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24 January 2010

You, me and the kitchen sink

From China to France, today's kitchen sink is Shandora's in France.

Shandora writes:
"This is my kitchen sink in France. The kitchen is the place where I spend most of my time, so I wanted to have a big kitchen (which is rare in France) so when we bought the house, with the tiny kitchen, I had a wall torn down ( there was a washing room behind it) and made it bigger. On the sink, you can see, I always have dishes or glasses left to dry. (oops, I don't always dry them after washing up) Since I have lots of dishes to wash, it doesn't all fit in the rack, so I sew some cloths from an old blanket and hemmed with an old pyjama of my son, to leave stuff to dry.

I never heard of other things to wash the dishes with, before coming to your blog, so I used sponges... Since I now need to learn how to knit them, I made some "sponges" out of the old blanket and wash up with these, and have to say I'm pretty happy with them. (but still need to learn how to knit, I'm just too curious.)

There's the rice cooker, that's always there (I married a man from the reunion island and he needs his rice every day...being dutch myself I love potatoes and pasta more).
 
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73 comments:

  1. What a beautiful, bright, light kitchen!

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  2. I love seeing all the different kitchens, where women create these marvelous meals that sustain! The French kitchen is just so clean in blue & white. I think that is my favorite combo for a kitchen (tho my own is not).

    I tend not to comment when there are many already - guess i feel lost in the crowd!

    My sister & another friend each spent a lot of time (sis 3 years, friend 5) in China, teaching English. I never saw pics of their kitchens. It was so much fun to see the kitchen in the last post.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I love your kitchen! It has a very Zen feel to it. I like the all-white color scheme and the beadboard on your cabinets. You must enjoy spending time there. I know I would!

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  4. Your kitchen looks so lovely and bright no wonder you spend a lot of your time there.

    Kim

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  5. What a nice kitchen! Thank you for sharing it. I love the whiteness of it, and all the counter space!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Dawn

    bcsmithereens.blogspot.com

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  6. What a wonderful bright kitchen.
    Thankyou for sharing. ---Krystal(who leaves dishes in the rack over night to dry too)

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  7. kitchen is beautiful! I love the windows framing the cooker/oven and what clever storage there in you table!! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your kitchen, it looks like such a lovely place to create wonderful meals.

    Lisa

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  9. A very pretty kitchen, I wish it were mine.

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  10. What a gorgeous kitchen--so bright and airy! It makes me wish I had a wall in my kitchen that I could tear down to make it bigger!

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  11. You talk about small kitchens in France - and I imagined that with the French reputation for fine dining, that they would have big kitchens. Do people dine out at restaurants rather than do lots of home cooking?

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  12. I am so enjoying seeing all these kitchen sinks. On my life's wish list is a big farmhouse kitchen sink with a window over it. Every house we have ever owned has the sink against a wall. This kitchen is so beautiful and bright. What a joy it must be to work there.

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  13. What a lovely, streamlined, functional kitchen. I love the neutral, creamy, warm colours. And the timber.
    I for one REALLY enjoy this series.
    Tracy (Brisbane)

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  14. I love, love, love, your kitchen. The nice white clean lines and the wooden counter tops. This is just how I want my kitchen to look when I need to make changes coming up. Thank you for all of these simple wonderful ideas!

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  15. Cute kitchen. Very homey and bright.

    Have a blessed day.

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  16. I do like this kitchen, it's so clean and bright.

    I love seeing kitchens from countries other than the US, it really puts our house size mania in perspective. Please share more!

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  17. Nice bright kitchen. Love the white and windows. I also like your table with the drawers at one end. Never seen one like that.

    Connie (US)

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  18. I love the view from the windows, the spaciousness, and the calm feel of this kitchen. It also feels pretty "natural" with all of the light wood and greenery coming in from the window views.

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  19. What a lovely fresh peaceful kitchen!

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  20. I absolutely love the table, chairs, pitcher and bowl. Perfectly lovely kitchen.

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  21. Very pretty! I also love the clean white with the beadboard, very "French Country".

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  22. a beautiful kitchen. where in france are you?
    kathy

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  23. What a nice kitchen. I can see a family having many wonderful meals prepared from that kitchen. Really bright & airy, which I think helps you to want to be creative! Nice job.

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  24. What a lovely, light kitchen! I love seeing the different kitchens!

    Kristina

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  25. Wow, what a beautiful kitchen!! I can imagine how lovely it would be to sit there at the table - it's so bright and airy and lovely. I think this would have to be close to my dream kitchen. Thanks for sharing!!

    Megan (Brisbane, Australia)

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  26. Looks like a lovely kitchen, with a lovely view. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. I love the 'blanket' drainer idea.
    A beautiful light and airy kitchen.
    Thanks Rhonda for this great idea - other folks' kitchens. So interesting.

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  28. I love, love, LOVE this kitchen! I especially like seeing all the wood tones... so lovely!

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  29. Lovely Kitchen , looks so clean and neat and just down right refreshing ! The table is also interesting .
    I am really enjoying this series ,so many different kitchens ,styles as well as colors .
    Sheila

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  30. Shandora has done a lovely job recreating her kitchen.

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  31. What a beautiful light and bight kitchen - would love to cook in that one. Its lovely.

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  32. This kitchen is beautiful, I love the white and the light wood....
    I am sure it is a pleasure to prepare lovely meals in this area...x

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  33. Love your beautiful kitchen. I also think it's fantastic that you've made your dish drying mat and dishcloths from blanket and recycled material. I especially love your kitchen table though...how practical! with the large middle leg also being storage drawers ...BRILLIANT.

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  34. Very light and airy kitchen. I especially love the cabinets. Thanks for inviting us into your home.

    Sandy

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  35. I wash many of our dishes even though we do use a dishwasher. I leave them to dry, unless I have a lot! Lovely kitchen, thanks so for sharing.

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  36. A lovely kitchen. It was so smart of your to make it a priority to enlarge the kitchen where you spend so much time. I like the light colors and the natural light. I also was very interested to see the kitchen in China....I hope the hot water and window seals will be improved or you will find a place a little better to live in.

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  37. Your kitchen is wonderful and airy and nice and bright. I love it!

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  38. Beautiful kitchen! Very inviting and comfortable feeling!

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  39. Your kitchen is so bright and airy. It is so clean and inviting. I really like the two windows in there. I only have one and it seems so dark.
    Thank you for sharing your kitchen!

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  40. Bright. Light. Open. Serene. What a fabulous kitchen to work in. I could sit and visit for hours with tea or coffee.

    Very, very nice.

    Yvette

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  41. What a beautiful space! I love all that natural light and bright cabinetry. Good for you, learning to repurpose old materials and learning to knit.

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  42. What a beautiful, bright kitchen. It's so open and airy. I would love to be doing my cooking in there! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Beautiful kitchen with such great light.

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  44. Such a lovely kitchen- thank you for sharing!

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  45. I love the simplistic and clean look of your kitchen. Very cheery and bright.

    I'm striving for simpler living and want less in my life when it comes to material things. My goal is to have what I need and only a little of what I want. Thank you for sharing with us all.

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  46. I love this kitchen too -- such an airy look!

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  47. Such a lovely kitchen. So light and yes, I think I would love to spend alot of time in this beautiful creative room as well. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful space.

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  48. Wow I like your kitchen. It's very clean. :)

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  49. Its beautiful, clean and tidy, a real sparkling kitchen. Must be a pleasure to work in.

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  50. Beautiful kitchen. So, fresh and clean looking! I'd love a peek outside that window, too. :0)

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  51. Wow, what a wonderful space to create meals with love for family and friends. I love the light coming in and the spaciousness of it and the color scheme is calming.

    Thanks again Rhonda for starting this wonderful collection of kitchens, which are dear to our hearts since we spend so much time in them.

    FlowerLady

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  52. Beautiful! I love that table in the middle too.

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  53. I just LOVE the white kitchen. The drying cloth idea is brilliant. I can't wait to make mine!!!

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  54. I think I'm echoing everyone else's thoughts here, but anyway! I LOVE your kitchen - the white and wood is gorgeous. If I ever have the opportunity to style my own kitchen, I would like it to be just like yours!

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  55. I love your kitchen. It's so bright and simple and peaceful feeling. I love the pitcher on the table, too. I have been looking for one like that for ages!

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  56. Beautiful kitchen, so clean and neat. I would fill those great windows with plants and herbs.

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  57. What a bright and airy kitchen. No wonder you spend all your time in it.

    Knitting is a definitely a skill I still need to learn but as a child I picked up crochet much easier. I wasn't the most co-ordinated or patient child so using only one tool was much easier. It's worth a try.

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  58. Another bright, cheerful kitchen--I love it, especially all the natural light from those lovely windows!

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  59. Gorgeous!!!!!! Absolutely cute as a button.

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  60. This kitchen is so beautiful! It's so bright . . . I love the colors. Someday I will send you a shot of my kitchen . . . if it is ever clean enough!

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  61. a very pretty kitchen... and the blue dishpan just seems to pop in all that white. I love white kitchens.

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  62. This is such a lovely kitchen! It feels very light and sweet!

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  63. Your kitchen is beautiful! I love the windows without coverings and how much light it seems to let in.

    Nice and tidy without "too much", but friendly and open.

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  64. Goooosh! I c hanged provider and have been out of internet and telephone for over a week! So many new posts to read, Rhonda, which I will be doing most of my time tomorrow, and then I saw you placed my kitchen and all of those friendly, loving comments! thank you all so much!

    I do have some great news though, monday my first dishcloths arrived from the states. thanks to your site, I found Debbie and her handcrafted items, and so, to curious to wait to learn how to knit myself, I ordered five of them. I finally understand why you all love them soooo much! I'm addicted to them now! Wonderful way to wash dishes!!

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  65. I wanted to add how joyful it was to see your kitchen.
    Your table in the kitchen looks warm and inviting. Everyone seems to have islands now, so it was nice to see the kitchen table back.

    Clean, simple and comfy!

    Thanks for sharing. J

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  66. I love your kitchen! So bright and beautiful! Gorgeous cabinets! It's so great that you have so much space! :)

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  67. Wow... how I love this one! What a nice colours, beautiful and bright. Nice!

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  68. Very nice! Love the windows over your sink. Your kitchen is nice and bright. I like the pitcher and basin sitting on your table.

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