Meet my friend, Nancy. She is a gourmet cook, a master gardener and has a keen eye for decorating. I'm so thrilled that she invited me over to photograph her fabulous new kitchen while she was preparing a delicious gourmet brunch for her mother's birthday. The tour starts in the new entry of the kitchen, off the driveway, which is framed by two boxwoods planted in antiqued urns.
A gorgeous butcher block island is at the center of the kitchen, topped off by a vintage-inspired light fixture. It's a great focal point in this space. Oh, and I forgot to mention, Nancy has a great talent for flower arranging too, as seen here with this display. I love how all the arched cabinets are lit from within. It really adds a great deal of ambiance.
A copper embossed hood caps off the stove, and a pass-through to the dining room is perfect for entertaining.
Accents lights also shed light under the cabinets, where recipes and cookbooks are always handy.
Twin light fixtures over the sink.
A delicious feast is beginning to take shape with these appetizers and dessert.
The grain of the cherry butcher-block is spectacular. I love how the texture of the wood contrasts with the lovely flower arrangement.
A Linzer Torte, made by Nancy's niece.
The kitchen nook has great views of the garden and is close to the kitchen.
This is a great little counter area coming in from the garage and the butler's pantry, to the left.
The layout is perfect for a serious cook and her guests.
Skylights and rustic beams highlight the room.
The dining room is just steps away....
After living in the house for twelve years, Nancy knew exactly how to lay out her kitchen when it was time to remodel.
And it works wonderfully.
To view Nancy's secret garden click here.