BWC: Kitchen Planning

The kitchen at Beech Wood Cottage is huge, and in its a few years of non-use and with a few issues with the second one ground sound asleep porch above, the ceiling needs to get replaced, the floor plan needs a few re-configuring which includes the addition of an island.

Designer Credit: Samantha Lyman

I was shuffling through magazines the other day, and got here throughout the June 2012 House Beautiful, where a kitchen designed by Samantha Lyman become featured because the Kitchen of the Month. I fell in love! Not simplest does the kitchen pair up my two preferred countertops (butcher block and carrara marble); the kitchen includes a beautiful massive island and antique pendants and painted shelves – making what could have been cold and dull, a laugh and personal.

I’m so jealous of the garage on this kitchen, nicely to be sincere, jealous of the kitchen length. Walnut Counters, the $23,000 range, the subzero glass front refrigerator and freezer side through side, the vintage deliver lights … Ah, perfection!

If I hadn’t examine the mag article, I would have instructed you that these are old gym lights from a faculty residence. I love the double pendant. Definitely taking this and setting it to accurate use.

I additionally love that the brand new cabinetry turned into designed to suit the antique pie cupboard perfectly. I would not consider placing three different cupboard colors inside the BWC kitchen, till I noticed this of path, with the white perimeter cabinets, antique blue, and grey island.

I continually discover that an island sink, (surely multiple sink) in a kitchen is so beneficial! But inside the tiny kitchen of CDLV, there has been no need for 2 sinks because you could not have multiple man or woman within the kitchen. It’s a count of the plumbing as to whether or not I’ll do a second sink at BWC, however nonetheless certainly love the appearance of it. And that stove! Oh, if simplest!

We will probably preserve our present day stove, as I may want to think of different matters I ought to spend $23,000 and get tons greater amusement from. But I will sincerely figure out a manner to build a vent hood cowl just like the one above. So beautiful.

The cutting-edge cabinets are along one wall simplest. In the re-configuring of the kitchen format, more cabinets will must be made. However, I can hold the fees down via refacing the modern-day cabinets, and having the extra cabinets made with the identical door face via one of the Amish cabinet makers inside the Valley. Same for the island.

The perimeter cabinets will be topped in butcher block. Lumber Liquidators offers a beautiful American Cherry Butcher Block at a very reasonable price, and the cabinets will be painted white. Hopefully it’ll end up looking like this:

through Pinterest

I’m contemplating doing a giant slab of carrara at the island, which I may also paint black instead of grey … Like this:

via House & Home

Although, I do love the look of carrara paired up with gray … I mean, with the veining – it’s a natural:

by Anne Decker Architects, via

Heck, I mean … it’s good enough for Martha:


I’ve even thought of using full slab of carrara as a backsplash above the butcherblock along the perimeter and behind the stove, like this:


Now, I am not sure that I would have ever had carrara on the list had it not fallen into my lap. Yes, I happen to have been gifted carrara. Enough to do backsplash and an uber large island. Who would give such a generous gift? More on that later.

It’s not as thick as the slab Joni Webb used in the photo above, it’s more like this actually:

Design by Samantha Lyman

I also plan on incorporating open shelving like this:

via Rue Magazine

I love the look of this, metal L-brackets with limed wood risers. It would certainly look great piled high with our ironstone collections. It would also be a lot cheaper than having upper cabinets built for the whole kitchen.  However, I also like the cleanliness of this:

via Southern Accents

Which do you prefer? I’d also like to find a way to figure in this piece:

via eBay

Or maybe …

via eBay

Anyone getting any hints? These cabinets are of the Victorian Eastlake Style, and the house is a Victorian Farmhouse, with Eastlake-esque mouldings. I’m thinking of making this into a wine cabinet. Perhaps painting it the same color as the island, or maybe washing it down with blue or green paint?

Oh so many decisions … but it sure is nice to get them out of my head and onto “paper” so I can gather feedback from friends, like you! So let me know … on track to beauty?

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