White Kitchen Cabinet Design Ideas

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Interior Design, New Construction Design Projects

It seems like almost all of my clients right now are going with white cabinets in their kitchens.  White cabinets are classic.  If you do it correctly, your kitchen will never go out of style.  I created the design of this kitchen, including the cabinet details.  I had a vision for it from day one and it turned out beautiful!

Here are a my favorite details and ideas to assist you in creating your perfect white kitchen.

white kitchen interior design ideas  These cabinets go all the way to the ceiling.  I love this because you don't have the awkward space above the cabinets.  I usually go against decorating above the cabinets, because it can look cluttered and always gets dusty and greasy.  So this look will get rid of that problem. interior design ideas for a white kitchen image
I love to decorate my kitchen with things that I actually use.  For example, putting your cookbooks on display, or fresh flowers (my favorite) and I always have fruit and veggies in bowls and platters.  I like to have everything BIG...a huge bowl with fresh fruit makes a statement.   image white kitcheninterior design of kitchen

Lighting is so important!  Large pendant lights for your kitchen island is essential.  When planning you lighting budget, spend the majority in your kitchen, family room and entry.  The rest of your house will be fine getting the less expensive lighting.  Also, the lighting does not need to be from the same family.  You will want different lights, but you must use the same color combinations within the lighting fixtures.  For example, here we have used all of the rod iron (black) on the fixtures.  With the rod iron, it is occasionally okay to mix with brushed nickel, but that is the only exception.  If you are doing oil rubbed bronze then it all must be oil rubbed bronze, along with cabinet knobs, door handles, ect.

I also love the vintage style bulbs shown here.  It adds more character to the lights (they are available at Lowes). 

interior design ideas   image of dining area in white kitchenimage of white kitchen lightingYou'll want your faucets to match your lighting, cabinet knobs and door handle color as well, so in this case we did rod iron.

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I love that the gas range and hood is in the center of the cabinets and everything on each side is symmetrical.  It makes the stove a focal point and you can make it stand out nicely with a great backsplash and detail on the hood.  I wanted a large chunky hood and cabinets surrounding the range. 

white cabinets interior design ideasWhen you are going with white cabinets it is important to use a high quality type of wood.  Most cabinet makers suggest using Maple if you are going to be painting the cabinets, which is what we did here.  These cabinet door fronts are called Shaker Style. I had my cabinet guy make them approximately and inch wider (all the way around) than the normal shaker cabinet style. white sink and cabinets with dark countertops imageDo you see that tall skinny door in front of you?  That is my swinging door to the pantry.  I LOVE it!!  It makes it convenient for going in and out of your pantry with your hands full.  image of white kitchensI am a huge fan of big fridges and double ovens.  This fridge pictured is one of the best ones out there and is pretty pricey,  but there are a few other inexpensive alternatives.  Kenmore and Frigidaire both have a 72" fridge, freezer combo, that is about $2,500 versus $11,000 for the one pictured here.  It's not as good of quality as the more expensive brands, but it will give you a similar look.   The appliances pictured are all Thermador, which is currently the best rated brand for upscale appliances.  kitchen interior design tips

When you are designing your cabinetry, keep this built in spice rack in mind.  It is probably my favorite thing about these cabinets.  It's incredibly convenient when cooking and keeps you organized!white kitchen pantry image of white kitchen pantry image of my beautiful kitchen design ideas for decorating a white kitchen

I chose a Moroccan style backsplash for the kitchen.  I also highly recommend getting a pot filler faucet.  It makes things so pretty and when you are cooking, you turn on the water and it comes out hot!  They cost approximately $200-$400 depending on what brand and style that you choose.  interior design details

Decorate with a few large pieces of decor.  You want it to look simple and non cluttered, while giving it a statement. home decor pieces for kitchens

I hope this has assisted you in your process of designing your own perfect kitchen.  If you have any questions, you can email me or write it in the comment box below and I will answer it for you!

Love, Lyndi

Cabinets Built by: Brian Clark from BC Creative located in St. George, Utah 435.313.4638

Photo's Taken by:  Heather Cook 801.703.0392

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The Best 5 Soup Recipes

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Recipes

One of my favorite times of year is when the leaves start falling and the air is cool and crisp.  This season has a direct correlation to me having the deepest desire to spend the entire day in my kitchen.  These soup recipes are some of my very favorites! 

2 sticks unsalted Butter
1 cup flour
1 qt chicken stock
2 cup milk or Greek yogurt
2 carrots small dice
4 stalks celery small dice
1 medium onion small dice
2 potatoes unpeeled, small diced
1 lb frozen sweet corn
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a  sauce pan add your butter and allow to melt
add all of the diced vegetables and allow to sautee for about 7-10 minutes
add in the flour and mix well, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes to let the flour cook.  This is your roux with the veggies, if the mixture looks too greasy add a little more flour to take the shine off the roux.
add in the hot chicken stock and mix well to get all of the roux incorporated.
add the milk and corn, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes.
If the chowder appears to thick, thin it out with additional milk, stock or water.
If you really want to kick it up a bit and aren’t worried about all the calories and fat, add in a half a cup of heavy cream!
Salt and pepper to taste and serve with your favorite sandwich or salad.

- See more at: http://www.askchefdennis.com/2011/03/corn-chowder-and-ask-chef-dennis/#sthash.yU3UfG3p.dpuf

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2 sticks unsalted Butter
1 cup flour
1 qt chicken stock
2 cup milk or Greek yogurt
2 carrots small dice
4 stalks celery small dice
1 medium onion small dice
2 potatoes unpeeled, small diced
1 lb frozen sweet corn
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a  sauce pan add your butter and allow to melt
add all of the diced vegetables and allow to sautee for about 7-10 minutes
add in the flour and mix well, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes to let the flour cook.  This is your roux with the veggies, if the mixture looks too greasy add a little more flour to take the shine off the roux.
add in the hot chicken stock and mix well to get all of the roux incorporated.
add the milk and corn, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes.
If the chowder appears to thick, thin it out with additional milk, stock or water.
If you really want to kick it up a bit and aren’t worried about all the calories and fat, add in a half a cup of heavy cream!
Salt and pepper to taste and serve with your favorite sandwich or salad.

- See more at: http://www.askchefdennis.com/2011/03/corn-chowder-and-ask-chef-dennis/#sthash.yU3UfG3p.dpuf

 French Onion Soup Recipe from A Thousand Soups

2 sticks unsalted Butter
1 cup flour
1 qt chicken stock
2 cup milk or Greek yogurt
2 carrots small dice
4 stalks celery small dice
1 medium onion small dice
2 potatoes unpeeled, small diced
1 lb frozen sweet corn
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a  sauce pan add your butter and allow to melt
add all of the diced vegetables and allow to sautee for about 7-10 minutes
add in the flour and mix well, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes to let the flour cook.  This is your roux with the veggies, if the mixture looks too greasy add a little more flour to take the shine off the roux.
add in the hot chicken stock and mix well to get all of the roux incorporated.
add the milk and corn, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes.
If the chowder appears to thick, thin it out with additional milk, stock or water.
If you really want to kick it up a bit and aren’t worried about all the calories and fat, add in a half a cup of heavy cream!
Salt and pepper to taste and serve with your favorite sandwich or salad.

- See more at: http://www.askchefdennis.com/2011/03/corn-chowder-and-ask-chef-dennis/#sthash.yU3UfG3p.dpuf

 

 

 

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Organizing your pantry! Plus, free food label printables!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design

I am the happiest girl when things are clean and organized around me.  Of course, being a single working mom of four kids doesn't really leave me any extra time to organize.  I decided to make this pantry of mine a priority and I wanted to share my ideas with you. Organization + Food + Matching Glass Jars = Lyndi's happy place! 

I wanted a very classy, fun look but I also needed my pantry to be functional.  I bought these glass jars from Walmart and Target and it helped with my problem of all the random chip, cookie, and crackers bags that get stuffed to the back of my pantry and I end up forgetting that I even have them.  Plus, it makes it pretty!! 

I also displayed all of my white dishes in my pantry.  It gave it a beautiful look and it will be nice to have easy access to them.  

I created labels for all of my cooking ingredients to finalize the look.  I also created some fun kitchen quotes and framed and hung them in my pantry.

You can download the labels and kitchen quotes for free below.  The labels you can print on an 8.5x11 size page.  I suggest either printing them on photo paper or lamentating them.  Enjoy!!


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Dating your kids!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Health & Wellness, Kids & Family Life, Parenting Tips

When I was a kid I wanted to be two things when I grew up...a MOM and FAMOUS!  Yeah,  I know these couldn't be more opposite, so I decided it would be easier being a mom. Boy was I wrong.  It is an extremely challenging job to try not to mess your kids up, but I think the rewards are endless.  

I REALLY want to figure out this parenting thing before they are all out of the house, so I like to try different parenting techniques out and "dating my kids" is one of the best things that I have ever done for them.  It is so good for them to have my undivided attention, no other sibling to compete with and it always brings us closer.   If you make your child feel important, a priority, and show and teach them how special they are then I think their childhood will be a huge success! 

This picture below is of my little man Max when we were on a date...he chose lunch at The Pizza Factory and feeding the horses.  The one on one time is priceless to me. 

I'm a huge fan of chivalry, so on all of our dates I like to teach Max how to be a gentlemen.  He will open the doors for me, he gets my drink refills and he loves it and so do I!

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The power of parents “being there” for their kids is so profoundly meaningful that we often miss it. When kids understand that their parents are available and accessible to them, kids will often thrive during the adolescent years. Parents who are present and involved in the lives of their kids place important emotional, physical and spiritual “deposits” that will continue to influence their kids for years to come.

Many times parents look for the latest parenting fad to help their kids grow into mature adults. Yet one key component for building kids’ lives is right in front of them: investing time, energy and a commitment to ‘be there’ for their kids.

A regular, one-on-one ‘date night’ with each of your kids is a great place to begin intentionally investing in the overall health and growth of your child. Here are five tips for having a great ‘date night’ with your kids.

Choose to do something your kids want to do.  At times, when parents want to do something together with their kids, they’ll select an activity that they have interest in, but their kids have little or no interest in.  If you really want to create a positive ‘date night’ culture where your kids want to hang out with you, try doing things that the kids are interested in.  While this is a simple idea, it can reap a lot of benefits! And remember, ‘date nights’ don’t have to be complicated! They can be as simple as taking your child out to get an ice cream cone or throwing a Frisbee around in the yard.

Communicate.  Be sure to engage your son or daughter in conversation at some point during your ‘date night’.  Don’t just talk about what you are interested in.  Talk about anything and everything.  Ask your kids about their interests, opinions, and feelings.  Ask open-ended questions that can’t be answered yes or no.  (Note: if you have not had a history of talking with your kids, getting started may seem a bit awkward to both you and your kids.  Don’t let this get in your way.  Share with your kids what you are trying to do (build stronger relationships / reconnect) and start slowly with reasonable expectations.  Just keep at it!)

Listen. Don’t do all of the talking on a ‘date night’ with your child! Communication is a two way street, so be sure to work at listening. Listening is the language of love.  Through listening, you demonstrate that you value your kids. When you take the time to really pay attention, show empathy and listen – you are taking a key step in connecting with your kids.  When kids know that their parents will really listen (instead of immediately “correcting”) they will be more willing to talk.

Display affection.  Even though teenagers are in the process of becoming adults and separating from their parents, they still need the affection of their parents.  In fact, sexual promiscuity in teenage girls can often be traced back to a desire for (and lack of) affection from their fathers. Dads, be sure to offer your kids genuine affection through loving words, affirmation, encouragement, small gifts, and appropriate touch.  (For ideas on physical affection, check out our free tip sheet, “Keeping in Touch with Your Kids”.)

Never embarrass your kids in front of their peers.  It’s possible that a ‘date night’ activity might take you onto your son or daughter’s “territory” – to a place where they may run into some of their peers. Gentle teasing is one thing, but embarrassing your kids in front of their peers might be close to being an unpardonable sin in teen culture. Show respect to your kids and they’ll be more willing to hang out with you – and your ‘date nights’ will be much more enjoyable as well.

 

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Best Easter Dinner Recipes

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Easter, Holidays, Recipes

In our family Easter is a special holiday and a day where we get together and share an Easter meal together. I've gathered a list of the best Easter Dinner recipes and if your family is like mine, they are sure to become a tradition. So here are my Easter Dinner Recipes, enjoy!

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Glazed Easter Ham

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Twice Baked Potatoes

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Honey Glazed Carrots

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Colorful Deviled Eggs
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Honey Butter Rolls

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Cucumber Strawberry Salad

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Better Than Easter... Carrot Cake Poke Cake

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German Chocolate Bird's Nest

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Baptism Ideas – Free LDS Printables!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Kids & Family Life, Party Planning, Uncategorized

Free LDS Printable Baptism Ideas

Hey Guys, I've been working on putting together some baptism ideas for a little girls baptism and I thought I'd share these adorable printable baptism graphics with you! You can frame them for a cute table decoration and save them in a memory book or as a bedroom decoration afterward. I hope you enjoy these free LDS Printables, they can be downloaded below. 

If you are interested in having a custom designed invitation or graphics for your child's baptism, you can email me at: lyndi@elliebeandesign.com

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7 Gorgeous Kitchens With Grey Cabinets

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Interior Design, Uncategorized

Don't raise an eyebrow. Open your mind a little, and allow us to completely blow you away with how grey is very much in today. Although it may seem an odd color to introduce in the kitchen, when it's done right, you can turn your drab outdated room into the new, sophisticated, and even glamorous highlight of the house. Now as we promised, allow us to gently prod you over to our side of the fence — the gorgeous, grey side.

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 You can close your mouth now. No one looks good gaping. Didn't know grey cabinets could look so shaker-chic did you? This kitchen is beautiful, and the lovely tiled back-splash is highlighted by the embedded lighting. The wooden ceiling beams are absolutely gorgeous in this luxurious kitchen, and all elements compliment each other wonderfully.

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You have to appreciate the bottom heavy feel that the lower grey cabinets/island offer in this kitchen. The white upper cabinets work as an accent piece, and they propose a light, and airy atmosphere to the differing tones of grey.

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The grey in this kitchen speaks sophistication. Don't you love that the cabinets glimmer, and are complemented by the pink, glass back-splash? The marble wall adds a touch of class too.

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You're still wrong if you think grey is cold. We adore the warmth the yellow painted walls and lighting bring to the room. The grey adds some well-balanced formality to the kitchen, while all the other elements enhance a welcoming and warm display.

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From the hardwood flooring and grey cabinets to the white beveled arabesque tiles and can lighting, you're stimulated with visual texture which makes this kitchen a ten out of ten.

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Grey works in small spaces too. The glossiness of the cabinets combined with the solid wood countertops gives this small kitchen a modern look with a designer's touch. We applaud the homeowners efforts to provide a clean, airy, and spacious look with the use of floating cabinets.

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Believe it or not, the cabinets are elongated by use of the grey tone. We highly approve of the grey crown molding that caps the tops to the ceiling to give this kitchen the illusion of height. You can tell this is a custom job that was probably very expensive, but definitely worth it!

Grey cabinets offer a sense of serenity and calmness, but don't be afraid to add just a little bit of chaos in the form of colored accessories and decor. This article was written by Jane from www.modernize.com. For more kitchen cabinet ideas and inspiration check out Modernize!

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