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French Range Review: La Cornue Cornufe

house & home, interiorsChloe | Boxwood Ave.4 Comments

French ranges are known for their classic style and elegant beauty - they seem to be popping up in American kitchens left and right! If you're considering purchasing a French range, I hope you will enjoy this review! Spoiler alert: we love it!

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Over the past year, I have received so many questions about our La Cornue CornuFe French range, but I have been hesitant to share a review until I fully broke our stove in. Well, today is the day... 

Let's start off with: I love it. 

I love every single bit of it. There isn't one detail that makes me go "eh". 

Design wise, it is lovely. It is a total show stopper - I love the brass elements that continue to develop a beautiful patina, and I love the way the stainless steel adds a modern twist to the vintage design of the stove.  

I am so glad we decided to splurge on this element in the kitchen, it is beautiful and one of my most favorite things in our home. 

Throughout writing this post I learned that the La Cornue stove was actually the very first convection oven! It was developed by La Cornue's Albert Dupuy in 1908! You can read more about their story here, the video is really incredible! They truly value the craftsmanship and creative aspect of each stove. 

But back to business, let me answer some of your questions!

 

FRENCH RANGE REVIEW


Where to purchase a french range? 

We purchased our La Cornue CornuFe from Williams-Sonoma online. It was really simple, and the white glove delivery was quite nice. If I remember correctly, they estimated a few months before the stove could be delivered, but we actually received it within weeks.

Although you can purchase the stove from Williams-Sonoma, you can also search for local vendors that carry La Cornue. I know that local mom-and-pop appliance stores would be more than grateful for the business of such a large item. They may even be willing to offer a discount to you. You might say something like, "We know we could purchase this elsewhere, but we really want to support local business, is there any way we can negotiate on the price?"

What color white is our range? 

I have received quite a few questions inquiring about the exact color of our range. We purchased the ivory color with brass and stainless steel accents.

Someone asked if I thought the ivory stood out against the white cabinets in a negative way. 

I have to say, I was worried about the same thing, but it doesn't stand out at all. In fact the variation in white adds a bit of depth and character to the kitchen, I really like the different tones of white. 

 

Missing an oven window: 

Until I started writing this post, I had forgotten all about the missing window. In short - I do not miss the window.

Although I am sure a window is in some ways useful, I find that checking food is much more reliable when opening the door (with window or not) and properly checking doneness / temperature of food with a thermometer or knife. 

 
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What cooking settings does the Cornufe offer?

I mentioned that one of the two ovens on the CornuFe offers seven cooking options to choose from. They include: thaw & serve, convection, convection broiling, convection assist, conventional oven, browning, and warming. 

I typically use the convection setting, but having all of these settings is very nice. 

The other oven is a single-setting oven which allows you to simply select a set temperature. This is handy for fuss-free baking. Its simplicity is also very husband friendly. ;)

Can you broil Food in a Cornufe? 

I heard a rumor than you cannot broil with the CornuFe, but that is not the case. The Cornufe features two ovens, one of which has 7 settings to choose from. It offers a convection broiling setting as well as a browning setting, both are fantastic. 

 

Does a French Range require gas or electrical power?

The short answer is: both. The range is a gas & electrical powered. The ovens are powered with electricity, and the cook top is powered with gas. If you are remodeling, this shouldn't be a problem because you can ask your contractor to make sure that gas and electric power is available for the stove; however, if you are simply replacing an old stove and do not have gas already installed, this may be a bit of a problem for you.

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What is the cooking power of a French Range?

We have found that this range is incredibly powerful and cooks things very quickly. If a recipe calls for 12 minutes, I usually check at 8. We are above 5,000 feet, and should have installed the high elevation package...but we didn't! I haven't noticed any adverse side affects. 

We switched over from a very old electrical stove and I was amazed at how much better the La Cornue range cooks. I didn't think I would really notice that big of a difference while cooking, but it has been night and day. I have been completely blown away by the La Cornue. 

 
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Do you have to buy special cookie sheets? 

Your range will come with multiple slide-in baking racks and trays. The trays and racks are specifically made to slide into little slots on the side of the oven's interior (sort of like shelves).

I use these baking racks as cookie sheets, but you could also use regular cookie sheets placed on top of the wire baking racks. 

I absolutely love this feature. It is probably one of my favorite things about the oven. This feature allows for very even cooking and baking. Have you ever experienced a slightly askew baking tray leaving you with lopsided cakes or dishes? I have! The La Cornue baking racks and trays perfectly slide-in for even cooking and baking, they are fabulous! 

I almost never cook anything without using a Silpat baking mat. They are one of my favorite kitchen tools and prevent me from having to wash the baking trays after each use. 

 

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What about Thanksgiving?

Let's talk about cooking for the holidays with a French range. In short, I find that for the size, the CornuFe is much more versatile than a standard oven. The CornuFe offers two ovens making it easy to cook a variety of foods at once. In addition, the slide in baking racks allows for you to cook more in one oven than you would normally be able to. 

You can cook layers of casseroles in one oven all at once because of the professional circulation of heat within the oven. You don't have to worry about one casserole burning while the others remain raw.

While you've got your casseroles going, you can use the other oven to bake a turkey or ham. While the oven may not be incredibly deep, it is quite tall and can comfortably house a large turkey without problem. 

In my opinion, this range is a great option for holiday cooking, and doesn't add any restriction that should be noted. 

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The Cornufe does have ONE drawback: 

We can't cook a take and bake pizza in the oven without cutting it in half first. This honestly doesn't bother me at all, but I thought I would mention it in the case that you care very much about take and bake pizzas. 

The ovens simply aren't deep enough to fit a 16" circular shape within them, so we simply cut the pizzas in half or allow one side to slightly bend up. The pizza is of course still delicious! 

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I hope you have enjoyed reading about our CornuFe range! In case you can't tell, I really love it! Not only does is produce wonderfully cooked foods, but it also serves as a beautiful piece of art in the kitchen! If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comments, I will be sure to answer! Have a lovely day, thanks so much for stopping by!


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How to Choose the Right Rug Size

house & home, interiorsChloe | Boxwood Ave.3 Comments

Rugs are one of my favorite things to select when putting a room together, they are like giant pieces of artwork for the floor. Picking the right size is one of the most important decisions when it comes to rug buying, here's how to choose the right rug size for a room!

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We recently added a large jute rug to our living room, and although I knew it would make a great impact on the room, I underestimated just how great of an impact! 

Rug sizes are something so important when designing a room, because too small of a rug will throw off the entire feel of the space. You could have the best furniture ever, but too small of a rug will make your room feel undone and underwhelming. 

It can be tricky though when purchasing rugs because large rugs can be so expensive. So what gives? Do you spend your entire budget on a large rug and sacrifice all other elements in the room? 

The answer is: you don't have to! 

There are so so so many inexpensive rugs to choose from, I don't think you ever have to spend over $700 for a rug, and there are many options well under $500. 

I think the key to this is to stay neutral and go with an all natural fiber. This creates a base for the rug which can then be changed as your tastes change or as the room develops! 

Large jute rugs are very inexpensive, plus their inherent organic nature goes well with nearly any style. If you have a more modern aesthetic try a gray rug. Personally, I love a bleached jute rug because it creates a clean canvas for layering! 



How to Pick a Rug Size for a Room

If you are unsure of what size rug to purchase for your space, you are not alone! Before you can select a rug size, you need to consider the furniture layout. Will you have chairs or a sofa? How long is the dining table? What size bed will be in the room? 

So, first things first, nail down your furniture selection. :) Then move onto rug sizes...

My best piece of advice for picking out a rug size, is to get all of the furniture in place, and then tape it out on the floor with painters tape (you can even use string if you want!). If you don't have all of the furniture, but you have a good idea of where the furniture will go...still tape it out. Before buying a rug, tape. it. out!!!!

Bedroom RUGS:

When selecting a rug for a bedroom, make sure to leave about a foot wide perimeter around the room. Meaning, don't let the rug take up the whole room! If the room is on the smaller side, try using runners along the sides of the bed in lieu of a larger rug. Just like selecting too small of a rug, selecting too large of a rug will completely consume the space. 

Picking the proper rug size // design by Catra Ruddy shot by RAQUEL LANGWORTHY

design by cetra ruddy | shot by raquel langworthy | source Domino

I like to add a rug under the bed, but not completely under the night stands, allowing the night stands to anchor at least their back feet on the floor rather than on the rug. You may find that it looks best to leave the nightstand completely off the rug, it just depends on the room & size of the bed! 

If you're skipping night stands, I'd still pull the rug out a bit so that the headboard is anchored on the floor, while the foot of the bed remains on the rug.

For bedrooms a good rule of thumb is:  

FULL: 6x9 or 5x8

QUEEN: 8x10

KING: 9x12

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Dining room rugs: 

I love adding a rug to a dining room, but it is important that you find the sweet spot on size. You don't want the rug to be so small that the chairs do not fit on it; however, you don't want the rug to be so large that the floor is completely covered from wall to wall. If you have a large table in a small room and adding a rug would take up the floor space of the room, I say skip the rug in the dining room altogether. 

If you do add a rug, allow at least a foot or two of flooring to remain visible along the perimeter of the room, but make sure that the rug extends roughly 18"-24" from all sides of the table which will allow the chairs to rest on the rug rather than on the floor.  

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In the room above, our dining table is unusually long, so I went with an 10x14 rug. Before ordering the rug, I used tape to mark the corners of a 10x14 rug to make sure all of the chairs would fit on the rug, and that the length of the table wouldn't extend past the rug. Below is a general guide, but I encourage you to tape out the measurements before purchasing! 

This sizing concept can also be applied to small work areas and desks. 

Typical sizes for rugs in the dining room:

6 person table / 6 ft long (72"): 6x9 or 8x10 rug

8 person table / 8 ft. long (96"): 9x12 rug

8 person table / 9 ft. long (108"): 9x12 rug

10-12 person table / 10 ft. long (120"): 10x14 rug

Living Room Rugs: 

The living room is often the heart of a home, so a durable rug is just as important as selecting the right rug for the space. I love jute rugs in the living room which can be layered upon with inexpensive smaller rugs that have a bit more interest to them. This adds warmth, depth, and texture to the room making it so much more inviting! 

If layering, make sure that the ratio of large rug to smaller rug is enough to show off each rug, for example, a 9x12 rug would look great with a 6x9 rug layered on top. 

When figuring out which size rug is best for your room, first determine how large your couch and/or chairs are. If you have a very large living room, you may find a 10x14 rug is best for your space. 

Make sure that the front legs of the furniture are on the rug and allow 6-8" of rug space on either side of the couch/chair. 

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If you have a large living room, and the seating area is floating in the center - opt for a large rug and place all of the furniture on the rug. If the living room is smaller or the couch is up against a wall, you can opt for a slightly smaller rug with the front legs of the furniture resting on the rug and the back legs resting on the floor. 

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design by: shelby girard | photo by: morgan levy | source: MyDomaine

Entryways:

Entryways allow for you to get creative because you generally don't need a very large rug for this space! You can choose between a runner or a small area rug. If you select an area rug, select a size that allows the front legs of your entry table to rest on the rug, but the back legs to rest on the floor. 

If you select a runner, allow 6-8" of floor space between the rug and any furniture. You want to make sure it appears to be a runner and not an awkwardly placed area rug.  


I hope that this guide for choosing the right size rug for a room was helpful! Of course, rules were meant to be broken, and you ultimately must love the design of your home above all else! This is simply a guide to help steer you in the right direction if you have a tricky space to decorate! Thanks so much for stopping by, have fun rug shopping! 


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