No need to hound me any longer, dear blogging friends. I’m ready to reveal the completed kitchen here at our new cottage. It is classically beautiful with a few surprises. And we wanted a change from the cottage style we had before with white cabinets. If you have been following along our homebuilding progress, you already know that we chose neutral colors, cherry cabinets, a tumbled natural stone backsplash, and New Venetian Gold granite countertops. But you want to see how it all turned out! Ready? Drum roll, please…
The biggest twist in our dream kitchen is a distressed black island! We love antiques and wanted to have a focal point that played off the cherry cabinets. The granite countertop has deep flecks of black, mixed with light and warm tones. So it was an easy choice.
The darker hardware throughout our new home also was an inspiration. And the black color ties in the stainless steel appliances. Tucked right into the island is our new Bosch dishwasher. We had this brand in our previous home and couldn’t wait to get another one. At 42 decibels (quietest one made in the USA), you have to look at the control panel to see whether it is on or not! In the picture below, you can also see the breakfast area next to the windows. Our view looks out into woodlands. The door leads to the screened-in back porch.
And another surprise in our kitchen is the Kohler apron-front sink. This style is also referred to as a farmhouse sink. We chose a brown and black speckled cast iron beauty. It is one big bowl, which makes it so easy for hand washing pots and pans.
A final surprise on the island is a cute little bookcase at one end. This past weekend, we filled up this space with some of our favorite cookbooks and handmade pottery. The butler’s pantry area cabinets flank the far side of the island, including a lighted glass case for special china and glassware. The food pantry door is on the far left.
Looking from opposite direction, you can see the corbels for countertop support. We got some lovely bar stools to use in this area. In the distance, you can catch a glimpse of the great room cabinets and trey ceiling, in addition to the stairway leading to the second floor.
And below is a total view of the kitchen and breakfast area from a vantage point in the great room. After seeing all of this, are you coming over for dinner soon? You can sit at the bar area, have a cool drink, and watch the food preparation! Hubby can be quite entertaining, and I'll make sure that you feel right at home. We promise you won't go away hungry!
Stay tuned for a second post in the days ahead!