I was just taking spin around my favorite blogs and landed on one that was hosting a "Favorite Things" party. Aside from my family and my little dog, I'd have to say that my favorite "thing" is my kitchen. It's where I live most of the time. We celebrate all our special occasions here. We share family dinners in this space. It's spacious enough for us but not so roomy that it echoes. It's warm and inviting and I designed it to be that way. In an era that celebrates stainless steel, I chose a creamy ecru for the appliances. While others may go for a sleek, modern look, I wanted an antique copper band to form a border around matte finished tiles for the back splash and copper pulls on the cabinet doors and drawers. It was completed seven years ago and I still love this space.
I created a notebook with pictures torn out of magazines or downloaded from website that had features I liked. The island and the computer desk has a top that looks like soapstone but it's really a laminate. The other counter are also a Formica brand laminate that looks like a warm brown stone. The tiny bottom cabinet to the left of the stove is a spice rack. The kitchen designer said I didn't have room for a double sink but my contractor told her I did. I've owned the copper pots for almost 40 years and they've always lived in my kitchens. The hanging pot rack is new.
A wall that separated the kitchen from a dining area and t.v. area came down which opened up all the living space, including the living room to the right where my Ikea bookcases hold my husband's signed book collection and other little treasures.