left this in my mailbox a couple of days ago.

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Actually, it was my next door neighbor Sara.  Every so often she leaves me magazines with post-it notes on pages she thinks I would like.  This time she left an article about a kitchen from Food & Wine magazine's September 2010 issue that stopped me in my tracks. Gorgeous. Design credit for this inspiring kitchen belongs to Tracery Interiors, whose name I have seen before in blogland but never had the pleasure to peruse myself.  Their work is terrific and I love that they have a blog

The two islands – one with drawers, one with upholstered stools is so innovative. I appreciate the new take on kitchen seating –  to be able to push the stools all the way under the island when not in use is a great use of space. The best of both worlds – the substance of an island, yet the versatility of a separate work and dining space.  Besides the white (…just as I was leaning towards gray…) I'm also loving the open shelving, rough hewn beams, wood paneled walls and the salvaged barn siding floors.  Notice the sliding glass doors on the pantry with the ladder.  It's hard to believe this is a brand-new kitchen – makes me want to see the rest of this house!

Have a great start to the week – and if you're like us, first day of school tomorrow!

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