Kitchen Reveal & Design Tips

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Posted: 03/11/2021·
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Sharing the full reveal and design of our latest project! This dream kitchen design with white oak cabinetry and marble countertops is full of little details!

Dream kitchen interior design by Boxwood Avenue Interiors with dark island and white oak cabinets with black pendants and marble countertops.

I suppose it’s about time that I shared a full blog post revealing the kitchen design of our latest Boxwood Avenue Interiors project which we have been referring to as the Rain Shadow project.

This home is build by Bowlin Built, and was a spec home. I was super honored to get to work on this project, it was really fun to have the opportunity to design a dream home from scratch!

We wrapped this project last September, and have shared a few snippets on social and within other blog posts, but it’s always nice to have a dedicated blog post to share the design sources and tips with you! So…let’s go!

The Cabinetry

This kitchen we so much fun to design because I got to work with my favorite custom cabinet maker in Reno to create a beautiful custom stain!

The cabinets are made of white oak and finished with a stain we created called “the butternut” ;). It’s rich and warm and compliments the floor beautifully.

The white oak from the cabinetry is carried throughout the rest of the home to add warmth and texture!

Vintage cutting boards in dream kitchen interior design by Boxwood Avenue Interiors with white oak cabinets Cloe backsplash and marble countertops.

Tile & Countertop Materials

I always like using natural materials for countertops. Quartz is my least favorite material because it feels so cold. Believe it or not, I actually prefer concrete countertops to quartz!

If you’re hoping to find something durable, yet natural, you can opt for soapstone, granite, or quartzite.

In this kitchen, I opted for black granite for the perimeter and marble for the island.

The backsplash material is white Cloe tile. It is in an offset pattern and installed without the use of spacers to give it a more handmade look (impersonating the look of zellige tile).


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Beautiful Rohl kitchen sink faucet in polished nickel by Boxwood Avenue Interiors.

The Plumbing

I balanced the budget throughout the rest of the home to splurge on the beautiful kitchen faucet from House of Rohl.

The finish is polished nickel, which blends so beautifully with stainless steel and brass. I love mixing metals in kitchens and bathrooms, it adds so much character!

The Hardware

Oh I am a sucker for mixing hardware styles throughout a kitchen – a nice blend of pulls, knobs, and bin pulls!

Just like mixing metals, this adds a layer of dimension and makes for a more beautifully designed space!

Dream kitchen interior design by Boxwood Avenue Interiors with white oak cabinets Cloe backsplash and marble countertops.

The Lighting

Choosing lighting for open floor plans can be tricky! We took great consideration into the lighting of this space, but guess what? The sconces on the side of the range were actually a last minute fix because the lighting we initially selected didn’t arrive in time for our photo shoot!

You might notice that the same light fixtures are used in the kitchen with hexagon backsplash I shared a few weeks ago… We borrowed those sconces for this kitchen’s photoshoot!

Ultimately, they turned out beautiful, but I still think the picture lights we initially selected would’ve been stunning had they arrived in time!

More sneaky details… You also might not have noticed it, but I’ll tell ya anyways – the trim is missing from this kitchen! Another thing that didn’t arrive in time for our photoshoot, so we just had to roll with it! The trim was custom made to match the cabinetry and was unfortunately delayed.

The Decor

I get DM’s asking for the link to these stools daily, bet you can’t believe they came from Wayfair! They were the perfect modern touch for this kitchen!

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If you are stuck on selecting kitchen stools, be sure to check out my post all about modern farmhouse stools!

The rest of the decor is from our shop! The cutting boards, mirror, and all other countertop decor can be found at Boxwood Avenue Mercantile!

Beautiful dream kitchen design with white oak cabinets and black kitchen pendants with marble countertops and open floor plan by Boxwood Avenue Interiors

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  1. Your kitchen is gorgeous!! I am looking to create the same stain for our new kitchen cabinets. Any chance you know the butternut stain combo? It is stunning!!!

  2. These floors are beautiful! My husband and I are building a home and this kitchen definitely found its way to my pinterest inspiration board. These floors are stunning – can you share any details? Maker, distributor, style/color?

    • Thank you so much! Yes it is by Grand Pacific and called Fisherman’s Pier – a beautiful floor. I am actually using the same brand at my Brick & Mortar shop opening this summer! :)

  3. HI Chole- Thanks for sharing the details of this design project. I see the appliance wall cabinets are a custom color, but can you share the island wood species and color?

  4. Hello, this is my first time visiting your blog and I have some constructive criticism that I would like to share. Your designs are beautiful but I can’t believe with a kitchen reveal you don’t have many pictures. I kept scrolling up and down thinking I was missing something. What about the side where I think you have black open shelving??? I can see a little peek from your main picture.

    I know you put a lot of hard work in writing the blog but I want to see more!!! I want to see that beautiful kitchen from every angle. Hope you’ll share more in the future!

    • Hi Colleen, Thank you so much! And welcome! :) so glad you’re here! The black open shelving is the dining room of this home, which I have planned for a different post. I appreciate your input, truly! I wish we could’ve gotten more pictures of this project, unfortunately we were very short on time and only had a few hours to shoot the entire house. We took as many pictures as we could with the limited amount of time we had in the home :(. Noted for next time though! Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by the blog! I Hope you’ll come again!!