Our Chicago Kitchen Sneak Peek

Our Chicago Kitchen Sneak Peek / Love & Lemons

In case you hadn’t heard – we’ve moved to Chicago! Long story short, last spring we left our beloved city of Austin and came to Chicago (where I’m originally from). Our original plan was to stay in Chicago temporarily for the summer and definitely(!) leave before the winter. Well, as you see, that didn’t really happen because here we are. I’ll spare you the details, but we spent about 7 months this past year jumping between airbnb’s, hotels, friends’ houses, and parent’s houses (with a marble slab in our car’s trunk to continue shooting recipes). After all of that, we are SO happy to finally be settling into our new home in the windy city.

Here’s a sneak peek of the new kitchen! What I love about it is that it evokes the style of our Austin kitchen without being a clone of it. I will always love subway tiles, white cabinets, and marble (although the new counter-tops are quartz that look like marble), but here I love the pop of the dark blue and and the brushed brass details.

Our Chicago Kitchen Sneak Peek / Love & Lemons

I’m also so smitten over these curvy wooden Norman Counter Stools from Rove Concepts. Choosing counter stools is difficult because they’re such a focal point in the kitchen. I absolutely love the way these look here. They’re also super comfortable to sit in, which is important to me. Rove Concepts SO kindly sent them to us and they’re also offering a giveaway to our readers – see the bottom of the post for details!

Our Chicago Kitchen Sneak Peek / Love & Lemons

On the other side of the kitchen, we have this cute breakfast nook. We thought about doing a built in bench/banquette sort of seating but I really wanted a round table to contrast the strong lines of the kitchen island. I had this Carrara Tulip Table in my mind from the get go – it’s a 100% marble top (it weighs a ton!) and I love it because we can do some of our photography in this area. It’s also a cozy nook to have breakfast in, hence its name: the breakfast nook.

Our Chicago Kitchen Sneak Peek / Love & Lemons

Rove Concepts is giving away a $250 credit to one lucky reader – if you win, you get to use the credit toward anything you want from their store! Their furniture and home decor items are so so lovely! To enter, follow Rove Concepts on Instagram, then go to roveconcepts.com and come back here to leave a comment below telling us your favorite product.

This giveaway will end November 6th and is open only to U.S. and Canadian readers. 


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  1. Arabella Davies

    I love your kitchen so much Jeanine and those barstools are amazing.

  2. I am in fact Thankful to the owner of this site who has shared this impressive recipe.

  3. Zoe

    Beautiful! Would you mind sharing which quartz you picked and where your faucet is from?

  4. fnaf

    Woh! it very beautyful! i want it!

  5. Julie

    The wishbone chair!

  6. Samantha

    The Karla Display Unit is beautiful!

  7. Abby

    Beautiful kitchen! I LOVE the Luca sofa! I love all the colors!

  8. Meredith

    I love the Norman counter stools 😊 but everything is beautiful!

  9. Michelle

    I would get the Rove Norman counter stools. I’ve thought about them for months but your kitchen has really confirmed it for me!

  10. I love the Luca sofa! Those stools you have are incredible too though!

  11. cyndi solis

    I love the dining tables, especially karel and also the Jude table lamps, they are so pretty and slim and lovely shaped!

  12. Cara Hoffman

    Stumbled across your blog via Cottage and Vine! I love Austin and lived there twice but the Cedar is a killer! I have also discovered Chicago and love it! I always say the first four letters are “Chic” ! I think I need the Rove wishbone chairs to go with my Rove oval tulip table I bought when we remodeled our current home!

  13. Bianca T

    followed on insta! i love the asher bed!

  14. olga protasovitski

    The Molded Plastic Side Chairs with the wooden Base are my favorite 🙂 their my dream

  15. Allison

    FK 6720 Easy Chair

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.