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. Alyssa from Www.hermodernkitchen.com

    I love the new line of tables and chairs from Sandro!

  2. Joanne

    Lusting after the natural wishbone dining chairs! 💖✨

  3. Megan

    Your new kitchen is gorg’! I’m a huge fan of those kitchen stools you featured, plus I’m kind of in love with their plant baskets!

  4. Brooke

    I love the Porter Sectional!

  5. Millie

    Ooh! Your kitchen is beautiful and I love the tulip table you used. I might get that or the Bennett Dining Table. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Rachel

    Hi. Your kitchen is beautiful! Would love to know where you purchased the cabinet in your kitchen nook if you don’t mind sharing. Thanks! Rachel

  7. Mel Jack

    New kitchen looks fantastic – love the stools amd pendant lights, they really make a statement. My favorite Rove Concepts piece is the 1955 Sideboard – have had my eye on this beautiful piece and it’s shades of blue for a while. ❤️

  8. Laurie

    I want those fabulous Norman Counter Stools for my in progress kitchen renovation! Fabulous.

  9. Maryke

    I need a new table! The Winston Dining Table is beautiful.

  10. Lynn

    I love the barstools. I would need 4 so $250 would help me quite a bit.


  11. Susan

    Love you kitchen! It’s gorgeous! I love the CH25 lounge chair. It’s perfect for my modern beach cottage style.

  12. Brianna S

    Love the blues and brass in your new kitchen! We just managed to buy our first house after many long years of renting and I have been always dreaming about a Womb Chair and Ottoman that Rove has as part of their collection! Thanks for sharing your story and for the contest opportunity!!

  13. Chelsea

    I like the Marcus dining table!

  14. Andy

    Awesome kitchen! Welcome back to Chicago! What great furniture at , love the PK31 Armchair in brown leather! My wife and I have been looking for an accent chair, this would be my pick!

  15. Sarah

    The Arc Floorlamp in black – so beautiful!!

  16. Colleen from Www.inspiredtoshare.com

    I love the Luca armchair! That would be perfect in our living room.

  17. Emily M

    I’m in desperate need of a dining table, and I love the Bennett!!

  18. I would absolutely love the Pastoe Sideboard in my home 🙂

    Lovely kitchen you have there in Chicago!

  19. Jessica

    My family is in the process of relocating too! The Dolf Coffee Table and Concrete Modern Pendant would definitely help our new open concept space come together!

  20. Bria Wiltshire

    The Carrara Tulip Table is exactly what I am looking for! And it’s actually for my new home in Chicago too!

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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.