8.12.2011

the view from my kitchen sink


this is the first house i've ever lived in that does not have a window over the sink.  i really miss that because i spend an inordinate amount of time standing at the kitchen sink.  being vegan means i rarely put down a knife because i chop a mountain of fresh fruit and vegetables every day, all day long.   
but leslie, aka the hostess,  asked for a picture of my kitchen sink view and i gladly obliged.  after all she is the most polite blogger i've ever met.  nothing against the rest of you guys, but she really is.






up close and Boring.







looking to the left, a little more exciting because i can see my new drapes.








slightly behind me, to the left.






a close up of this little bamboo shelf from the 1890's.  and those peacock salt and pepper shakers, my very first  purchase from an antique store. 






i purchased this little bookcase/shelf from the same antiques dealer that i got the wicker table from that is in the dining room.  lovely pat closed her beautiful shop which was so sad but what a day it was for shopping.  something along the lines of disneyland for adults.






ok, now over my right shoulder.









this gateleg table is very, very old and was handed down to me.  which sounds so much nicer than the truth, which is that it was given to me by a woman that my dad dated after he and my mom divorced.  shortly after she gave it to me, he broke up with her.  see, handed down sounds so much nicer.








and my favorite view...slightly to my right, where i can keep an eye on him.




hopefully a beautiful view is in store for you this weekend.
we are going bowling saturday night with a bunch of friends so no such luck for us!


edited note:  HERE is a peek inside the pantry

xo
janet

65 comments:

  1. That huge basket in the living room is gorgeous but not quite as gorgeous as the curtains.;).Oh I'm officially in love with the kitchen chandy. Have a good weekend.

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  2. It's all so pretty, Janet. Can I come visit?

    Sue
    xo

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  3. My God blogland is full of pretty and pretty clean kitchens.

    Have you seen Deb's from The Fishermans Cottage?

    I love every inch of your house and you too of course.

    Polite enuf for you?

    xoxo Jane

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  4. I'm not just saying this because we're friends but yours is my favorite kitchen ever. I've saved every picture because be forewarned...I'm copying every inch of it in my next house. :)

    Can't wait to have breakfast at that handed down table! I love the crown molding and the tile . . . do you have 'before' pictures?

    talk to you in a bit ~

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  5. I think it looks like a pretty nice view! I've never really been able to get a handle on your floor plan and this helps a lot.

    Love that the tile goes to the ceiling with that chunky crown molding. Those are two details, among many others, that I really love. Never realized you had what looks like a little pantry in there too. Very cute!

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  6. Janet,
    I love your kitchen...but I absolutely know what you mean about a window above the sink. Thankfully I do have a very large window above my kitchen sink. smiles, Susie

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  7. Like the rest of your cottage your kitchen is so pretty! It reminds me of my kitchen renovation dreams, which include white subway tile, white cabinets and black countertops.

    Is your countertop granite? Absolute black perhaps?

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  8. I love your kitchen. and your sense of humor. I am crazy for the long, narrow basket on the left top shelf above the sink. Have a fun at the bowling alley!

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  9. Hi Janet,

    Oh I am so happy that you posted your views from the kitchen sink! Your kitchen is divine.

    I am truly in awe of your decorating expertise, your choices of colours and accessories really stand out and make a statement.
    (and I am not just being polite, honest)

    I bought a lovely small white vintage bowl and love it so much I cannot put it in the cupboard yet...I keep looking at it on the counter. It's like your love affair with the drapes!

    Lawn bowling is huge here...
    all those smart bowlers dressed in their crisp white wearing hats...it looks like fun to me.

    Thank you Janet!

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  10. Dear Janet,

    You and Steve take the Best photos of your equally immaculate houses! I'll be moving your stove out while you're bowling. (although I'll have to drive it to New England). Thanks!

    Sincerely,

    Shelley

    (I've polished my blog etiquette just for you)!

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  11. Thanks for the tour of your lovely kitchen. I just love all the white, you've made the room so elegant.

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  12. I love it when you show the interior of your home. I feel like I just came for a visit. Besides that, I just love your home!!!!

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  13. That's my dream kitchen Janet, mine is ughsville.

    (No shooting for me either, it's too heavy on the heart to kill another living thing.)

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  14. I love your kitchen...There are parts we have not seen before, so of course I love that. I love all your covered casseroles and I think I remember those pheasant s&p on your plaid table around Thanksgiving. I love your painting to the left of your sink. Okay...I've used the word LOVE four times in one comment...but what's not to adore about a black and white kitchen?

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  15. One more thing...forgot to mention my favorite part. Because you do not have a kitchen window it allowed you to use a wall mount faucet. I am constantly wiping up the deck area around my faucet. I'm guessing you don't have that problem? Plus it looks cool.

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  16. It all looks so lovely and tidy! Love the chandelier!
    Dan
    -x-

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  17. Hi Janet,

    I should have known your kitchen would be so glamorous as you are a glamorous lady too! It all looks so beautiful and tidy. It must be a pleasure to work in.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Madelief x

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  18. Hola my dear lovely Janet, I so love seeing your beautiful kitchen and every detail in it... and oh that gorgeous lamp you have in the kitchen, the floor and every little detail... so, put a mirror over your sink, good idea, isn´t it??!!!!
    hugs dear

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  19. Beautiful! Love the pared down look. Now how about a peek into your pantry? Pretty please?

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  20. Looks so pretty from every angle. Inspires me to get rid of some of my collections and go minimal!

    I moved my sink to be under the window when I redid our kitchen, so glad I did. But the previous owner had a mirrored widow over the sink to make it feel like a window. I thought that was a good idea except when I was standing in front of it :)

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  21. I love, love, love this kind of post, Janet. Your kitchen is to die for. Really. So is your pantry. And how you manage to get by with so few things is an absolute miracle to me. I admire your simplicity. Talk about inspiration.
    Camille

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  22. I can picture you chopping up vegetables while keeping an eye on Larry. Love your kitchen Janet and the pantry is so tidy.
    The quip about bowling views...hilarious!
    xx

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  23. Gosh it is all so neat and tidy. I have accumulated so much kitchen stuff and I will never entertain with 60+ people, they would never fit in my house. So I will be culling all my glasses, plates etc over the next few months. Hope to have a simple house by Christmas.
    Janey

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  24. This is such an elegant space, I love it!! As Annie said above, the wall-mounted taps are great for minimizing splashes. And I am very envious of your beautifully organized pantry!!

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  25. I am in love with your simply elegant house. xo T.

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  26. Havn't visited your blog since you had posted that you were, perhaps, stopping. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that you are still here blogging away. Windlost just said it right...simply elegant.

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  27. I love your bamboo shelf and not boring....kitchen faucet! Is that an awesome pantry I see. And that is an interesting story as to how you got the table. I wonder if she wished she hadn't given it to you.

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  28. I love your kitchen, I mean I really love it!
    My very good friend who is a designer is currently drawing up a new plan for my kitchen, we both love yours and of course she reads your blog now too.

    Good luck bowling. I'm really good at it but I never go. My Grandpa owned a bowling alley when I was growing up. We used to go see him for a cold coke in a glass bottle out of one of those old-time cooler chests.

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  29. Your kitchen is one of my favorites, Janet. I don't have a window over the sink either. It's behind me when I'm standing at my sink, which is a good thing because my neighbor's house is close by. Their sink has a window above it and I'm their view. Not good for either one of us.
    Deborah

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  30. Love your home. But I am puzzled. Where do you keep the microwave and vacuum?

    All the best,
    Priscilla

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  31. priscilla - my microwave is in the pantry and i don't really have a vacuum. we do have a shop vac that is in the basement that i use on occasion for vacuumming the furniture.

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  32. Your house is very cozy. The kitchen is lovely, I really love the floor. And everything about that kitchen speaks to a cook. It's just perfect. I'm sure you've cooked many memorable meals there. Enjoy your weekend.

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  33. Your kitchen is lovely - and has a nice aura of serenity. I love the subway tiles and open shelving.

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  34. oh my....i love love love your beautiful home! i just found your blog tonight, from slim paley's blog....and am so happy to of discovered it...your home is simply divine. in one of your past blogs you mentioned kimberly crest...do you live in redlands? i lived there for 20 some years, have been away for about 5, and hope to be moving back soon. thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, and photos. i look forward to following your blog!
    monique

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  35. Hiya Janet,
    That kitchen is the TIDIEST kitchen I've ever seen.
    But you are the tidies, most stylish and well groomed person I've ever seen anyway.
    I am so falling down on trying to copy you and be stylish and well groomed.
    Yesterday I broke my elbow - see ! So not stylish or elegant!
    Will email this week,
    Lou
    xxx

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  36. Hiya Janet,
    That kitchen is the TIDIEST kitchen I've ever seen.
    But you are the tidies, most stylish and well groomed person I've ever seen anyway.
    I am so falling down on trying to copy you and be stylish and well groomed.
    Yesterday I broke my elbow - see ! So not stylish or elegant!
    Will email this week,
    Lou
    xxx

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  37. Well, the view from the kitchen sink may not be a window but your home is beautiful!!

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  38. Love it all...simple is beautiful right?

    kelley ; 0 )

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  39. Your house is just gorgeous. Is there a chance you could post a floor plan?

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  40. anon - thanks, lots of people have asked for a floorplan so i'll see what i can do.

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  41. Your kitchen is lovely. You may want to think about adding some free standing mirrors on your shelf's to bring some reflection to your sink area, it may make the sink area more work friendly!

    Have a great week and happy cooking!

    Mary

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  42. does your gate leg have a drawer?

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  43. We really do have so many different angles to see, don't we? Perspective. Nice.
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  44. Your pantry is the Holy Grail of pantries! I will keep your pantry-photos as model for the perfect pantry. Only that I don't even have the space for a pantry. I have cabinets, but they deserve to look as perfect as your pantry as well!

    Janet, you are the Pantry Queen of us all.

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  45. Janet, aren't we who love to feather our nests always looking for an opportunity to "snoop" at someone else's home, especially when it is one that aready has caught our eye because it is so charming. Thank you for the 360 degree "snoop" from your kitchen sink providing captivating views of your special home and life.
    Linda

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  46. I just have to say that's just about the cutest cottage ever!
    And, it is always so clean and perfectly styled?

    That reminds me...I need to clean my house!

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  47. I ADORE your kitchen, it's how mine should look if I wasn't such a collector.
    Those peacock cruets are just amazing and what a charming story about the gate leg table. People who furnish their houses from Ikea would never have such tales to tell. x

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  48. Oh Janet, you are always one step ahead of me. I just had our curtains installed in the bedroom. After 7 white trash years of having odd pieces of fabric hanging, finally the shame is over.

    Your curtains are beautiful and perfect. It's amazing isn't it how they add to the room. Looking good and rich.

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  49. First time looking at your blog and I am in love! So wonderful!

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  50. Your kitchen is beautiful. It has all the simplicity I strive to give mine.Your blog inspires many changes in my life and home. I have a big window in front of my sink, yet I keep the trash and recycling bins there. Time for another change. Thank you.
    Maybe you could wall paper the space behind the shelves with an image the makes you smile.

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  51. I think I could live without a window if I had that gorgeous farmhouse sink!! Your kitchen is just lovely and so is your blog...just found it!

    XO,
    Jane

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  52. IMMACULATE!! I'm going to crawl away and tidy up right now!

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  53. OMG! Love your blog! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I followed you over from Steve's blog - and I'm so glad I did. Adding you to my sidebar! Hope you'll visit my blog sometime.
    xo,
    A

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  54. To be honest, I cannot decide what I like most, your tidy kitchen or your wicked wit.
    pve

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  55. You have a beautiful tidy kitchen. I taught a vegan class a week ago. If you want to eat vegan food, check out Indian food. It has lots of options. Love your blog. You house is so serene.

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  56. Love the kitchen! Love the floors, sink and all the white, wonderful. I know I would miss a window over my sink too, how about putting some vintage mirrors behind the dishes on the bottom 2 shelves? It might reflect light and a little view from what looks like the windows behind you, just a thought. I have a small kitchen and have a mirror above the stove, it helps make my space look bigger. If you get a chance please stop by and visit us. The Mom from Cottage and Broome.

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  57. Your kitchen is simply wonderful. I am loving the chandelier in the kitchen.
    Traci

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  58. No worries about that window...because you have so many wonderful things to look at in that kitchen! Nic

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  59. Janet I love your simplicity. So fresh!

    I think your "peacocks" are "pheasants" though!

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  60. Your pantry shelves are inspiring! (Love the rest of your kitchen too)

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  61. Incredible faucet, is that something you found or was it original? Also, I love that range. Do you mind sharing the make and, perhaps more important, whether you're happy with it?

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