Morganna and I had some sort of vile stomach virus. (Are there any other kind of stomach viruses besides vile? I don’t think so. I think they are all pretty darned well disgusting, though I suppose some are more hideous than others.) So, instead of catering a party this weekend and cooking lots of neat stuff and writing about it, I was flat on my back, either trying to sleep the fever off or camped out in the bathroom wishing that I could just die and be done with.
So, I didn’t get to post these lovely pictures on Friday–because that is when both of us fell sick. (Zak, thus far, has been spared. We don’t know why the Gods favor him so, but Morganna and I are quite jealous.)
Anyway–here is what was done on Friday: as you can see to the right, I now have faucets and a sprayer for my gigantic sink. And you can also see, if you look closely, that the grout is done on the tile.
To the left is a close-up of the faucet set. We chose the oiled bronze to match the bronze hardware on the cabinets. (I also ordered the bronze Arts & Crafts switchplate covers on Thursday–they should be in in about a week or so.)
We chose bronze because it is a nice, warm, natural looking color. I am not fond of yellow brass, and chrome was just too cool or cold looking to be right for the colors we chose for the kitchen. The entire idea was to give the feeling of bringing the woods that you can see outside the window inside the house, so that is why we have so many shades of green, brown and black in the room.
Being as we have gone with an Arts & Crafts Movement feeling and look for the room, and considering the very retro look of the AGA stove, both Zak and I felt that a vintage-looking set would be the best fit with the room, so we went with this lovely faucet set from Danze. I like the combination of straight lines and curves in this set–the old-fashioned cross-shaped tap handles contrast beautifully with the arching curve of the faucet itself.
If you look at the picture to the right, you can see the graceful arcs of tree-limbs in the view from the windows–this is what I wanted to echo with that curved faucet. Those branches are broken up and bracketed by the straight columns of the window-frame–lines that are echoed in the cabinetry, while the branches themselves are called back to mind in the arcs and whorls of the heavy grain of the oak.
As for colors–the grout is a greenish grey–the exact color of lichen, which is also prevalent outside the window. The walls are a spring green, the green cabinets are the color of moss, and the wall tiles and countertops are variagated with all the colors of the room. The floor tile–it is the color of the red clay soil of southern Applachia–and it happens to bring out the reddish highlights in the oak cabinetry, and the reddish shade of the bronze. As for the black appliances and sink–they call to mind two minerals very important in southestern Ohio–coal and flint.
Friday, the Insinkerator garbage disposal and the water filtering system were installed under the sink, and they work perfectly.
I do tend to prefer composting kitchen scraps, and when the summer returns, will start another compost heap, but for the stuff that clings to plates and pots, I like a disposal. The former kitchen had no such amenity.
I do love living in Athens–the man who did the tile told me that he was good friends with the people who sold us this house and was telling them all about how we were redoing the kitchen. Ken said he might have to stop by just to see it. I told the tile expert to tell him I said that was fine, he was welcome, but that I hoped he would wait until everything was finished so he could see it to full effect.
On Monday, the under-cabinet lights should be installed and the power supply and gas line for the stove will likely be recessed into the wall, in preparation for the delivery and installation of the appliances on Tuesday and Wednsday.
And then, with the exceltion of little things like the switchplate covers and the telephone, the kitchen will be finished and ready to roll.
Now, if only I could stop being so damned dizzy so that I can cook us dinner tonight.
Maybe something bland and simple.
Like tofu, greens and rice.
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