Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bon Appetit -- Let's Eat Out!

You know that song about the old lady who swallowed a fly? Then swallowed a spider to swallow the fly... then a cat, a dog, a goat....
I think home improvement is lot like that.

Goat burgers AGAIN? I'll be glad when this job is done, mom!

It starts small. One little detail that could stand updating, a broken fixture that needs repair, a wall that looks too empty or too pale or... and the next thing you know...

Put on your safety goggles and bike helmets, kids. Dad's got that 'I can install one of these at our house myself - calling an electrician is for chumps ' look in his eye!

The point is, that as soon as we got the last bit of work done on the kitchen the deck outside the bay window looked shabby, and not in that chic way, and suddenly...

When she said she wanted to bring the outdoors in, I never dreamed she meant an outdoors amusement park!

So sharing my kitchen pics in bits and pieces so I can shift deck stuff out of sight. So, here goes!

Half wall between great room and kitchen - just because it's only half a wall doesn't mean you shouldn't decorate all the way!

Took down the tacky blinds and went with yards and yards of sheers in the bay window - and no, the cat isn't lying on the table where we eat, it's a tea cart and if you ask her, it's HERS.

View from the great room - I did the island myself from a cabinet, the top to my old writing desk and wire files from HomeGoods! The stools - one vintage and one new.

Island top - I want to say the chaos in the background is because of the deck being redone but... um, that's EXACTLY what it is.

If you haven't guessed by now the kitchen is a wee bit inspired by my adoration of Julia Child. Just because I can't cook like her, doesn't mean my kitchen can't look like hers! 

Hope you enjoyed this visit to my home. 
Happy Weekend!

22 comments:

  1. I'm in love with your island! Everything about it is fantastic!!!

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    1. Thanks - I love it more than I ever thought I would.

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  2. I refuse to get a pot rack because I'd have to have clean pots. I am NOT scrubbing the bottom of pots.

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    1. or you could never use them and keep them clean to start with!

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  3. I REALLY like the torquoise and red combo you've done - course we KNOW you like red, wearing those red specs you have displayed in your blog header.

    Thank gawd you didn't go the carousel-themed red kitchen, then I would begin to wonder about you ...

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    1. Isn't that a hoot? I wonder if ANYONE really took that seriously in the 1950s? I was in a home magazine so maybe....

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  4. Love your kitchen! We're starting on ours next year and the two combinations we're considering are grey/white/pink and green/white. No carnival themes here!

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  5. I am in love with every bit of your kitchen. The colors, the island, the tea cart (and cat!) and of course the wall, because there is something wrong about an empty wall!

    Bravo -- fine work on your end and your colors will make me smile all day!

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    1. So true - and empty wall is a waste of space!

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  6. Oh, girl! I love your kitchen!!! I've been following you for a while and lovin' every minute of it. So seeing this actual insight into your home is like getting to know you even better! And that's a good thing! I think. Dona

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    1. Thanks! Glad to let people know I am livin' the vintage life for real.

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  7. Your kitchen looks great! Love the colors and I spy a piggy trivet:@)

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    1. LOL - yes you did! Have had him forever and he has shown up in every kitchen we've had.

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  8. I just love the colors in your kitchen, Helen, and that island is just fabulous! Good job!

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  9. Good job! Personally, I try to avoid DIY. Horrible, horrible things happen when I start using tools.

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    1. LOL - that is why I went with a prefab cabinet and attached a top - all I did was paint and hang up curtains. Assembly and pot rack hanging, nail banging and electrical stuff was done by Hubby and son.

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  10. What I love about your space is all the sunlight streaming in...kinda like a spotlight. Personally, I think anybody who can DIY with this kind of cute success deserves a spotlight...and a standing O!
    Deb

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  11. Oh I love Julia so much and it's only fitting that everyone, cook or not, should have a Julia-worthy kitchen. You made the counter yourself? It's AMAZING!!! And I love the colours you've chosen, the matching old and new stools (what are the chances??) and your glorious wall. Oh and cats own any piece of furniture that takes their fancy. My DIY newly-covered dining chairs with added white fur are testament to that. xoxo

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  12. I adore your home, I want more! x

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  13. So cute! And you and I have the same red stools!

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