Once we closed on our new house, the first thing we did was have the kitchen demolished to the studs. The layout was just not ideal. A huge wet-bar dominated a lot of space, and all the cabinets were old enought to basically be falling apart. To top it off, half the appliances didn’t work. Since we had a few months before we’d move in, we renovated a LOT: moved walls and all. Here’s the before:
That built-in desk on the left in the front was torn out, and the wall it faces moved back about 3 or 4 feet, then a space created for a massive double wide fridge. The whole kitchen gained a lot of workroom, though you can’t quite tell from the angle of these pictures.
I live in the beautiful state of South Carolina, and I wanted this space to remind me of our favorite city, Charleston. I lived there for a decade, met my husband there, became a doctor there, a mother there, saw amazing things. So the brick, the aged bronze hardware, the already well-worn butcher block, the shaker-style cabinets—they all bring me back to that old holy city.
And yes, I really chop things right on that island counter. It’s a Boos butcher-block. I love the way all the different fruits and veggies I’ve prepped on every inch of its surface leave just the slightest tinge of color behind. The marks of a thousand meals already beautify it’s surface. I baby it with mineral oil every weekend and it rewards me with plenty of space to spread out. I like my counters to tell something of the story of the people who worked over them. Chopping lots of produce has been key to my big weight-loss and trasition to a more plant-based diet. Setting up the right space for it has been so helpful..
One of my favorite things about a room design I love is looking at it through the frame of another room. Being able to see something of a portrait of a beautiful thing just next door. Here is my view of the kitchen from our Keeping Room:
Notice those blue ceilings? So glad Darlene pointed me toward this shade! I wanted to evoke a reminder of our dear southern porch ceilings. Just a hint of aqua.
Just in the last few weeks all the final details of this space have come together. The curtains came in and were installed. I had to wait to chose their fabric until the other rooms just off this space were nearing completion, as I wanted the kitchen curtains to tie in some colors of the Keeping Room. Here is my little fruit bowl, and keeping it real, you can see a small sampling of the toddler’s toys which are strewn across the great room beyond.
Finally having the details of this space complete is a great feeling. I’ve got organized spice drawers, pot drawers, pull-out cookie sheet racks. Basically, this home cook is spoiled rotten. So I’m doing my best to spoil my family right back with amazing (healthy) meals as well. And the occasional 9-layered caramel cake, to boot.
I’m linking this post up to LifeInGrace’s “Life: On Purpose, Home Edition” Link up, and to Simple Mom’s Project Simplify and to Pancakes and French Fries The William Morris Project.