Kitchen Time at the Cuisine Place

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Peeking into the kitchen area today where life really happens.  It’s the hub of the home where the large farmhouse table serves as the focal point for everyday living.  It’s a magnificent beast with turned legs and long enough for any Last Supper or to sleep on if high ground is ever needed!  Yes, a few can be seated here!

The best thing about its size is that multiple activities go on and there’s still room to be seated for regular meals. I don’t have to pack everything up each time we need to eat, the ‘everything’ being my stuff like the sewing machine, books, paints, arts and craft materials, fabrics, a computer even. Nothing like a large table as the hub of the house.

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Old wooden spoons and vintage bread boards, cutting boards and chopping boards scratched and worn from years of use enhance the warmth and character of the kitchen. What stories could they tell?

The wall above the kitchen bench and back splash is slate tiles.

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We wanted the kitchen to be central as in early farmhouse kitchens where the table was
the heart and soul of the space. It was important that the kitchen/living space be large enough for a long table. I wanted  it to be a space for gathering around the table. We do not have a discrete (separate) dining area or room here nor do we want one.  What we have is a true gathering room.

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The kitchen is basically one half of the great room – a large open space. It’s the everyday area where we cook, eat, socialize and relax. Indeed, there is a TV at the other end of the room, the lounge room part, as well as a slow combustion wood heater.

 

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I keep the wooden utensils in this rusty cast iron saucepan/pot which, as you see, does
not have its handle. I couldn’t surrender the old saucepan to the tip so I surrendered it to another practical use – one that works well in the kitchen as a solid storage vessel for wooden spoons. It’s very heavy and stable. Of course its thoroughly clean and sealed with oil inside and out.

On the base of the pot underneath I glued 4 little pieces of carpet (top of carpet facing down) as pads to allow the pot to sit nicely on the wooden bench (made from slabs of red gum) next to the stove and to make it easier to move for cleaning. I prefer my wooden spoons close by and easily accessible.

 

Of course there are many other options for storing wooden spoons. Things  like old preserving and pickling jars, enamelware jugs, stoneware jugs and urns, pewter jugs, crockery jugs, antique crocks, wooden buckets or firkins, little staved barrels,spoon boxes, even a smaller terracotta or concrete plant pot.  Or hang them on the wall individually or on a rack.  No rules. Follow your creative mind.

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The close ups of the table show its quintessential rustic style, patina and texture, its turned legs with bolted and reinforced corners. This table simply draws people in for those long lunches, for gourmand conquests I call them.

 

Indeed this whole space is for being in, being seated and sitting. You want to stay and linger.  It’s for being with others, for sitting, talking, eating, for sharing food and wine, for laughing, telling stories. Once you’re seated, you don’t feel like getting up.

 

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The wood floors are recycled baltic pine. Naturally the floors show the texture and marks of long years of previous use meaning they are beautiful by virtue of their age. This old baltic pine is from first growth forests commonly used in the 19C in Australia and sourced from the Baltic. Its inherent golden beauty and quality is very difficult to match let alone replicate. The boards were salvaged from 2 sources – a shearing shed and an old school house and came dirty, grimy, dusty and coated in layers and layers of paint and detritus. Love!
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Being utilitarian items, used daily, I keep these wooden pieces nearby on the kitchen bench not only for accessibility but for their intrinsic rustic beauty that complements the kitchen’s warm, old fashioned country home feel.  I’m not one for leaving these sorts of kitchen items in a drawer out of sight and they make inexpensive decor.

 

It’s a rustic farmhouse style kitchen with built in wooden cabinets finished in an antique white and cream chipped paint style. No gloss here. The cabinets have been coated in multiple layers and thicknesses using different paint mediums followed by an antique glaze wash for the look of years of use and wear and tear. Some of the handles are rustic old door handles.

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