Archive for October, 2010

The Kitchen

Heaven knows it has taken long enough. And truth be told there are still things to do. But the kitchen, long thought of and much fussed over, is almost done. In the end it is a wonderful place to be and holds a lot of people.

Inspired by a 1930s kitchen from Jane Powell’s book Bungalow Kitchens, I worked with Jonathon Zippel (In Your Kitchen – Custom Cabinetry), to design a kitchen that reflected the roots of the house. Jonathon is amazing. His skill and craftsmanship are what made it possible to do this.

Because of my admiration for Jonathon I did something I would never have believed I would do 🙂 I entered our kitchen in the Canadian House and Home annual something or other including kitchen contest. Don’t realistically think there is much chance of winning anything given how many people likely enter. But he truly deserves the recognition. So I have my fingers and toes crossed.

Subject of some debate was the decision to use kick plates only in areas that would be used intensively for food preparation. Also my corner cupboard. Not efficient. Not a good use of space. More than one person has looked at it with a frown. I, however, love it. There you go.

Open shelves. We have had open shelving in our kitchens for the better part of two decades. Why would you want to have to open a cupboard door and squeeze in everyday dinner plates and the like? This, in my view, works way better.

Oma’s stove. And a second sink by the stove. Which would not have been there but for Kathy Harris. Tim had to break up concrete in the basement to put the line in 🙂 But boy am I ever glad it’s there.

Our kitchen desk.  Also built by Jonathon. It is hickory – like the floor.

This looks a bit messy. And not magazine like. But it is a kitchen. And one I love spending time in.

As soon as we get that last piece of countertop in I’ll post pictures of the long window wall at the back of the kitchen. My favourite.

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Giving thanks

The house moves on slowly. But move it does. Can’t see it on the outside. But inside we make snail progress in the right direction. All is good,

In the meantime and in between time life does go on. Sometimes nicely so.

Spent the Thanksgiving weekend with friends in Ontario’s cottage country. We needed to be away – having spent our last two Thanksgivings with the Bays. They who flew from here to farther still and who we miss a lot a lot.


So this time away was special. In a very beautiful place. Thank you clans of Ms and clans of Vs.

Tim and I slept the first night in the boat house. This is what we woke to.

There were lots of these…

And some of this…(baked by Olga and consumed lakeside)

And many opportunties to capture dear ones in that October light.

And the colour of the sky was not to be believed… this shot taken by the Little Girl looking up.

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