Pull up a chair. Or a sofa. I’ll make some soup.

27 Dec

The kitchen is my favorite room because inevitably everyone finds their way to the kitchen. Sometimes—when one of us has had a particularly ridiculous day Zana and Ashley drag the comfy rocking chairs from the living room into our kitchen and sit there while I cook. We just can’t get enough of each other. Must. Be. In. The. Same. Space. At. The. Same. Time…. We pretend that we are already living at Bradford and then we send photos via text messages to the good contractor with comments like, “get a move on…” or “how much longer?”

Here’s the plan for the working area. Pretend the long narrow island is there with its cool industrial stools. Meanwhile, I’m still driving the legs of the island around in the back of the car. What’s missing from this is equally exciting to me—where this drawing ends is where the living begins. A and Z won’t have to drag furniture around anymore—let Heaven and nature sing.

When we took out the wall our vision was to expand the space so that there could be a comfortable space in the kitchen—if you come over for dinner you can curl up on a couch or sit on a bar stool while I make soup. This is the sort of space I hope to create.

With white walls, white cabinets, and all the light I could ask for I think there’s room to have fun with the furniture. I’m going for bold. I could end up like Bono because I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. But here’s my start.

Loveseat from Anthropologie

Camden Sofa in Ikat Damask Red from Company C

Camden Sofa in Ginko Citron Fabric from Company C

Before you go freaking out thinking this is too much of a good thing let me say that these couches will have layers to them—something to break up said too-much-of-a-good-thing.


Essex Sofa from West Elm

I love this one. Just love it. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Sutton Sofette from West Elm

Ektorp from IKEA

Why do I like this green so?


Conservatory Chair from Anthropologie

Parker Chair from Crate and Barrel

From Maine Cottage

James Chair in Mango Sea Biscuit + Owen Chair in Wave on White Hotty Dotty


5 Responses to “Pull up a chair. Or a sofa. I’ll make some soup.”

  1. sunny December 27, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    LOVE the first 2 couches and the last 2 chairs! LOVE. THEM. and, I didn’t know that ashley was your roomie. AND, I love the name Zana. We have a life long fam friend with that name, and I think it is cool. That is all from me today. Cheers!

    • aj December 28, 2010 at 10:26 am #

      I woke up and read the comments this morning and thought, why did I post that patterned couch from IKEA—it’s so not me. I like the first four (and I don’t know what’s come over me but I love the yellow).

      Once this house is finished I recommend that you run away for a weekend and come see us!

  2. Leigh December 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    This is exactly how I feel about the kitchen! I’ve never thought about adding a sofa to that area but as you described it, it makes perfect sense.

    • aj December 28, 2010 at 10:23 am #

      Like-minded. Leigh we are like-minded.

  3. z December 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    It’s amazing how this kitchen and that furniture can cause me to yearn for the days when I feel so defeated all I can do is stare at you while you cook to bless me…

    Let heaven and nature sing!!!!

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