Giverny offers more than Monet’s gardens — his kitchen makes an impression, too.
Giverny, 45 miles west of Paris, is a historic home with legendary gardens known worldwide through the paintings of its owner, the Impression master Claude Monet. The house is a marvel as well, particularly the Giverny kitchen — a work of art in traditional blue-and-white faïence tile with a pattern that dominates from floor to ceiling. Blue and white Delft tile is a traditional look that’s till in use today. Used much like wallpaper, it lines the walls behind the range and sink, giving the kitchen its unique character. The tile colors also dictate the scheme of painted cabinets and woodwork of a kitchen that’s been beautifully restored and is visited by thousands of tourists each year.
Two centuries ago a single tap was used to fill a big bisque farm sink while a slim pot -filler pipe sits behind the black and brass French stove — how modern that seems. The terracotta floor and marble-top table are 19th Century fixtures which have been revived for use in contemporary cottage style homes.
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