I know I have been remiss in my posting of house pictures, but a combination of no internet, terrible light over the last couple of weeks and busy days that mean things aren’t at their photoshoot best, means it has taken awhile. But today we have the magical combination of sunshine, new crafts keeping the boys busy and a reasonable night of sleep leaving me somewhat motivated after lunch. I was also super inspired by Jacinta’s pics of her beautiful new kitchen, it really looks stunning.
Ours is not quite finished, we haven’t had time to sort out the backsplash, there is a little cladding on the island still to do and we need to finish the painting; other than that we are done!
So there you have it! The cupboards are cherry wood, stained darker to get to that mid century modern colour. The counter tops are made of concrete, one of our builders (Adrian the Reiki Master) made this for us and I love it. He even managed to do me a sloped drainer to avoid that icky pooling of water, it’s fabulous. I decided on a wall mounted oven for lots of reasons but basically because I’m lazy and don’t want to bend down all the time; the hob in an induction hob, it uses less energy and is safer given that the island is also our eating area. It heats up instantly and has a cool digital slide control that makes me feel like Jean Luc Piquard, though I didn’t expect to I really love this hob. The island is 8ft wide by 4 ft deep, the overhang is 2ft which is perfect for sitting at, just before we moved in I managed to find some great retro bar stools that are really padded and comfy, perfect for hanging out in the kitchen with a comfy bum!
As we’ve done throughout the house, in this room we’ve merged old and new. The cabinets are new but they reference the mid century modern style that we love and inspired us when designing this house. I chose light fittings that have a retro feel and there are bits and pieces such as my scales (made in Holland in 1964) and my retro feeling kitchen aid mixer and le creuset kettle that add to the vintage mood. Though this is a modern house we wanted it to echo the styles of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that we so love. Over time I’m sure I’ll be adding a few more details (pyrex is my friend) as well as a retro wallpaper splash back that will make this even more unique and personal.
As I imagined before we moved in, this is where I spend the majority of my time. Being at the heart of the house makes it so easy to cook and socialise, sometimes hours go by and I realise I haven’t moved from this space! It has plenty of room for prepping, cooking, eating and just plain sitting down with a cup of tea. Bread rises in record time on that sunny counter; food goes from stove to plate with ease. Even in the short time we’ve lived here, this kitchen has seen many happy times, I’m looking forward to many, many more.