Thanksgiving Day Kitchens

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Like many of you, I will spend much of my day in the kitchen helping Sally prepare our Thanksgiving day meal.  (Probably part of today as well if I am honest with myself…)  These past few days I found myself looking at different kitchens and saying to myself, yes, I could prepare our meal in that kitchen. I was surprised to note that many different styles appealed to me. Their common thread was their minimalism – lask of over ornamentation and detail, wonderful use of materials and finishes and pure functionality.

 

Let’s start with a kitchen that seems to bridge between modern and traditional. I say that because of the echoes of previous generations and cooking, when kitchens were not showpieces. Rather they were lean and functional, tucked away in the basement or a separate building. Yet this is clearly a kitchen of today – integrated into our modern lifestyle. it is stylish, elegant. The walls and ceiling, are finished in modern way using traditional materials.

 

In contrast, this Belgian kitchen is very contemporary.  Recessed adjustable down lights in the ceiling, very chandelier like in their location. Minimalist detailing of the cabinetry, etc. Yet … the plank like effect of the cabinetry recalls construction techniques of 100 or more years ago, as does the stone floor. Don’t you love the tiny window behind the stove? I do!

 

Then we move to entirely modern… Concealed hinges, No cabinet pulls. It’a all about materials expressing shape and form. Rigorous symmetry. I love the suggestion of the traditional chandelier over the table using very contemporary lighting. How it snuck in there.

 

I fell in love with this traditionally styled kitchen, designed by Belgian designer Evelyn Moreels. I know it’s all new construction. But the soft antique finish on the cabinets draw me in. The French oak in the island calls to me, as does the irregular layout of the stone on the floor. Lighting is where you need it. it feels like everything will fall readily to hand in a few steps. the crown molding repeats classical form and profiles. The panel details echo classic French paneling. Fabulous!

 

Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends!

 

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When Sally and I went to the Louvre, we were looking forward to seeing the fabulous art – you know, the Mona Lisa, etc., But I had another agenda. I wanted to get up close and personal with the wood paneling, door casings, over mantels and crown molding – to study profiles and proportion, take pictures and record my observations.

Arriving via the Metro was pretty cool.

 

And while seeing the classical order of the building’s exterior was exciting, I was ready to dig in.

 

Visually it was overwhelming – ranging from rooms and spaces that were so over the top with gilding they glowed to rooms that were rather simple and unadorned by comparison.

 

What was interesting was once you cut thru the gilt and overstimulation, common threads began to reveal themselves…  Stylistically, as the interior architecture simplified and evolved toward Neoclassicism, certain forms and patterns remained. How coves and crowns at the ceiling were expressed. How wall surfaces were trimmed and articulated. How soft sensuous door jamb profiles grew out of ornamentation. It was breath taking and validating. I have been telling my clients who want French style/trim profiles, you can’t find it or buy it in the catalogues. And I was right!

I can’t tell you how many times I was told, “Don’t touch!”

 

This was where I figured out the panorama mode on my phone… Loved being able to talk in a room in it’s totality!

 

But… The real treat of the day was dessert at Angelina’s! Fresh raspberry sorbet and whipped cream! Heaven!

Next post, artsy images…

 

Cheers,

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I thought I’d book end my first Paris/Bruges blog by writing about our first day in Paris. Then we’ll see where mood, whim and fancy takes us.

While researching our trip, Sally found a fabulous river cruise on the Le Calife which we booked at the end of our first full day in Paris. We had been told we had to experience Paris at night – that it was the city of light. What better way to see the city lights than on a Seine River cruise. Not just any cruise, but a 2 hour dinner cruise! It turned out to be the perfect way to introduce ourselves to Paris!

 

 

Across the way was the Louvre. In front of us, the Pont des Arts, with it’s hundreds of thousands of love locks. The view got us excited about the following day and to forget our jet lag.

 

As night fell, we set off… catching glimpses of many famous landmarks such as Notre Dame.

 

The city scape…

 

A structure called The Paris Docks. Built on an old 1907 concrete warehouse structure on the banks of the Seine. Very cool at night!

 

The Musee d’Orsay. More on that another day…

 

The Palais Bourbon.

 

No tour would be complete without the Eiffel Tower. It’s scale caught me off guard. It is immense and beautiful!!! Oddly enough, this was as close as we got to the Tower. Just too many things to do… And like any good designer, we had to edit our list…

 

While the gorgeous scenery passed by the boar’s interior, food and wine was a delight as well. The bar was done in copper and glowed in the evening light.

 

The upper deck where we sat for dinner. Who needs decor???

 

As I had hoped, the wines were fresh and deliscious. I hope I can find this Philippe Tessier wine in the US.

 

As the evening drew to a close, we both agreed that the entire cost of the trip was worth it already!

Little did we know how much better it was going to get.

 

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