Saturday, September 22, 2012

A tour of the new kitchen while waiting to cook supper

Yes, there is a missing drawer. The spec sheet for the stove was not quite as helpful as it could have been, so the drawer is being re-made so that it will clear the oven handle.

My favorite view.


Under cabinet lighting all around.

 A view of my grandmother's sewing machine, now doubling as an herb stand. The machine is missing one set of drawers, lost when a tornado destroyed the family farmhouse.


 Chalkboard, directly across from the...

 ...pull-out pantry (my second favorite feature, after the dishwasher).

 Where I eat breakfast every morning.

A retro fan so that I can keep things cool when I open the windows for some fresh air. A bookcase for cookbooks, which is also retro, if you think about it.

A power strip on the peninsula for added convenience.

Rustic pewter switch plates (Morris The Contractor insisted on something besides the regular plastic ones).

Custom pull out shelves for pots and pans.

Two hideaway trash cans right next to the prep area.

Pull out shelves for one of the blind corners.

Deco tiles for the sink front. I chose these because they reminded me of the beautiful ironwork in Chicago's Grand Central Station, which I have always loved.

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful! And I love cabinets that you can actually get stuff out of!

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    1. Me too! In fact, the whole kitchen was designed based on eighteen years of minor irritations. ;-D

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  2. Beautiful! And I love cabinets that you can actually get stuff out of!

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  3. Very nice! Are you feeling right at home working in your new kitchen?

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  4. Susan, it all looks smashing! Comfortable and inviting but sleek and elegant at the same time!

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    1. What a perfect thing to say, Cindy. That is in fact the look I was going for. Thanks!

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  5. Love your new kitchen. I have my grandmother's sewing machine, drawers go down both sides....the iron legs on mine are a little rusted from hurricane waters.

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    1. That just adds character, in my opinion. :-)

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  6. Susan,very nicely done! Kitchens can and are a very hard room to design within a house (not to mention picking out the materials). Not only do they need to hold the kitchen sink, we want them to do everything else as well. It will be a great place to hang out!

    Separately, I've just joined your blog although I've been reading it for at least six months. The diverse topics of bicycling and gardening was an intriguing hook and the content got me to stay.

    Take care,
    Steve

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    1. Well, welcome, Steven! And thanks for your kind words.

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    2. BTW--If you don't already, you might consider following the Bike Garden on Facebook. I tend to post little snippets there more or less daily.

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  7. Gorgeous! Every mothers dream to have a space like this that comfortable to cook. I love your
    Pull out shelves it is one on my wish list foe my kitchne renovation before the year ends.

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  8. Oooh, aaah, what a lovely kitchen you have. Loads of great features. Morris was so right, those switch plates are so much better than the gunky plastic ones like I have.

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    1. You know, it is such a little thing, but every time I look at those switch plates, I think, "I like those!" Of such little things come the gentle pleasures in life.

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