Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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.


 

















And every morning I eat my breakfast here... looking out these grand windows. 


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. :)

14 comments:

Evi said...

On vit à l'intérieur et pourtant on se croirait à l'extérieur. De grandes fenêtres, voilà ce qu'elles procurent comme sensation! Je sais de quoi je parle ! Rénovation réussie, bravo !

Pam ;) said...

You home is so light and lovely, Ali. I love the openness- letting nature in.
I wish you and your beautiful family much happiness in your cozy new home.

Your Handyman/Russian is a keeper for sure ~:)

MarmePurl said...

Ah, the views. Moments to be savored.
The happy home. The sense of accomplishment for a job very well done.
...and a bit of knitting I see.

Nancy Claeys said...

This house is so.... YOU! Love it.

TexWisGirl said...

love, love, love the light and feeling of 'space' - and i know how you like feeling 'space'!!! great job, russian!!!

Meg said...

What a gorgeous kitchen! I love all the light you have. We have lots of windows in ours, but it's still not enough and I envy your wall of windows! You did a beautiful job! *hugs*

Out on the prairie said...

I took a chainsaw to the front of a home to cut in huge windows.My neighbors were not sure what I was doing at first.

Buttons said...

Oh beautiful I could so enjoy expresso there in the light. Incredible view and light. B

Annette Mickelson said...

I love, love, LOVE all the windows and bright light.

Randy said...

Beautiful looking home.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I love how the light just pours into that side of your home. It is just lovely. You did a great job picking out cabinets. White is my favorite.

Ola said...

much better now!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

So much love and work into a beautiful home. After seeing all the snippets on instagram, it is so neat to see how it all came together. I love, love, love those big windows in the kitchen. Your Russian is a keeper!

Kim said...

The kitchen looks great! You have done amazing things to your house. Thanks for the shout-out. I'm glad I could encourage you. And yes, I think a red espresso machine would be perfect!