Favorite Kitchens

You can kind of see a theme here – long deep islands and long long tables, tall ceilings, skylights!, stoves or fireplaces (how lovely would it be to wake up in the winter and put on some fresh logs onto the fire as you relax with your coffee and morning reading?), architectural
symmetry, banks of counter space (can you imagine being able what you could do with 16 or more feet of preparation space???), open shelving, walk-in conveniently located pantries, white walls, stone, waxed -wood, ceramics, porcelain , ironstone, and tile and lots and lots of natural light.

ps- this is one of those posts that are from my kitchen inspiration folder. I will try to credit sources once i find out where i got some of these photos.

the door to the outside leading straight from the kitchen is so romantic:

the layout of table being mirrored by a substantial island – it seems so informal and practical:

image from House and Garden

unpainted floors and painted glossy everything else looks so fresh!:

light and symmetry- so glamorous!:

image from House and Garden

Large work-horsey islands – it looks like you could cook for a royal dinner party in these kitchens:

skylights :

fireplace in and couch in the kitchen! so cosy:

lots of white:

so many windows:

french bistro chairs and the light:

fresh and vintage-y green colors:

image from Country Living

of course the much admired standard:

Our Backyard


Our Property is a little under 4 acres and stretches up a hillside behind us. It has some marshy spots and also some nice pasture. We plan to do some heavy landscaping around the house to minimize some draining problems, and make a level playing field for games, and to also hide the traffic from the house – we live on a milk plant route and often have huge milk trucks barreling around the corner – that and tractors with hay bales – I love the country! We also hope to get a nice pond by enlarging a couple of the ditches that are filled with canary grass (a good sign!) … these photos of course don’t show the landscape that well but you can see that the elevation rises up behind us. Also the picnic table has to be repainted (another freebie from the parents) – i am considering colors … white so it looks modern? turquoise? green? yellow? purple? the options are endless – black or navy would be sexy as well … hmmm

Bathrooms.


images from Domino magazine

I love clean small ordered bathrooms, the kind of bathroom where it feels intimate but where there is also ample storage to hide you need. for materials I like gleaming white tile , pickled wood, and high gloss white paint. The bathtub we have now (below) is one of those fiberglass tub surrounds which is actually luckily a very nice bright white, and save for some flaws on the bottom of the tub cleaned up quite nicely. Obviously it isn’t luxurious, or permanent but it is a relief that it is in good shape and clean for now…

Below is the sink we bought at home depot a ‘Kohler Leighton pedestal lavatory’ which was originally 431 and we got on clearance for 101! I like that it has a generous basin and is slightly reminiscent of the rectangular sinks that are popular now (and $$$) but perhaps won’t be as dated…

Image from Kholer.

Below are two ideas I love by Domino cutting 1×1′ marble tile to make a marble subway pattern, and white penny tile – i hope to experiment with both of these somewhere here in the house…

images from Domino magazine