My kitchen is our hub. We’re either knee deep in it, or passing through. It needs to work hard and look good.
What are the parts that make it so?
1. A good work surface. My center island is a whopping 8’ x 4’ old wood surface, that’s perfect for spreading out and accommodating any project or gathering. On a smaller scale, but just as hardworking, is a primitive dry sink placed between the wet area of the kitchen and the refrigerator. It serves double duty as a landing spot for dishes to be loaded into the dishwasher and as a convenient place to offload groceries into the fridge and pantry.
2. Good light. Bright sunlight pours in during the day. Multiple recessed lights provide optimum task lighting. Reproduction lighting fixtures, a Scofield chandelier and a pair of Authentic Designs’ wall-mounted sconces, add a decorative element as well as beautiful ambient light at night. For ultimate control, all of the fixtures are on dimmers.
3. Varied storage. Organization takes on many forms, from traditional wall mounted cabinets over the sink and in the base of the island, to a freestanding antique red-painted pantry shelf that houses my white dishware and serving pieces. Playing the part of our food pantry, is my very favorite piece in the house, a rustic early nineteenth century French cupboard.
4. Essential tools. Everyday tools and materials need to be handy and within easy reach, but in an organized way. A hearty collection of antique and newer wood boards stand at the ready, vertically stacked by scale. Vintage barn red apple baskets are stuffed with spatulas, wooden spoons, and whisks. My loyal Kitchen Aid mixer is always parked right by the stove. A well-rounded collection of spices is housed in an open wall-mounted antique pine shelf. Storing in uniform glass jars and labeling clearly allows us to see what we need quickly, to use in a pinch! (Sorry. I couldn’t resist.)
My dream kitchen has evolved over time…and still keeps evolving. We’re patient, and do what we can with what we have. It’s a process, and that’s half the fun. Like us, you may not have the luxury of doing everything all at once. Baby steps count. Have faith. You’ll get there!