When you enter our home, you enter directly into the kitchen. This is what you see, a table, chairs, a black stove/oven, orange tiles, and a massive, wooden beam that borders the hood, over the stove/oven.
One thing is certain when you have an entrance that is a kitchen, you know what is cookin' and if the cook does the dishes.
We are going to remodel the kitchen. We are going to change the 19th century orange tiles (I know, I know, how could I!!), add a black, granite counter (antique finish), replace the resin sink for one in inox, change the faucet and add Ikea cabinets. Plus we are going to lift the oven's hood because is so low, that even as short as I am, I hit my head on it nearly everyday.
The main reason we are changing the kitchen is because I want something more practical, user friendly. I would like to have cabinets where I can actually store basic kitchenware, instead of having to walk to the other side of the house to grab a bowl for my cereal.
I feel a ting of guilt taking out the old tiles, but not enough to stop me from doing it.
Most of all because I cook twice a day, nearly everyday for our family and friends. (The nearest fast food in our town is the bakery, and one can only eat so many baguettes, until one becomes a baguette. As for restaurants the nearest is at least a twenty minute drive away.) Cooking is something I do, and on a counter top the size of large mixing bowl.
I guess I feel I need to defend my desire to redo our kitchen.
My brother Mathew (a designer) told me, "A kitchen needs to be first and foremost practical." Amen brother.
My cousin Judy said, "When you are cooking see what you need, what you use to cook and have it near you. Imagine where things need to go to make your kitchen work for you easier."
First, I need more than the three kitchen plugs that I have now. (One for the frig., one for the stove, and the other one is abused with every other thing.) I need at more plugs.
My cousin Doug (an architect) said, "If anyone deserves a new kitchen you do!" I repeat his words often to make me feel less guilty for diving into this project.
(Annie cooking in my kitchen.)
The kitchen redo starts Monday. I'll give you one guess what I will be blogging about in the weeks to come.
1) How to cook in the bathroom?
2) How to eat a baguette?
3) Ikea cabinets and granite?
4) How to live with dust?
5) The bet places to eat in Provence?
6) When is it time to take a holiday?
Let the fun begin!