Tuesday, October 12, 2010

~ Heart of the Home Party ~

Hi Everyone! I'm joining in on Note Songs wonderful "Heart of the Home Party"! What fun! Since the kitchen has always been my favorite part of the house and even though I do blog about it often, this gave me a chance to go through pictures of mine and pull out my favorites! I just found out about it, so forgive me if they are a bit of "this and that", but that's what my kitchen is anyway: a bit of this and bit of that :) Grab a hot coco or some tea and come along! Click the link above or this announcement below to see all the other creative and fabulous kitchens and join in the fun! ( above is my kitchen island, made from my childhood desk )

This is my very functional and much needed kitchen island.... I just added a different paint color to the bottom part and left the top wood to create more of a kitchen island feel. I added a bottom and some caster wheels and it's been one of my favorite little transformations to the kitchen!

Fresh flowers by the sink are a must :)

And Vintage aprons near by...


Cooking is a passion of mine, so I've been collecting bowls and kitchen ware for long time. The vintage pieces add such nostalgia to even the most modern kitchens and I adore finding that unique piece to fit the bill. Sometimes I just steal them from my Mom lol and others I find in my travels. This below is a 1950's mixing bowl from the old Sunbeam mixer :)

Baking bread is another favorite of mine ....Oh the scent the entire house has fills my soul completely!


About a year ago, I decided to paint my kitchen table. I wanted a soft romantic shabby feel, so I taped up some stripes and out came a little cottage blue paint and away I went. Mind you , I'd never done a stripe before, but it's easy when you tape it up and don't mind the shabby imperfections :) Then I finished it with roses decoupaged in the corners and sealed it all and wah-lah! Just what I wanted...

I adore hutches and yes, lol, I blog about it often, but this find last summer is still a favorite of mine...

And roosters.....

A place to make Sunday Sauce, that's what my kitchen is all about....

A place to read cookbooks like novels...I really like cookbooks with stories attached!

And filled with yummy recipes that I can transfer all to one spot...When I want some "Zen", I grab a few cookbooks and find my favorites and transfer them to my box below. A rainy afternoon with something already in the oven is the perfect time to do this for me :)

Some warm fall Stew anyone? :) This vintage stove top below is just so special to me, it's seen a lot of food, good and bad lol. New and Old recipes. Thanksgivings, Christmas's, Easters, Sundays etc. Oh if it could talk! :)

Doing place settings is something I love to do for company and girls nights too!

Some more vintage pieces ...

An old pie safe filled with collectibles... The good thing about all my collectables in the kitchen is, I actually use them all! There's very little waste with a big family :)

Thank you so much for stepping into my Kitchen with me!

Head on over to Note Songs to see all the other pretties too!!

I hope you enjoyed your visit!!

Come back again real soon , I might even cook you something next time :) Honestly, I really wish I could!

Love and appreciation,

Cynthia xo

55 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a cozy and charming kitchen!

Blessings,
Sandi

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Cynthia, your kitchen is adorable! I love all the notalgic pieces. So so charming!

Lori Lynn said...

I am in love with your kitchen! If I hadn't already invested in red appliances and such, I would SO go to a softer palette.Beautiful!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Hands down, your kitchen is one of my most favorite kitchens in Blogland. Always has been. Always will be. It's just so darn cute! I'd trade my new kitchen for yours in a heartbeat. Maybe if you have time you could pop over and offer me some suggestions how I can make mine more cottagey cute since it's not completely finished and I haven't started decorating yet.

Allison Shops said...

Your kitchen and breakfast area is charming. Love the island made from your desk. I hope you'll drop by Atticmag to see our kitchens - it's a three for one!

Allison
Atticmag

SmilingSally said...

Hi Cynthia,

I love your cozy kitchen; I can almost smell that bread.

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Marydon said...

G'eve Cynthia ~ I love the touches of PINK, of course! Your little accents throughout are wonderful, bright & cheery kitchen.
Have a beautiful eve ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Liz said...

Oh Cynthia! I always love seeing your kitchen! It is like a little storybook space! Perfect! I love the color pallet. You have done such a great job putting it all together. Love it!! :)

~Liz

Mary Ellen said...

I always love coming and seeing your kitchen (and hutch!)- it is just one of the sweetest around!! And you do such a wonderful job with your photography and stills- I am going to have to try and copy you- ya right as if I could!!!

bee blessed
mary

Aspiemom said...

I just love your kitchen, from the color selection to the charm!

E. Charlotte said...

Your kitchen is so charming! You put all the patterns and colors together so well! :D Looks so inviting and fun.

NanaDiana said...

Cynthia-Your kitchen is absolutely darling. I love it. There is so much personality there-so much YOU there. You did a great job on the table, too!

You said you like cookbooks with a story? Do you have the cookbook called BEING DEAD IS NO EXCUSE
(The official southern ladies guide to hosting the perfect funeral)? Written by Gayden Metcalfe & Charlotte Hays. You will die laughing reading this book. It has good recipes but the real treat is in the read. Run...don't walk...to the library or Barnes & Noble and look it up! Hugs- Diana

Debbie said...

I am seeing some of the nicest kitchens today, and what I love is they are ALL so different, no cookie cutter bloggers around here:) You have some really pretty touches.

Evelyn said...

Hi Cynthia, I love, love, love your kitchen. That is so cool that you made your childhood desk into an island...what a great idea. Your kitchen is adorable...looks like a dollhouse kitchen. I'm sure it's so you. Thanks for sharing.
Evelyn

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

I never tire of seeing pictures of your kitchen, Cynthia. It's like comfort food without the calories.

Shelia said...

Hi Cynthia! Oh, I adore your most precious kitchen! I love everything you do and all of your pretty vignettes! Your island and that charming cabinet - I'm drooling. Thank you so much for coming to my party!
You are a good sweetie,
Shelia ;)

GardenofDaisies said...

Ii LOVE your cottage kitchen!! The floral wallpaper is gorgeous! White cabinets, glass fronts, lace, vintage utensils... it's just soooo pretty! I am your newest follower!

Carolyn said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE your kitchen! I just simply adore cottage kitchens and yours is absolutely awesome!!! I love the hutches and all the wonderful touches!

Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Your kitchen looks so lovely Cynthia. I hope you're having a wonderful time baking up a storm :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a perfectly adorable kitchen. I think my favorite so far! I loved every single thing about it...the stacked linens...just everything...colors..sigh...I LOVE IT!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

such a cozy kitchen and to have a kitchen as this, welp, I don't mind spending my day here all day long! love how you decorate them!

Lori said...

Ohh I love the red and white transfer ware plate. What a cozy space.

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

You have the sweetest kitchen, Cynthia :) I can see why you love it so much!

Susan said...

Oh goodness, Cynthia, what a pretty kitchen you have. I could crawl right in the pictures and come for a visit. What a simply marvelous room. I very much like all your vintage items and you have an amazing eye for decorating. All the pieces of your kitchen come together beautifully and the whole thing is just lovely to the eyes. I bet it smells wonderful there. I love fresh baked bread, too.

Thank you so much for the tour of your lovely kitchen.

Blessings,
Susan
http://clucklebees.blogspot.com/2010/10/heart-of-home-blog-party-tour-of-our.html

Susan said...

Oh yes, and what a super fantastic idea for a child's desk. A kitchen island. Inspired!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your kitchen and all of your gorgeous vignettes. You have so many pretty things and displayed in such a lovely way. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Cynthia,
Awww, I adore your kitchen and your hutches...Its all so lovely and so you!, charming and delightful.
Have as sweet day, hugs~Elizabeth

Atelier de Charo said...

So charming and lovely kitchen! Love all your vintage treasures!

Hugs
Charo

Melina said...

BEATIFULL!!! MY FAVORITE KITCHEN,
XOXO, MELY

Lisa said...

Cynthia,
Your kitchen has got to be one of my favorites in all of Blogdom! It is charming in the absolute best sense of the word. LOVE it!

Pearl said...

Cynthia you have the most cutest home ever and I love to visit and listen to "Some where over the Rainbow" Have fun, Pearl

Charli and me said...

Your kitchen is truly beautiful!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Your kitchen is so sweet and adorable!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Lavender Cottage said...

You have such a sweet kitchen and I recognize some of the cookbooks that I have too.

Carolyn said...

Hi Cynthia,
I did enjoy my visit in your charming kitchen- lots of sweet little touches!

Carolyn

CHERI said...

Your kitchen is so sweet! It just invites you to come in and enjoy!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Cynthia,
You have a wonderful cottage kitchen. Such soft colors and wonderful textures. Very nice!
Valerie

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Cynthia, What a darling kitchen you have. It is absolutely adorable.

Desires of the Heart said...

Hi Cynthia, I just LOVE your sweet cottage kitchen! Such pretty colors and you have a real talent for display. Love the island and the little shelf with the aprons hanging from it. Thanks for showing it to us and welcoming us into the heart of your home.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful warm cottage kitchen! So many fun things to look at!

Take care!
~Jennifer

Busy As Can Be said...

Wow what a fun post! Your kitchen is darling....I can almost smell the bread!

Corners of My Life said...

I love your fabric bread bag. Did you make it or purchase it somewhere? Thanks for the tour!

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Cynthia! Your kitchen is like a breath of spring! The colors are soft and welcoming and the vignettes oh so charming. I love your island and your Dutch Door too. What a delightful spot!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

JEANNE said...

Hi Cynthia, your kitchen speaks to me so much. I love the vintage treasures and the loved old desk turned Island. What a great idea. The love and warmth of your kitchen just makes me smile. Love the aprons too. You have great things and you use them. It doesn't get better than that.
Hugs, Jeanne

Melissa Searle said...

What an adorable kitchen! :) One of my favorites so far. Hehe ;)
Thanks for posting! Love all of your kitchen. So beautiful and vintage! :) love love love it!

Marylin /Poussy said...

very very nice !
best regards marylin france

Marilyn said...

Walking into your kitchen must be like receiving a warm, inviting hug! Every detail is perfect, it just oozes charm.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Elyse said...

hi cyn,

i love hanging out in your kitchen even if it's is in a virtual way. so cozy, pretty and sweet. love the dish towels. mmm -- fresh bread!

have a great week

xo
elyse

The Tablescaper said...

What a darling kitchen. It's clearly the heart of your home. You shine through your kitchen.

- The Tablescaper

Lori said...

Beautiful, I would spend hours in your kitchen. Could almost smell the yummy bread baking. L.

love lives in the kitchen said...

your blog is just an eye candy! i'm following you now and will come back soon!
have a sweet day,
justyna

heidi said...

Hi Cynthia,
Your kitchen is beautiful! I love every single thing! Hugs, Heidi

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

every

inch

is

breathtaking!

thanks for sharing!!

xo
becky

Sweet Apron said...

Oh my goodness, I am overwhelmed by the eye candy. Stumbled onto your blog today & cannot believe I have been missing this!!!!!!!!

Bonecas da Filó said...

I love your blog is so beauthiful!!! My god....

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