Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Most Popular Corner of the House

Here is part two of my kitchen tour.  It features the relaxation corner, my banquette, my own personal cafe including a gas fireplace, L-shaped bench with storage, cookbooks shelves, tv, and a view out the front window and out the back glass door.  Enjoy the photo tour.  And please pin your favorites and use them as inspiration.  I've listed some sources for materials, but would be happy to help identify others for you.

I spend a LOT of time right here working at the island.
But the payoff is that I get to sit here in my own personal cafe and enjoy a fire and a nice view while reading a good novel or cookbook.  The wallpaper is Pierre Deux.  Upholstery is my doing.

We moved the entry to the kitchen back the depth of that tile.  A supporting wall was removed where the white  beam is on the center of the ceiling.  There was three weeks of full time carpentry done by a local craftsman to complete this move as well as supporting structure below the floor and in the ceiling/roof above this section of the house.

Cherry bookshelves, table tops, mantel details and all the cabinetry in this corner  were built
by my husband.  Yes, I said, the cabinetry.  He made all the banquet and oven cabinets and
the glass pantry.   It looks just like the Kraftmaid.  We used Kraftmaid finishes to precisely match
the purchased cabinets.

Crabapple tiles from Stillwater porcelain which I also used over the range.

Original pantry doors, on the right here, were relocated from the dining room.  The oak
floors are original to the home, as far as the island.  From the island over to the fireplace
wall, they are new.  I installed the floor myself. We sanded the new floors down and stained them
all a darker custom blend of stains.   The tile floor marks the edge of what used to be an exterior wall.

Another leg from the Matthew Burak company.  This one holding up the
overhang on the island is cherry.  It was stained with the same stain as
the island, with stain obtained directly from the Kraftmaid company.

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