Friday, July 1, 2016

Kitchen Detail

Crazy nuts with getting ready to trade apartments with a couple who live in Paris, I spent last evening cleaning the kitchen, shining what little silver was on hand, and glueing a chair back together. Slipping the dish drain off the butcher block countertop to snap a photo, I realized again just how much I love wood—which is something I got from my father. And there is a lot of it in this kitchen, from the aforementioned countertop (which I found on the street), to the walnut and gilt 19th century frame that I made into a mirror. I have two of the latter, but only have room for one, its mate biding its time in storage. 

At one point, I had the bright idea of using antique tile as a backsplash, but after consulting with Blue, chose to go with mirror—which was sourced from the back of a closet door and fit perfectly. Yes, I am constantly cleaning it, but so what? I would be doing that anyway, right? The antique shaving mirror tucked under the Ikea cabinets was found at the Antique Garage on 25th Street—which no longer exists, the building having been torn down—along with the antique (and perhaps Italian) green man. He's moved about the apartment, but seems to like his present perch above a 19th century gilt mirror with original glass.

Jewel box kitchen. That's what one friend has called the space. Nice to hear of course. But perhaps the thing I like about this tiny kitchen (in terms of cooking) is the extractor fan over the twenty inches stove that sucks out cooking grease. It was connected to the building's venting system that was installed in the 1930's, and is a god-send. 


  1. We have wood countertops too and I Love them - kitchens can be so 'hard' and they have a nice softness.

    1. Thank you for your comment, ArchitectDesign. Yes, you are so right. They have a wonderful softness. I had also wanted to tie-in the apartment's old oak parquet flooring, so that the kitchen—which isn't big and is part of the living space—would have some coherence with the rest of the space.

  2. Loved being a voyeur in your kitchen! Love the wood and the mirrors—Blue can do no wrong! In my kitchen remodel I used sheet mirror on some walls, including behind the cooktop. Everyone was appalled, but I'd had a mirror behind by Jennair downdraft and it was easier to clean than tile. In my new kitchen I have a REAL FAN vented to the outside. And, yes, like you, I appreciate its contribution! Have a wonderful time in Paris.

  3. Thank you for your comment, home before dark. Amazing having a real fan, isn't it? I cook a lot more things now as a result. Sorry to hear that others were appalled at your design choice. No imagination on their part. The one thing I did not mention was that I was afraid there would be glare on the mirror during the day since the room only has one source of natural light, but that proved not to be the case. Mirrors really are magical.

  4. It's so cozy, so NYC, so euro-style and it reminds me of a wonderful old bar in Bath, at the Royal Crescent Hotel...


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