Country Kitchens and Cottages

Country Kitchens & Recipes
Every time we’re having company, I bitch (to myself) about our kitchen. It’s not big enough to cook with more than two and it has a small window into the dining room, through which people can watch me do dishes and wave, but not much else. It’s a weird shape (lot of good light though) without enough counter space. One day, when the kitchen is clean(er), I’ll show you.
Today, instead, I’ll show you the places I’d love to call my own. Barbara and Rene Stoelte compile beautiful books about countryside living, featuring European houses of a by-gone era. I stumbled over the book “Living in the Countryside” on Liane’s blog enhabiten. It was a steal on amazon for 2 bucks. “Country Kitchens & Recipes”, another of their books, also caught my eye and ended up in my shopping cart as well. Here are a few images from “Country Kitchens & Recipes”:
Country Kitchens & Recipes
The images are beautiful, but the recipes, honestly didn’t tempt me much.

Country Kitchens & Recipes

Country Kitchens & Recipes

I was surprised (and mildly disappointed) that some of the kitchens were also featured in their other book “Living in the Countryside”, which is by far more interesting. It features cottages in Ireland and Sweden, houses in Holland, Italy and Greece to name a few including this beautiful crooked house:
Living in the Countryside
The images below are not from inside the crooked house, but show a variety of different styles and places.

Living in the Countryside

country6Living in the Countryside

Living in the Countryside

Living in the Countryside

Both books are atmospheric and have been looked through many times. You can also practice your language skills as the text in is in English, German and French side by side! I like that.

Enjoy your weekend!

Living in the Countryside: Vivre a la Campagne
Barbara Stoeltie (Author), Rene Stoeltie (Author), Angelika TASCHEN (Editor)
Hardcover: 397 pages
Publisher: Taschen; 25th edition (September 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3822848352
ISBN-13: 978-3822848357

Country Kitchens & Recipes
Barbara Stoeltie (Author)
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Taschen (March 15, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3822813796
ISBN-13: 978-3822813799

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  1. Katie Bee says:

    I'm very intrigued by the crooked house. Were there any photos of its interior? I wonder if the floor was slanted.
    Also, I entirely understand about awful kitchens. Mine is about four feet by six feet (okay, maybe six by eight, but still…) and it's crowded with two people. I sometimes dream of bigger kitchens.

  2. Tina S says:

    I love that blue and white tiled backsplash behind the beautiful old white stove.

    Stitching in Circles

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I've always wanted a bed in a nook like that.

  4. annekata says:

    @Katie: I was wondering myself, how it was possible to live in a house like that. There were some images of the interior and they were beautiful. Surprisingly, the "crookedness" wasn't apparent at all.
    @Tina: I would love to have a kitchen like this. Almost all kitchens had this wonderful old fashioned feeling.
    @Elizabeth: The nook is wonderful, isn't it? However, Just looked at the picture in the book and learned that five people used to sleep in it. Father, mother and baby on top and two children in the small space underneath, barely visible in the image.

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