Friday, June 20, 2008

Dream a Little Kitchen Dream



A super large French Farmhouse kitchen is something I always dream of...
....I imagine being on holiday in Provence in a rented villa
Cooking a simple peasant meal of rosemary roasted chicken and potatoes...
....fresh greens tossed lightly with EVOO, a plate of heirloom tomatoes lighted brushed with sea salt..
...crusty bread and a few figs and cheese on the side...
....and an amazing vin du table red wine that costs only about 5 euro (otherwise selling for $50 in the States!)....


Join my on my dream, won't you?

Get me these chalkboards STAT! Don't you love this look for a casual farmhouse cucina? Of course most of us lack the proper wall space needed to pull off the dramatic look of seven. Gotta love the industrial cheese and meat cutter on the far right. I love a meat cutter in a kitchen. The sign of a serious cook.


I added an entire room to my small 1920's beach bungalow when I designed my own kitchen.

Here's a portion of the unfinished kitchen several weeks before I actually took occupancy. Eighteen days before the movers were set to move me in, I hauled a box of some creature comforts to place in the kitchen for an informal gathering; an air mattress and a several votives were also in the loot (The first informal night slept here was magical and wonderful). Imported Australian Cypress wide-plank flooring had many, many hiccups to obtain, but I persevered as I loved it so (and still do). With three coats of self-mixed gloss top coat, the floor is the 2nd biggest item commented on (second to the refrigerator!) Timeless planks I think.


{...it's rather different now that's it's finished but you'll see more of that when I decide to allow one of my favorite magazines to professionally shoot it. I keep my home private so I've been reluctant to date.}

Black granite honed and edges all chipped. At night or for a party when the lights hit the edges, the glorious stone particles glimmer.

My installer refused to provide the treatment I wanted of a chipped edge. He just couldn't grasp my vision. We argued and argued, so I took out a napkin on the spot, scribbled out a waiver, signed it and handed it to him. A photograph of it is now the front cover to his brochure! I just prefer a look that is unconventional.

After almost a year of searching, I unearthed amazing hardware in Paris, distressed and beaten pewter...


But after I designed the Island from reclaimed wood, I couldn't find the right antique hardware to suit my eye. I bought new and soaked them in a "secret" mixture which sat in the sun for 7 days...result was the perfect look for me.


Discovered at a small antique fair in the Champagne region, this antique meat cutter serves as a holder for the cookbooks most used--the rest stored in the pantry library...

An antique French door propped on a wall serves as a favorite focal point....


I love to have people over and cook for them. Before I opened Vintageweave, I was part of a group of amateur cooks where we'd gather bi-monthly to cook together rotating at one another's homes. Dinner parties are now "dinner gatherings"--more informal and spontaneous, which I love!

8 comments:

Meg/Garden Designs said...

i have never, ever seen a look like that granite. gorgeous. i'd love to see more of it now that's it is all finished and you have moved in. I am not shocked that your kitchen looks NOTHING like any kitchen from the pages of potter barn, ikea or any magazine really. You've really made it your own. I love that you didn't go the trend of some many antique dealers and make it all white. Just unique and full of your personality. lovely,. how does one get invited for dinner???? :)
Meg

Marie Louise said...

Can't wait until the whole thing is unveiled! Your kitchen looks beautiful and I too, love the fridge. I have black granite as well but it's not matt and edged like yours. Ours was inherited with the house and is far to shiny for me.

Tres Belle said...

What a "beautiful kitchen". You would never find a kitchen like yours in any magazine!!! When I went to Belgium we stayed with some people who family hosted my daughter as an exchange student. I loved the simplicity of their homes. They offered everything one needed. I remember one of our hosts telling me that "everything in America is big". I had to laugh because it is so true. Anyway I am in love with your kitchen and hopefully in my dreams I can have dinner in your kitchen. Sigh
Kris

Keeley said...

Can I buy your house? I would love to leave near the beach and cook in your kitchen. I wouldn't even have to see the rest of the house as I have been to your store and know it must be the perfect french farm house. Keeley A.

John and Alice -Hollywood Ace said...

I want to hire you Kathy! I heard from Lisa that you do consulting and I could afford that. I've emailed you but wanted to publicly say how much I love your sensibilities. Floor is fantastic. I will forever covet that fridge.

High Desert Diva said...

Chipped edge granite.....absolutely brilliant! Bravo

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Wow ! J'ADORE..! I love what you've created - thanks for sharing :)

PJK said...

kathy-i have seen your kitchen. i have cooked in your kitchen. you are such a tease! these pics barely scratch the surface of how fab your kitchen is. i know the mags that have tried to publish your home and why oh why you have declined i'll never know! i know you are private, but girl, these folks need to see your awesome talents beyond the store and client homes!!!!!!!