Wednesday, June 15, 2005

forkfriend's Kitchen

Forkfriend's finally finished kitchen



Posted by Forkfriend (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 11:40
Without all your guidance and good humor I don't think we would ever would have gotten this kitchen finished--I wish I could personally cook dinner for everyone who helped get us through the 10,000 decisions that are buried in every renovated kitchen:
Here it is at last:
Cabinets are Bertch Legacy in eggshell
Sink is the Rohl Allia in fireclay, in their bisque color
Faucet from Baths from the Past
Grapevine carved columns from enkeboll, corbels from Van Dykes
Granite is Kashmir Gold with an ogee edge
Bluestar range, FP dishdrawers, Jennair fridge
DH handpainted the breakfast room table
thanks again to all who led the way....
Here is a link that might be useful: Forkfriend's kitchen
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/forkfriend/my_photos

Follow-Up Postings:

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  • Posted by: janemarie5 (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 11:41
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Sorry, I just went in and tried to make it public; hope that worked....
Here is a link that might be useful: forkfriend's kitchen


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  • Posted by: compumom (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 11:55
That is a gorgeous kitchen! You did a magnificent job and I'd be happy to have that kitchen in a milisecond!
It's elegant and functional with great design elements and lots of detail. You must be thrilled with how it turned out! How much "help" did you have? I have Bertch cabs too, I thought I recognized some of your fillers etc. I love my Allia sink, I'm sure you will too!


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  • Posted by: Laura_P (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 11:56
What a gorgeous kitchen, you should be very proud. My DH and I both love the granite and are now tempted to take a look at the Kashmir Gold (we've been thinking laminate all along). Congratulations!


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Gorgeous job, everything works so well together! I have to tell you -- and this is a compliment -- that it looks like a brand new home.
Also glad to see the Allia in action. Mine should be installed by the end of the week.


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  • Posted by: awm03 (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 12:35
Sooo pretty! What a joy it must be to spend time in your beautiful kitchen.


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  • Posted by: mamasalvo (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 13:00
Beautiful Kitchen, and so pleased to see you chose the Kashmir. I posted questions in the discussion about the Kashmir gold yesterday and now want it more then ever.


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  • Posted by: merky (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 13:54
??? The link doesn't seem to work... Will you please try to post again, Forkfriend? Thanks!


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  • Posted by: skivino (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 13:54
Help!! I can't access them :(


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  • Posted by: Momto4Kids (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 14:09
Hey, me either....can't see 'em.


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  • Posted by: osita70 (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 14:31
Yahoo has been having a lot of problems the last few days so that is probably what's going on. I am anxious to see the photos too since I also have cream glazed cabinets and Kashmir Gold.


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  • Posted by: mamasalvo (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 16:29
osita,
I applaud your choice of Kashmir Gold. We might need to form a club...


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Your kitchen is beautiful and elegant. I love all your choices, especially the chandelier!


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  • Posted by: LPOWMACBACK (lpowmacback@aol.com) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 19:08
Lovely, elegant and classy are the words I use to describe your kitchen! Well done!!
Lisa


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  • Posted by: femmelady (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 20:18
Your kitchen is absolutely breathtaking! I really love it. So serene and elegant. It reminds me of a book from Victoria Magazine from the 90's - At Home with White. A truly wonderful book. You would probably enjoy it. I love the sink area, and your solution for towels. Those rings are a great idea, and look perfect. What did you use for your backsplash? It reminds me of Walker Zanger's Grammercy Park line. So pretty! The dining area is fabulous as well!


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  • Posted by: hailefinn (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 20:42
Wow! Such a lovely kitchen. Know you are proud of it.


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  • Posted by: ShelleyFL (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 21:02
Beautiful, elegant kitchen! It looks like something out of a magazine! ENJOY!


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  • Posted by: riverrat1 (My Page) on Mon, Mar 29, 04 at 22:15
Yeeouzzzza! Wonderful job. I love the monocramatic(sp?) look. Very elegant. Was it difficult to get all the colors of white to blend together? Yours looks so put together and flows very well. It looks like you spent alot of time planning the function of your new kitchen. Great Job!!!


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  • Posted by: Merjan (My Page) on Tue, Mar 30, 04 at 1:58
Your kitchen came out beautiful! When I was looking through your pictures, I thought to myself...imagine what my two year old would do to this kitchen LOL
Congratulations on your wonderful kitchen..ENJOY!


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  • Posted by: abcmom (My Page) on Tue, Mar 30, 04 at 6:12
WOWWWW...... job WELL done, .......beau-ti-fullllllllll.


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  • Posted by: Forkfriend (My Page) on Tue, Mar 30, 04 at 7:24
Thanks everyone! You forum veterans can see all kinds of decisions influenced by these boards--from soap dispensers and dishdrawers to hoods and the use of glass. Ours is an old house, with a typically cramped kitchen, so we took down the walls between kitchen, pantry, butler's pantry, maids room and laundry room to create this space. We kept lots of windows, despite the loss in wall cabinet space, because we wanted a really light, airy look.
The pictures make it hard to see the colors, but the walls are actually a very, very transparent blue that looks like air, as are the backsplash tiles (which are from Grazie, a line from Italy that looks hand made but is much more affordable than the Walker Zanger ones we also looked at.)
You are right about the planning--I can't say strongly enough that the best decision we made was to give ourselves a full year (well...we were also waiting for summer and contractors....) to plan, so that we made our mistakes on paper, played with all the options.
But even when we messed up--like ordering a full depth oven cabinet that closed in that back corner way to much--we were rescued by an incredible contractor. He and his team knew exactly how much flexibility and craftsmanship are required in an old house--and they rebuilt that cabinet into the base unit/microwave cabinet that you see in the pictures.
FYI, behind the pocket doors is a walkin pantry and laundry room, with the Duets stacked. This was a great solution to avoiding the basement stairs with the laundry baskets, and having open, handy storage space for all the excess Costco bulk....
thanks again for all the support!


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  • Posted by: tponti (My Page) on Tue, Mar 30, 04 at 8:45
Congratulations! What a breathtaking kitchen. You created such a calm, cozy space. Love the window seat (and everything else.)


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  • Posted by: blsdgal (My Page) on Tue, Mar 30, 04 at 8:57
I love your kitchen. I may copy some of your ideas!
Yours is my dream kitchen.


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  • Posted by: liz535 (My Page) on Tue, Mar 30, 04 at 9:45
Your kitchen is classic. It will look as good (from a design standpoint) in 100 years as it does now. Enjoy!


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  • Posted by: legallin (My Page) on Tue, Mar 30, 04 at 11:12
Simply incredible! It should be in a magazine feature. I love everything about it. It is truly a gorgeous classic. You must be very pleased. Linda


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  • Posted by: happytime_ca (My Page) on Tue, Mar 30, 04 at 13:38
You created an elegant and very usable kitchen, what a great job.. ENJOY!!!!


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  • Posted by: osita70 (My Page) on Tue, Mar 30, 04 at 15:57
I absoutely love your kitchen. I chose many of the same options but don't think mine will come close to looking as nice as yours.
Lauren


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  • Posted by: knroberts (My Page) on Wed, Mar 31, 04 at 0:00
What a beautiful, elegant, yet comfortable, kitchen! I love the windows (and towel hooks), and the glass cabinets that wrap around the corner...and the tile backsplash...and, and, and, so much more. It looks like a great space that coordinates nicely with the DR, too. I hope you love being there!
Karen


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  • Posted by: Randee (My Page) on Wed, Mar 31, 04 at 1:40
Simply spectacular. You must be so pleased.
What kind of floor is in your kitchen (color and brand)?


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  • Posted by: geogirl1 (My Page) on Wed, Mar 31, 04 at 6:54
So elegant. Just beautiful. Enjoy!


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  • Posted by: Forkfriend (My Page) on Wed, Mar 31, 04 at 6:56
The floor is white oak, with a natural finish, because that's what was already in the rest of the house. The new oak looks a little different than the old boards everywhere else, but it's not too noticeable, and we wanted the warmth and softness for the kitchen. The long runner in front of the sink, dishwasher and pullout garbage seems to catch 90% of the drips and splashes, so we've had no problem having wood in the kitchen so far....


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  • Posted by: JudeNY (My Page) on Wed, Mar 31, 04 at 10:09
Very elegant, functional and comfortable. Love the subtle coloring. Great light and views. Enjoy it all.


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Beautiful job. Especially liked the hand painted breakfast table. Congratulations.


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  • Posted by: skivino (My Page) on Wed, Mar 31, 04 at 11:14
WOW!!! I thought I didn't like white kitchens....I was wrong!!! GORGEOUS, STUNNING, PERFECT!
Great Job...I hope ours turns out half as nice!


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  • Posted by: Zolablue (My Page) on Thu, Apr 1, 04 at 10:29
Oh, just fabulous looking! You've obviously thought of every tiny detail and it shows. Super job and it looks like something right out of a magazine. :o)


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  • Posted by: Tannatonk (My Page) on Thu, Apr 1, 04 at 18:01
I hope you don't get tired of hearing how beautiful your kitchen is! It is just stunning! I am so envious of all your space. My DH and I can't even be in our kitchen at the same time .. lol! Some nights I fall asleep dreaming of my "dream kitchen". You did an awesome job - now it's time to enjoy!
Tanna

3 comments:

Ray verschleiser said...

I must compliment your taste so exquisit and serene a calm when you look at this beautiful kitchen
especiall your high chairs may I ask where did you buy these beautiful island chairs?
love it love it...
enjoy

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Can you tell me what kind of pulls you have one the drawers?

Buehl (GardenWeb) said...

Cannot see your pictures :-(