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Friday, September 14, 2012

A True French Country Kitchen ~ FFP #8

I like to cook primarily because I like to eat. From picking out the ingredients, to lingering at the table after a delicious meal ~ all the steps culminate into what is truly a lovely process to be savored.



Sure there are nights when a simple salad and fish sticks are served at DTA manor. But on the days I can putter around and show love to people with culinary delights, well … that’s the best.

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My new kitchen is a tiny builders grade afterthought that I am currently trying to transform on a miniscule budget. There will be no new cabinets, Viking ranges or Wolf refrigerators installed. (Although if I find one on the side of the road…. :)



No, instead I am trying to create something that often takes decades to achieve. The comfortably quaint French country kitchen.

A favorite kitchen by Jane Moore.

I am not referring to the Americanized version that you so often see within the pages of glossy magazines. I want the the warm and cozy spaces still found in France. Where every item serves a purpose and nothing is wasted.

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Kitchens that aren’t retrofitted, but built over time piece by piece. Where elegance lives happily alongside of everyday objects.

Pantry perfection.

I have had the privilege of both preparing and enjoying meals created in such kitchens~ Andrea, Rachel, Guy and Jacqueline ~ hugs. Perhaps it is this happiness that I am really trying to recapture.

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What images capture your dreams?
Laura

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17 comments :

Alderberry Hill said...
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Alderberry Hill said...

Such a fun party, thanks so much for hosting...those kitchens are beautiful!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Those kitchens are beautiful!! I can't wait to see what you do with yours!!!

Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

I'm swooning! You've got me convinced! What a perfect and practical way to approach a kitchen. A kitchen for real life.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I love the one with the sofa and chair in it - so inviting. I know I'm a minimalist at the moment but I do love all these kitchens. They tell a story. Yours will get there, it surely will and I suppose if it's filled with love, it's perfect.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Elegant and everyday -- side-by-side. Aaaahh....

Dawna (Stitches from the Tub) said...

Laura, I love your inspiration photos & look forward to seeing posts on your progress.
Dawna

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, what unreal kitchens. I'll have one too please. Hugs, Marty

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

So how does everyone feel about replacing the bottom cabinet doors with skirts? I love it. Not so sure that my Mr D would go for it. I love it all. Everything is deliberately in it's place, but still looks so non contrived.

Andrea's kitchen in France, hugs her spirit.

Have a great weekend, Laura!
~Lynne
w/L.

AshTreeCottage said...

I love rustic beams in a kitchen, copper pots hanging, lots of baskets and skirted sinks. Your style board is just perfect! Thanks for hosting such a fun party ~ I could hardly wait to link up. Have a great weekend.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

openid said...

Laura,
Your kitchen inspiration photos are lovely and functional. I love that they are genuine work spaces -- that is the beauty of them. Too many women today want huge, gourmet, top grade kitchens and only use the microwave to warm up take out food. Cooking for your family is an expression of love.
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

It's All Connected said...

Those pics just make me sigh! I certainly am dealing with lack of space and have to embrace having every day items on display. This makes it seems so natural. Oh, and that courtyard is to die for! ~ Maureen

Jen said...

Such lovely and warm kitchens. I love a French kitchen and I am looking forward to seeing your own kitchen when you get it just perfect!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Louise said...

There really is such a difference in what the magazines depict and the real thing. All that sheer artistic glossy perfection is beautiful in a way, but it isn''t as warm or interesting.

Marydon said...

Oh-la-la! And, you will achieve exactly what you dream, Laura.

Did you pop over for the 'big' reveal on my blog?

Have a beautiful weekend, my friend
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

WendyBee said...

Oh, what a thought-provoking post. It is cliche to point out that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but isn't it after all? I, too, have a kitchen that lacks some of the elements I dream about. I want to have a kind of permanent bread-making area, with a smooth, wooden bread-board, and pull-out flour bins and plenty of space for mucking about. I need to edit, edit, edit my gadgets and such. All the cabinets and drawers are overflowing.
But what decorating choice can one make to keep four six-foot-plus hungry bodies from cluttering up the valuable real estate in a tiny galley kitchen? All I can think of is that I just need to always be in the kitchen working on the next spread to assuage locusts. Kind of takes off the romantic edge, and squashes dreams of elegant splendor!

Mimi said...

HI LAURA!!
I SAY ANY kitchen filled with PEOPLE YOU LOVE is GOOD/GREAT enough for me!!!!I do not need anything new or updated or fance...but it is that JOY you mentioned that truly makes a HOUSE a HOME!!!Fill it with wonderful people you ADORE and Love and meals that satisfy and I say feed your SOUL everyday and VOILA...life is GRAND!!!
HUGS to you my dear sweet friend
jamie--mimi
hopefully we can do something WAY out here in OCT when CINDY comes to town....what do you think???