Remember back in March, when I was on the hunt for an apartment with a reasonable kitchen? Well, I did find one, thanks to this very blog, and am now happily living and cooking in Paris’ biggest arrondissement – the 15th. It’s high time I took you on a tour of this new kitchen of mine, don’t you think?
When we first rented the place, the kitchen was as yet unfinished, but it already had lots of potential.
It had a big sink, natural light, tiled backsplash, a few cupboards…
A huge refrigerator…
Washer AND dryer, and maybe most importantly, it’s open to the living/dining room.
Nick and I were starting to formulate a plan about how to arrange everything – how many cupboards we’d need to install, what our best stove and oven options were – when our most excellent landlady decided to just go ahead and get the kitchen finished. When the contractors were done, it was a different (and much better) space.
See all the cupboards? See the new stove and oven?
See the bar top where there used to be just a hole in the wall?
See the dryer ruining my plans to have a huge pantry across the hall? See the pile of boxes in the next room?
All that remained was for Nick and I to make the place our own.
I’ve even managed to reconcile the dryer and the pantry. (When I saw how well the dryer works and realized that it meant no more trips to the laundromat for me, I was willing to make some concessions on the pantry of my dreams.)
So there you have it. As usual, I’ve put the after photos in the apparently ever-growing set of Parisian kitchen photos on Flickr, or you can click each of the last three photos individually if you want to know all the minute details of how I fit everything into what is probably my smallest kitchen yet in Paris. But I’m very happy in it. Now if only it had a dishwasher…
On this day in 2010: Shilling French Toast
Originally published on Croque-Camille.