Work has commenced......

{Image from here}

I mentioned yesterday that Mr FF has commenced work on the room that is going to house our new kitchen and dining room so I am getting really exciting and making sure that in my own mind I know what I want.

Yesterday while we were in Bordeaux, we popped into Ikea and I bought a magnetic knive holder so this is a step in the right direction.

So far I have bought:

*Fabulous red letters that spell out the word "C U I S I NE "that you can see in the photo above.

*Carmague Cushion cover from Toast for the window seat

*Antique light fitting for the dining area

{image from here}

*Antique Oak dining table, which I am going to distress and paint the bottom half of.

*Antique oak chairs which I am going to paint white.

*Vendange tapestry - this has lots of red in it and red is going to be my accent colour.

*Plate rack - not sure where I will use this but it was on sale a while ago and I thought that it would be good.

We are not having upper cupboards so I need to ensure that I have enough space elsewhere in the room but will be having some open shelves.

*White ceramic sink

*Clock for above one of the doors

*Stainless steel cooking range

Which just! leaves me with the following to buy....

*Kitchen - oak which I am going to paint

*Tap - typically french in style and the same as the one that we have used in the other apartments.

*Dish washer - stainless steel I think at this stage :-)

*Kitchen island for the centre of the room

*Kitchen stools - I really want a pair of antique ones but may have to settle for a new pair if I cannot find any that I like.

*Stainless steel fridge/freezer

*Floor tiles, we are using the same ones that we have in the entrance and in the showroom so I am hoping that they have them in stock.

{Entrance - Maison No. 20}
Think that is about it for now, I am off as I need to post off some fabulously french orders and after that will be assisting Mr FF today. Not sure how long this will last as I am not the best at receiving orders and prefer to "give" them.

Je vous souhaite à tous un mardi fabuleux,

L x


  1. WOW, how exciting!! It all sounds so fabulous and well thought out. I look forward to seeing the results!

  2. The tapestry,I am wowed!And red is the best color accent ever.Good luck for the makeover.Francesca

  3. I love everything you chose for the kitchen!!! And the red letters??? Can't wait to see your makeover, I'm sure it's a fantastic one!! Nice to do makeover at the same time of many other girls like you, I enjoy it a lot to know their ideas!!

    Bonne journée ma cherie!!

  4. I cant wait to see the end result; so exciting for you.....Amanda xxx

  5. Very exciting. You sound super organised! Can't wait to see your creation! A-M xx

  6. this kitchen is going to be great! I wished I had time to take care of my house which after our recent flood is in shambles....
    where is your store? off to France soon.....that is when the airports open... A bientot, Francine

  7. Coming along very nicely indeed...I love how you have a definite vision and are sticking to it...cant wait to see the finishing results...must be very exciting for you :) x

  8. Oooo, Leeann, I'm a little envious.
    It sounds wonderful. I can't wait to see it all finished.
    Isn't it exciting when a room comes together ?
    Enjoy buying everything. XXXX

  9. Well, Leeann, it sounds like you're quite well organized for your big kitchen/dining room redo. It all sounds quite wonderful to me and I'm certainly looking forward to seeing the work in progress. p.s. I don't like upper kitchen cabinets either :)

  10. Everything you mentioned sounds amazing! I love the red letters and can't wait to see them in your kitchen!

  11. Everything sounds amazing! We are in the midst of a huge reno...Kitchens are so time consuming and expensive! But...It sounds like you are more than half way there!
    I can't wait to see the finished space!
    Enjoy the process

  12. An exciting project to say the least. I'm so looking forward to seeing this develop xx

  13. Can't wait to see what it looks like :)

  14. Wow, sounds like a fabulous mix. Can't wait to see it! jules :)

  15. Can't wait to see the finished room.

  16. Love the red letters. Where those from Ikea? So adorable!

  17. The dining table & chairs are simply to die for. Love this look. And the red. Just wonderful. xx's

  18. I can't wait to see how it all comes together. The stuff you've purchased is right up my alley.

  19. loving the red letters! what a great idea...

  20. Great finds. I can't wait to see how it all comes together.

  21. Leeann, I am definitely going to have to drive up and see that C.U.I.S.I.N.E. Don't let Mr FF forget who's boss ;-)

    Lots of love budgie and thinking of you lots

  22. Wow, sounds lovely and oh so exciting!! Can not wait to see it!!! Hope you are well,Chrissy

  23. Loveing all your picks so far...
    Cuisine = great!
    I had to laugh about giving and recieving orders!!!
    You go girl!
    Can't wait to see everthing in it's glory!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  24. Hi Leeann I will be following carefully now that you have hooked me in with: no upper cabinets, red accents, and that you prefer to "give" orders! LOL! Your kitchen concept is wonderful, and I am quite sure your execution will be perfect! thanks for including us

    a bientot!


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  26. Bonjour, Mille mercis for your lovely comments and I am trying my best at being Mr FF's helper but am not used to making cups of tea all day and this cuts into the amount of time that I can spend on the internet without him knowing :-)

    To all of you that asked about the red letters, they came from an interiors store and were pretty pricy, I wish that IKEA did stock them as I am sure that they would be much cheaper there! That said I went crazy on Monday and bought many of those fabulous dish brushes in red with the suction thingy on the bottom of them.

    A tres bientot, L x

  27. This kitchen sounds fabulous ...You thought about every detail . I can not wait to see the result

  28. Loving your kitchen design! It's like you're designing the kitchen of my dreams! Sounds like it's all going to turn out wonderfully...can't wait to see the results.

  29. Well done, I just adore that kitchen sink. Can't wait to see the final reveal!

  30. I'm just getting caught up on my reading and I'm so excited to see you are well underway on your new kitchen. You must be so excited. I can't wait to see it all together, you have some incredible finds! I especially love that tapestry. ~Lili

  31. That antique oak dining table is such a vintage find! I have this thing for hardwood furniture for houses. The kitchen is so cute, too. I like its flooring. Are those tiles? Tampa and other Florida cities have houses that use mostly wood materials, I noticed. Perhaps it's because of the tropical weather.


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