Last week, I had the wonderful surprise to see that Ilve USA had chosen one of my projects as #KOTW (that’s Kitchen Of The Week) on their social media platform. This means a lot to me, not only for what it represents, but because that kitchen was a work of deep, deep love. In fact, it started with the stove. An Ilve Majestic, in a royal shade of blue. The 60″ version, with the French top, THE one.
Then came the flooring. Sourcing 300-year old terra cotta roofing tile from France was a starting point in my ultimate goal of creating something not only unique, but something that was true to the definition of Old world charm. The brick that was used for the brick wall, for example, was the same brick that was used on the exterior of the house, for that exposed brick wall feel, the hood vent shelve was cut from an old piece of wood that was salvaged by my parents from the St. Lawrence river in Québec, the baskets and accessories were all sourced from antique shops and flea markets, and the exposed shelving was used to recreate the kitchens in the South of France.
This project, which was a portion of a bigger, whole-home endeavor, was also featured in a local advertising campaign. It took many months of research and a few trips to Europe to really attain that level of authenticity. It became clear to me that in order to stay authentic, it has to stay simple, but passionate. That was the goal with this overall project. Thank you Ilve for highlighting my work. I feel blessed that I was able to build a home that will stay for generations, and a kitchen that will see those generations grow.
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