The Sum of Its Parts

Lonni Paul, a wonderful designer we are working with to recreate the family home I grew up in, loves to combine the old and the new. She believes the contrast brings out the best in both genres.

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It took some convincing and educating, but now she has two believers in Bill and me. For example, she found a Kohler apron-front farmhouse sink for the kitchen. It fits beautifully with our cabinets from KraftMaid. Both feel traditional and classic. She combined that with three modern, polished nickel pendant lights from Circa Lighting over the island. It’s a gorgeous, surprisingly harmonious combination.

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Another long hunt was for the living room lights. The room couldn’t be more traditional: a painting of my grandfather hangs over the mantle, the fireplace is brick, and the sconces are old-fashioned, so we assumed the ceiling fixtures should be as well. But Lonni knew we needed a modern chandelier (in a farmhouse?) and went back to Circa to scour the site. She found the perfect one. The crystal in the fixture throws magical reflections all over the room.

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When it came to appliances, Lonni turned us on to Jenn-Air. We had another brand in mind and kind of fought her on it, but we are so glad we lost that fight. Jenn-Air is energy-efficient, beautiful, and is an affordable luxury: we weren’t paying extra just for a label. We put in two full-size convection ovens and a 6-burner range with a griddle and warming drawer. That might sound extravagant, but this house is the heart of a big extended family. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, the core group clocks in at twenty-five. I love the sound of everyone in the kitchen, close to me but not underfoot. The best visiting happens while everyone is cooking, so I wanted state-of-the-art appliances that were reliable and had a great service rating.

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So my kitchen is old and new, and I LOVE IT! Some wise Greek said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Every piece in our kitchen is beautiful, but when it’s combined, it’s enchanting.

This post was sponsored by Lonni Paul Design, Circa Lighting, KraftMaid, and Jenn-Air. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.