Designing Our French Inspired Kitchen and Bath: The Kohler Store

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Greetings everyone!  Things have been progressing behind the scenes as we continue to design our French inspired home.  As you might have already noticed; we have been on a short break from blog posting. We have been working our way through some unforeseen design obstacles.  The bidding process has again resumed and we too will now pick up our blog postings right where we left off.

Today we want to share a few photographs from a recent trip to The Kohler Store in Glenview, Illinois just outside of Chicago.  For those of you interested in visiting, you can find the Kohler Store at:

The Kohler Store (Chicago Area Locations)
1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025

For your added shopping pleasure, you can also visit the Abt showroom right next door!  See our trip to the Abt showroom, home to all appliances and electronics.

Back to The Kohler Store.....

Who is ready to take a loooonnnnngggg soak in this tub?  I think I could sit in this white porcelain Kohler beauty for the rest of the nigh…

Choosing A French Home Design: Jack Arnold Kitchen

A few years ago my wife and I decided that we would begin to plan the house of our dreams. 

Has anyone ever had difficulty designing or identifying the home they want to build?  I think for about a year and a half we found plans that were good, but nothing that ever made us say “THAT is THE one”.

One day, we were searching for kitchen designs on Google images (a great resource).  I have always wanted our stove to look like it was part of an old fireplace.  I find the design reminiscent of cooking fireplaces that were once the staple of every kitchen.
  
After a great deal of searching, we found “THE” kitchen that made us stop in our tracks.  It was a design created by Jack Arnold, the renowned architect known for his European influenced designs.  Right in front of us was exactly what we were looking for in a kitchen.  The cabinets themselves also appear to be designed by Jack Arnold for Bentwood Kitchens.  Check out both sites for more information.  What do you think of the inspiration kitchen??


I love how this kitchen captures the feeling of an actual fireplace!


Love the copper pots hanging above the stove!



The simple white jars on the mantle look so classy.

 Being early in the process, we had never heard of Jack Arnold.  The one thing we did want to know was if his kitchens look this good, what did the whole house look like???  A few minutes on his website and we knew we found the team that would design our home. So this is where it all begins, an inspiration kitchen photo from Jack Arnold. Now, which one to choose and build???  Please join our blog and follow along to see the entire process from design to construction to decor.

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