Friday, February 10, 2012

My Kitchen Tour


I'm sorry about the "teaser" in the earlier post.  I have had plans to give you a full Kitchen Tour for a while now but the timing was never right.  Or, if the timing was right then the weather wasn't cooperating.  Today the sun actually came out!!!  By the time I grabbed my camera and decided to take pictures I realized that I needed to do a bit of clean-up before having company.  Isn't that the way it always works?  
So here it is...
Drumroll Please!!!  

This is the view walking into the room from the Living Room, Dining Room area.  I love the openness of the room.  We (my husband and I) designed this house in 2002.  Mr. Beaux has a degree in architecture and I am an Interior Designer so it's a great mix.  Every detail of this house from moldings to knobs to paint colors were our choices.  This was the first time that we were able to build a home from the ground up. In every other house we had lived in there was always something that we desperately wanted to change or something that we ended up redoing to our liking.  Not in this house!  (OK, I really DO want a Bigger Master Closet). 
Here is the same view as we move into the room.
And from the opposite corner you get a full view of the kitchen and dining area.  Let me tell you that we really LIVE in this room!!!  This is where we eat all of our meals, watch TV, do homework, Blog, and just hang out.  
 This great table expands to 10 feet.  Yep!  10 Feet!  See the ends there?  They slide out and I have other leaves that slip in to make a 10 foot table.  
 The island is 8' 3" long.  That was the biggest slab of granite that we could get without having a seam.  
The barstools are tucked under the island to blend in without being seen.  We had other larger barstools with backs before but they always seemed to be in the way.  I like these much better.  The Corbels are repeated on the island, the fireplace and above the window. 
I love the contrasting stains.  

The dish cupboards are my favorite design.  I love the arched glass doors and the moldings.  
We thought for a long time about where to place the Microwave in this kitchen.  We decided on this placement mostly because our children were older and it wouldn't be a hazard.  With tiny ones I'm not sure this would work out.  
I'm thinking about either painting inside the cupboards or wallpapering for some contrast.  I really like that look.  
These large drawers hold mostly bowls and plastic-ware.  Where does it all come from?

More dishes!
 The Farmhouse sink and the Rohl faucets get quite a workout as there always seems to be dishes to do.  On a trip to Italy we went to Cortina and had a blast buying pottery.  The footbath behind the faucet is my absolute favorite piece in our collection.  It is NEVER moving from this spot.  
 OK, the MOST used spot in this kitchen is the coffee center!!!  The Keurig and the Nespresso (a Christmas gift from Williams Sonoma) are used all day every day!!!  The Nespresso heats and froths the milk just like Starbucks.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Hey, it keeps me out of Starbucks and everyone needs a splurge item right?  
 The Viking Range had been a dream of mine for quite a while before building this house.  We have a pop-up vent instead of a hood over the range to make a spot for the Chandy.  


 On our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Italy we had this plate made for us.  It makes me happy every time I look at it.  
 Well there you have it. 
Thank you for visiting and taking the tour of my Kitchen and Hearth Room with me.  I've really enjoyed having you.  I truly enjoy each and every one of you and all of your kind comments.  I feel like I am inviting you into my home each time I write a post.  Like we are sitting down for coffee and I am sharing my recent treasure finds with you or my remodeling projects...  Like good friends!!!  Speaking of friends, I hope I can figure that Linky thing out soon.  Have a great weekend!

Beaux R'eves
XO Cindy
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Anonymous said...

Grazie mille.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Cindy, your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the Viking range!! What a great layout! I love every detail...and the pottery is the icing on the cake! Thanks so much for sharing!

Rooms by Ann said...

Your kitchen is so gorgeous, I love the mix of colors. You and your husband did a great job, You guys work well together.

Rooms by Ann said...

Your kitchen is so gorgeous, I love the mix of colors. You and your husband did a great job, You guys work well together.

sissie said...

Oh Cindy your kitchen and family room is absolutely stunning! I love every little detail. You and your husband did a wonderful job on the design and flow. What a joy to be able to be in everyday.

hugs
Sissie

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

What a gorgeous space! Love how open it is!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Morning Cindy,
Your home is warm and lovely. We have the great room affect as well, and I simple love that design because I really didn't like the feeling of being stuck in the kitchen by myself, or that when people were in the kitchen you were constantly having to have them move out of the way for you to get something. So it has worked well for our family these last 31+ yrs.

Your kitchen is gorgeous and I really love your dome shaped glass
cabinetry. Simply beautiful, and that is a wonderful island as well.
Such an inviting space, and so nice that it is a well loved and used space. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Blessings, and Happy Valentines day to you, Nellie

White Whimsy said...

Your home is lovely and so is your blog. I am so glad I just stumble upon your blog. I am a new follower.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Cindy what a gorgeous home! I love how open the kitchen is to the hearth room. Such a great family space. I think the plate you had made for your 25th anniversary is lovely and such a treasure. Thanks for sharing your home with us! Hugs, Linda

Anita said...

Ok so this was well worth the wait Cindy, and I think it is my dream kitchen!! Everything is just gorgeous! I love the custom details that make it so European. The cabinetry is all amazing and the different colors of stain and paint I am in love with. The chandy is just gorgeous, and I love your island too. What a wonderful room to gather family and friends in. I just love it all!!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

Bonnie Schulte said...

Your home is amazing amd gorgeous. Love the island, the stove top, the cabinets, sink, dishes, everything. Oh and your placement of furniture is wonderful too. I would love to spend time here.

Blondie's Journal said...

I am in LOVE with your kitchen. it shows that it was very well thought out and designed! You and your husband did a fantastic job! I love your Italian pottery and I have been wanting an espresso machine for quite some time...I will have to check out Williams Sonoma!

Thanks for the wonderful tour!

XO,
Jane

dee dee said...

cindy,
this room is simply lovely! you and your hubby thought of everything! love the contrasting colors od stains, the openess of the kitchen to the living room to the eating area! we followed the same idea in our new home and love having one open room that we truely live in! thanks for sharing!
dee dee

❀ JoAnne said...

Really beautiful, Cindy. Such a wonderful place for family living and gathering together ~ I love it!!

Judy Bigg said...

Cindy, your kitchen/hearth room is 2die4. Absolutely gorgeous. I always like an open concept layout with dark floors. You and your husband are superb in your designs with very planned space. The Corbels are all very ornate and eye-catching. I agree with you loving the arched glass doors and moldings of the cabinets. The Chandy in the kitchen makes perfect sense to me too. I think you get "Kitchen of the Year" Award. Thanks for sharing.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Your kitchen is just stunning!!! Thanks for the tour, it will be featured on Tuesday!
XO
Kristin

Jo's This and That said...

Cindy it is a WOW! Love it! You did a great job designing.Your kitchen is gorgeous! Joann

Dianne said...

I love the open room concept and you did it beautifully. Looks so inviting and perfect for entertaining. Great room. Dianne

Robin said...

This is truly a "dream" great room. I love all the details and the combining of stains, the wall of windows, the chandlier, the glass front cabinets and you have just the right amount of decorative accessories. Ok, I'm going to go look at it again!

Robin
Robin Flies South

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

STUNNING!! I love it all!

Terry said...

There are so many details to love in this kitchen and great room area. Drool

Beth said...

Love this look - everything! I adore that dark wood piece above your sink window area. I have an all brick kitchen and there is an archway above the sink window, but inside the arch is just a piece of stained plywood??? Not sure what that was all about (we didn't build the house) but I love this idea and will try to figure out a way to use that for inspiration!

Shirley Hailstock said...

It's beautiful. And all that space. I am so jealous.

Atticmag said...

I like the openness. Nice job. Jane

Eclectically Vintage said...

Wow - love the open floor plan! I hear you about getting the room camera ready - I moved a lot of stuff into the dining room to get my kitchen pics!! Love that chandelier - always nice to have a bit of bling in the kitchen! So lucky to do a house from the ground up - isn't it fun! You and the hubs did a superior job.
Kelly

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Visiting you from Met Monday. Your kitchen is beautiful, your whole living space is! I love the open layout.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Totally gorgeous. I just want to move in. Everything is done to perfection. Hugs, Marty

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Cindy,
Visiting you today from MET Monday.
Your kitchen is amazing, its so beautiful! and I adore the color of your cabinets. My husband and I have been working in our kitchen changing a few things and the cabinets are on my list of things I would like to re-do. Your home is charming and how fun for you both to have been able to design it from the ground up. Everything is just gorgeous!
I have become your newest follower.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Diann said...

Your kitchen is beautiful Cindy! I love all the color and accents you have around!

michelle said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful space...very well done!

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness! I'm in heaven! You have the prettiest kitchen, dining area and family room combo. It is so well put together. In our next house, we need an open concept like that. We currently "live" in our kitchen too, but it isn't open to the family room and doesn't have all those wonderful bells and whistles. You and your husband are a wonderful pair with your job and his. No wonder you have such a beautiful home!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

It's BEAUTIFUL, Cindy!! Those dishes from Italy are beautiful, and they will become even more special with each passing year. I wish you many happy years in your home.

The Inspired Nest said...

Wow, you are living my dream! I adore the contrasting stains with your cabinetry. Your thoughtful design truly shows! I enjoyed every minute of the tour!
Lacy

Heaven's Walk said...

Your kitchen should be a magazine, Cindy! Wow! It's just beautiful, girl! Love the mix of textures, tones, and fabrics! :)

xoxo laurie

Kristel said...

Your kitchen and family room are GORGEOUS!!! Wow is all I can say!

meRuu... @ Meru's world said...

U have a SUPER AMAZING kitchen!! Love every bit of it.. :) :)

Scribbler said...

What a fabulous kitchen! I am saving your post for all the great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Cindy, you have one beautiful kitchen, I love the black and white of it! Visting from Wow!

About Vintage French Hen said...

Absolutely incredible! The attention to detail is stunning, great job! Marcia

Indulgencesobx said...

Dropping in from Savvy Southern Style.... LOVE the kitchen. It's absolutely gorgeous. We remodeled our kitchen last year to remove the wall between the kitchen and family room and it really makes a difference! Love the openess of your room.

Joining as a new follower...

Lora

Becca said...

Wow, what a gorgoeus kitchen !! I love the cabinetry, layout and colors you chose! The chandie is beautiful, too !!

At The Picket Fence said...

This is my DREAM kitchen Cindy! Every time I come over and see something from your home I drool a little bit. LOL! I love every single element and just how warm and elegant it all is with the mix of wood tones and layering going on. Thank you so much for sharing it with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday! :-)
Vanessa

Andrea said...

such a beautiful kitchen! I love the layout and all the details. Certainly makes me want to save my pennies for a new kitchen at my house-even though mine is only 3 years old (just not my style =). New follower =)

Daffodil Hill said...

If I came to your house, there would be drool all over the place. So beautiful and warm and inviting. Your expertise shows!

P.S. Guess I'll never be invited in person:-)

Daffodil Hill said...

P.S. I'm your newest follower.

chateau chic said...

Everything is perfect and absolutely stunning!!
Mary Alice

Bonnie said...

Fabulous room. I love a window over the sink and a light filled room. LIke your layout very much. Great accessories.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, my what a wonderful kitchen and family room. Love the two toned cabinets. We have them, too. We designed and built our house, too sixteen years ago and have done many changes since. We are not architects or decorators, but my husband drew up the basic plan on a piece of paper after we did a lot of house touring and put together what we liked at that time. We did a lot of the work on it ourselves plus worked during the day at our full time jobs. Your kitchen is amazing and thanks for sharing at Wow.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Cindy, What a gorgeous kitchen and family room. Love your cabinets and the different stains. Every detail is beautiful. Thank you for linking to the Open House party.
Hugs, Sherry

Artsy VaVa said...

Your kitchen is beautiful! I especially love the chandelier.

lvroftiques said...

What Sherry said! Lol! Just gorgeous! Love everything! I can't wait for our next house because we too will be designing it ourselves. You made beautiful choices. Vanna/your newest follower

Deserae said...

Your kitchen is so gorgeous...absolutely stunning! I can see why you and your family spend so much time in there :o)
~Des

PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :o)

Suzy said...

Cindy - this a such a fabulous, magazine worthy space. The kitchen is to die for and my comment would be way too long if I described everything that I'm drooling over! I'm your newest follower and signed up for email updates too! I have a giveaway going on, if you're interested. http://worthingcourt.blogspot.com/2012/02/little-switcharoo-and-giveaway.html
Take care!

Style Sisters said...

WOW can I come cook in your kitchen!! What a beautiful home you have created!! I love it all!

Karin

Kathleen said...

What a lovely room! Perfect for all occasions. My pedestal table opens to 10 ft too, but I wish the leaves were stored like yours! They are so heavy!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Divine. Simply divine!

Linda

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

So beautiful, and I love the arched glass doors!

BeezRentalDesigns said...

Hi, I'm a new follower! I can't believe how much you have created my dream kitchen/family room space; even down to the plates! As I know I will never acquire it, I thank you for fulfilling that dream. -_^
Your home is so lovely and inviting! I hope you'll stop by for a visit at beezrentaldesigns.blogspot.com
Barbe

Jessica Kielman said...

Wow! This is one of the most beautiful kitchen/family rooms I have ever seen...ever! It is just so open and inviting! I am hosting my first link party today, and would love for you to add this along with anything else you like!
http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-1.html

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

Your kitchen and hearth area is beautiful! I love the fact that you used different finishes for the cabinetry and a different granite for your island. That island is gorgeous... love the corbels and chandelier above. The dome shaped glass in your cabinetry is also very special. Would love to see what your hearth area looks like at another angle(s). Thanks for sharing.

Honey at 2805 said...

Stunning! I'm so afraid my eyes are turning green. Thanks for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

Pamela said...

Just beautiful!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I was going through my wow party links and your post has the highest number of visits I believe I have ever seen in my party. You have had 396 visits through my party. Wow.

Lesli @ BeautifullyCoastal.com said...

It's a stunner! Came over from BNOTP and I'm glad I did!

thistlewoodfarm said...

What an absolutely beautiful kitchen. I love everything from your finishes....to that coffee station. Thanks for all the inspiration.

blessings,
karianne

Gracefully Vintage said...

LOVE the kitchen-SO happy you shared-I was just debating-if we cna paint our island black-and if it would look ok with our white cabinets- and yours turned out Gorgeous-
(new Follower) Love your blog
Karryann

Elena said...

Stunning!! I have serious kitchen envy!

Debbiedoo's said...

WOW, WOW, and triple WOW! Gosh I love your kitchen. The island and cabinets are gorgeous. I thank you so much for sharing with my newbie party. Enjoy, and I hope you make some new friends today.

Sweet Melanie said...

My My My!!! You and your husband have done one spectacular job...I love everything about the whole space. The colors, fabrics on the sofa and chairs, the dishes...well you get the picture! Just beautiful!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Cindy, It's my first time here and I am lovin' your kitchen! Love the arched windows and the wood over the kitchen sink and the glass front cupboards. . .and the, well you get the idea. I am a new follower. Did you say just like Starbucks?! Well, I'll be checking that baby out.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

WOW, Cindy, I don't know how I missed this post. Our tastes are so similar, we must be Country French kindred spirits. Details are so important and it shows in your awesome kitchen. Love the killer chandy!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh Cindy, your home is just amazing! I love everything about it!!

Designs By Pinky said...

OMGoodness, your kitchen/ hearth room is gorgeous! I love the cabinets, island, everything! This is my dream. I love to entertain but everyone wants to gather in the kitchen and I am constantly asking people to move so I can get to something. I hate that:) Your layout is beautiful. You and Mr. are a great team. XO, Pinky

Lori said...

Saw you at Kim's party feature. I pinned one of your kitchen pics. Thanks for watermarking. Lori

Angela said...

In love with it all! Esp. love the open concept!

Kim said...

Is there room for one more in this gorgeous home??

Your Craft Book said...

You truly have a beautiful home and I love it, so much my taste. Enjoy every wonderful moment, Maureen

Princess Kate said...

I absolutely love your kitchen/living area. Do you do design consulting. I love your style.

Babs said...

Cindy and Mr. Beaux..your kitchen and family room are perfection! Everything is obviously designed with great love and care. Well done!
Oh, love that foot bath, too.
Babs

Sarah said...

Oh.my.gosh. This girl is JEALOUS! You have such a beautiful kitchen!!!! There are so many things I love, it's like my total dream kitchen. The huge island, the hidden fridge, the cabinets...I can't decide what's my favorite!!!


BTW I'm stopping over from the newbie party and I love your blog. I'm your newest member!
I'd love for you to stop by and check out my blog too!

aarond said...

I just joined your blog and let me say that kitchen is BEAUTIFUL. Just my style. I hope you will join my blog too. It's all about farm life, decorating, cooking, animals, projects, and lots more.

Kristi said...

I'm so glad I came back to see your kitchen because it's fantastic!!! We have VERY similar taste! I even have some of the same knobs as you and have the same interior doors! LOL And your chandy, it MUST be a Schonbek? LOVE IT ALL! Gorgeous and can't wait to see more :)
Kristi

Calypso In The Country said...

Your kitchen is stunning! I can see why you spend most of your time in that space! Just lovely!
-Shelley

CML said...

Came across your blog looking for furniture for my kitchen/hearth room. Oh. My. Gosh. LOVE your kitchen! It is a bit similar to mine! I have been looking for furniture and love your chairs. May I ask where I might find them or something similar? I love your style! Thanks for posting your pictures. I am now going to be one of your loyal followers!
Thanks so much! <3 Carolyn

CML said...

Came across your blog looking for furniture for my kitchen/hearth room. Oh. My. Gosh. LOVE your kitchen! It is a bit similar to mine! I have been looking for furniture and love your chairs. May I ask where I might find them or something similar? I love your style! Thanks for posting your pictures. I am now going to be one of your loyal followers!
Thanks so much! <3 Carolyn

j said...

Oh...MY! This is my dream space. Simply perfect...maybe in my next lifetime! I have to follow you, now!

JP said...

Would LOVE to follow!Just getting this message...
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Cindy Ritchie said...

I'm sorry JP, what method are you using to follow? Google Friend Connect? Email? Please let me know and I will try to fix the problem.

Cindy Kinnee said...

Love the color of your island! (as well as everything else in this room!) What color and/or stain technique did you use. At first I thought it was black, but with a closer look, it has hints of browns & reds?

Cindy

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