Island Life

As Southern Ontario gets hit with an ice storm in the middle of April, I'm dreaming of island life, but not the kind of island life most people would be dreaming of as ice pellets and freezing rain hit the windows and streets ... I'm dreaming of kitchen islands!  

Kitchen islands with loads of storage for dishes and linens, stools for family and guests to perch on while they help get dinner ready or catch up on life and a big apron-front farmhouse sink for soaking the pots and pans overnight after an amazing meal! (Confession:  We don't always wake up to a clean kitchen at the farm!)

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Window Pain

We have a love/hate relationship with this wonderful stained glass window that the previous owner of Drumlin Farmhouse had removed from his home in Toronto, stored in the barn during the 2006 renovation/addition and then installed in the peak of the kitchen's vaulted ceiling.  It is a beautiful piece of art that he had commissioned by Canadian artist (whose name we have recorded somewhere and I'm looking into - will update soon!).  The problem is that it leaks!

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The Envelope Please!

After nearly four weeks of demolition, the "envelope" of the new kitchen area is taking shape nicely and it's getting easier to visualize what the space is going to look like.  We've run into a few structural issues (isn't that inevitable?!) and they will no doubt impact the budget, so we may have to hold off on a few aspects of the renovation .  But for now a country girl can still dream!!

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Sunny Side Up

While we wait for our cabinetry designers to draw up the next phase of the kitchen plans and for our contractor to take down some walls (hopefully this week!), I've been daydreaming and pinning my little heart out for ideas for the sunroom.  We will be removing the French doors that lead into this space so that it feels like it's part of the kitchen and insulating the room so we can enjoy our first cup of coffee looking out at the surrounding fields and outbuildings year-round! 

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"The Tonic of Wilderness"

My Instagram post earlier this week on "design compromise" in marriage and my husband's affinity for all things collectable, including abandoned wasps' and birds' nests, snake skins, antlers, driftwood, taxidermy (and the list goes on ....) generated a lot of comments!  Either because you're also married to a "hunter and gatherer" and have grown to love the raw, natural beauty these one-of-a-kind pieces bring into your living spaces or because you're the ones bringing home the feathers, pine cones, chestnuts, stones, birch sticks, skulls and fossils!  

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Don't Worry, Be Danish

There are still a couple of design decisions weighing on me a bit, but I feel like we're narrowing in on some key decisions.  I've spent this week struggling with how to inject the right amount of Scandinavian-vibe to the English farmhouse kitchen in a way that still makes sense and doesn't end up looking like I couldn't make a decision!?!

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Taking it to the Next Level

We had our second meeting with Bloomsbury Kitchens this week and they hit it out of the park (or, in our case, the farmer's field) with our initial floor plans for the new kitchen.  We will be meeting with our contractor at the farm this weekend to go over the project and what we need him to do to get the space ready for our mid-June installation date!  This is happening folks!

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Kitchen Confidential

We're giving a big ole' country "boot" to our old and dated (and, believe me, not in a good way!) kitchen at Drumlin Farmhouse and I couldn't be more excited!  The only redeeming quality to the current kitchen is that it is a big space, with beautiful bones (think lots of windows and doors, including French doors to this courtyard and picnic table) and the best feature is the post-and-beam structure salvaged from the original "Summer kitchen"). 

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