The Kitchen: A Sacred Place

A true home is one of the most sacred of places.
It is a sanctuary into which men flee from the world’s perils and alarms.
It is a resting-place to which at close of day the weary retire to gather new strength for the battle and toils of tomorrow.
It is the place where love learns its lessons, where life is schooled into discipline and strength, where character is molded.
Few things we can do in this world are so well worth doing as the making of a beautiful and happy home.
He who does this builds a sanctuary for God and opens a fountain of blessing for men.
Far more than we know, do the strength and beauty of our lives depend upon the home in which we dwell.
He who goes forth in the morning from a happy, loving, prayerful home,
into the world’s strife, temptation, struggle, and duty, is strong–inspired for noble and victorious living.
– J.R. Miller



Since moving to Prince Edward Island, earlier this year, our family has been very busy settling the homestead, animals and gardens outside. Now that the cozy, cool weather is settling in (a season near and dear to my heart!), we can focus a little bit more on the inside of our home. My kitchen has been bustling with sugar cookie baking, tea drinking and lots of homeschool-filled mornings. One friendly reader asked if I had a pantry – and I realized I should probably share a little about my kitchen.


Now, while I’d like to show before photos, I feel that is also rather disrepectful to the previous woman who ran this kitchen – she lived here for 40 years and I am sure she has beautiful memories from this home. She was a baker and a mom of a little girl … I know this cozy kitchen was well used. I have changed it to fit my style, however, and hopefully this is still in respect for previous full lives lived here within these walls.

Recently, a historian of Prince Edward Island came to talk to us about the history of our home – it seems as if it was built sometime around 1840. Perfect. I don’t think I could live in a modern home – 🙂 …


This morning, the light was a bit brighter than the usual December morning; therefore I took a few photos to share here. This is not a set up kitchen for photos – this is real living and things are not perfect. I would like to change the sink (I have found the most beautiful vintage sink but I’m not sure if it will fit), eventually, but in time …


I’m so thankful for the help my husband has given to change it ever so slightly to appease his wife’s notions …


I love to wash dishes while listening to music in my little pantry-room – my favourite music is old time crooners (such as Dean Martin and Bing Crosby), opera music, and big band music.  I have put bird feeders outside this lovely little window and I am seeing so many seasonal birds … it’s very joyful.


and yes, with a thankful heart, I have a pantry! I am so grateful!



{dried teas for the winter months}




The Man of the House’s coffee station area … his favourite spot each morning …through this bigger window we can view our field …

This sweet cookstove is propane, not wood fired, but I still love it. We found it on a used site and my husband brought it back from Ontario. The stove door says “Cook’s Delight”. Isn’t that sweet? And what’s even better is the thermostat does not work – just like my last stove. It makes me feel right at home. 🙂
I was so happy to find such a cute stove for our home …

However … let me introduce you to our other stove … a German stove, called a Kachelofen … yes, it is a strange stove.
Yes, it is a strange colour (although it does not bother me anymore – since green IS my husband’s favourite colour, and he just LOVES this stove). At first, I was determined this should go; it did not suit my style … but we, as a family, have grown to love it and actually, I personally quite like the style now, knowing it is from the old German days! We have seen it twice in older movies and that made me a little interested in this stove (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Sound of Music).  It is also very unique. I don’t think you can find many of these in the modern world… there is a side portion to the stove that is, what I would call, a warming drawer. We, in fact, have two of these stoves the house and I am able to cook in both stoves. So I am still able to cook with wood – that is a good thing!

It really cozies up the kitchen! You will always find little people — and big people – sitting right here, staying cozy and drying mittens, reading and living regular every day life …







{Do you spot Rip, the faithful Basset Hound, sleeping under the table? Also, note the flour on the flour by my Hoosier – I was in the process of making dough for sugar cookies …}


We brought the antique kitchen lamp with us – I just love this light.

All kitchens should have a walk in pantry!


Do you love to look through kitchens as much as I do? It can be such a cozy space. I’d love to see photos of your kitchen … if you are willing to share your sacred spot of cooking and preparing meals … we could do a kitchen share post …

In the meantime … I hope you are staying warm and cozy and creating lovely meals for your family! xo



If you have been afraid that your love of beautiful flowers and the flickering flame of the candle
is somehow less spiritual than living in starkness and ugliness,
remember that He who created you to be creative gave you the things with which to make beauty
and the sensitivity to appreciate and respond to His creation.
― Edith Schaeffer

December 20, 2021 - 5:36 am

Gigi Wow, that is so neat that your parents in law had a kachelofen. We have now noticed the stove design in the book ‘The Trap Family Singers’, in the Sound of Music movie and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

December 19, 2021 - 8:33 pm

Lynnea Such a lovely warm kitchen…all so very pretty and inviting! I also enjoy listening to Bing and Dean’s crooning! 🙂
My husband’s parents had a “kachelofen” built into their home in Germany many years ago. It surely made the atmosphere warm and cozy. We like yours and think it’s handsome! 🙂

December 19, 2021 - 5:13 pm

Gigi Debby, it is an espresso maker!
Oh, and Rip would love a good ear scratch, to be sure!

December 15, 2021 - 12:31 pm

Christina Oh my! It is lovely and reflects family and warmth very well. Thank you for sharing. My kitchen is…lived in and cozy. Maybe I will do a post on it and share as well. Thank you for inviting us into your home.

December 15, 2021 - 5:48 am

Gigi Oh my, Monica… that is so sweet (especially coming from you!)… yes, tea at that table (or better yet – at the ocean) one day, Lord willing. xoxoxox

December 14, 2021 - 9:38 am

Monica Gillian, I believe your kitchen is my favorite in the world. It’s even better than the last one. 🙂 I do think adding a table in the center just makes it so cozy. You’ve given me so much inspiration for when we remodel our kitchen. Go older, not modern (as if I would! Ha!) Lots of love to you and ONE DAY, I hope to be visiting you in your beautiful home! Xoxo!

December 13, 2021 - 4:24 pm

Debby in Kansas USA Oh, be still my beating heart!!! Green is my favorite color and that beautiful stove made me gasp!! I don’t do that over *things* very often. Wow!!! Thank you so much for sharing! It all looks so cozy and wonderful. I wanted to ask about the copper contraption in the coffee area. I’ve never seen anything like it. It immediately reminded me of a mini still, like on Andy Griffith! Rip is so big! He’s just adorable. I wanna play with his ears.

December 13, 2021 - 4:55 am

Gigi Kristal, hello! Thank you for dropping by! 🙂 Just so you know … I brought everything … 🙂 🙂 🙂 I didn’t get rid of any antiques! I have a curated home and it takes such a long time to find all such pieces, I did not want to start over, especially since Prince Edward Island is so small (less options). I have my icebox but have not sorted out where it will go …

December 13, 2021 - 2:36 am

Ruthie Thankyou so much for sharing these lovely pictures of your kitchen. Whenever I come here to your blog, I leave feeling blessed and encouraged in my work as a mother and homemaker.

December 12, 2021 - 1:15 am

Kristal Hi Gillian! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve had a chance to “stop by”. What a beautiful and functional kitchen! I hope in the future maybe you’ll share some more of your new home. I’d also love to hear of the vintage pieces you used in your previous home that you brought along with you. I’ll admit, I was so curious what might make the move. Like your ice box perhaps? Enjoy this beautiful time with your family. Winter might be one of my favorite seasons for the warm and cozy inside feeling as well. ~Kristal

December 11, 2021 - 5:13 am

Gigi Oh, Congratulations, Rebecca! I would definitely be asking for another Elmira cookstove if I did not have the German stoves, but since I can cook in those ovens with wood, I’m feeling okay with the lack of cookstove. (I will always love cooking with wood! So special!) I’d love to see a photo of your cookstove! I should mention, oops, this stove I have is not gas, but propane.
A virtual tour – I will try … it’s so hard to get rooms the way you actually want them. 🙂

December 11, 2021 - 2:57 am

Rebecca Love your new kitchen and little gas stove! I recently got an Elmira wood cookstove installed in between my kitchen and dining room — love it so much! Eventually when we remodel our kitchen I’ll also have a gas range (right now we just have an electric stove). Please share more photos of your home! A virtual tour!

December 10, 2021 - 3:51 pm

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse Gigi, I so do agree with you, an older homes are so full of charm. There is a farmhouse near by us and it is setting empty. It was built in 1907 ~ Oh, how I would love to buy her. Visit my latest post on Life in this 1817 farmhouse. ((( Hugs))

December 10, 2021 - 3:23 pm

Gigi Yes, I understand. Older homes do require a certain special upkeep … so much charm though!
I’ll await your kitchen post! 🙂

December 10, 2021 - 2:10 pm

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse Oh wow, What a beautiful kitchen and pantry. Thank you for sharing this, I have been thinking about you and your new home. Awaiting for post that reflects you! You have made this new home homey and filled with warmth and love. I love everything about it. Yes, lets do kitchen and pantry post. Watch my blog for a post about my kitchen and pantries soon. I would love to live in a old farmhouse once again, but my hubby doesn’t want the work that comes with them. I respect that! Hugs, sweet friends!

December 10, 2021 - 4:43 am

Gigi Thank you, Laura. I love the brightness of the kitchen. It’s smaller than my last kitchen, but it does not seem to matter … I’ve always wanted a cozy round table in the middle (picture Anne of Green Gables kitchen). I would love to have an old fashioned hand pump for my sink faucet. Wouldn’t that be fun? Looking forward to your possible future visit! 😉 ((hugs)) Oh, and thanks for liking the German stove. It’s strange, I know, and some may not care for it, but it has an old world feel and I rather enjoy it!

December 9, 2021 - 11:36 pm

Laura Jeanne Oh, wow! This kitchen is so beautiful. And I am in love with your German stove. It all looks so amazingly cozy. What a gift for creating beauty you have, Gillian – although obviously you had a lovely home to work with to begin with. Thank you so much for taking the time to create this post – I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your new kitchen up close!

December 9, 2021 - 6:24 pm

Sue Gigi, how exciting to see these lovely photos of your new home/kitchen and pantry! I’ve been patiently waiting for these 😉 Everything is so beautiful, just as I imagined it would be. I love all the little touches you have given it to make it your own. And what a blessing to have such a lovely pantry space, so pretty and practical too! Thanks for sharing with us!