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A Snow Day In The Kitchen

The snow has been coming down for hours. My husband is home for the next four weeks due to a work furlough, so he's sort of getting to know our new home by doing a variety of things, including working in the kitchen. We LOVE this house. We say that to each other every day. We can't remember feeling this way about our other homes. I have no idea why, but we feel extra special about this house. It's not perfect, but some of the features it has are wonderful.

Back to the snow! There's something SO cozy about cooking comfort food on a snowy day, I love it! Early this morning, I prepared this meal for dinner. I really enjoy cooking in a kitchen that is part of a great room. I would design the kitchen in a different way, for sure. However, being part of a great room makes me, the cook, feel, I don't know, more valued(?) because it's "ok" to be seen and heard while cooking, among the company of others just beyond the 1/2 wall, as opposed to being not seen and not heard? Is that ridiculous? I'm not even sure it's accurate, but, in some sense, it elevates the cook to, perhaps, an equal status in some way. Yeah, maybe that's it. Or, the opposite....sort of, "like it or not, I'm here, I'm cooking, deal with it!" I haven't cooked this much in years, I'm cooking all the time!

Whatever, it's a nice thing to be surrounded by beautiful furnishings, a relaxing environment, things I love, and to not feel isolated. I love that feeling. The feel of the kitchen design, however, is much too kitcheny for me. It shouldn't be a white kitchen, it should be a wood stain of some sort. I do want to make it more furniture/living room like, and I will do that. I think the entire room will flow even better. What about you...anyone have a kitchen as part of a great room or want one? Or, would hate the thought of it?

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Reader Comments (7)

I'm so glad you're loving your new home!

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

I hate to be closed off anywhere so I love my open kitchen, especially because it's large enough that everyone can crowd in here and help - or just stand and chat.
Congratulations on getting a house that makes you happy

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermodernemama

Sounds like you made a good choice with your new home and you are already seeing how to make it even more your own. I had a small well designed kitchen which opened to the great room in a town house in Texas and loved it, easy to use and because it was open to the larger space it never felt cramped. Now we are getting ready to move into a new home we built with a larger kitchen with an island, five windows,no upper cabinets, a pantry and a large doorway into the main hallway and living/dining room. I did have french pocket doors installed, just in case I want to be separate from the rest of the house for whatever reason. I hope to find as much enthusiasm for cooking in my new kitchen as you have in yours! We had a blizzard here today too. Obviously I am not in Texas anymore.

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersandra

Hey Susan, I live in a condo and I actually took out the wall that separates my kitchen from the living room and I absolutely love it! It feels like a great room and it also let's way more light into the kitchen even in a condo. My husband thought I was crazy and didn't want to do it but I won out and now he's so happy we did it. It feels like a new home.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonya

I have been following your blog and you thought that your kitchen was to small. Considering all of the hard work that it takes to move I'm glad that you are getting comfortable.

To answer your question - I have seen some beautiful kitchens small and I have seen some big. I don't think being part of a great room matters, what matters is the kitchen itself!

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott Becker

I love the kitchen you have posted.Great article! check out this new kitchen design also......!!!!!!!!!

February 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKavya

Couldn't agree more about the cosyness of snow!! :-)

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

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