I had a few requests to share some pictures of my kitchen so I thought I would combine them with my post for today. I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. When we first bought our house I was really disappointed with it. It was very obvious that the former owners didn’t spend a lot of time cooking. The oven was old and half the burners wouldn’t light. The kitchen was completely closed off and it had the most hideous slate flooring that was impossible to clean. However, we loved the neighborhood and the house came with a large yard which is pretty rare in downtown Portland. Fortunately I was lucky and didn’t have to wait too long to redesign the kitchen but we did it really quickly without a lot of planning beforehand. Nine years later it’s still a space that I’m happy with but given the chance to do it again I would do a lot of things differently. I wish that Pinterest existed when I was designing my kitchen, I think it’s a great opportunity to really discover what you want and how to find that meeting point between the concept in your head and the reality of what you are able to accomplish.
I love to collect cookbooks almost as much as I love to use them. They transport me to another place and time or teach me something that I’ve longed to learn. We’ve gone digital quite a bit in the last few years but I can’t see myself ever getting rid of my them.
Thanks for taking a look at my most beloved space I hope you enjoyed it!
What a lovely space. Thanks for sharing! I’m off to pinterest to pin a few pics!
I had a great time taking the pictures! I can never seem to spend too much time on Pinterest myself!
Love the kitchen. Wish I had room in mine for all my cookbooks.
I’ve had to slow down on any new acquisitions since I’m running out of space in my island. I’ve promised myself that I won’t accumulate more than can fit in that space. I might have to start brainstorming some new hideouts…
Eeeps! I love this. We have twin kitchen aids (LOVE the orange…), I store my dried goods in mason jars on my counter top, and I’m in LOVE with your square picture prints. Where did you have them printed?!
Thank you so much for sharing. Your kitchen is gorgeous! Pinning it to my “living the dream… one day” Pinterest boards 🙂
My kitchen aid is one of my favorite things in my kitchen. I actually just recently starting printing my iPhone and Instagram photos through Printstagram. They can make prints in different sizes and do posters and photo books as well. Here is their site!
Lovely, you did a fantastic job! Love the stove and backsplash.
The backsplash was a happy accident. The tile that I originally wanted would have taken too long and I happened to find that in stock at a local shop!
Your kitchen really is gorgeous – I love the counters and backsplash. And I agree about the cookbooks, although we’re in a digital age I still want a hard copy of cookbooks. There’s something to being able to thumb through them and cook with them in the kitchen that makes the recipes stand out more and the experience more real and concrete. Lovely post, Tina.
I do so agree about collecting cookbooks. I get them just to read the stuff aside from the recipes. I used to have one that was from an Amish community in Ohio. The recipes were great and even had chilrearing tips lol. Love your space and this blog. thank you!
I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m also a sucker for photography and I really appreciate cookbooks that include a lot of lifestyle shots in them as well as recipe photos!
Thank you for sharing the pictures of your beautiful kitchen. It looks like a serene place to work! I wonder how you like the wood floor? We are about to do some remodeling in our kitchen and are considering a wood floor, but I am not certain.
I’ve been pretty happy with my wood floors but we are a little bit hard on them. They could definitely use some refinishing and if I had to do it again I might have picked a surface that wouldn’t scuff quite so easily. Good luck with the remodel!
I am completely in love with your kitchen – the island is what first caught my attention, what a great way to have the books right there!
I’m dead curious about the other bench tops – what material is it?