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Monday, January 13, 2014

Cottage Style Kitchen


Hello Cottage Friends,


Since this month we're focused on kitchens (i.e., the Every Room In The House party is taking place in The Kitchen right now), I thought it would be fun to show you one of my very favorite cottage kitchens. 


I think you'll have to agree that it's a keeper.

This kitchen -- designed for an 1890 clapboard cottage in Kentucky --  is loaded with country cottage charm.



I see more and more wall mounted kitchen sinks like the one pictured here.  Kohler and American Standard both offer sinks in this style.  Although a new sink like this is a little pricey (starting at $690), there's no denying that it adds an important element to a vintage kitchen design.  This could be one of those budget trade offs I'd have to make when remodeling a kitchen.  I love this sink that much.





An article I read suggested a bump out cabinet for a sink like this to allow for installation of
plumbing.  The bead board doors and ball feet make the cabinet look like it's freestanding. 


If one was inclined, I think it would be pretty easy to add bead board doors and ball feet to an existing cabinet.  I'd also consider using a skirt here instead of the doors. Oh so cottagey.











High ceilings allow for overhead storage and pretty crown moulding. We installed a bead board ceiling like this one in the kitchen of our last home. It's a relatively inexpensive way to bring a cottage look to a kitchen.




Traditional Spaces by Morrow Kitchen & Bath Designers The Workshops of David T. Smith

This island looks like an antique, but it's another piece of the custom cabinetry.  Here's where I really like open shelves.


Traditional Spaces by Morrow Kitchen & Bath Designers The Workshops of David T. Smith




The modern microwave and range were beautifully integrated into this "hutch".  The bead board back is a nice touch, and with the cabinet's feet it looks even more like a piece of furniture.


Traditional Spaces by Morrow Kitchen & Bath Designers The Workshops of David T. Smith




I love windows over a sink, and these large ones allow all that wonderful natural light to flood the room. 


The over-the-window shelf is delightful, and adds that extra oomph to the space.
Traditional Spaces by Morrow Kitchen & Bath Designers The Workshops of David T. Smith




Varying the cabinet height adds interest. The wall cabinet with the little drawers is quaint.


Traditional Spaces by Morrow Kitchen & Bath Designers The Workshops of David T. Smith




Glass front cabinets open up a kitchen, break up the monotony, and provide a place to display pretty dishes.  I found a good tutorial for changing out an existing panel door with glass at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.

Traditional Spaces by Morrow Kitchen & Bath Designers The Workshops of David T. Smith




The refrigerator is nicely hidden.  Out of curiosity, I did a google search on "DIY paneled refrigerator".  Sure enough, someone posted a tutorial of their project.  All you savvy DIY'ers can find it at Amazing Grays.  And if you want to replace the handles with something that looks more decorative, here's a source I found by googling.


Traditional Spaces by Morrow Kitchen & Bath Designers The Workshops of David T. Smith




Wood countertops are so warm.  I've seen a few frugal bloggers use Ikea wood countertops in their kitchen remodels.  I'm not endorsing Ikea's wood countertops, as I have no personal experience with them.  Addicted to Decorating has a tutorial on staining and sealing Ikea wood countertops that may be of interest.









To me this kitchen has it all. Great design, pleasing colors, an aged look, natural light, and really fun accessories.  What more could a cottage girl want?



Thanks for joining me for a look at this fabulous kitchen.



You're welcome to inspire us with your own kitchen posts (including recipes) at Every Room In The House.



We're partying the whole month of January in the kitchen, so come back often.







I'll be sharing the kitchen love with:
Every Room In The House
Amaze Me Monday
Wow Us Wednesday
The Inspiration Exchange
Share Your Cup Thursday
Be Inspired
Feathered Nest Friday

39 comments:

  1. I like so much about the kitchen you featured, Nancy. I love white/cream cabinets and I love that sink, too. I got a new sink a couple years ago and went with a large single bowl but since I wasn't re-doing the cabinets, I couldn't do a farmhouse sink. Lots and lots of inspiration you provided today. Oh, and I'm not sure if my comment went through on your "Ruthie" post, but it touched me deeply. I went to her blog and read many, many posts and then prayed for her dear husband and children. Such a young woman to have had to endure such pain. But she's in glory and free of pain now. Nothing better than being in the presence of the Lord. That comforts me when I think of my husband and what he experienced at the moment of death. Every time I hear "I Can Only Imagine," I choke up (used to sob, but that's better now!). I know you understand. Blessing to you :)

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    1. I'm glad you like the kitchen, Lynn. Thank you for your kind, sweet words about my post on Ruthie. I do understand everything you shared here. I think Ruthie, your husband, and my late husband Jim have already been introduced and are rejoicing together right now. Beautiful to think about, isn't it? Hugs, Nancy

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  2. Charming space. I do believe I NEED that sink. Yes NEED.

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    1. Smiling at your "need", Joan. Exactly what I think; I need a sink like that one in our next house. :)

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  3. I love everything in that kitchen . . . ordering the sink would be my first thing to do! Oh my, charming!

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    1. I'm right there with you, Lynne. It's pretty amazing the difference a sink can make in a kitchen.

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  4. Gorgeous! I love that sink and the countertops! I actually fought for both of them during my kitchen renovation. I lost. My contractor (aka hubby) didn't like the price of either. I bartered for large windows and a custom hood instead. Oh well, win some, lose some! ;)

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    1. For most of us there are always budget trade offs in any remodel. I love your kitchen, Kim. It's absolutely beautiful, and I'd say you bartered well. The stove hood and windows are wonderful.

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  5. The cabinetry is really beautiful here, how far the decorating community has come in kitchen design - but all these spaces are very expensive to implement into a lowly cottage such as mine. I believe a kitchen re-do is the most expensive area to attempt in an older house, even basic appliance prices have gone over the top lately.

    Very lovely cottage style kitchen Nancy, however, if you ducked through the doorway of an authentic one in an English village for example, it would look nothing like this, LOL!!!!

    Have a great week - hugs, Mary

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    1. You're right, Mary. Kitchen remodels can be very expensive, especially in an older home where electrical and plumbing is outdated and has to be brought up to code. I'm certain the kitchen I showed was very costly, what with the custom cabinetry and the high end appliances. However, I have seen some pretty amazing remodels done on a budget. That's where a good imagination and a diy spirit come in. I get a lot of encouragement from other bloggers in both areas. Thanks for dropping by and sharing, my friend. Always great to see you and read your comments. xx

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  6. What a beautiful kitchen and it has such character.

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    1. Yes, "character" is a good word to describe this kitchen, Sherry. I think that's why vintage style kitchens appeal to be so much. It's their character I love. You just don't find that in contemporary kitchens.

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  7. So much inspiration in your post and it must have taken so much time to find all those useful links. Thanks a lot. I'm planning on hiding my fridge too.

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    1. Magali, your kitchen redo is going to be so much fun to follow. Can't wait to see it. :)

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  8. I love that kitchen and can only hope mine will look half that good when we are finished. Lots of good inspiration. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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    1. My pleasure, Sandy. You have such great taste; I know your finished kitchen will be beautiful. I already love what you did with that exposed brick. xx

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  9. Charming! Love the sink and that they made the piece housing the microwave look like a hutch, rather than a bank of cabinets. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. It was my pleasure, Cindy. Thanks for coming by, and have a great week.

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    1. I'm glad, Martina. It was a lot of fun for me to share this kitchen. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  11. I love everything about your kitchen. I especially love that sink and cabinet! We just redid our kitchen and I tried to make it a farmhouse style. Really loving yours, stop by if you get a chance. I'm your newest follower!

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    1. I wish that kitchen was my own, Teresa. Alas, it belongs to someone else. I love it though, and consider it to be my inspiration. Thanks for following and leaving the nice comment. I'm on my way to see you now. Cheers!

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  12. I have told both my daughters and my hubby, if I had it to do over, our kitchen would have looked old and country. I would have hunted for one of those free standing sinks like we had when I was a kid...do you remember. They were about 5 or 6 feet long...the one we had at home just had one basin. I don't know if that is how they all were. The space beside the basin was made to drain stuff on.

    Beside the sink basin, there was a drawer on either side, and then under them and the sink was all that storage. And that is just one of the things I would have done differently!

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    1. Rose, I know exactly the sort of sink you're describing. The farmhouse I grew up in had one of those sinks. My mother kept kitchen towels in one drawer and silverware in another. I still remember the box of Spic n Span and the container of Glass Wax under the sink. :)

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  13. ps--I meant to tell you I don't live in TN now, though I do have two brothers down there...I l have lived in Indiana since 1975...minus a year and a half that Roger and I moved and lived down there.

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    1. Thanks for clearing that up for me, Rose. I was a little confused where Indiana came in. Have a great weekend!

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  14. Oh yes, this kitchen is fabulous! I added it to my 'kitchen I adore' Pinterest board. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. My pleasure, Jann. Glad you enjoyed the post. :)

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  15. So sweet and inviting love your kitchen.
    Kris

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    1. It is sweet and inviting. I only wish it belonged to me. :) It's great inspiration, though. Thanks for visiting. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  16. i love the kitchen. ang

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  17. I love the sink area! I like a refrigerator with an "armoire" built in look. My kitchen is so tiny, I could not pull it off. In fact most refrigerators except for four or 5 models, not brands, would fit in my space. I ended up with a new "vintage" style fridge, which turned out to be the happiest choice.

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    1. You fridge is wonderful. In fact, I love your entire kitchen. You did a great job with a small space. I'd happily have your kitchen in a heart beat. :)

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  18. I saw you on "Common Ground" and had to click on your site (and joined) to see your lovely kitchen. I love all the details in your decor. Thanks for sharing!
    Judy

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    1. Welcome, Judy. I'm so glad you stopped by. I wish I could say this kitchen is mine, but alas it is not. It's one of my inspiration kitchens, and something I just wanted to share with others. Thanks for your lovely comments and for following my blog. I'm on my way to visit you. Blessings ~ Nancy

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  19. What a kitchen, it's just wonderful! Love that sink! I'm happy I found your blog, it's great, Nancy!

    Nancy

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