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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
  • 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……..


IMG_2226 We used a door to cover the microwave….

IMG_2224Most of the drawers have wood divider inserts

IMG_2221We 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

IMG_2220I like having some open shelving for displaying favorite items or a collection

IMG_2218 DSC_0146My 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!

IMG_2251My Perrin and Rowe (Rohl) oil rubbed bronze bridge faucet

IMG_2219More open shelving, I like the bead board detailing? on the back wall

IMG_2212Hardware from RK International in oil rubbed bronze, adding an escutcheon really dresses it up

DSC_0103DSC_0154 DSC_0156 DSC_0155The 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

IMG_2213Freezer and Refrigerator hardware

IMG_2214I used a different finish on the island, went with ant. brass

DSC_0130A close up of the grills that I used on the cabinets, really love the effect

IMG_2216Love my hardware:)

DSC_0136 DSC_0142

IMG_2217The profile on the marble countertops

DSC_0140Over sized marble “bricks’ for backsplash

IMG_2209I 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

IMG_2208A pot filler is a great idea if you like to cook (which I do),? this has saved me many times, really convenient!

IMG_2207The side profile of? the hood

IMG_2206The under counter lighting which is great as accent lighting

IMG_2204We are big fruit lovers so I have a few pretty containers around the? kitchen that hold fruit/veges

IMG_2201The 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.

DSC_0143IMG_2200The beautiful Limestone hood from Francois and Co.

IMG_2195The moldings that my cabinet maker used were gorgeous and really finish the space beautifully


IMG_2197This was a clever way to fill a corner, a small tall unit which is great for display


IMG_2198My reclaimed limestone floors from Paris Ceramics

IMG_1537My Ilve range……..its a beautiful as it is user friendly to cook on.

IMG_1539And I like to keep my “tools” handy on the stove top, copper accessories and anything French inspired always work for

IMG_2188A pretty detail on the island that repeats itself in different areas throughout the kitchen

DSC_0123IMG_2187My pretty stools from Vanguard, they are super comfortable


8a16ed0021a37e19b486406e8660c3c6I 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!

DSC_0194My pretty tulip belljars are beautiful lit up

hellolovely enchantedhome6Cabinet color was mixed until it was what I envisioned, but its creamy white with a very light taupe glaze over it

DSC_0987I 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.

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Tina your kitchen leaves me breathless, just so beautiful. THE most beautiful I have seen, you did a spectacular job. I love the floors and beams and agree that it “makes” the space seem timeless. I would love to know more about the range and how you feel about the upkeep of white marble.We are in the middle of a massive renovation and are just starting to plan the kitchen details. This post was what I needed, thank you so very much for including all of those valuable sources, I love that you are so generous and giving. You deserve this kitchen!


I loved this kitchen so much??..I would give one of my legs and walk on a stump to have it!! Absolutely amazing and beautiful.

You nailed every single detail to perfection. There is nothing to improve upon. Just incredible. I love how you use those pretty containers for spices and mail, so lovely. I wonder if you are going to consider allowing it to be published?

I love everything about your site, I hope I win a book from Hoffman, I have every magazine.
Thanks for the tour.

Tina – thank you for showcasing your beautiful kitchen. I loved all the pictures! I so appreciate you providing the details of each item – I’m going to steal a few ideas for my own kitchen remodel this summer!! Can’t wait to see the next “Come on in…” series!

Two things- #1 Breathtakingly beautiful, I cannot say more that is what it is.

#2 When is YOUR book coming out? You need one, Tina. It will be a best seller.

Other than thinking this is one perfect kitchen, I’m thinking I need to set mine on fire !
Love all the details, love the bell jar lighting.
Love the blue & white, especially the chicken.
& love to you too

I have some beautiful copper pots and, thanks to you, have found a new use for them!! My new holder for oils, etc on the stove top. Thanks so much!

Amazing kitchen!

I always thought I wanted my kitchen as part of the family room. But, after we built it, I realize that it does get noisy.

We’re getting ready to build again, and now I’m wondering if I want it more separate. How did you decide on the plans of your house? Do you like your kitchen away from the family room?

Tina, you limestone floors and that hood are my ultimate chateau dream kitchen. I have a limestone, arched shower! You have had so much fun getting your home just right. Bless you! Anita

Tina! Gorgeous as always. Classic at its best.
You made so many great choices and you had so many to make during the building of your home, I don’t know how you kept your sanity!!
Happy Week,

Tina your kitchen is truly one of the most beautiful ever! All of your choices are perfection!

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Hi Tina,
I particularly love the attention to details all around your kitchen.
It gives to the whole room a beautiful touch of comfort and elegance

Your kitchen is just beautiful!!! I am sure it will look just as beautiful 20 years from now as it does
today. Thank you for sharing so many of the details. I have followed your blog from the beginning
of construction and I still enjoy going back and reviewing the process. I also enjoy cooking
and entertaining and I am so inpired when I see your table settings and kitchen island set up with
delicious plated food. I know you guests feel special when they are invited to your home for
the evening. So happy to hear your family gets to use the beautiful kitchen everyday too.

Oh my gosh your kitchen is beautiful……love your on line store as well. So glad you are enjoying it and thanks for sharing it!

Tina, I loved this post. Your home is a reflection of you and your family, gracious, warm and giving. Thanks for all the ideas and tips. I have so enjoyed following you and yes it does not seem that 2 1/2 years have gone by. Would love to win one of the Hoffman giveaways. Judy

Tina.. your kitchen is my favorite kitchen of all time. I have never seen one on line or in a magazine as pretty. You have what most people wish for! Bon Appetite!

Tina, I adore your kitchen! Such attention to detail, and best of all it is utilized on a daily basis. Can’t get any better than that! I hope you have many, many more happy gatherings in your kitchen, creating many, many more happy memories.

“They” always say.. the kitchen is the heart of the home.. your’s is most certainly.. it radiates heat and love, warmth and company, good food, good taste, and good memories.. thanks for sharing Tina.. its a beaut! x

I can’t get enough- you have created my dream kitchen Tina!!! I would never leave it and would be cooking up a storm all day long!

I am in the process of a new kitchen. My cabinets are the same color as yours with a chocolate glaze..the cabinet color is so calming. I adore your kitchen… mine is a french country as well, love to see I hit it right with the same faucet color as well…… LOVE YOUR NEW “come on in”. Better than reading veranda, or traditional home…

you have all the right elements I love in a kitchen! always enjoy your blog and check in every morning.
also love your new-come one in-
Hoffman feature was great- to see the person behind those magazines! my best, Mary ann

I have to say…of all the kitchens that I have seen, your kitchen is by far my absolute favorite! I love everything about it. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful details with us.

Oh goodness.. it’s been such a long day and I am finally checking my mail! Wow Tina.. this is incredible. You already know I’m crazy about your kitchen;) but I’ll say it again..G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. What I’ve learned from you is the importance of thinking things out and making the right decisions based on ALL of your resources. I am trying so hard .. but it’s very difficult. Such a long a difficult process we have started! I so appreciate your inspiration and I look forward to having your in put during our journey. xxL

You have created one of the most beautiful kitchens I have ever seen. I particularly like that you made space for displaying all your pretty blue and white wares. The tall cabinet in that little corner is genius.

I entered your giveaway yesterday for the Hoffman Media goodies, but I don’t know if I was supposed to say that I did all three things.

Anyway — I did!

I would love to wake up and see this first thing every morning. I would never mind cooking again. You are so fortunate

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful kitchen ~ can’t get enough of all your beautiful rooms ~ more, more, more please! Better than any magazine! I’m thinking photographers need to be taking lessons from you! Thanks so much for sharing your home!

Hi Tina…I am new to the blogging world but have followed your blog very regularly! Your home is beautiful as are all the lovely things in your shop! It’s evident that you love your family, your home, and your decorating world! Everything is always tastefully done! I will be starting a blog myself soon…I might look to you for advice! Lovely lovely lovely!

Tina its funny because I hate cooking yet grew up with two parents who love to cook- how does that happen!
But I think I could grown to love it fast if I had your kitchen to cook in, what a showplace, it is spectacular! And worthy of Architectural Digest or Veranda. I love most that you obviously really enjoy it in there and love to cook, unlike so many (including myself) who has a beautiful kitchen that normally sees only take out containers and lots of things to pop in my microwave. Think I need to work on that haha.

Thank you so much Tina for sharing your beautiful kitchen. I absolutely love your decorating style and I look forward to each post! I hope your knee is continuing to heal, sounds like you have a busy but fun schedule ahead of you.
Take care and have a beautiful day!

QUESTION: Tina, I will be re-doing my kitchen in a couple of years and am wondering how you access your microwave since it looks to be in a place that is seems kind of hard to access (i.e., you have to bend down? and then how can you see the control panel?).

I’ve been following your blog from the time you started decorating and this kitchen is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! You have have exquisite taste and I’m glad to see a kitchen that will last through the test-of-time. I’m so tired of seeing kitchens with the latest du jour design, think: subway tiles, good looking but terribly uncomfortable stools at islands, stainless steel everything, etc.

Have you considered publishing a how-to book of the home from start-to-finish? Something similar to Timothy Corrigan’s or Howard Slatkin’s books but to include the nitty gritty of problems and solutions in building and decorating a house? I’d buy that book in a second!

Tina, I think your home has a true heart in your beautiful kitchen…
It is so lovely that you enjoy cooking for your family and entertaining as much as creating such a spectacularly beautiful space…. a certain Italian chap I know would love to cook in a kitchen like yours πŸ˜‰

You have so many wonderful photos, thank you so much for sharing the beauty of the details ( for me its all about detail) …the edges of the marble, little corbels, display shelves and those grilles…all exquisite..
Just fabulous!

Tina I second the many who suggest a book, have you ever considered it? The details are just over the top amazing. I loved each and every one and thank you for being so generous to share them with us. As we are in the middle of a home build outside DC (Maryland) your blog has quickly become my “go to” source whenever I need to see a visual on anything, your search bar is fantastic in quickly locating whatever I need to see.
This post is being bookmarked as I know I will refer to it often, already placed an email to the grille people in the UK, love that detail along with all the rest. What a beautiful job you have done.

What a perfect post, Tina! I adore your kitchen and you are so generous to share all of your sources. When you designed this space, you truly hit the ball out of the park – it is absolutely perfect and goes so perfectly with the rest of your beautiful home. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! xoxo

as commenter #3,000,087, may i just say *cat whistle*, tina. now THAT’S a kitchen, mama. i love it, and i’m bound to re-post half of these images soon on the blog in homage of my new york friend’s exquisite space. i mean it has all the elements one dreams of. i would even be tempted to lace up my cruel pointe shoes to chop the broccoli if u invited me to sous chef!


broccoli ruined the whole tone of my comment. the next shall be better.

Lucky Teddy to live in this kitchen………what a life !
Your kitchen is much more than drop dead fabulous. It is Eye Candy. We are all droooling .Even those who don’t cook would want a kitchen like this. It should be in a design magazine. And the pictures you took were clear and sharp.
You must be very proud of yourself to have designed all your home spaces. A real talent…….design book Please.

Everything is lovely and it’s nice to see the details. I know I couldn’t make so many decor decisions but you make it seems easy and effortless. You are so fortunate, Tina, to have been able to build your dream home. I can only imagine. Thank you for sharing with us.

This is my top favorite post, your kitchen is absolutely fabulous! The details are amazing, you did an incredible job. Love the atmosphere, materials and colors ~ thank you for taking us on a tour!

Hello Tina, it is always exciting and very motivating to see inside your home and your kitchen is the place to be! love the floors, the oven/stove, the marble….just beautiful!
hugs Z

Tina, I’m intrigued with your ovens! Although I’ve seen Ilve ranges, I’ve never heard the name.. What made you choose them over AGA? I would be very curious to know your thought process.. Are they similar? The Ilve are stunning, that’s for sure!! Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful Tina, my favorite room in your house!

Dear Tina,
I have always been a fan of your house! And oh dear, your kitchen is to die foor! Love the limestone floor, the way the tiles are brought on above the cooker, your draperies, your cabinetry!
Everything looks perfect! I can’t believe it is almost 2,5 year since you moved in!!
Have a great weekend Tina!

Hi Tina…am also in love with your kitchen! You have very refined and classic taste! Still want to know the brand/name of that beautiful flatware and love those divided drawers!

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Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful. We are currently building our home. I am looking at Cristallo Quartzite for my counter tops. Beautiful but very expensive. I love the Calcutta Gold Marble, but I am very worried about staining as I have a preteen & 7 year old son. Your countertops look wonderful in the pictures. Is this a stone you would continue to recommend after living with it for a few years? Thank you for sharing pictures of your lovely home and all the exact details.

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