I knew exactly what I wanted. I could see it, standing in front of the empty lot chatting with our architect almost four years ago. I wanted our kitchen to be the center of our home, the place where family and friends would soon gather, and our kids would bake cookies and learn about food. I pictured a farm sink from where I would have a view into the backyard our boys would run around in and a kitchen that would flow seamlessly into the open living space we would soon call home.

Our architect and contractor would bring our vision to life, and interior designer Erin Gordon would guide us through the often-overwhelming building process with her years of new build experience and ability to create a cohesive design. The blank canvas was just what I needed to layer in the right materials and finishes to create a space that was clean, minimal and workable for your average home chef. The color palette is simple with soft whites and grey undertones. The honed Carrera marble is center stage given the size of the island, which spans over ten feet wide, providing plenty of space for the kids’ birthday party food spreads and evenings of conversation amongst friends. The marble serves as therapy of sorts, challenging my type A personality and motivating me to embrace imperfections (a lemon juice stain, scratches) as it becomes well loved. I say it adds character, but more importantly it reminds me that it has been enjoyed, lived and is perfectly imperfect.

The Hicks Pendants by Visual Comfort above the island, for me, transformed the space from the moment I saw them hung. They were the finishing touch, the wow factor that added a touch of playfulness and sophistication the space needed. The pendants gave me a greater appreciation for what lighting can do for a room.

I start and end my day in the kitchen. From brewing my morning coffee to cleaning up the day’s dishes, it is the place that makes our house feel like a home.

Contractor: Westwood General Contractors ; Architect: Trisha Chambers Design ; Interior Design: Erin Gordon Interiors ; Cabinets: Hardwood Creations

Images by Candice Lanning, www.thebeautifulmess.com.