Good morning! We worked all day yesterday on the new kitchen reno, and I’m finally seeing the finish line…yay! I’ll be sharing the design ideas later this week. Until then, Hello Lovely White Modern French Kitchen Tour’s Part 2 continues with decor ideas, shopping resources, and photos of my attempt to create a simple, serene, timeless and tranquil white Modern French kitchen in our former home. While the kitchen is far from the fantasy-designed spaces I feature on the blog to inspire, it humbly reflects just where we were. Start RIGHT HERE with part one if you missed it.
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Hello Lovely White Modern French Kitchen Tour [Part 2]
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 sleek appeal. Yep. I have to be honest. If the design looks chic, and those handles on the ovens and refrigerators are clean and simple, you’ve got this aesthete.
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 head turners. 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 Installed Horizontally
Not sure you can see it clearly, but if you expand the photo below or watch the video, 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 fresh effect.
It is so smart to put this stuff in areas where the wall will be bumped frequently or suffer abuse – simply wipe down with a damp cloth!
Video of the White Modern French Kitchen
Cool Grey & Modern French White Palette
I think one of the reasons I love the warmth of the white oak flooring throughout our first floor is because of the magic it works with pure, cool alabaster whites and light grey. If we had the budget for scrubbed, limed, raw look for the wood floors found in high end French homes, would be my choice. 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 Seat & Breakfast 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 a little more warmth. I also dreamed of adding rustic beams to frame it out like Finding Lovely.
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-service!
Natural Light & Greenery Outside
I’m a bit odd when it comes to the 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 have 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 became my only pets, and I cherished them. What a privilege to watch baby birds hatch in their nests just outside these window seat windows.
I was treated to natural magic because I left those perennials as they were, pruning them only as necessary.
The greenery is also a buffers from the circle driveway near the windows. Beyond the drive is a quiet street.
Rugs Sometimes Scatter Near the Sink
Since I like the softness underfoot, sometimes the floor is decorated with a rug. But more often, they were left bare.
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 Neutral & Non-Trendy Rug for the Kitchen
Lovely Subdued Grey Rug
Modern Range Vent Hood
I love a gorgeous traditional kitchen with a range and customized, grand, plastered range hood. But a cooktop in this kitchen design felt minimal, modern and right for this design.
Here’s the exact 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 white and an abundance of light hued Belgian linen. As if 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 seem to have actual souls too (now there’s a criticism hurled at me more times than I can count!).
I’m a fan of all the shades of white and stain-resistant linens, washable fabrics, and durable textiles that aren’t disposable.
Vintage Country 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 contemporary abstract art. It is what I paint myself and something I collect. 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?
Yummy 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.
Do visit Part One of my kitchen’s tour!
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Oh my, you had me at window seat. I’m a FAN and try to incorporate them whenever I can in my flips. I so understand your desire to watch nature right outside your window and love how the greenery brings a bit of color into the space as well. It’s a tranquil and peaceful place.
It is funny how many memories and moments I have already stored up in my heart because of that window seat…isn’t that what a good custom design is all about after all!?! Thanks so much for reading, Celia. I bow to your renovation skills.
I just love looking at your beautiful kitchen. Why is it that you love other people’s places and not your own, but others love yours. Thank you for your lovely words, you always say the sweetest things.
Have a great week my friend.
Thank you, Bev. I guess we’re always our worst critic, and I am a creatively driven design freak who never tires of planning the next space and becomes bored quickly when a project is done. 🙂
It’s so beautiful, clean, and serene! You know I love my brocante flea market style finds curated throughout my home, but when we redo our kitchen I am going for less is more. Your kitchen is truly inspirational!
Thank you so much for sharing at TFT and for all of your kind comments when you visit the party! Hope to see you there tomorrow sweet friend!
You just made my night with those kind words, Amber. Thank you so much. xox
I know this is probably an old post but this kitchen is gorgeous and it’s my inspiration for my kitchen my question is I know you use Benjamin Moore white on the walls do you know what color the kitchen cabinets are ?
They are Schuler cabinets, and the painted finish over maple is called “white icing.” Look at Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace for a similar look. Thanks for reading!
I see this is probably an old post but this is a lovely kitchen!! Keep motivating us!!
Thanks for reading. I updated it so some of the older comments are there, but the content has been refreshed (just like we want to feel with a good night’s sleep). 🙂
Very Nice! I like the kitchen very much, especially the natural light coming through the window!
Thanks for reading!