This Cottage Style Kitchen is my "real" kitchen. I know , lol, its been a long time since I posted about a life size kitchen. But this blog is my little journal and this is what's new and happening this month. I get very "nesty" during the holidays and I'm on a couple week break from mini making because there will be lots of company coming, and entertaining to do in a week or so, so it was time for a little update in the real home :)
As some of you know, I really loved my kitchen the other way too, but it was feeling a bit old or maybe I should say it was really time for an update. I had the floral rose cottage wallpaper in here for 15 years, and while I loved it and love the color blue, I wanted something very simple, very vintage and lots of white with natural wood tones for a change.
After the holidays I plan on adding lots of fresh pink roses and greenery from a beautiful set of topiary's I've ordered, but for now , this will do till I finish the final details after the holidays.... If you haven't toured a real kitchen from me in a long time, hold on to your hats, lol, there's a lot of pics. I hope you enjoy!
Everything received a wash of Crisp Linen White and soft Cookie Creams...And a new pair of curtains in a beige burlap fabric was just what it needed :) I also stripped the kitchen farm table and brought it back to it's natural wood tone, leaving the base white as I wasn't about to tackle that one :) Luckily that was the look I wanted anyway.
I wanted everything in different versions of cream and white, and I re-used all my vintage inspired pieces and favorite things..A new bakery light fixture was a must have. A perfect companion to my "Every Day is a Holiday" cupcake sign. Jenny is fabulous!
These little mini Christmas trees are here for the holidays, I love scent they have, it's a strong pine and perfect for time by the sink..
I did pick up a few new accessories , I needed to fulfill my love of cutting boards and this sweet little (but very heavy) blackboard was perfect for my other love: cheese :)
I love the simple curtains from France, they have always been a favorite of mine...So I decided this time to use them on the dutch door.
I spy.... a reflection of my Christmas tree :)
I've had these handmade plates from Italy for years now, and now they get front in center in the hutch because they were a wonderful soft cream...
This wall was painted too and I a put a few Aprons from my collection away, so it's a bit less cluttered.
The antique hutch on the other wall was filled with colorful pottery and such , but now it's holding a few cookbooks and mostly white pottery and some great new cutting boards.
This cutting board below is a favorite of mine, it's from a tree in Vermont and cut to order, so it holds front and center :)
A Little peek at the tree , I'm working on finishing a Christmas post so for now this will do :)
I added white barn doors to a wall that hides an AC, so that most of the time I get to look at pretty doors instead :)
This was my big project and it's still not finished. We replaced the faux fireplace with a Bio-fuel one and I cannot tell you how lovely it is to sit by a real fire! It crackles, has gorgeous real flames, and gives off perfect heat. And yet, best of all it's vent-less! I wanted the fireplace to go on this wall and it would be impossible to have a chimney here, so this is just what I needed.
I've also ordered a few "mossy" things for the mantel, and a pair of amazing cast iron Sheep from Susan Branch , and then it will me complete.
The above photo is a picture of 2 of my favorite photographs from my childhood. The bottom one is a picture my Father took of my Mother and I on the beach, she's kissing me :) I adore this so much! Having his photos around is so soothing to me. We miss him so much , but all his photos surround me and knowing he's watching over us, makes me happy. The one above it always hung in my house growing up, it's of my Dad as a boy , with his first dog Rex. I adore it. I'm a lover of black and white photography so I was so happy to use these again and over the mantel is the best place to see them every day.
This lamp needed a little pick me up, so I found a fabulous burlap shade.
I hope you enjoyed my little tour. I'm working on the family room that is attached to this kitchen, so as soon as that's complete I'll post pics :) Now it's off to get some Christmas shopping done, and catch up on the day!
Opps, btw, one more thing: If you haven't noticed, I've taken the "less is more" approach to just about everything in my life lol, the blog got a little make-over last week too,and I've added a Pinterest side button , so if you have one or would like to follow me there, come on over! That's about the only thing I've "added" to my less is more life :) But oh my word, it's fun!
Well, from my kitchen to yours, have a happy day friends!!
Big hugs, love and blessings to you through out this Holiday Season!! xox