Martha, “You are Wrong About My White Farmhouse Kitchen!” and Sunday Morning Coffee

I am perhaps the biggest fan of Martha Stewart, but for the first time, I disagree with her about my white farmhouse kitchen.

Recently Martha shared an article about kitchen trends that have had their time in the spotlight but are now ready to be retired. As a renowned lifestyle expert and home decor guru, Martha has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to creating beautiful kitchens, but I have to say, I disagree with half of the trends in the article that have run their course. Whether you’re planning a kitchen renovation or simply looking to update your current space, this post is a must-read. So, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s dive in!

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White, tan and gray quartz countertop on the island and cabinets in the beach house kitchen
My newest white farmhouse kitchen.

Here we go again. But this time my self-appointed mentor Martha Stewart has got it all wrong!

Martha shared a blog post titled “4 Kitchen Trends That Need to Be Retired ASAP, According to Designers”.

So what are these four kitchen trends?

  • white kitchens
  • farmhouse decor
  • colorful appliances
  • granite

Ok, I agree with the last two but white kitchens and farmhouse decor? Are you kidding me?

You know that I have three white farmhouse kitchens, right?

Waco Kitchen with Vintage Tile
Our Waco Farmhouse kitchen.

Is a White Farmhouse Kitchen a Trend?

Regardless of who says it, trends are just trends. The most important thing for you to remember is your own preferences and style when remodeling your kitchen, rather than just following trends. Whether they are coming or going.

Go with what you like now and what you will like in twenty years. Kitchens are expensive and a lot of the choices you make when remodeling a kitchen are what I refer to as permanent items. This includes items such as cabinets, countertops, sinks, flooring, and appliances.

When it comes to permanent items, select items that you like but won’t tire of over time.

I love our white farmhouse kitchen which is over twenty years old and I still love it just as much today as I did when it was brand new! Traditional styles for the permanent items in your kitchen will trend-proof your kitchen.

Sure you can change them but the change will be expensive.

Winter Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

There are a few kitchen trends that, according to some, have become outdated in recent years. Some I agree with but there are a few I think are totally wrong.

  1. Oak cabinetry: Oak cabinetry has been a popular choice in kitchens for many years, but it is now seen as dated and out of style. Hmmm.
  2. Formica countertops: Formica countertops, once a popular choice for kitchen countertops, are now considered outdated and are being replaced with more modern materials such as granite, quartz, and marble.
  3. Beige and white kitchens: Beige and white kitchens have been popular in recent years, but they are now considered too neutral and lacking in personality. Wrong.
  4. Stainless steel appliances: Stainless steel appliances have been popular for many years but are now seen as too common and lacking in character, now other finishes like black stainless, black slate, and matte finishes are popular. Wrong.
  5. Wallpapered backsplashes: Wallpapered backsplashes were once a popular choice, but they are now seen as outdated and are being replaced with more modern materials such as glass, tile, and stone.
  6. U-Shaped kitchens: U-shaped kitchens were once popular for their functionality, but they are now seen as outdated and not as practical.
  7. Over-accessorized kitchen: Over-accessorizing the kitchen with too many gadgets and appliances is also seen as outdated, current trend is to have a minimalistic kitchen that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. I think that should be up to the cook!

These trends are not necessarily bad, but they are not as popular as they once were, and new trends are becoming increasingly popular. It’s important to consider what you like. And not what someone else is telling you.

So a white farmhouse kitchen is here to stay.

My Latest Project

My Latest Project

organizing utensil drawer in the kitchen

I am kind of having a hard time believing this, but I have the organizing bug.

In a really big way.

All I can say is it is about time!

Recovering From the Holidays

January is always a pretty disorganized time in our home. The kids have all left and all of the wonderful chaos from decorating, entertaining, hosting a party, holiday dinners, and more, really takes a toll just about everywhere in our home.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it.

organizing the medicine cabinet in a bathroom

But disorganization causes me a lot of stress. So I have a new rule. If I open a drawer or cabinet or closet that needs some attention I take care of it right then. Not later.

I like this new system a lot.

Of course, there are two closets in our boys’ rooms that I am afraid to open because they require a lot of work (and a very long face time call with my boys). That should be fun!

Here are some of my recent tasks.

My next task is to organize the 23 water bottles that take up an entire drawer. I bought a great organizer that holds eight water bottles. So the rest will either go to the beach house or get tossed!

organizing 23 water bottles
Seriously, who has this many water bottles?

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My Biggest Challenge This Week

White, tan and gray quartz countertop on the island and cabinets in the beach house kitchen

We are eight days away from completing the beach house.

Eight days!!!!

And yet, the last-minute frenzy has been quite the challenge.

But it’s weird because while it’s a challenge, I also love it.

Call me crazy?

The Crazy Finish of a Remodel

I think the craziness is just a mixture of a million little things that need to be done and the excitement that the house is really almost done. I find myself adding something to my Amazon cart (such as house numbers) and then before I am done, I find five more items that I need to order.

My lists are really long and every time I cross something off, two more things are added to the list.

Primary Bedroom with big windows and ocean view

There are so many details and items still to be purchased along with small delays that might have aged me a bit these past few weeks.

It’s the little things that are challenging. We are heading to the house today but can’t go upstairs because the floor guys were delayed for a day. And no one can walk o them!

So I will likely be standing on a ladder in the entryway later today trying to see how the floors look upstairs. (At least the floors downstairs were finished a few weeks ago.)

Of course, there will be some things that won’t be completed when we move in. The landscaping, drapes, and built-in closets. But almost everything else will be done!

What Was Completed This Week?

We will be at the house today and then I will be there almost every day next week. So what was completed this past week?

All of the hardwood flooring, painting, grading of the front and back yards, laying of the sprinkler and low voltage lines, and more.

White, tan and gray quartz countertop on the island and cabinets in the beach house kitchen

And what is happening this week?

  • Monday – backsplash tile in the kitchen, painting, appliance installation, outdoor concrete poured, wifi and televisions installed.
  • Tuesday – Finish carpentry, installation of a vintage gate in the wall in the stairway, painting, closet doors, and more.
  • Wednesday – installation of shower doors, wine cellar doors, bathroom vanities, bathroom plumbing fixtures, kitchen plumbing fixtures, chandeliers, and more.
  • Thursday/Friday – Finished electrical, painting, and more.
  • Saturday – cleaning.

The movers come on Monday (in eight days!) to move in all of the furniture (which is mostly new) and whatever else I have packed away in storage.

Can you tell I am excited?

But, deep down inside I am also a little freaked out.

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Bathroom with sky blue painted ship lap. Bathtub underneath tall french paned windows with shutters and shelves to one side filled with decor. Sink and vanity are in view to the left side of the tub, shower and linen closet on right hand side.

I loved this Better Homes & Gardens article about 14 Types of Bathroom Tile for Every Budget and Aesthetic. This article is packed with great info to help you make design decisions

I love wax seal stamps and Olive Paperie Co. has the most beautiful selection of wax seals and stamps as well as wedding day stationery.

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The Today Show posted a study that shows kindness might be the best medicine. Even small acts of kindness like smiling at strangers showed benefits. Now that is some good news!

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If you are looking for a gorgeous book documenting all of the incredible NYC neighborhoods, Susan Kaufman’s Walk With Me: New York is a feast for your eyes.

I shared so many fun things this week. Just tap on the linked title to read any of the blog posts.

Martha shared an interesting article titled “13 Game-Changing Kitchen Remodel Ideas” I didn’t have this article before we embarked on our beach house remodel. Luckily, I had already included in my plan most of her advice.

It’s going to be a busy week with beach house updates, a Valentine’s Day table, a display, and a wreath. Plus I am sharing a Valentine’s table and cookies.

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  1. What’s the issue with granite and what is coastal grandmother style? I read the description and still don’t get it.

  2. I love my white kitchen and would do it again!! I love Martha but your right, she’s got it wrong!! Love your new beach house good luck with it
    Enjoy every moment

    1. A white kitchen is fabulous! Martha is the best but I don’t always agree 😆 thank you so much Debbie, we are SO excited!

  3. Leslie~Your style and creativity can’t be matched; you’re second to NONE. I love the warmth of your home, and the incredible energy and ideas that you share. They are such an inspiration! I think January is the most difficult month to decorate; however, thanks to you, all of us have benefitted from your expertise. Stay confident and keep inspiring! You have countless fans~& your biggest one is ME❣️

    1. So exciting to be at the finish line for the beach house! Know its been a long time coming. Seems like they have been able to push through even with all the rain in the last few weeks. I’ll be in town for a couple of weeks in March and I’ll have to walk by and see it.

  4. White kitchens and farmhouses will never go out of style! Designers like for styles to change so they can make money while everyone runs out to buy everything for the new style. Nope, not me, I’ll always stick with my white kitchen and my farmhouse! It all just makes my heart really happy.

  5. Your style is classic and appropriate .
    If you stay with the house style, original features and design, no trends! You will never go wrong. I have a white ( original) 1915 kitchen.
    Stay away ( far away) from “Christine on the coast” style ( ugh-don’t get me started) and stay classic! No gold striped tile, no trendy cookie cutter kitchens.
    The trends of today will be the brown granite & oak cabinets that are being ripped out on every HGTV show.
    Stay with what your house is asking for. Classic. Simple. WHITE!

  6. I will always love white kitchens! I don’t care what the trendsetters say. You need to be true to your heart when decorating your space. Also… I love your style!❤️

  7. I will always love white kitchens! I don’t care what the trendsetters say. You need to be true to your heart when decorating your space. Also… I love your style!❤️

  8. I walked into your kitchen Leslie 15 yrs ago, instantly reminded me of my families farm kitchens in Iowa, only yours had way more style. My new house in Texas, white cabinets, white backsplash and white quartz island, first one I have ever had in 44 yrs of marriage. Its all about the details that keeps it relevant. Love the beach house so far. ❤️

  9. Love my white kitchen it is a classic that never goes out of style. Accent colors can be added if you choose. But love my marble and white. The bright and light is timeless.

  10. Can you comment on either of the “removable” wallpapers you have linked?? Have been looking for one for a small wall.

  11. I love your kitchen and I am SO enjoying your book!. Through the years I have managed to make wherever I lived have a cute country/farmhouse feel. I might be able to afford the higher end materials now, but for us it just doesn’t make sense. I refuse to invest too much in a home I don’t see us aging in. I incorporate what I can but save the bigger ideas for the small home I envision in our future. And just between you and me I dream of that white farmhouse kitchen complete with the chickens outside.!

    1. Oh I am thrilled you’re enjoying the book! 🥰 Those are some great points Tammy. I’m with you. Chickens would be such a great addition 🙌🏻🤗

  12. I love your kitchen! Some white kitchens look way to sterile. I have pecan stained oak cabinets, custome made 32 years ago and they are still in beautiful condition! And I must say, white would not be practical for my family of men and pets. Also, I hope the people I invite into our home are not here to critique the decor, but to enjoy the hospitality being offered. We have far more important things to focus on than who has granite, quartz or Formica. Love others and don’t focus too much on stuff.

    1. Oh thanks Gwen 🥰♥️ you always have to do what makes me the most sense for you. I am with you- all about the people and company inside 🙌🏻

  13. To be perfectly honest Leslie, I’ve always loved your style more than Martha’s. It is the people that don’t have any confidence in their own design aesthetic that follow trends.
    I love everything you do, and admire your creativity and the homespun, cozy, warm way you showcase all of your creations.
    Just love your style Leslie.

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