Thursday, January 13, 2011

The "oFFiciaL" kitchen tour

Julia would like to be the first to introduce you to her new kitchen, though I'm afraid that her highlights would include Scout's food area (she likes to assure it stays well stocked) and a few select cabinets with her favorite surprises inside. 
This post has been delayed primarily because of events associated with pregnancy. With all of the love and energy poured into the design and remodel, I found out that I was pregnant just as the finishing touches were added. One week later I was sick. Sick sick. Like lay on the couch, can't move, can't keep anything down, can't look at the kitchen because it is associated with food kind of sick. Our poor kitchen stood alone with only Charles' attention, which for the most part included cooking for himself and Julia and baking lots of soft pretzels. Charles was really amazing with putting things away while I threw in my input from the couch, but I longed for the time to really dig into OUR kitchen.
The other day I made Moosewood ricotta muffins for a friend who just had a baby, on Christmas eve I managed to make pierogies, tonight I made enchiladas.  There was a joy that transpired in these recent baking moments.  I have slowly arrived. It was a gradual introduction to this kitchen, but the love has been there, tucked away, waiting to be enjoyed!

So there it is, a 360 degree sweep of our newest addition (non-human addition that is!)  We did not have many pictures of our old kitchen, but it was gutted to the bare bones.  Despite the complete remodel, there is a retro feel that we were able to retain in this space.  Our old kitchen was completely non-functional, but very much congurent with the New England cape style.  Our focus throughout this project was to remain true to the 1950's cape style, but to add elements of our personality.  Each choice we made from the cabinet pulls to the paint colors were fun and pretty stress free as we held true to our focus throughout the entire process.  It was just so much fun to watch it all come together! 
So,  there are still a few pieces that have remained on hold as we have focused on other priorities.  We still need outlet covers and a smaller pendant light (the first one that we ordered was a bit to big for the space). 
My favorite elements?  Definately the farmhouse apron front sink.  It just pulls the whole space together.  Also, I love the functional open space between the kitchen and dining room.  It is not only functional, but essential as I can now see what Julia's up to in to while I am able to actually get some things done in the kitchen.  And I love the color of our dining room (this was hard to capture in pictures, more of the dining room to come).  It is a slate gray/green Benjamin Moore color that served as the catalyst for much of our inspiration.  The color pulls the kitchen and dining room together, which makes it feel like one big cozy space.
For those far away, welcome to your first view of the space.  What we can't capture here is the smell of freshly cooked breakfast, which is always on order for our favorite visitors! 
Enticing?  Come on up and see for yourself!

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely love what you chose for your kitchen! Congrats on the newest little one, too.