Don't Worry, Be Danish
The renovation is picking up steam and I feel like we're playing a bit of catch up. Funny how that can happen after you've spent 5 plus years dreaming and scheming. I'm sure it will hit a few bumps along the way and slow down when we least want it to, but right now it feels like it's moving faster than we are!
That could be because we unexpectedly spent the better part of the long weekend purging, packing up and moving our kitchen essentials into a small "butler's kitchen" off our living/dining room that will be our main kitchen for the next 5 months. Our local contractor, John, and his son-in-law came by on Saturday to discuss the project for the first time and not only are they on board, they want to start "poking holes in the walls" next week and demolition the following week! I thought things moved more slowly in the country?!
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!?!
I reminded myself that when I'm in doubt, I need to go back to what I already know. My favourite rooms in the farmhouse already have a Danish influence and my very favourite space is the above guest bedroom. It's the perfect mix of "dark and moody" and "light and airy" (design dilemma #1 from a few blog posts ago) and is now my main inspiration for the look and feel I'm going for in the kitchen. Some of the cabinetry will be a dark colour similar to the fireplace surround and I'm reminded of how good it looks with copper pieces and wood.
History lesson: This room is called the "Slip Room" and it's the smallest room on the main floor of the Old Stone House. The OSH has a centre hall plan with two front "parlours" that we now use as guest bedrooms. I learned from a fellow IGmer who has a similar historical home not far from ours (I love Instagram!) that it's called a "slip room" because it offered the "lady of the house" a place to slip away to if guests arrived unannounced and she wasn't properly attired. Don't worry, we're a little less formal at Drumlin Farmhouse these days!
Here are a couple of my other favourite rooms at the Farm that are influenced by my love of all things Scandinavian ....and that includes IKEA!
The soaring white ceilings of the attic bedroom in the Old Stone House will influence the finishes we choose for the double-height ceilings in the kitchen. We're thinking of using a horizontal bead board (or shiplap) and painting it white to highlight the stained glass window. My husband's not completely onboard with this idea (but, remember, he also wanted to keep the elevator....)
We've also decided to insulate and open up the doorway to the seasonal sunroom that sits just off the kitchen. It gets a lot of use in the Spring and Summer months and everyone loves spending time in there, so this will allow us to use it year-round. We will use the same light beadboard on the ceiling of the sunroom and the same stone flooring as the kitchen to tie the two spaces together.
I like the natural woods and barn board in our master bedroom room and we will be using a lot of wood in the kitchen to warm up the space. My husband and I made our master bedroom headboard and bed frame out of salvaged barn boards that we found in the workshop. Even though it was a case of "measure twice, cut twice", I'm really pleased with how it turned out!
P.S. The antique harvest table in this shot is the one we will be bringing into the kitchen once the reno is done (#shopthefarm). It's 8 feet long so will be perfect when we are hosting smaller groups. The former owners left it for us and it is one of my favourite pieces!
I've been scouring Instagram and Pinterest for kitchens that have a mix of European farmhouse and Scandinavian design elements and, to be honest, it's been harder than I thought to find exactly what I'm looking for. But maybe that's a good thing?!?! Here are some of this week's inspiration shots:
If you have any ideas (or inspirational photos or accounts) on how we can infuse the right mix of Scandinavian elements into our English kitchen, I'd love to hear them!