The blue rooster motif cut out on cabinet doors gives this French country kitchen a singular appeal.
Designer Mark Wilkinson evokes the spirit of Provence by combining sunny yellow stucco walls with pale, sky blue-washed cabinets under an antique beamed ceiling in an old European house. Here’s a kitchen with true character. Fixed up in the early 2000s, the most unique feature is the cabinets. Roosters back to back are cut out on the pale blue-washed cabinet doors. The same motif is repeated on a pantry door (left). One key to the date of the kitchen is the Miele dishwasher. That has a control panel with knobs and an integrated wood panel below.
In keeping with French provincial style, there are wide basket-pull handles on the drawers of the island, which has open pull out baskets below. Everything here bespeaks Provence and fans of chicken and rooster motifs will surely love this kitchen. The cabinet finish is surely hand done, with a matte surface and visible patina. That evokes old, hand-painted furniture that sometimes inspires kitchen cabinet surfaces.
While this kitchen looks extremely rustic with its brick floor, terracotta tile backsplash and stucco ceilings and walls, it has several luxe features. Chief among those is a Lacanche range. There is built in refrigeration with paneled doors. Additionally, a white farm sink with gooseneck bridge faucet fits into the overall style perfectly but is no old-house relic.
In a way, a kitchen like this expresses the best of two world: the rusticated country house with its simple pleasures and the sophisticated professionally designed kitchen that has been perfectly created for an old house. The traditional blue and yellow color scheme, which doesn’t work everywhere, also suggests a place regardless of the actual location.
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Well, it’s kind of sad, if surprising, to me that I’m the first to comment on this warm and inviting kitchen after so many months! I am generally “green” (as in color) and yellow person, and not one given to ever painting a room blue, but, I have to say that this is the kitchen I REALLY want! Blue cabinets and all.
Jane F @ Atticmag says
I’ve often wondered why no one has commented before on this kitchen and I’m very glad you did — thank you Sal! I think the blue cabinets are spectacular with those roosters. But it’s a little too rustic to be considered chic today when everyone is focused on Belgian kitchens with those honkin big stoves and gray, gray, gray.
You are so right. I am so tired of the “necessity” of having a GRANITE counter and new, cookie-cutter stained cabinets!!! They have become BORING as 70’s Formica.
I don’t have much money, or I’d find some cabinet maker to make me deVol bespoke type of shaker cabinets. Because I HAVE to replace my rusted out cheap sink, I plan to paint my cabinets a grayish green or the blue in your photo, and am considering either an oak countertop from IKEA, or a ceramic tile one… Maybe even soapstone, as there’s a local guy… But It’s probably Shone my budget tho, ha, ha!
I know this post is a year, but I had to comment because it is a beautiful kitchen.
I am new here and found the picture of this kitchen… It is just so so fantastic… Everything… from the floor with the lovely tiles…
If I could I would copy every bit of it… Those cupboard doors, the drawers…. the sieving… EVERYTHING!!!!!!!
Please put in more pictures of your kitchen, and I guess your entire home is in the same style… Would be glad to see that as well…
James Gardiner says
Another interesting part of this kitchen is Mark used lava counter tops, probably the most expensive counter tops you can get. The counter top in closer view is butcher block but the yellow counter tops a top the dishwasher is the lava.