We added under counter lights to highlight the old pine sheathing we used for back splashes. Can you see the hidden dishwasher, or the Viking cooktop, or the professional range vent?
Here is the hidden dishwasher, next to the soapstone sink.
Here is the counter next to the sink, my favorite part of the whole kitchen. It turns chopping vegetables into a whole new experience, sort of the zen of preparation, if you will.
Here is the cupboard above the cooktop, hiding the vent a hood. But look what is also hides.
Cy built a nice spice cabinet in the shallow space in front of the Faber vent. Handy to have spices right where you use them, by the stove. Yes I know I spent way too much when I treated myself to a shopping trip to Penzeys, www.penzeys.com but what a difference fresh high quality spices make. I think some of my spices were older than my kids! Yikes! Now I can't wait to go back and fill up the shelves.
It's nice to sit at the table and watch the bird feeders in the backyard. Look to the far left, at the tall doors with H hinges. Look at what they hide.
First item on the right is the hidden refrig with radio and speakers above. Gotta have good music when you're working.
Next to that is the cupboard with my Amana convection oven, my micro, and lots of room for small electics, baking pans, etc.
And here, hidden on the side of the refrig, is a space for our new flat screen TV. Who can cook without a glimpse at the TV now and then?
Here is the under counter "dock" to the right of the sink.
Here it is open, home to all sorts of electric gadgets that normally drape themselves all over the counter.
And here is my other favorite thing, the wide plank 18th C chestnut floorboards with original mustard paints. Can you see how they warm up the cool dark brown of the cupboards?
So, how did we do? It is so rewarding to sit in this warm environment where I can eat, cook, work on my computer, watch tv listen to music, do yoga and look out the back door and watch the colored leaves fall. What could be better? Please send me your comments.