Posted on April 18th 2014Top
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Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

Meet my friend Jin. She is carrying apples. Green apples. Remember that for later.

Now, check out her kitchen! I don't even know where to begin. The walnut. Let's begin there. I love all the walnut. The walnut cabinets are from Viola Park. I also am in love with the marble dining table. It's just so pretty. The chairs, table and dining room lamp are all from Room & Board. (I can't find the chairs in walnut on their site, but you can get them in a painted version here).

Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

Jin told me that her kitchen wasn't always in this spot. This space used to be all dining room and the kitchen used to be off to the right, outside the frame of the picture above.

Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

Jin and her husband did a major remodel to their house including this kitchen remodel. They used black paperstone for the counters. The pendents are Fucsia 1 Pendent by Flos lighting, which they got at Lumens.com

Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

Here is a close-up of the counter. It looks a bit like slate, doesn't it? Jin does say they require a bit of maintenance with oil, so she would probably opt for something a little easier next time around like a honed granite or something similar, but she loves how Eco friendly they are.

Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

I love the big stove and that Le Creuset tea kettle just totally gets me! I also love how Jin has blond wood accessories like that knife block paired with the walnut.

One of the highlights of my visit on Tuesday was when Jin agreed to let me re-arrange her bookcase next to the dining table before our shoot. I paired down her collection of books and then went around her home and collected a few baskets and accessories. We picked some flowers in her garden for the white vase and then I styled it like this:

Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

By the way, in the pictures above, you can see what I would call the difference between a snapshot - on the left - and a composed shot - on the right. A snapshot is just that. You run over, point your camera and click without much thought other than getting the exposure somewhat decent.

A composed shot is different. For a composed shot, I usually start by doing some editing and styling and then I set up my shot, usually by using a tripod. I really look at what is in the frame and what is not. Then I take a couple of test-shots to make sure that I have everything in the frame the way I want it. Then I take the picture. It does make a difference, doesn't it?

Here is the styled shot by itself:

Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

Oh and did you see that? Look again. Wait, I'll show you. It's an owl made from a toilet paper roll and paint. That owl makes me so happy. Homemade owls are the best. The sitting giraffe :love: and the little white penguin are pretty cute too.

Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

As if I wasn't already over the moon excited by just being allowed to photograph all this awesomeness, Jin topped it off by serving us lunch. It was so good! Here is what she made:

Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

Jin made Green apple Italian sausage from the 21 day sugar detox book by Diane Sanfilippo. She paired it with that salad above. The lettuce, she picked from her own garden. Swoon. She added some cucumber, avocado and onions and made a dressing from a little oil and some of the limes I brought. So good.

The Green apple Italian sausage recipe is not available online, so I can't share it here, but the spice mix that she used is here:
Italian Sausage Spice Blend. This is where the carrying of apples becomes important if you want to guess how these sausages are made. You can also check out my meat ball recipe and just switch out the spices. You would be pretty close. But also think: Apples. Then you are even closer.

Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

I brought some of my Paleo mazarin almond cake and Jin made us some delicious banana ice cream to go with it. The ice cream recipe is also a recipe from that book and also not online. You could make something similar if you go to my coconut ice cream recipe. This is a great non-dairy ice cream. Use banana instead of sugar to get a similar result.

Jin s kitchen wallnut cabinets marble paper counter 1

If you want to know how to capture an image like this one that I took of Jin, I have written about how to do that here.

Thank you so much Jin for not only allowing me to photograph your insanely lovely kitchen, but also for making us such a fantastic lunch AND giving me leftovers to take home.

I don't think a day can go much better than this!
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