Farmhouse Tour: The Kitchen, Living and Dining Room

Ah, the kitchen. This was obviously a renovation and not part of the original house, but the previous owners did do a great job making sure that it did not lack any character. Copper subway tile, coiffered ceilings and open shelving are a few of the features that make this space so great. The floors are wood, but painted black, which nicely breaks up wood floors between the rooms. The counter tops are copper and a matte black granite. The island is pine…and it’s gotta go. When we first toured the house I was sure it was butcher block, but must have been so googly-eyed that I over looked that it is actually a poorly DIY hunk of pine. I’d love to make it a more workable surface in the coming year. We also didn’t notice until we moved in that it lacks a microwave (kind of a big deal) and an ice maker (not as big of a deal). We got scrappy with the microwave and it’s actually in one of the cabinets until we can hopefully put a permanent one in the new island.

ImageOur dishes were a wedding gift from one of my most special friends, Cabell. I can’t believe how perfectly they match the stained glass inlay on the spice door.

ImageThankfully there is plenty of ‘practical’ storage, allowing me to put some of my favorite serving pieces and treasure on the open shelving.

ImageFun fact: I collect spoons! I love using them as demitasse spoons for coffee (tucked under a cheery Lulie Wallace piece)Image

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Beverage nook / wet bar

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The kitchen opens up into the dining/living room. This was an addition in 2006, which you can see by the painted brick which is the fireplace. The size and bareness of this room is both exciting and completely daunting. Hopefully some more-to-scale furniture, window treatments and a little more of ‘us’ will make it a cozier room. Still, I love how much light gets poured into this room and it’s already hosted some fabulous gatherings!ImageImageImage

Ugh, this wall. We’ve agreed that our next house project will be built-ins on this sad, sparse wall. That way I can toss toys into it and it’ll give some scale, character and warmth.

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The view is the best part – even a semi constructed back deck can’t ruin how peaceful it is.

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow we conclude the house tour with the bedrooms!

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