The kitchen was originally part of the living room. With no window, no natural light and nothing dividing the two spaces, we felt too cramped as a family of six.
This is the table the owner used as a kitchen and dining room. Those big doors to your right ... the Russian removed them and began the addition.
He pounded an extra door through the brick wall for good measure (see below left) ... because we love sunsets and this is the western wall.
And put in open walls instead of wood. Big floor to ceiling windows. And now we feel as if we actually live outdoors.
Through his extra door, he can see the fire roaring in the fireplace as he eats his breakfast and dinner.
Below right is the triple door that used to lead from the yard into the house.
We decided that white cabinets and black granite are a classic, no-fail style. Ikea handles and nobs warm it up, and taupe linen curtains offer privacy from the street.
I'd almost forgotten. When we were in the throes of picking out our kitchen (and I was losing my mind), Kimberly at Life in a Little Red Farmhouse willingly sent pics of her adorable kitchen on my desperate request. http://redfarmhouse.blogspot.ch/ I may not have a red farmhouse, but my red espresso machine I think would do her proud. :)