|The Kitchen Before|
That window is now our garden door, as it was originally.
The white MDF cupboards were falling off of their hinges by the end and I was plenty tired of the yellow tiles I used to cover the formica counters and vinyl flooring back in 2006.
Our stove was always a problem but it was nearly new in 2005 when we bought the house. The cooktop was ceramic electric with uneven, slow heat. It frustrated me daily and burned hotspots in our Le Creuset blue collection.
I knew that our new stove was going to be large in comparison and the centre of the kitchen. I must have looked at every brand of range over the years. We also didn't have a range hood so that was going to a be a key purchase as well... I had plenty of daydreams about extraction fans and their odour-removing powers!
|Our dreadful stove which was completely broken at the end.|
The picture window was another issue, it was blank and flat without character, it really didn't match the mood of our 1915 house. It also didn't open for any fresh air. The small window which did open (in the first picture above) had originally been the garden door of the house and our plan was to restore it and to build some big stone steps leading from the new door onto the terrace (which you can see here). Eating outdoors had always been a challenge because we didn't have direct access from the kitchen, every fork and plate had to be hauled through our dining room (the room that is now our sitting room).
Here is the "Before" view into our kitchen from what is now our sitting room:
|The view from the doorway, notice the giant picture window that didn't open.|
Notice too that the sink was across the room from the stove.
Many times I nearly ran into a rascal with a boiling pot of water as I rushed from stove to sink.
|Everyday dish storage is in drawers to the right of the dishwasher.|
That makes for easy unloading.
The sink is by Franke.
The counters are Caesarstone.
|The tall cupboard to the right of the windows holds our glassware.|
I asked our designer for a set of open shelves reminiscent of an English dresser, for pottery display, cookbooks and the kitchen radio (very important for listening to CBC all day).
|The view into the sitting room from the kitchen.|
I can stand at the range and talk to MrBP as he has a scotch before dinner.
The range is the star of the kitchen:
|This is the door that leads to our tv room, close to the kitchen for snacks.|
The range hood, which is also by LaCornue, has literally changed my life. It has five settings from low to high depending on what I'm cooking as well as a series of spotlights.
|The Star of the show.|
You can see by the view into the foyer that using the same flooring opens up the space. The other benefit of the hardwood everywhere is that I can walk barefoot in my house which I love to do, I was forever wearing wellie boots on the cold, hard tile floors.
|CornuFe 110 La Cornue|
|"Sheep on Mars" painting by my friend Patricia MacDonald.|
Enjoy your Sunday Darlings!