It's the heart of the home……the kitchen!
Welcome to our French Country Kitchen!
I am not sure about you all, but our family spends a lot of time in the kitchen. We share meals here, the kids do homework, and we socialize here. There is even an old TV in the cabinet above the wall oven unit. I probably have it on way too much. I kind of like the background noise.
I absolutely love to cook!!! Since we got married 23 years ago, I've enjoyed trying new recipes and collecting cookbooks. Most of the new creative recipes are tried out during the summer when things are at a bit slower pace. During the school year it is usually the tried and true with the slow cooker roaring to life many nights! My daughter (14) loves to cook. She has become great at the prep work and sometimes cooking on her own. Hope she continues to enjoy that. My son (16) has taken a liking to running the grill!!! Now if they'd just enjoy doing the dishes, I'd be set!!!
We built our home and moved in 2004. The kitchen design and decorating was my baby! The perimeter cabinets are distressed pine and the large center island is painted and distressed. We opted for a Wood-Mode factory finish. The other cabinetry in the house was made by a local cabinet-maker.
The house-plans originally had the island with cabinets going all around it, but I envisioned it a bit differently. I wanted to be able to fit four counter height stools around the counter. This is where the kids do their homework, eat breakfast and occasionally dinner. It always ends up as the hang-out area for when we entertain. Everyone usually ends up in here!
We also used two different granite colors. The lighter definitely shows less in terms of fingerprints!!! I love granite. So easy to keep clean with a microfiber cloth and a spray bottle with 1/2 water and 1/2 rubbing alcohol.
The opposite wall is a wet bar with a wine and Capri Sun cooler. This was the only area that I wanted glass cabinets. It's a combination of pretty display and my decorative glassware.
The French Country scene over the range was custom painted and fired by a local artist. I had seen something similar in a Traditional Home magazine and fell absolutely head over heels in love with it! It was torn out and placed in my decorating file. All of our names are strategically placed throughout the painting.
I was so nervous to cook with a gas range! Our previous home had a smooth top electric range. I love cooking with gas!!!
This part of the kitchen looks out into the backyard. The back porch is screened so we can now crank open the windows and bring the outdoors in! The breakfast area walls are finished with Cyprus paneling and a pickled wash was applied. The ceilings are stained pine planks. Our last kitchen was all stark white. I was over that. I wanted warm and lived in.
One of my favorite rugs in the house was this one. It is an antique and slightly worn in spots. I bought it off EBay for $100!!! It was my first EBay rug purchased. I was scared to death that it would have bugs and stink! It was great! I did vacuum it and Febreeze it before bringing it in the house!
I still would like to put a low bookcase at this end of the room for my cookbooks. I've been hunting for that perfect thrift store on Craig's List item to paint!
I've been collecting tole trays for many years! Most of them I have purchased through EBay.
Back before the kids came along and became so active in sports, we used to go to the NC mountains every fall for a weekend get-away in a bed & breakfast. We loved trying different towns and inns. We purchased this on one trip and crammed it in the back of my Ford Explorer. It has been YEARS since a trip like that! This is one of my favorite pieces in the house. It will never meet a paintbrush as long as I own it.
I'm still working on the “Bessie” area. I purchased a thrift store frame that I think I'm going to a paint finish on and hang it over her. Did that make sense??? I purchased the cow from Finch & Co. You can find them through Pamela's site/blog From My Front Porch to Yours.
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