I've decided. If the owner of the cottage I am renting here on Saint Simons Island, GA, will commit to a three-year lease, I am redesigning la cucina to make it more efficient e bellissima. Right now I have one drawer and an odd configuration of cabinets not easily accessible plus an entire wall, wasted, because it sports a washer/dryer hook-up. I thought to just run bead board on top of that but it's only a band-aide and does not address the serious lack of cabinet space or the fact this kitchen lacks everything else to include charm.
"It's a rental" you say and a month ago I would have agreed but before I left my darling cottage on Coronado, CA, I sunk $4,000.00 into it. It never looked better than the day I pulled away from the curb. So, I've decided, instead of complaining about this I am going to enjoy another creative endeavor and take you along with me. I am already off to a good start because there is concrete under the hideous linoleum so I am hoping that is in good shape and we can do something with that. I say we because I will be relying on you to weigh-in and keep me focused. I am thinking concrete, natural and painted woods, & rustic but elegant shelving to display tutti bellissimi cosi (many beautiful things). In order to be able to access a couple of pans I hung them on a old pot rack which I had mounted on a piece of fencing that is falling down beside the house. I loved the faded, chipped blue paint and the moss. Goes perfectly with my over-sized completely impracticale Cucina sign. Thinking of using salvageable back decking from the deck re-do for the counter-tops. Cosi, vieni con mi...
Gretchen Georges, international flight attendant, photographer, mother, and good friend to me has promised me a visit to CUCINA (Kitchen), a lovely shop a Roma next time we get a chance to travel together. I like the combination of the natural woods and a hint of industriale.
Via Mario de Fiori, 65
Once I get my new kitchen here in order I am hanging Gretchen's great prints Vino e Olio prominently; see Travel with Symphorose Photography for your own set.