Living in a 130 year old Victorian home certainly has it's benefits. You know what isn't one of them? A kitchen meant for Smurfs. That's right, if I were Smurfette, I could easily maneuver my minuscule kitchen and even have my Smurf friends over and we could all congregate around the center island. But because I am not a Smurf, I find it ever-so frustrating to work in what must be the world's smallest kitchen and to make matters worse, it is not only where people enter our home but also where an equally tiny half bath is located off of. Nothing like plunging the toilet mid-party in full view of someone helping themself to a bite of my delicious corn dip. (Which really is the bomb...yes, the bomb...for a casual event. Find the recipe HERE.)
So, yes, I dream of a better kitchen...an amazing kitchen...and here's how I know after all these years I'm ready to build one...it's because all my favorite inspiration pics are nearly identical in style and color and finishes. A bit Parisian apartment, a bit farmhouse chic and a touch of professional kitchen. Someday...
Farmouse meet Fabulous. Fabulous, Farmhouse.
Kitchen Showcase, 2009
If you're a fan of my Jen of All Trades facebook page, you'll remember last night's Love it or Leave it where people were commenting on the mix and match chairs around the dining table and the wingbacks flanking the ends. I think you'll agree...or maybe not...that as you see here it can be a really beautiful and charming option especially with the back pillows for comfort. Makes you want to sit down for a spell, no?
I would rather have these double farmhouse style sinks than all the diamonds in the world.
The two above just kill me...I mean, they literally make my heart hurt because I love them sooooo much. So French. So lovely. So timeless. It simply doesn't get better to me than this and I can smell the espresso brewing and the quiche in the oven...it's burning, mind you, but it's in there.
(david duncan livingston)
Every rootin', tootin' part of this butler's pantry is perfection to me.
Just gaze at it a moment and tell me what could be better!
Sublime...and yes, I could keep the fridge organized enough to have glass fronts.
(mick de guilio)
(something's gotta give set)
We'll end on this one...another one of my all-time favorites. Can you imagine? I can.