23 October 2011

{A Practical Kitchen Design With Period Appeal}

remodeled kitchen in this spanish colonial revival house
Bad enough were the worn cabinets and awkward layout, but the room also lacked the kind of details found throughout their home, which has arched doorways, wrought-iron work, and an art-tile fireplace surround. Alicia, an avid cook, craved a top-notch range, and with the family having grown to include three children, they needed more food storage. Kitchen designer Dana Jones's solution delivered both without adding on. By incorporating a butler's pantry—just one cabinet and a swinging door between the kitchen and the dining room—she gave the room an extra 50 square feet, allowing for more counter space, a snack peninsula, two sinks, an alcove for the pro-style range, and a double refrigerator-freezer.
stove alcove with decorative tile backsplash
he stove alcove, set off with a cascading arch and hand-painted tile mural, highlights the showpiece range.
farmhouse sink in this remodeled spanish style kitchen
The farmhouse sink is a period-appropriate choice, and its deep basin conceals dirty dishes. The arched casement windows' soapstone sill is both handsome and practical.
floorplan of this spanish colonial style kitchen before remodel
The freestanding stove and refrigerator had no adjacent counter space; a butler's pantry added two extra doorways. 
floorplan of this spanish colonial style kitchen after remodel
The kitchen now opens up to the dining room via a wide arch; it has a long counter and small breakfast bar. The range alcove lines up with the fridge for a clean look.

1. Annexed the butler's pantry that led to the dining room, removing one wall and creating a wide archway in the other. This made space for an extended counter and breakfast bar on one side and a 60-inch fridge on the other.

2. Replaced the windows with identical sets of triple-arched casement models that echo arches throughout the house.

3. Added more arches. The doorway to the adjacent hall got a simple Roman curve; the alcove for the range got a cascading arch.

4. Built in a hutch with a serving counter along the entry to the breakfast room.

Images: This Old House.
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{I Like the Smell of Rain}

Today, sunday, now winter cold and rain have arrived. And I can´t be happier, it's time to get winter clothing, sleeping with socks, and enjoy with the smell of wet grass.

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 Yes, I am a girl from the cold weather, I renewed myself in the rain. Rain purifies and calms the passions, and it attenuates the feeling.

“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.” Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

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