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Besh's Remodeled Cottage

with a very nice kitchen:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

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  1. thanks for posting! I love the butler's pantry!!

    1. Such a beautiful kitchen. Thank you.

      Besh is a wonderful guy.

      1. It's beautiful, and Besh is a great cook who deserves a wonderful kitchen. But... let's not go calling 5,000 square-foot homes "cottages". OK, to the author's credit, she does say "cottage-style", but still.

        1. Is that a spoon chandelier in the butler pantry? Love!

          1. Gorgeous! But I'll raise my hand and take the former "galley" kitchen. :-)

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              Looks to me like the original galley kitchen is what's now the butler pantry. LW, you can hang out there while I'm playing on the cobalt blue enameled range. :-D

              1. re: Wahooty

                But...but...but - I wanna play there too! LOL

                I just think many of us would love his former kitchen as much as he loves his new kitchen. At least I know I would!

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I'm with you, LW. I'd give anything to have his old one, since mine is so bad. But I would like to play on that stove too! One can dream!

                  1. re: boyzoma

                    I mean, the old kitchen had THREE ovens and TWO broilers! What I'd give for just 2 ovens!

                  2. re: LindaWhit

                    Oh, don't get me wrong, I'd take that little galley kitchen over mine, if only because I'm betting he could open his dishwasher without having to open the refrigerator door.

                2. re: LindaWhit

                  Me too... the only thing I'd change about the "before" is the backsplash. It's a little busy.

                  1. re: iluvcookies

                    Agreed. The tiles on the floor wouldn't be easy to clean either. But those cabinets and all that oven space and the counter space and the 6-burner stove? Yup. :-)

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      I could deal with the floors and backsplash. What I love are the side opening wall ovens. For someone so short like me, regular wall ovens are hard without getting burned. And I would love the old stove. Are there 2 warming ovens there too? Oh my.

                3. I like everything but the cabinet doors. They're too "fake antique" for me (I like modern).

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                  1. re: Jay F

                    Nothing fake about those doors. They're reclaimed wood from an old mayonnaise factory! Gotta love the re-appropriation.

                    John hired Adam Perschall, an architect who specializes in restoration projects, and who used original materials in Besh's new kitchen:

                    "Mr. Perschall was an apt choice: He also co-owns a millworks and specializes in finding reclaimed local wood. Mr. Perschall found old cypress salvaged from New Orleans's Blue Plate Mayonnaise factory."

                    1. re: maria lorraine

                      I don't like them anyway, even if they're real. The McMansion industry has made everything suspect in kitchens to me, I guess.

                      1. re: Jay F

                        Aw, too bad you can't enjoy what a nice job was done.

                        Modern cabinets might not have thematically fit with the rest of the ktichen or Besh's Louisiana home.