Friday, January 12, 2018

My Old World Style Kitchen


This is the fourth post featuring a tour of our home, this time it concentrates on the kitchen. I guess you would call the kitchen old world style as it has some English, some French, some German, some Dutch.....a bit of everything. I took the pictures of the kitchen at Christmas because it's my favorite time in the house. I love my kitchen although it is not that large. Most people say it's warm and cozy and that makes me happy because I believe that is exactly what kitchens should be. 

The house is approximately 120 years old and had been turned into two apartments which means we had to make it a home again. There were no kitchen counters, appliances or anything else in here. It was basically a shell that only had a hotplate and a booth from a restaurant. It had been inhabited by university students for years so you get the picture. Like I have said in past blogs about the house, it truly has been a long term "labor of love". Hope you enjoy the tour of our a old world country kitchen.


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This is the hallway and pantry that leads to the kitchen. I have wonderful old bead board cupboards that extend all the way down one side of the hallway.

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Miss Chanel is obviously leading the tour.

On the right side are some of the museum reproduction samplers I have made over the years. I like to do the authentic counted crosstitch where you use linen and actually have to count threads.

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Here is a better picture. Some are on cream linen and others (my favorites) are on darker unbleached linen. These big ones take me about 6 months to complete. I have more but need to frame them. Hopefully will cover the whole wall someday.

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And of course Sophie has to show up for her picture too.


On the left side of the hall is the cupboard area and in this particular portion I store my collection of creamware. Sophie has to show up for her picture too.

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This and the next few pictures hopefully will give a panoramic view of the kitchen. It is hard to take pictures because you can't get back far enough to really get a good shot.

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Finally found some old shutters to put on the windows and got them up in time for Christmas. The extra wood makes the kitchen look even warmer.

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My old work table. It has a trestle shelf underneath for storing things. I need every bit of storage I can get because old houses usually are short of it. The picture above the window features a parchment map of France and all the crests of the French provinces. It was a gift from a friend who bought it there. It's really very pretty.

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The cupboard is an old family piece. The big oil painting is of a pastoral French village with figures herding animals etc.

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The round oak table belonged to Tim's family. Found these great cane back French chairs and recovered them in a linen fabric.

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This is a large antique needlepoint picture of a pastoral scene of a woman, her children and a sheep. I love artwork in a kitchen. For some reason people tend to feel like kitchens are utilitarian only so that is why there is no warmth in most kitchens. I like the European way better......aesthetics always a must..

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Just put the mirror in the kitchen and everybody really likes it.

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This is looking back down the kitchen hall that leads to the main hall.

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A good picture of the bead board cupboard and pantry unit and the shelf above it. This was in the house when I bought it and really lends to the country quality of the kitchen. Hope you enjoyed the tour.

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