Monday, February 1, 2010

My Dream Kitchen

This is my kitchen window which I think is a very pretty view. I had to start this post out with a pretty picture, because what you are about to see is not very pretty.

Is this my dream kitchen?.......

Thank God I had a vision when I was presented with this.

Because if I never got past this nearly non-functional very dark kitchen...

I never would have ended up with my dream kitchen.
Here's what I love about it.
  • Cool fireplace that I can turn on and off at whim. Creates amazing atmosphere when entertaining and makes me feel like I'm part of the party while I'm cooking.
  • Display shelves that hold my pewter collection and cookbooks. Chair on casters creates a really great place to read the books or kick back while dinner is cooking.
  • A mantel that changes with the seasons and props up great black and white family photos when we're between holidays.
  • Huge island that is used for everything from rolling cookies to arts and crafts to buffets. I never have to worry about staining it. Bring on the red finger paint, red wine and food coloring!
  • Great southern exposure. I've rooted countless plants in that window.
  • Microwave that is easily accessed but out of sight.
  • Lots of cabinets.
  • Mix of old and new feels fresh and not trendy.

I didn't use a designer, and can honestly say I wouldn't change a thing.
I'd love to know what you think. Send me a comment.


carla said...

Love, Love, Love it! It is so beautiful, what an amazing transformation, so tasteful and functional.

kalorama said...

I thought I was looking at a magazine ad!!

Courtney said...

GORGEOUS! I can't believe you did all that yourself & I'm so glad you were able to have a vision of how great that place was. The before is an awesome contrast. :) I'm "vision" challenged. Great job!!!!

mimi said...

Wow! what a transformation! Beautiful and tasteful and most of all inviting! Put the coffee on I'm coming for a visit!

Jessica said...

wow - first I could not believe how bad the before was, but then the after? you are amazing!! seriously, it's hard to believe it's the same room