In July we moved from Germany to Little Rock, Arkansas. It was a BIG move and included 81 days of sleeping on blow-up mattresses while our belongings made the long trip across the ocean.
To add a little extra excitement we bought a mid-century modern house that had not been updated since the 1963 when it was built. It is a beautiful house lovingly designed by an architect for his family and situated in a wooded forest. Above is a photo of the house from 1965.
Updates were needed in every room of the house and the kitchen was first on our list. We removed a wall that contained pocket doors and two walls on the far side of the dining room (dotted lines in the photo below) to open up the space, ripped out all the existing cabinets and appliances and basically started over. While all this construction went on we ate for two months with a hot plate for cooking on a folding table and I washed dishes in the bathtub. Groan!
Then came the fun part for someone like me, picking out cabinets, countertops, light fixtures, and appliances. It was really important to me to keep the new design in line with the era of the house but with a modern twist. While living in Germany I became very interested in Scandinavian Design and Minimalism. I wanted clean lines, lots of white and natural elements of wood and metal.
The final is a small and efficient modern kitchen. The kitchen feels bright and clean and dishes used daily are in easy reach with the open shelves. I am really happy with the results!
I had so much fun with the design of the kitchen I would love to do it again. Perhaps we will live somewhere else until the dust settles next time.