Blog Cabin 2012: Kitchen Pictures

The home's open and inviting cooking space boasts a contemporary farm style that celebrates the home's pastoral setting.

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

A 4' x 5' island, topped in a sheet of stainless steel and framed in wood reclaimed from an old corral located on site, serves as both workstation and casual dining area.

Composite windows, perched above the kitchen sink, offer breathtaking water views. Vintage schoolhouse pendant lights were among treasures interior decorator Victoria Lesser brought with her from her home in upstate New York.

An open kitchen layout with no peninsula was the preferred option of online voters. The reverse-raised Shaker cabinet style, too, was selected by fans of Blog Cabin 2012.

"Choosing to finish upper cabinets differently than lower cabinetry — I loved the look," says interior decorator Victoria Lesser. "The colors as well as the glazed finish make the kitchen cabinets resemble fine furniture."

A freestanding French-door refrigerator stands like sculpture against the kitchen's muted palette.

An elevating garage door reveals space that could be used as a mini home office or appliance storage nook.

Storage options galore include wall spice pullouts. A pot filler and stainless steel hood, though utilitarian, lend visual interest.

A gas range offers vintage styling with the convenience and technology of a state-of-the-art appliance.

Undercounter island storage includes a supercabinet that makes use of every inch of space. Shelving and pullout drawers accommodate table linens, pantry items and glassware.

Vintage elements give the newly renovated kitchen a sense of permanence. An old oil can stands in as a flower vase and an ironware kettle turns receptacle for kitchen utensils.

The kitchen island, with cherry wood furniture-style base finished in a dark espresso, serves as both food prep station and casual gathering and dining area.

Open shelving provides space to display vintage pottery from interior decorator Victoria Lesser's personal collection. Colors and patinas complement other hues incorporated throughout the open first floor.

A circa-1853 mantel with attached oil lamps, sourced at a flea market near Waldoboro, forms the backsplash of a coffee bar. The base, fashioned from the home's old kitchen cabinets, is backed in reclaimed wood and planks from the barn. A cherry butcher block top completes the unique piece.

Undercounter shelving, crafted from reclaimed wood, offers space to store glassware, cookware and storage bins.

Pendant lights and a vintage-style clock serve as nice foils to the kitchen's rustic furnishings.

"These colors are classic and go well with the wood floors as well as the furnishings I knew were going to dress the rooms," says Victoria of creamy chantilly and dark teaberry finished cabinetry.

The kitchen coffee bar comes complete with a high-def digital TV, so homeowner and friends can catch up on news or favorite food shows while cooking.

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