After several years’, procrastinating, I shall finally get a new kitchen this winter…… can you feel the quiet pleasure behind those few words?
I know why it has taken us so long to get around to the kitchen – it’s just such a busy place! The kitchen is the hub of the house and it is kind of complicated to have it out of action with so many people to feed! But now that there are fewer children here, it will be an easier project to manage.
I’m not looking for something big and fancy. I’ll keep a country feel, in keeping with the setting and style of our house and of the way we live. Today the kitchen is not a large room, the floor lay-out in these late 19th century French houses, is traditionally very simple and symmetrical, so the kitchen is just the north east corner of the ground floor.
We shall make it feel bigger by supporting a larger opening in the wall between the kitchen and dining room, which will allow us to enjoy the view of the fireplace from the kitchen and change cupboard space around, to include a sofa/armchair near the fire and increase the light in the room … it will be good.
One of the decisions I have to make is about the table/island in the kitchen part of the room. There will be our large dining table in the dining area, and up to now I have always had a small round oak table in the kitchen.
I am tempted by the idea of an island at worktop height, with a couple of tall stools to pull out for breakfast or a morning coffee, or enjoying a glass of wine while the cooking is happening, but this is not a traditional French feature and I wonder if I would grow bored of that.
Who better to ask than my clever readers?! I am sure many of you have beautiful kitchens with tall bar/counter/island in the middle and I would love to know how practical you find it.
Do you ever feel that visually it dominates the room too much? Do you think it is a good use of space, and if so have you incorporated storage space at leg height?
My gut feeling is to use an old farm table in the kitchen area. It could be quite long and narrow, with a bench on one side and mismatched wooden chairs on the other. I can easily source these with the antique dealers I know around here, and it would fit our country style. But is that bench going to drive me mad? Will it always be in the way, will we knock our knees against it continually?
So if you have a minute today, and you have a kitchen-design tale that you would like to share, then I would love to hear from you and learn from your experience. Merci!
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