Entries in Kitchen (12)

Friday
May242013

kitchen renovation before + after {one}

Happy Friday! I'm finally ready to share one perspective of our kitchen renovation - before, during and a little peek of the after. The after photos are bit fuzzy - taken with my iphone- but hopefully you can still enjoy the transformation. More to come!


After: The new location of the kitchen sink looks out onto the courtyard. Waterworks faucet in unlacquered brass

 

After: White tiled walls with dark grey grout. Brass and glass pendant from Schoolhouse Electric

 

Wednesday
Aug312011

Kitchen Confessions

I don't like the feeling of being dissatisfied when I know I'm blessed with so much - so much beauty and quality. However, I'm so affected by my surroundings. The aesthetic of a space can make me happy, motivated or stunted - especially when the space is in my home. Do you have a room in your home that is fine, in a conventional way, but it's just not you?

Today's post is about my ideal kitchen - even though I feel guilty admitting I don't like my conventionally beautiful kitchen. When we moved into our home I was blown away by our new kitchen. It was fancy, fancy, fancy. Granite countertops, island with seating and built-in storage and microwave, pot filler faucet over the range, wood floors, custom cabinets, soft-close drawers, six burner cooktop and convection oven. It was shiny and new, and so much better than what I was used to in my little 1940's cottage kitchen with a very vintage stove and white Formica countertops. Now I find myself leaning once again to a simple, white kitchen.

Here are my three confessions about my kitchen {and what I really want in my dream kitchen}

Confession no. 1
I don't like my granite countertops, or granite countertops in general. GASP! There, I said it!
I like concrete, wood or marble countertops.













































Confession no. 2
I don't like raised panel cabinets in highly finished faux stains and paint. I like simple flat white cabinets.


Confession no. 3
I like open shelves rather than upper cabinets.



















































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Wednesday
Aug102011

The Wood & Enamel Kitchen

Just sharing a few things I like for the kitchen in wood and enamel. I'll choose wood, glass and enamel over plastic any day. Their texture and weight simply feel better in your hands, don't you think?

Monday
Jan102011

Dog-ear: Modern-Luxe Country Home Tour from LivingEtc

The February issue of LivingEtc has arrived!  I only got a few pages in before my jaw dropped and my eyes widened.  The house of the month feature is of Jo Berryman's 16th century Cotswold-stone farmhouse. Enjoy, soak up the deep colorful layers of art, antiques and rustic beauty in this eclectic, equine lovers home tour.





  

Friday
Jan072011

Dog-ear: Natural Selection from Country Living UK

The new digital version of Country Living UK's February issue was delivered to my inbox last night. The old Cornish farmhouse in a feature titled, "Natural Selection" struck a cord with me. 

The feel of the farmhouse's living and bedrooms is so earthy and gritty - yum!  I'm so drawn to the eclectic use of flora and fauna patterns in those deep gold and blue hues. So perfectly aged.

All the natural texture, aged patinas and use of botanicals really create a lovely space for living and for the eye, don't you think? I love the sewing station with the yellow task lamp {last image}. Inspired to get my sewing station set up very soon!