September 15, 2012
Last Sunday, while I was busy taking photos of the food I was preparing, I decided to also photograph my kitchen to give you a little tour.
The renovations to the inside of our chalet (it's really the size of a house but it started as a small chalet) are now complete. Yay!
I'll start by saying this is the nicest kitchen we've ever had.
Actually, this is the nicest home we've ever had. The irony in the twists and turns of our housing story does not escape me. We renovated our own home in Maine (that process took years) and then pulled up the stakes. (We currently rent out that house to tenants.) We lived with my parents for six months while we established an income, then moved to a very small, short term rental to get on our feet.
We searched high and low for a another small rental in our budget. When we finally found a rental, it was not only in our budget but is also the nicest home we've ever lived in, and as big as our modest house in Maine. The one we renovated and then left in order to start this whole adventure.
Our landlord totally renovated this kitchen and I really love it.
I love the pantry storage, the white cupboards and wood beams. The warm wood floor which is local tamarack. The details like undercounter lighting - which I will especially appreciate during the dark winter months.
And a peninsula; I've always wanted a kitchen peninsula. We're not big dishwasher and microwave users, but I have to say they come in handy from time to time. Like when the kids want a baked potato for snack or we have company visiting or staying and can use the dishwasher to make clean up faster.
I am very appreciative for this beautiful workspace. Kitchen work is a big part of my life and having a nice workspace is not necessary but it is a lovely blessing. I'm extremely grateful for it.
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Leanne on Sept. 15, 2012, 12:18 p.m.
I love your kitchen! Beautiful!
Beth on Sept. 15, 2012, 12:56 p.m.
I have kitchen envy. It is a beautiful one.
We are in the process of building our home and the kitchen is not finished. I miss having a nice kitchen. I find it hard to be inspired cooking wise. Well, I will really appreciate it when it's done!
Mrs Mac on Sept. 15, 2012, 1:09 p.m.
Just beautiful. Love the colors and richness of the wood. I think a lot of creativity will come from your kitchen :)
Katarina on Sept. 15, 2012, 1:51 p.m.
Love the color accents around the house with the blue wall, red wall etc. A beautiful space for the beautiful life you've created. Congratulations!
Johanna Hanson on Sept. 15, 2012, 1:55 p.m.
Natalia on Sept. 15, 2012, 2:07 p.m.
What a nice place to be creative :) I love the intense color of the wall.
renee on Sept. 15, 2012, 3:50 p.m.
I think people either like bright walls or they don't. I happen to like them, though it would never occur to me to paint walls these colors. The main colors in our living/kitchen area are cerulean blue and terracotta orange.
LucyT on Sept. 21, 2012, 12:17 p.m.
Beautiful and inspiring. i love this style!! i am happy for you, Renee! you and your posts are a blessing to me, a new homeschooling mother in the practically non-existent homeschooling background in Slovakia where everyone is against it... so i am glad to see you being blessed :) HUG!!!
renee on Sept. 22, 2012, 9:13 p.m.
Lucy, I'm thrilled to have you visiting from Slovakia. I understand cultural resistance to homeschooling. There are no homeschoolers in our community and it's very strange to most people here. I'm so happy my blog can help support you in your journey. Hugs to you too!
Tsh Oxenreider on Sept. 15, 2012, 4:13 p.m.
We have those cabinets, too! Ikea, right? Just installed them. Love them. And I love your windows! Do you have a nice view?
renee on Sept. 15, 2012, 4:19 p.m.
Yep, Ikea. Our landlord had to drive all the way to Montreal (9 hours) to get them. Life in the boonies! And the view where we live is to die for. Ok, not really to die for. But it makes life in the boonies totally worth it. I haven't blogged the view much because it's been hard to photograph well. But it's trees and a mountain (we hear the river rushing in the valley below) and it fills me right up.
Anastasia Borisyuk on Sept. 16, 2012, 3:14 a.m.
I love it, so cozy!
Catherine Forest on Sept. 16, 2012, 4:17 a.m.
What a beautiful space you found! I LOVE that kitchen!
Lizelle on Sept. 16, 2012, 6:20 a.m.
I just love your kitchen. Love the wood, colours and light streaming into you dining area.
Heather on Sept. 17, 2012, 11:15 a.m.
Loving your kitchen. Looks so welcoming, I'd love to sit right there on one of those stools and commune with you!
renee on Sept. 17, 2012, 11:40 a.m.
Heather, You disappeared for awhile (bloggy-wise), then you reappear and it looks like you've been to an unschooling gathering in Cali no less. How fun is that. Hey, if you can drive all the way to California you can come visit in the Gaspe!
Stephinie on Sept. 17, 2012, 5:49 p.m.
All of that color and wood is just beautiful!
Heather Caliri on Sept. 17, 2012, 10:02 p.m.
It's lovely, but it also looks lived in--always my ideal. Also, chalkboard menu? It's like having your own maitre d'. Love.