW DISHWASHER!
Isn’t it beautiful? I swear I want to have wallet prints made of it to hand out…
~blows a kiss to Whirlpool~
MEET MY NEW MICROWAVE!
(I think its a toaster oven, too. I’ve never had one of those!)
Now class, say hello to the sink…
~voices pipe up in happy unison: HELLO, SINK!~
Another view of my kitchen!
Yes, I do need an island but that old no-handyman thing comes into play again so we’re just gonna have to save up some moolah and buy one or get creative.
I’m hoping I can come across some type of antique work table or such to use that will prove useful as well as be a cool story telling piece and make me seem all Martha-esque!
Another view of my new kitchen…
This is a photo of MY FIRST EVER PANTRY!!!
And follow Katy right out this door from the kitchen into….
My Southern Plate office!!!!
(formerly known as “the sun room”)
My current office is a recliner by day and my bed by night
Another view of my new office!
My FIRST EVER office which is ATTACHED to my NEW Kitchen!!
This is the upstairs apartment where visiting Southern Plate dignitaries will stay
(That means Terri of Dixie Cornbread fame is gonna come visit me)
Honestly, I never thought in a million years I’d ever have a house with an upstairs! How COOL is this?
This is another view of the upstairs apartment, with Katy heading into the big closet that is going to serve as an overflow for my pantry.
Look at me, getting my first pantry and already planning a second!
Apparently, getting in closets is an awful lot of fun.
This is the back view of my Southern Plate office with a view of the balcony on the visiting dignitary’s suite :).
This house is SO BEAUTIFUL, I cannot BELIEVE I am going to get to live here!
I am going to be holding my breath until closing!
This is where I want to have my raised bed garden.
My garden has become quite a point of contention around here but we won’t go into that ~smiles sweetly~.
Now THIS is where you come in!
All of my beautiful new appliances: microwave, oven, dishwasher…one thing is missing!
I am most likely going to have to fill that hole with our current refrigerator for a time at least. The one we have was the cheapest model available ten years ago and it has pretty much held up as expected. Shelves have broken and had to be tossed. A drawer in the bottom cracked and eventually had to be thrown away as well. It’s even missing one of the front door handles!
Bless its little pea pickin’ heart, this fridge runs fine but leaves so much to be desired other than that ~laughs~.
I’ve just been grateful to have it though. Think of all of the people in the world who don’t have refrigeration and its hard to complain about a working refrigerator.
However, I feel like I am moving into a dream kitchen with my new stove, microwave, dishwasher, and pantry. I would dearly love to have a new refrigerator to go along with them. I’ve already been window shopping even though it will be a few months before we purchase one. This is going to be my new baby and I want to get the best I can possibly get for my money.
With that in mind, here are my questions for you:
- What brand of refrigerator do you recommend?
- What features do you find indispensable?
- If you were going to purchase a new refrigerator, where would you go?
- How long have you had your refrigerator and what kind do you have?
AND if you would like, send me a photo of your refrigerator along with a description of it to publish in a future post ! (No, I’m not kidding!) You don’t even have to clean it off, just send me a photo of it as is, along with what brand it is and how long its been keeping your family chilled.
Email photos to: email@example.com
So here is the summary of my new kitchen with house attached!
Our current house:
- a little over 1400 square feet
- 3 bedrooms
- 2 baths
- teensey weensey miniature kitchen 🙂
Our NEW Kitchen (with new house attached!)
- over 2500 square feet
- 4 bedrooms plus bonus apartment
- 3 full baths
- GINORMOUS kitchen filled with SUNSHINE and a walk in pantry!
- Southern Plate office in the former sunroom (more sunshine!)
Now there is ONE MORE THING I need from all of you! You know how Martha has names for her houses and such? I want a name for my new home. Y’all know I enjoy having humor injected whenever possible so that would be a plus (but not requirement) in the name. A play on Southern Plate might be fun as well but not neccesary. After you tell me all about your refrigerator, I’d love it if you’d help me think up a name for the new house we are getting (as a result of it coming attached to our new kitchen). Got any ideas?
“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.” ~Normal Peal (Submitted by Southern Plate reader, Barbara)
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Thank you for letting me share this big news with you! It still doesn’t seem real to me that we are going to get this house but closing date is set for the end of the month so cross your fingers with me that I don’t wake up!
You so deserve this, well for sure ya want a stainless steel fridge to go with those appliances, I personally like the french door refrigerators with the pull out freezer drawer on the bottom, Ya have to have an icemaker of course, and my personal preferecnes are either GE or Whirlpool. Ya might wanna try Best Buy, Lowes, or Home Depot and see which one has the best for the best. Now if ya only had a trash compactor to go along with that……
Love ya to pieces,
almost forgot, just name your house Southern Belle…befitting the woman who is to occupy it. Cant use Southern Living, thats a magazine and the copyright police might not like it.
How exciting!!! Congratulations. I have NO advice for a refrigerator. I have always taken what I could get (which stinks sometimes, but oh well). Still thinking on the name. Yay for you again!!!
Well la-tee-dah! Aren’t you something?!! That kitchen is GORGEOUS!!!!! You might better give those kiddies a cell phone…with that big ol’ house they might just get lost! hehe!
I have a Samsung 26.0 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator. Bought one year ago when we remodeled our kitchen. I LOVE the french doors – so easy to get a large tray or sheet cake in the fridge without tilting it sideways to make it fit! And I love the freezer at the bottom, too. I opted for no ice/water in the door – my sister and mom have that kind and there always seems to be ice chips on their floors. (and I’m not an ice person anyway.) When we remodeled, my hubby told me I had to choose my appliances from our local Lowe’s store….he knows not to give me too many choices! ha! This refrigerator is an Energy Star – watch for them to go on sale and sometimes there are rebates for Energy Star products!
GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES!!!!
Wow, congratulations Christy! The kitchen (and attached house) look beautiful! I agree with the first poster about the French door refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom. I currently have a side by side with ice/water on the door and we never use that. If I could have my all time dream fridge it would be a Sub-zero with a matching freezer next to it. When I was in high school, I went to a friends home and they had the two huge Sub-Zero fridge and freezer models with the clear doors and ever since then I’ve wanted those – maybe not with the clear door since my fridge isn’t the neatest thing in the world. Since those are thousands of dollars and I can’t justify one, then the french door/bottom freezer is my next choice. Now if my existing one would just accomodate me and die off…
And you could name your home “Southern Sunshine” for Southern Plate and you kept saying you had lots of light in this house now.
Christy, I am SO happy for you. Your first pantry is a WALK-IN pantry. How cool is that?
About refrigerators: My current refrigerator is a GE. It’s a side-by-side, and it has ice and water through the door. We’ve had it for approximately 8 years, and it’s fine EXCEPT for the icemaker. GE makes lousy icemakers, in my opinion. I got all crazy and got one of the FIRST ice and water through the door refrigerators back in the 1960’s (yes, I AM old, thank you very much), and it was by GE. The refrigerator repair guy counted up when I was in my 7th year with that refrigerator, and in that seven years, we had had the icemaker replaced 20-some times. That’s over three times per year, girl! Anyway, my next refrigerator was an Amana, and it had a good icemaker, but it didn’t even last 10 years–it quit cooling! The icemaker on the current one has only been replaced once, but it just doesn’t PUT OUT! I caught a brand new little freestanding icemaker at a garage sale for $50, and have it installed in the pantry (not a walk-in pantry, I am sorry to say). Anyway, it provides enough ice for two or three families.
So, now that you know the refrigeration part of my life story, lemme know when you want to hear about the other 60+ years. The moral of the story is: I hate GE icemakers, but their refrigerator hold up pretty well. I don’t think I’d like one of those bottom drawer things–we had one when I was a teenager. I like SHELVES in my freezer section, so I’d probably go for another side by side.
Love your blog. I wish you and yours many happy years in your wonderful new home.
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I would check out Best Buy for a refrigerator. They have a good selection, and a lot of times you can find one on clearance for several hundred $$ cheaper. Also, wherever you look, check their clearance areas. If one had a scratch or minor imperfection, you get it a lot cheaper. 🙂 And before long it will be yard sale time- perfect for looking for an old kitchen worktable! Congrats on the house!
OOOOOooooooooooooooooh! Yard sales! You have me wishing now! I can’t wait! I guess I need to get to making some moolah to spend because I sure can burn them up antique shopping!
I haven’t been to Best Buy in years. Its not that I don’t like it or anything, I just never have a reason to go there! I’ll definitely check it out, thank you so much!
Love the tip about clearance and scratch and dent! I have a chest deep freezer that I got for a hundred bucks because a corner was banged up. Cosmetically, it is pretty noticeable but who goes and inspects your freezer?
Congratulations! It looks beautiful. I know you and your family are so excited. I wish you all the luck and happiness in your new home.
Hey Pam!!! Thank you so much!!! my only regret is that I still can’t have chickens! lol
The kids are thrilled. Poor Katy, her room used to be my sewing room so we never actually cleaned her closet out and instead just put her clothes in a chest of drawers. Her closet is filled with our winter coats and such. She keeps going on and on about having a closet in her new room!
I had no idea she even noticed she didn’t have one here! lol