Welcome back! Did you have a good weekend? I enjoyed my three days off with Monday being Martin Luther King Day here in the States. Benny and Bixby and I bundled up and went out for walks in the snow, made some yummy soup, browsed a few local bookshops, and I spent a good chunk of time finally getting to several little projects around the house I had been putting off. Like clearing out Bixby’s closet and sorting boxes of his clothes and toys for keepsakes & giveaways, which felt good to stay on top of!
Over the weekend I also caught up on my blog reading, and among my wanderings I found myself drawn to kitchens over and over again. What I really love is an open kitchen with big windows looking into a garden, an old farmhouse sink, a touch of marble, open shelving and pretty glass-front cabinets. So of course when I came upon the kitchen above on Bonnie Tsang’s absolutely gorgeous blog, I was stopped in my tracks. I found that this kitchen belongs to a property rented out as a location for photo shoots by 1′st Option locations, based in the UK. Are you as seduced by this kind of space as I am? If so, you can drool right along with me as we take a further peek:
So many things I love here, from the white floors and subway tiles to the raw wood counters and simple industrial style lighting. I like the sense of history and love that comes from worn wood and vintage porcelain – this is so much more appealing to me than a brand-new kitchen.
This shot above comes from another location available through 1′st Option – see those thick-cut floating white shelves? That is exactly what I want. If it were my home I would be tempted to add a framed art print or small painting casually propped on the counter, big luscious piles of produce, and a chalkboard wall.
I have to admit that if I were to transfer all of the contents of my kitchen cupboards to open shelves and glass-front cabinets right now, it would not be a pretty sight! The fact is, there are always going to be certain kitchen items that are best left hidden deep in closed storage :) But hopefully, as I collect things over time, there will come a day when I love the bulk of my kitchenware enough to happily put it on display.
Other things I am a sucker for: vintage (or vintage-looking) stoves, milk glass, hand-thrown pottery, perfect tea kettles, Bialetti espresso pots, Le Creuset dutch ovens, fun tea towels, glass jars for storing pantry items, large cookbook collections, and fresh potted herbs.
I would love to know: What about you? What would your dream kitchen look like?
(all images: 1′st Option)