Today’s Hello Lovely’s Kitchen Tour [Part 2 – Summer 2019] continues with decor ideas, shopping resources, and photos of my own attempts to create a simple, serene, wabi sabi, timeless and tranquil kitchen. Our kitchen isn’t on par with the many fantasy-designed spaces I feature on the blog to inspire, but it humbly reflects just where we are.
Hello Lovely’s Kitchen Tour [Part 2 – Summer 2019]
Apron Front Fireclay Farm Sink
Oh the sink! This fireclay farm sink makes me so happy and was one of the first design elements I bought and stored long before it was installed. It’s called Reinhard (Signature Hardware) and is the very same one Brooke Giannetti used in her kitchen at Patina Farm. I was worried it could be discontinued so I made sure to not be disappointed!
Since I trusted what the designer Brooke would put in her own kitchen, I knew it was bound to be top notch. And it is. So now you have at least two stamps of approval for this yummy farm sink.
There are so many choices and price ranges for kitchen appliances, even when you narrow it down to stainless! I’m happy with this Bosch suite (800 series), and while I didn’t know anyone personally who recommended it, I was wooed by their sex appeal. Yep. I have to be honest. If the design reads sexy, and those handles on the ovens and refrigerators are clean and simple, you’ve got me.
When we renovated the kitchen of our vacation getaway in Arizona, I wanted to spend a little less on stainless appliances, but I still needed them to be sexy. I chose these from Kitchenaid and loved them as much if not more than the Bosch! In fact, it’s possible those sexy stainless appliances in the kitchen are responsible for the multiple offers we got on that property when we sold it…all the men loved that serene kitchen!
White Painted Beadboard Running Horizontally
Not sure you can see it well, but if you expand the photo below, you’ll see we used solid wood beadboard on the wall perpendicular to the frig and on the breakfast bar. I ran it horizontally instead of the usual vertical for a slightly shiplappy fresh effect. It is so smart to put this stuff in areas where the wall will be bumped frequently or suffer abuse – simply wipe off with a damp cloth!
Video of the Kitchen
Cool Grey & White Palette
I think one of the reasons I love the warmth of the white oak flooring throughout our first floor is how it works with pure, alabaster whites and light grey. I mean, if I could have achieved that scrubbed, limed, raw look for the wood floors I love in high end French homes, I would definitely have gone in that direction. But when we were renovating and working with an artisan on the floors, I just couldn’t sign off on any of the sample boards.
Doing nothing to the white oak planks (no distress, no stain, no bleaching) was the ultimate right choice here.
A pleasant surprise was how their golden warmth glows and offers a humble organic and natural layer to the spaces here. For me, there is something irresistible about the pairing of warm gold tones with cool greyed hues.
I think you can clearly see how I didn’t worry about matching wood tones or sticking to one particular species of wood. The greyed wood of the French counter stools contrasts with the white oak beneath.
An oak stool (which I have to use ALL of the time since I’m fairy-height) has a darker stained finish. It’s what I love about Country French, French Nordic, and country style in general – there isn’t a fussiness about uniformity. When things are collected over time, they aren’t going to have the same amount of distress, age, or color.
Window Nook Keeps Evolving
I told you in Part 1 how I finally added a wonderful cushion on this window seat (RH), and this little nook still needs more. Since we bought the place in 2015, I have wanted to add rustic beams to frame it out like Finding Lovely did. I even bought a beam before we began demo of this kitchen! But we’re taking our own sweet time adding layers of new beauty.
Beverage Cooler in Peninsula
When we entertain, we have to keep things rather simple because we have limited space now compared to our prior home. In this little corner you see below, I set up a mini drink station.
The beverage cooler below is perfect for self-serve!
Natural Light & Greenery Outside
I’m sort of a rebel when it comes to my decision to not erase all of the bushes and greenscape which grows so close to the kitchen windows. On the one hand, I love natural light and always want to optimize it. Getting rid of all of this growth would surely usher in more sunlight.
But that light would cost me a few things. First, these overgrown plantings and their berries are wildly popular with the most lovely birds, butterflies, and bees. Since Bella Luna left her furry body, they are my only pets, and I cherish them. I am privileged to watch baby birds hatch in their nests smack dab outside these window seat windows. I am treated to so much natural magic because I choose to leave those perennials as they are, pruning them only as necessary.
The greenery also buffers us from our circle driveway which is right outside the windows! Beyond the drive is the street, and while it is a quiet one, I never have to notice cars driving by when I am peacefully enjoying this kitchen.
Scatter Rugs Sometimes Appear Near the Sink
I like the softness underfoot so I’ll sometimes decorate the floor with a rug. But the floors are more often left naked. Here’s a favorite for its glorious muted French blue-grey hue. I found it at HomeGoods.
Here are some options I have my eye on and may throw in my cart.
A Tile-Look Rug for the Kitchen
Lovely Subdued Grey Rug
Modern Range Vent Hood
I love a gorgeous traditional kitchen with a range with oven and customized, grand, plastered range hood. But with a cooktop in this kitchen design, something minimal, sexy (I can’t help it!), and modern made the most sense. Here’s the Italian influenced one I chose:
We didn’t have any issues installing it, and I’m happy with how it makes a modern statement without stealing all of the attention. And the price makes it easy to love as well.
White Roses, Please
White roses simply feel like home to me, and these glacier roses are a favorite.
Living With Luxurious Linens
There are still folks who email me and wonder if I am a real human living at home with all this white and an abundance of light hued Belgian linen. As if maybe there’s a chance I blog un-authentically about staged spaces which don’t truly get use from imperfect humans who bleed and are capable of making messes.
Um yes. Non-cyborgs do live here, and we have souls too (there’s a criticism I have received too many times to count!). How crazy is it that I have to put that on the record! Ha!
I’m a fan of all the shades of white and stain-resistant linens, washable fabrics, and durable textiles that aren’t disposable.
Farmhouse Style Signs
My hand-painted wood sign above the kitchen’s window seat adds age to mix, brings in rustic farmhouse charm, and keeps things casual and unfussy.
Here’s a great one that can personalized:
Here’s an enameled sign:
This painted sign on birch contrasts wonderfully on a white wall:
Displaying Art in the Kitchen
Clearly I have a preference for seascapes and abstract art. It is what I create myself and what I have collected. I highly recommend bringing in pieces you might typically display in a living room or den because let’s face it, most American kitchens have become living rooms!
There’s something sweetly gallery like when you place original art on bright white walls. Why relegate your pretty paintings or sculptures to rooms where you spend less time?
Favorite Inspiration Sources
Fantasy Frig Land
Ooh la la – for no good reason, let’s explore what’s new in customizable kitchen appliances and geek out on #refrigeratorgoals.
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