Thursday, August 07, 2008

kitchen- doctor's office-kitchen

Cooking again. This time, a recipe from yesterday's NY Times got me into gear. We had it for dinner with grilled trout. Yum. I know this is supposed to be about art: isn't that an artful photograph above? Ok, so I have nothing to blog about today: I had an appointment with a new primary care physician: one of two women who share a practice and are each in for 2-1/2 days a week. This doctor, who is young enough to be my youngest child, is a real sweetheart. She input everything I said into her laptop (how modern!) and told me this: "there is no such thing in this office as If you don't hear, everything is fine. If everything is fine you will get a letter within 7 days and if everything is not fine, you will get a phone call." How nice. How unusual. She spent an hour with me and I finally feel that somebody is taking care of ME. Back to the kitchen. Candiedfabrics requested a tour, so if this will bore you silly, you have my permission to skip it. The room is 99-44/100% done. Needs paint. After auditioning untold jars of Benjamin Moore yellow that looked horrible, no matter which shade I chose, I was in despair. Last time we painted, we used Devine Paints, whose colors are just enough off from the mainstream paints to get it right! They were perfect. The company, based in Portland, was started by an artist and I could spend hours on their website, which is all about COLOR!!!! But the store in NJ that carried them 5 years ago no longer does, and they are not available anywhere in NY, NJ, or PA. I was about to mail-order color samples when I discovered that another local paint store has Devine color samples (real paint, not paper) and will color match. Apparently they all share each others' formulas these days. Open architecture for paints. Devine Honey: on the nose. Picks up the yellow in the tile and will brighten up the room that gets no sunshine. Now I just have to find a paint-ner. Here's the kitchen when you look in the opposite direction from the above picture. After a 5 month wait, our Zero Table from Design within Reach finally arrived. Behind it, next to the fridge, the file drawers, a couple of too-small junk drawers, bulletin board wall, the phone and the mail slots. Chaos contained! Yay. Finally, my beloved woods - the view from the kitchen table that makes it all worth living here.

7 comments:

candiedfabrics said...

Yup, this kitchen is gorgeous. Love the...well, I love everything! But the soapstone & backsplash are to dye for ;-)

Gerrie said...

We use Devine paint and of course, no problem, because we are in Portland. They just finished painting the bathroom with it, but I can't remember the name.

Our kids call it Design Within Reach of the Rich!! I love almost everything in that store.

Rayna said...

oops - I redid the link to the pesto stuffed zucchini - try again.

NJ - outlet heaven, of course. There is a design within reach outlet store and warehouse 1/2 hour away and they are always having sales, discontinued, slightly damaged, you know the drill. I bought a leather counter-height chair there for $42 and it's perfect. I want to bring it to my studio so in case I want to sit and print, I can. Of course, I need another pair of hands to help me so it is still sitting here.

The table, admittedly, was a splurge. But life is short.

Heather P said...

Your kitchen is wonderful! And I also wanted to thank you for the inspiration you book has given me. I just finished my first attempt at batiking. Too much fun!

Susie Monday said...

very artful indeed. I finally have had time to read blogs and love catching up on the work, That olive and gold piece (with silk thread now) is to die for. Looking forward to seeing you at ACN in about a month!

Linda said...

Gosh, Rayna, I just love your tile and soapstone countertop. Great choice!

Miles Johnson said...

Awesome culinary space! Very much my "style". I also share your passion for food. I write a column for a local magazine on food, recipes, culture- that sort of thing. You might enjoy some of the recipes. As for photographing food (a passionate challenge of mine) I do all my own styling and pictures. Now if only I can squeeze batiking into my schedule somehow......
Thanks for the tour!!!

http://www.bakersfieldmagazine.net/index.php?page=mainrecipes