DON’T FORGET TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE AMAZING BOOK AND SUBSCRIPTION GIVEAWAYS BEING ANNOUNCED TOMORROW! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS…… Hello! In continuing with my “Come on In” series, I am happy to invite you into? my kitchen. My first in the series was on my bathroom. I have gotten many many emails over time about various things we have done, so I hope to cover many of them here. Though it’s a very large kitchen,? it feels really warm and inviting, not cavernous and stark as some kitchens do. There are some markings on the marble and a patina that has developed but I like to think of that as signs of the joy we have gotten from using this space. I think the warm colored beams and beautiful old floors add to that a lot. It was my goal to create a European styled kitchen that felt French and a little elegantly rustic with all the modern conveniences of today. I knew I wanted a big? black island? and the white Calcutta gold marble was decided long before the kitchen designs even started. I had always wanted reclaimed stone floors so that was another item on my “wish list”.? Other elements came together as the planning begun. I must say I love my kitchen today as much as I did almost two and a half years ago when we moved in (still cannot believe its been that long). Some people have beautiful kitchens that they really don’t use much, but this is one that is used every single day and where we spend 90% of our our time as a family. I love to cook and entertain so in just 2 years its already seen a lot of mileage and I? wouldn’t want it any other way. This is also Teddy’s turf so dogs and people are welcome around the clock. If I was doing it all over again, honestly I don’t think I would change a thing….I really love the way it looks and I feel that it’s a kitchen that will stand the test of time, it’s somewhat ageless….and I think it could look as relevant even? 15 years from now. So first a few facts- ?The perimeter cabinets are painted a soft creamy white (custom colored) with a soft taupe/gray glaze lightly applied over it We used small puck lighting for inside of the cabinetry for accent lighting and under the cabinets (they last really loooooong time which is a great benefit) Oil rubbed bronze hardware from RK International The island is painted black All marble is slabs of gorgeous premium Calcutta Gold Island hardware is ant brass All faucets are from Perrier and Rowe (Rohl)? and are oil rubbed bronze My pretty window treatment is from Brunschwig and Fils, it is called Digbys Tent in blue Fridge/freezer and wine cooler are from Sub Zero Dishwashers are from Miehle Farmhouse sinks from Shaws Original Beams are all custom made The stove is a black Ilve Majestic 60″ European range The backsplash is made of oversized large 6 x 12 beveled “bricks of Calcutta gold The beautiful limestone hood is from Francois and Company (they do beautiful work) The wire grills are from England from a company called Heathcast, my pattern is diamond Regency their website is http://www.heathcast.com/index.php The kitchen was designed by a local kitchen designer and myself,? a local woodworker/cabinet maker built it The gorgeous floors are reclaimed limestone from Paris Ceramics (with radiant heat) no wonder Teddy loves sleeping on them! The pretty old world looking radiator grills are from Reggio Registers Stools are from Vanguard, super comfy! So that’s a summary of most of the important elements in my kitchen, ready to come in and have a look around? Bear in mind I am no professional photographer but did the best I could (believe it or not all these were taken on my iPhone or iPad) one of my must do’s for 2014 is to take photography course, I have always wanted to learn how to take a professional pictures. Come on in…….. We used a door to cover the microwave…. Most of the drawers have wood divider inserts We have an excellent painter who specializes in different finishes, we did a rough faux stone finish on the ceiling which works really well with beams I like having some open shelving for displaying favorite items or a collection My tulip belljars which I just love, are understated and elegant (these are from my online shop) I did double farmhouse sinks from Shaws Original….they are deep and wide and just a classic! My Perrin and Rowe (Rohl) oil rubbed bronze bridge faucet More open shelving, I like the bead board detailing? on the back wall Hardware from RK International in oil rubbed bronze, adding an escutcheon really dresses it up The beautiful fabric on the windows is? Digby’s Tent from Brunschwig and Fils (wish I knew how to get a better picture of it though)! Trim is from Samuel and Son Freezer and Refrigerator hardware I used a different finish on the island, went with ant. brass A close up of the grills that I used on the cabinets, really love the effect Love my hardware:) The profile on the marble countertops Over sized marble “bricks’ for backsplash I learned from my old house…go with a big and very deep sink for the island! This one is fantastic super deep? (about 18″) and gets a ton of use as its behind the stove A pot filler is a great idea if you like to cook (which I do),? this has saved me many times, really convenient! The side profile of? the hood The under counter lighting which is great as accent lighting We are big fruit lovers so I have a few pretty containers around the? kitchen that hold fruit/veges The backsplash I kept simple and classic, did a herringbone out of 2×6 Calcutta gold and did a frame around it with molding in Calcutta gold. The beautiful Limestone hood from Francois and Co. The moldings that my cabinet maker used were gorgeous and really finish the space beautifully This was a clever way to fill a corner, a small tall unit which is great for display My reclaimed limestone floors from Paris Ceramics My Ilve range……..its a beautiful as it is user friendly to cook on. And I like to keep my “tools” handy on the stove top, copper accessories and anything French inspired always work for A pretty detail on the island that repeats itself in different areas throughout the kitchen My pretty stools from Vanguard, they are super comfortable I like having unique containers for storage, in this case I use a blue and white planter from my online shop for the daily mail….and love small lamps in kitchens too! My pretty tulip belljars are beautiful lit up Cabinet color was mixed until it was what I envisioned, but its creamy white with a very light taupe glaze over it I like having small containers to put spices and oils in….I love the look of copper on the black range So there you have it! Many thanks for stopping in and following along. I will feature the my sons bathrooms in my next round of Come On In. If you missed the first Come on In for my bathroom click here. Wishing everyone a fabulous day…remember to put your name in the hat for the amazing giveaways from Hoffman Media (winners to be announced on Friday). Click here for details. Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of promotional pricing for the stunning melamine dinnerware. It is due here next week. Click here for details.