Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A few Favorites on a very hot day!

In the house I grew up in , we had a dutch door, I always loved it, it kinda felt like Dorothy and the wizard of Oz, as if any second your friends were going to peek over and say HI...and now this house had one too when we moved in and how happy was I that it did?!!

and the best part is, my best friend leans in and says HI all the time. :) Its the little things in life that make me happy! and btw, I only opened the top part for the picture today, it was 95 degrees and no breeze, so right after the shot, I slammed it shut, lol....

Isn't she pretty ?!

I think my rose is a little big for the vase, but what a beauty, I was proud :)

When I moved in here the cabinets were plain and dark and everything was a bit out dated, but since all the lines of the house were good to start and the cabinets were solid wood, I decided to get out the trusty paint brush and paint it all creamy white. I used Ralph Lauren Sugar Cookie as the color, I think I loved the name and was sold on it, lol, but I've been happy with it ever since. Then I added beadboard to the back wall in Nantucket Robins egg blue, and new fixtures, appliances, and hardware ! oh yeah, and a Vintage stainless steel stove top and I was done ;)

Im a little kitchen Crazy...after a long day, theres no place id rather be...ok, wait, maybe my favorite chair in the family room comes pretty close, with a chilled glass of chardonnay and good tv show too ;) or a cup of tea, depends on the day, lol.

Susan Branch has always been a favorite cookbook writer and her artwork makes me envious, I wish this came out clearer, but its of a Vintage Stove and says: Home Cooking....so I had to have it ;)

Hmmm, this one came out a little blurry, but its a print by Susan Branch that I love of a sweet Vintage kitchen and the quote says: " Things taste better in small Houses" from Queen Victoria herself.....lol, she should know ;)


Anonymous said...

Welcome to the blogging world! I am glad you added at link from your mypace as I will be returning to visit your lovely home!

Anonymous said...

Oh Cyn, I so luv your kitchen! It is so soft and inviting! I am in the process of redoing my kitchen and was thinking of going pink and black but when i see your kitchen im torn, lol! The white cabinets are such a soothing color... I want a island like yours sooooo bad as well! Thanks for sharing, your such an inspiration! HUGS,


Roses and Lilacs said...

Love your kitchen. I'm on a quest for a table like yours to use as a center island. Wish me luck.

Reneé's Reproductions said...

I always loved that door, so pretty. Your kitchen looks so beautiful, i love it! The colors are awesome. Love the beadboard, what a great idea! I need so woodwork for my kitchen island, maybe that will work for me. the roses look so pretty too! Stay kewl.
Love, Renee


Hi Cynthia,
Hmmm how did I miss your new posts!
That's what happens when you have 3 boys, running you here and there and everywhere! I love your door and have been trying to get my husband to make me one FOREVER. No luck. I love your kitchen, I just repainted my kitchen cabinets (probably the 6th time) I painted them white again, except for the area under my sink I did in cherry red and also did a little painting design on it and added appliques, I also distressed the red a little bit, still have to add bun feet, I want it to look like a seperate peice of furniture. Anyways, I enjoyed your new posts. Come visit soon!
Hugs, Kelly

Liz Harrell said...

I stumbled onto your blog today. It's lovely, as is your kitchen! Love that door.

Unknown said...

Hi Cynthia,
I am pretty new to blogging too! You have everything looking really sharp around here to be a beginner! Maybe you should help tutor some of us other newbies!
Have a great day!

Rhondi said...

Hi Cynthia
Welcome to the world of bloging. You're going to have a lot of fun and meet some very wonderful people! I see that we have very similar tastes.I would be happy to have you add me to your favorites and I would be glad to add yours to mine.
Your home is lovely and so is your garden. I had a great visit!
Hugs, Rhondi

Anonymous said...

Hi Cyn, just peeking in to say HI!
I'm so in love with your kitchen, your colors are so adorable and reading about your dutch door brought back some lovely memories for me, My grandparents had a dutch kitchen door in their summer cottage, and my very best childhood memories is from that cottage. Thanks for sharing & have a memorable weekend my friend. Xoxo, Jannet

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I need to have you redesign my blog. Your's is so pretty! Do you really have a pink stove?

Thanks again for adding my link. Click on it in a couple of days and see the changes I've made. They are in the works now.

Cherished Gifts & Favors

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog. I adore your kitchen, love the wallpaper. Please stop by for a visit sometime.


Anonymous said...

Hi Cynthia,
It's me again, I absolutely love your blog. Your home is beautiful. Hope you don't mind, I've added you to my favs.


Diane Fay (littlealma) said...

Love your kitchen!!! Would you mind if I ask you a kitchen-decorating question (something I am terrible at!) We have a small kitchen, and years ago we painted the dark wood cabinets (fake wood ones) a light country blue. The walls are wallpapered white with country blue and dusty pink. I would like to redecorate and do something else with the room, and would rather not have to repaint the cabinets - but would love to do something shabby chic. I don't know if that's possible or not. Maybe wallpaper kind of like yours? By the way, our house is an old farmhouse. And I had thought of painting the cupboards white/ish if I have to. Oh well - lots of projects to think about all the time. But you do have lovely ideas! Anyway - , just if you have time - thanks for listening - hugs from Michigan! Diane

Unknown said...

Hi Cynthia,

Pop over to your blog from LeAnn's. You have a great blog, I love your kitchen. I'm not as crafty and good at decorating as you and LeAnn but I love reading and seeing all of your creations. Nice to meet you.


Hi Cynthia,
Just popped in to say hello! Hope your having a good start to your week. Talk soon.
Hugs, Kelly

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

A beautiful kitchen you have! Love the color you painted your cabinets... and the door is sooo cute.

Heather :)

Sweet Designs said...

Great kitchen, love the dutch door too. I am in the process of redoing my kitchen in a very relaxed French Country look.