Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Island Hood

We purchased a Zephyr island hood and it looks amazing. The model is ROMA. Straight lines and a lot of shine. It has 4 lights that light up the entire house. We hung it 28 inches from the ceiling so I can see my people sitting at the bar on the other side of the island - it will not block my view while cooking. LOVE IT!!!

From www.zephyronline.com: A sharp, angular island design as distinctively bold as the city it’s named for, Roma’s sleek presence is new to the Europa Collection. We worked closely with our design team to deliver exciting contemporary style and new features at a surprisingly affordable cost. The innovative quick-lock hanging system ensures one of the easiest island hood installations on the market. And the optional recirculating kit makes ductless installations a snap. Ideal for the design-savvy renovator, the high-rise developer who strives for quality, or the builder who needs mass but won’t settle for mediocrity, Roma Island offers the best of many worlds.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pendant Lights

These are my favorite. I LOVE these pendant lights and have used them as my inspiration for paint color and backsplash choices. They are made of mother of pearl and they will hang over the bar. When lit, they show natural colors of beige, whites, greys and browns (no pink). I will take the backspash to the lighting store this weekend and compare the two on Saturday just be be sure before ordering. They are not cheap but to me, they are like nice pieces of jewelry - don't you think?.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


I am in the middle of an exciting kitchen remodel. While in France, my contractor (Uncle Orien) gutted the kitchen, removing a wall that used to separate the front living room from the kitchen. He's doing an amazing job. Before and after pictures to come!

Below is what we picked for the back splash. It glass and is made by Sonoma Tilemakers. It adds a bit of sparkle and color as my countertops are plain. I think it'll add some pizazz to the place. Imagine it against espresso cabinets and stainless steel. Yummy!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Blooming in Provence

Today the Mistral blows and it is cold in Provence. A week ago, it was hot and the cactus were blooming in my Belle Mere's garden. One cactus had 10 blooms on it.

I'm back my friends. I missed you all and hope you are happy and healthy. I will begin to post pictures of my recent trip to Provence. It was a magical trip with Jean Louis and I hope I can convey that through my photos.