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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

View from my kitchen island

 I once read an article on kitchens that said instead of making your kitchen the heart of your home - find the heart of your home and make that your kitchen. In other words, find the area of your home that is the natural centre point, the area where your home converges, and have your kitchen there. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to do this, but when we renovated our house 18 months ago, we were able to do exactly that! It is a double volume space and is in the centre of our L-shaped house.

This was before the island was installed. The units on either side of the range cooker are inexpensive carpenters workbenches that you can buy from any hardware store.

This was the inspiration for my kitchen. It is the cover of a recipe book which epitomised the French farmhouse feel  that I was after. (The author is Marlene van der Weshuizen. She lives in Cape Town and has a home in France and runs cooking schools both in South Africa and France.)

The area is double volume so the chandelier had to be hung from a great height!

We bought the huge chandelier for a song! It used to hang in the Artscape Theatre complex in Cape Town.

The shelves to the left and right of the range cooker house my silverware collection and everyday crockery.

This is looking up from behind my island. Our bedroom is through the door you can vaguely see on the left and the children's wing is to the right. The chalkboard you can see is where I write the children's weekly schedule so I can see at a glance what kit has to be taken to school.

This is another view from behind my island towards the staircase.

This will explain the layout better.

This is the view looking past the family room to the pool.

And this is the view straight ahead towards my entrance hall and patio.

And this is the view towards my dining room on the left.

This is a view from the landing near the childrens bedrooms. They often chat to me from up here and, if they're feeling brave, through down their dirty laundry!

This picture makes me feel a bit dizzy!

. This is a view from the upstairs landing outside our bedroom. You can see the kichen layout better. The island was made by my brother who has a furniture manufacturing business. The top is oak and I have a big slab of marble in the centre where I do most of my food preparation. The island is over 2 metres long.

And here we have a night-time view

 Hope you enjoyed this little tour.

Till next time

Sharon x


  1. Your home is just gorgeous. So inviting and warm. Leahxx

  2. YOur home is stunning!? I envy you:-)))) wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  3. oh i love it more & more. That chandelier is something to build a home around. What a gorgeous environment for boys to be raised in, they'll have the most wonderful style. Love Posie

  4. Sharon,

    What a beautiful kitchen! Love how open and airy it feels! And, your chandelier is breathtaking!

    Warm Wishes,

  5. Sharon,
    It is stunning and so very well orchestrated!
    The only thing missing is ME living there! Tee hee! Well, that and a bear skin rug! LOL!
    I'm glad you liked my post!


  6. Sharon I always enjoy a tour of your GORGEOUS home!!! Your kitchen is stunning and I LOVE all the exposed brick! Martina

  7. Wow, Sharon!!! It's wonderful! I love the rustic feel of your wonderful kitchen. And the tables you chose to use as counters, just awesome! Your home is stunning. You did a great job on this. The brick wall is beautiful too.

  8. Your home is lovely. I am in love with the exposed brick!

  9. Sharon your home is a dream!!! I love everything about it. It is so well designed and layed out.
    Beautiful kitchen. It is so warm and inviting!!

    I loved your last post too. Those images were just

    Pamela ox

  10. Sharon!!! Thank you for finding me...because it's a gift to meet you! You are actually my second follower from South Africa! Your home is
    magnificent...and your kitchen, a fact, I am going to place it's image on my dream board! We will mostly likely be doing a remodel in a year or so...such inspiration!
    {with love}

  11. Hi Sharon! What a gorgeous home and your kitchen is fabulous. I love the exposed brick and the island. Everything is beautiful.

  12. Hi Sharon, Thanks for following my blog. I am so glad to find yours and am loving what I've seen so far! Off for good look now :o)