The kitchen in the house in the woods is finished.
I love the red cabinets with soapstone counters,
the farmhouse sink, the mushroom wood floor,
and the black island with Carrara marble top.
I love having more windows and fewer upper cabinets.
Dishes go in drawers with nifty dividers.
The tiles are beautiful, but there are more of them in more places than I expected. (One of the problems of a long distance project = miscommunication.) They are subtler than they appear in these pictures (you can get a better look below), but a little bit goes a long way--and they seem a bit busy. I'm going to live with them for a while and then see how I feel.
I don't love the sage paint (darker than it appears in the pictures). It needs some toning down, especially with the colorful tiles, and at some point I will repaint in cream.
I love the red beadboard on the back of the upper cabinets (which are off-white).
The reds in the kitchen are reminiscent of barns.
Upstate New York, where the house is,
is dotted with family dairy farms. Many have gone out of business,
but the barns still stand.
It's a comfortable, spacious and warm place for family and friends, and already feels lived-in.
We've owned the house and spent many weekends there for 11 years, and will retire there one day. It's become the place where our family gathers--and this kitchen will get plenty of use and love for many years to come.