Creating the ultimate European influenced Kitchen

Good morning! ?I like to think the kitchen I am building/about to put into my new home is a modified European looking kitchen. I wanted it to be heavily ?”European influenced” and have definitely incorporated some serious European touches such as the reclaimed limestone floors, the limestone hood, the distressed beams, the black European range,the aged hardware (that I am still picking out) and other little decorative touches.

?I could have gone even further but for me ?I needed to also combine this strong aesthetic desire with functionality and practicality. That said, there is nothing in my eyes, more beautiful than a gorgeous European looking kitchen. It is so timeless, and it never ever goes out of style. It is so grand and elegant, so regal and stately. It just works. Here are some of the “ingredients” that I think are necessary to create a true and authentic European kitchen. Would love to know what?you think and if you have any additions to make, would love to hear them!!





ANTIQUE BUTCHERS BLOCK……LOVE this, such a unique piece, still trying to figure out a way and I am determined where and how I can incorporate one into my own kitchen. The new ones just won’t do. The old ones are just so fabulous with their aged woods and the most perfect patina, the beautiful hardware…how gorgeous are they? They can be found fairly small to be used as a small accent piece or you can scour the land and find some really big monster blocks. They just add instant character to a new kitchen, no doubt about it. The second to last picture shows a very large one incorporated into a newer kitchen…fabulous!!!!!!

How clever was this to have an antique butchers block outfitted with plumbing and used as a vanity? ?Gorgeous!!!!!!!
EUROPEAN RANGE. The ever so beautiful enameled range, is there anything that says ” I am European” more than the quintessential enameled range? I think not. There are many brands that make them, each wonderful, beautiful, highly functional and fabulous. Ilve, Le Cornue, La Canche, and now Viking has gotten in on the act, and they each make their ranges in a host of ?spectacular colors ?with rich old world heavy duty hardware. They truly are the crowing touch in any European inspired kitchen. Below is a ?sampling of the ranges….all so beautiful!

This is the one I ended up doing, the 60 inch Ilve in black

This is a close up again of the Ilve in black

HONED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS. Some might argue that marble is not practical, it scratches, it stains,etc…but I owned it for seven wonderful years, and every day that I walked into my kitchen I swear that I thanked my lucky stars for my gorgeous marble countertops! They MADE my kitchen and I would not have done it any other way. ?There is a reason where throughout Europe you see marble lavishly and abundantly used throughout every pizzeria and?
restaurant?countetop and its been this way for centuries! So, I of course?will be going this route once again and very happily I might add! I love the?look of honed marble in particular, it gives it a slightly aged worn?look………and a few scratches and stains just add to the character of the stone.

GORGEOUS HARDWARE. In a kitchen of this nature, the hardware can make or break the look so choose wisely. In my humble opinion, an antique brass or bronze hardware works well as it is in keeping with the old world feel of this particular look. Though I am a huge huge fan of polished nickel, it is too new and shiny and perfect for this look therefore I would steer clear for this particular style kitchen. Here are a few examples of kitchen hardware that I think work well in this style kitchen
EUROPEAN APPLIANCES. Seeing these beauties makes my heart beat a little faster. They are just so incredibly gorgeous. Built to pass down for generations, these are not for the faint of heart. (and I am referring to your pocketbook as well so start being real nice to hubby NOW) These are heavy duty ready for battle serious appliances! Love the old world feeling, the gorgeous hardware, the beautiful patina and the rich array of colors as only the Europeans seem to be able to master! Make sure you allow six months when ordering….but so worth the wait.(very hard to get for the U.S. this company is mostly geared for Europeans but its fun to look- isn’t it?) There is no doubt that these are the crowning touch for any European inspired kitchen!

WOOD BEAMS. Nothing like distressed/antiqued beams in a kitchen to add some charm and character to a kitchen. I love the look…. personally to me, for a European feeling kitchen, the beams add a great deal of authenticity. Slightly distressed, antiqued is the way to go…too perfect makes them feel too new. Here is an example of how great they can look….
Love the mix of woods here, stunning!
House Beautiful featured this gorgeous kitchen
Pretty beams highlight the island and hardwood floors
Traditional Home….love this entire space, just perfection!
RECLAIMED LIMESTONE FLOORS. I know you have to pick your battles. This was one I was determined to win, (and I did) and my husband was man enough to admit I was right 🙂 The reclaimed limestone floors totally “make” my kitchen, in my eyes. Though my kitchen is not in, and even though its the only element in my kitchen, it just added instant character to the space…it was amazing how it transformed an empty shell! I love them. We got ours from Paris Ceramics who import theirs from France. They are truly exquisite and so timeless…whats not to love!

THE LIMESTONE HOOD. Ahhh..the almighty limestone range hood. Gotta have it! The focal point of the kitchen (well it might have some competition from the gorgeous enameled range) but no denying the beauty of this majestic element. Many companies make them in a wide range of styles from French to more Gothic…all so beautiful. They are truly the ultimate way to showcase a beautiful range. Here is a sampling of how gorgeous?they are……..

ANTIQUE LIGHTING/LANTERNS. You definitely need an antique or antique reproduction lighting element in this kitchen. It can be over the seating area, over the island or over both (as I think I am going to do) but lighting is really a key element in a kitchen and I am sometimes blown away by how much or little of an impact lighting can make, so definitely ?take the time to choose something really great! I love these antique lanterns below…….this is just the kind of look?I am after. (especially the first one, unfortunately this particular one is sold)?
COPPER POTS. No European kitchen is complete without gleaming copper pots! Ideally ones that are actually used to cook in and not just for show:) There are many brands that make them, Ruffoni is a popular brand sold here in the U.S. Bourgeat is another French company which also makes outstanding copper clad pots. Chateau Provence, Ballarini are a few more wonderful companies and still there are several other great companies….copper pots are a must!
There you have it…of course you have to add in your own little “extras” like special dishes, gorgeous linens, little knick knacks that make your kitchen your own personal space and lets not even forget the almighty wine!! Would love to know what you think and if there is something else you would add to create the ultimate European kitchen!! I always love to hear what you have to say…….enjoy your day!

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Creating the ultimate European influenced Kitchen

Good morning!  I like to think the kitchen I am building/about to put into my new home is a modified European looking kitchen. I wanted it to be heavily  “European influenced” and have definitely incorporated some serious European touches such as the reclaimed limestone floors, the limestone hood, the distressed beams, the black European range,the aged hardware (that I am still picking out) and other little decorative touches.
 I could have gone even further but for me  I needed to also combine this strong aesthetic desire with functionality and practicality. That said, there is nothing in my eyes, more beautiful than a gorgeous European looking kitchen. It is so timeless, and it never ever goes out of style. It is so grand and elegant, so regal and stately. It just works. Here are some of the “ingredients” that I think are necessary to create a true and authentic European kitchen. Would love to know what you think and if you have any additions to make, would love to hear them!!


ANTIQUE BUTCHERS BLOCK……LOVE this, such a unique piece, still trying to figure out a way and I am determined where and how I can incorporate one into my own kitchen. The new ones just won’t do. The old ones are just so fabulous with their aged woods and the most perfect patina, the beautiful hardware…how gorgeous are they? They can be found fairly small to be used as a small accent piece or you can scour the land and find some really big monster blocks. They just add instant character to a new kitchen, no doubt about it. The second to last picture shows a very large one incorporated into a newer kitchen…fabulous!!!!!!

How clever was this to have an antique butchers block outfitted with plumbing and used as a vanity?  Gorgeous!!!!!!!
EUROPEAN RANGE. The ever so beautiful enameled range, is there anything that says ” I am European” more than the quintessential enameled range? I think not. There are many brands that make them, each wonderful, beautiful, highly functional and fabulous. Ilve, Le Cornue, La Canche, and now Viking has gotten in on the act, and they each make their ranges in a host of  spectacular colors  with rich old world heavy duty hardware. They truly are the crowing touch in any European inspired kitchen. Below is a  sampling of the ranges….all so beautiful!

This is the one I ended up doing, the 60 inch Ilve in black

This is a close up again of the Ilve in black

HONED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS. Some might argue that marble is not practical, it scratches, it stains,etc…but I owned it for seven wonderful years, and every day that I walked into my kitchen I swear that I thanked my lucky stars for my gorgeous marble countertops! They MADE my kitchen and I would not have done it any other way.  There is a reason where throughout Europe you see marble lavishly and abundantly used throughout every pizzeria and 
restaurant countetop and its been this way for centuries! So, I of course will be going this route once again and very happily I might add! I love the look of honed marble in particular, it gives it a slightly aged worn look………and a few scratches and stains just add to the character of the stone.

GORGEOUS HARDWARE. In a kitchen of this nature, the hardware can make or break the look so choose wisely. In my humble opinion, an antique brass or bronze hardware works well as it is in keeping with the old world feel of this particular look. Though I am a huge huge fan of polished nickel, it is too new and shiny and perfect for this look therefore I would steer clear for this particular style kitchen. Here are a few examples of kitchen hardware that I think work well in this style kitchen
EUROPEAN APPLIANCES. Seeing these beauties makes my heart beat a little faster. They are just so incredibly gorgeous. Built to pass down for generations, these are not for the faint of heart. (and I am referring to your pocketbook as well so start being real nice to hubby NOW) These are heavy duty ready for battle serious appliances! Love the old world feeling, the gorgeous hardware, the beautiful patina and the rich array of colors as only the Europeans seem to be able to master! Make sure you allow six months when ordering….but so worth the wait.(very hard to get for the U.S. this company is mostly geared for Europeans but its fun to look- isn’t it?) There is no doubt that these are the crowning touch for any European inspired kitchen!

WOOD BEAMS. Nothing like distressed/antiqued beams in a kitchen to add some charm and character to a kitchen. I love the look…. personally to me, for a European feeling kitchen, the beams add a great deal of authenticity. Slightly distressed, antiqued is the way to go…too perfect makes them feel too new. Here is an example of how great they can look….
Love the mix of woods here, stunning!
House Beautiful featured this gorgeous kitchen
Pretty beams highlight the island and hardwood floors
Traditional Home….love this entire space, just perfection!
RECLAIMED LIMESTONE FLOORS. I know you have to pick your battles. This was one I was determined to win, (and I did) and my husband was man enough to admit I was right 🙂 The reclaimed limestone floors totally “make” my kitchen, in my eyes. Though my kitchen is not in, and even though its the only element in my kitchen, it just added instant character to the space…it was amazing how it transformed an empty shell! I love them. We got ours from Paris Ceramics who import theirs from France. They are truly exquisite and so timeless…whats not to love!

THE LIMESTONE HOOD. Ahhh..the almighty limestone range hood. Gotta have it! The focal point of the kitchen (well it might have some competition from the gorgeous enameled range) but no denying the beauty of this majestic element. Many companies make them in a wide range of styles from French to more Gothic…all so beautiful. They are truly the ultimate way to showcase a beautiful range. Here is a sampling of how gorgeous they are……..

ANTIQUE LIGHTING/LANTERNS. You definitely need an antique or antique reproduction lighting element in this kitchen. It can be over the seating area, over the island or over both (as I think I am going to do) but lighting is really a key element in a kitchen and I am sometimes blown away by how much or little of an impact lighting can make, so definitely  take the time to choose something really great! I love these antique lanterns below…….this is just the kind of look I am after. (especially the first one, unfortunately this particular one is sold) 
COPPER POTS. No European kitchen is complete without gleaming copper pots! Ideally ones that are actually used to cook in and not just for show:) There are many brands that make them, Ruffoni is a popular brand sold here in the U.S. Bourgeat is another French company which also makes outstanding copper clad pots. Chateau Provence, Ballarini are a few more wonderful companies and still there are several other great companies….copper pots are a must!
There you have it…of course you have to add in your own little “extras” like special dishes, gorgeous linens, little knick knacks that make your kitchen your own personal space and lets not even forget the almighty wine!! Would love to know what you think and if there is something else you would add to create the ultimate European kitchen!! I always love to hear what you have to say…….enjoy your day!

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Ingredients for a fabulous French kitchen….

Bon Jour! (you guessed it, still have France on my mind)

In my quest to create a perfect French inspired kitchen with a nod to how they use to look while being able to incorporate the modern conveniences of today’s living….I have collected a huge collection of pictures both from magazines, books and of course, from the endless world wide web. I want to create a “Chateauesque” feeling kitchen but one that is bright, cheerful, efficient, practical and of course beautiful. It is exciting to be planning another kitchen, the cabinets are being made as I speak and we are going in a few days to finalize the finish. Will be sure to bring my camera! (charged this time)



It was important for me to incorporate black into my new kitchen, so I am making my massive 12 foot long center island black and getting a black range and am considering making my butlers pantry done in black glazing. (It also has a lot of glass so it will still allow for a lot of light). I remember I saw a butlers pantry with black cabinetry (they were really tall) ?with a lot of glass, years and years ago at a house tour and it was so magnificent, always kept the visual in the back of my mind. I will be using Calacutta gold marble on the countertops and will be sure to incorporate plenty of copper pots, would love to find an old french scale and of course my fabulous floors from Paris Ceramics will make the perfect backdrop to a beautiful French kitchen. If you have some other ideas, sure would love to hear them! Here are some of my “French kitchen” inspiration pictures……



Francois and Company limestone hoodGorgeous black enamel range with brass accents..a love!
Old monastery table
Found this a while back on a UK site, about some of the essentials for a well stocked European kitchen…love the visuals!
Reclaimed limestone floors from Paris Ceramics
A rustic warmth is the overall feeling….(French Country Home)
A fun or whimsical bar stool like this one from the Kristin Drohan collection

Or something like this, a black wooden one from Hillsdale

Love all the containers and canisters above the range
Fabulous monastery table
Though these aren’t my colors (but am using a black range) this kitchen is very French feeling and certainly feels warm and inviting…you just know something delicious is being created there!
A original Shaw’s farmhouse sink or two
Gorgeous Ilve black range with antique scale and love that yellow pot!
Gorgeous floors and fireplace…love these over sized metal containers and the chandelier
Rohl’s polished nickel bridge faucet
A pretty painted hutch can be a ?beautiful addition too
Stunning old kitchen made new…love the door color and all the pretty accents
Beautiful rich woods with limestone hood and iron light fixture..all hallmarks of a great French kitchen
If space allows for it, a pretty antique hutch is a great way to break up a sea of cabinetry
A nice collection of copper pots…a must!
A gorgeous slab of Calacutta Gold marble on the countertops..is a must!
Beautiful array of Le Cruset pots in a rainbow of colors awaiting a cassoulet or my Beef Bourguignon!
A french inspired wrought iron chandelier….debating between iron and crystal…thoughts?
A beautiful old antique scale…..must have
I am not using stone, but think it looks beautiful here in this French inspired rustic kitchen
Another beautiful Francois and Co. limestone hood
If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your kitchen, limestone looks fabulously rich, warm and inviting in a kitchen..finish it off with blue and white of course!
My current chairs..have had them for 7 years but love them and don’t want to part…how cute is this fabric! (please don’t comment on the floors- we are in a rental..lol)
A great little fruit bowl/stand “french inspired” I picked up years ago..think it will work perfectly in the new kitchen!
Love the pugs! They are whimsical but elegant…
Old Chateau kitchen….love the big fireplace
Fabulous over sized fireplace…..all that’s missing is a baguette, wine, cheese and me!
Love the limestone work here….
Old black french range…floors look a lot like mine
I drew inspiration from this photo for my floors, the mix of the warm and cool colors…
Pretty warm woods and nice detailing on this new kitchen
A gorgeous richly upholstered chair for the breakfast room (Safavieh)
Pretty wood working
One of my favorites, from Jack Arnold…this was another very inspirational picture
Green French range looks mighty pretty in this old kitchen, love the old brick and timber hood!
Fabulous dining area in a very old French home….so chic even though its very rustic
An oldie but goodie! Great inspirational photo
Of course, an abundance of great looking french towels…..

OK I know theoretically this dinnerware is English, featuring British castles..but I have used this pattern in my kitchen for everyday meals for the last 8 years and love it and don’t want to give it up! (Plus I think its very European)

A nice pair of salt and pepper grinders

A great little chalkboard if you have the wall space, is a nice touch
And of course, plenty of French cookbooks! You can never have too many…..
A great little book with all kinds of fabulously French images…French Touch by Jan De Luz
Do you have a great idea for a French inspired kitchen? I love hearing back from all you trendsetters and would love to know your ideas. Have a wonderful day. If you are plagued with this miserable weather we are having in NY…..please be safe. Au Revoir!






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Ingredients for a fabulous French kitchen….

Bon Jour! (you guessed it, still have France on my mind)
In my quest to create a perfect French inspired kitchen with a nod to how they use to look while being able to incorporate the modern conveniences of today’s living….I have collected a huge collection of pictures both from magazines, books and of course, from the endless world wide web. I want to create a “Chateauesque” feeling kitchen but one that is bright, cheerful, efficient, practical and of course beautiful. It is exciting to be planning another kitchen, the cabinets are being made as I speak and we are going in a few days to finalize the finish. Will be sure to bring my camera! (charged this time)

It was important for me to incorporate black into my new kitchen, so I am making my massive 12 foot long center island black and getting a black range and am considering making my butlers pantry done in black glazing. (It also has a lot of glass so it will still allow for a lot of light). I remember I saw a butlers pantry with black cabinetry (they were really tall)  with a lot of glass, years and years ago at a house tour and it was so magnificent, always kept the visual in the back of my mind. I will be using Calacutta gold marble on the countertops and will be sure to incorporate plenty of copper pots, would love to find an old french scale and of course my fabulous floors from Paris Ceramics will make the perfect backdrop to a beautiful French kitchen. If you have some other ideas, sure would love to hear them! Here are some of my “French kitchen” inspiration pictures……

Francois and Company limestone hoodGorgeous black enamel range with brass accents..a love!
Old monastery table
Found this a while back on a UK site, about some of the essentials for a well stocked European kitchen…love the visuals!
Reclaimed limestone floors from Paris Ceramics
A rustic warmth is the overall feeling….(French Country Home)
A fun or whimsical bar stool like this one from the Kristin Drohan collection

Or something like this, a black wooden one from Hillsdale

Love all the containers and canisters above the range
Fabulous monastery table
Though these aren’t my colors (but am using a black range) this kitchen is very French feeling and certainly feels warm and inviting…you just know something delicious is being created there!
A original Shaw’s farmhouse sink or two
Gorgeous Ilve black range with antique scale and love that yellow pot!
Gorgeous floors and fireplace…love these over sized metal containers and the chandelier
Rohl’s polished nickel bridge faucet
A pretty painted hutch can be a  beautiful addition too
Stunning old kitchen made new…love the door color and all the pretty accents
Beautiful rich woods with limestone hood and iron light fixture..all hallmarks of a great French kitchen
If space allows for it, a pretty antique hutch is a great way to break up a sea of cabinetry
A nice collection of copper pots…a must!
A gorgeous slab of Calacutta Gold marble on the countertops..is a must!
Beautiful array of Le Cruset pots in a rainbow of colors awaiting a cassoulet or my Beef Bourguignon!
A french inspired wrought iron chandelier….debating between iron and crystal…thoughts?
A beautiful old antique scale…..must have
I am not using stone, but think it looks beautiful here in this French inspired rustic kitchen
Another beautiful Francois and Co. limestone hood
If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your kitchen, limestone looks fabulously rich, warm and inviting in a kitchen..finish it off with blue and white of course!
My current chairs..have had them for 7 years but love them and don’t want to part…how cute is this fabric! (please don’t comment on the floors- we are in a rental..lol)
A great little fruit bowl/stand “french inspired” I picked up years ago..think it will work perfectly in the new kitchen!
Love the pugs! They are whimsical but elegant…
Old Chateau kitchen….love the big fireplace
Fabulous over sized fireplace…..all that’s missing is a baguette, wine, cheese and me!
Love the limestone work here….
Old black french range…floors look a lot like mine
I drew inspiration from this photo for my floors, the mix of the warm and cool colors…
Pretty warm woods and nice detailing on this new kitchen
A gorgeous richly upholstered chair for the breakfast room (Safavieh)
Pretty wood working
One of my favorites, from Jack Arnold…this was another very inspirational picture
Green French range looks mighty pretty in this old kitchen, love the old brick and timber hood!
Fabulous dining area in a very old French home….so chic even though its very rustic
An oldie but goodie! Great inspirational photo
Of course, an abundance of great looking french towels…..

OK I know theoretically this dinnerware is English, featuring British castles..but I have used this pattern in my kitchen for everyday meals for the last 8 years and love it and don’t want to give it up! (Plus I think its very European)

A nice pair of salt and pepper grinders

A great little chalkboard if you have the wall space, is a nice touch
And of course, plenty of French cookbooks! You can never have too many…..
A great little book with all kinds of fabulously French images…French Touch by Jan De Luz
Do you have a great idea for a French inspired kitchen? I love hearing back from all you trendsetters and would love to know your ideas. Have a wonderful day. If you are plagued with this miserable weather we are having in NY…..please be safe. Au Revoir!



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