August 3, 2014

Visiting in the Kitchen

Welcome to my Kitchen

It has been a while since I invited you in to visit my kitchen, so today is the day.  You were with me while I installed the new drapes...and all of the steaming that went with that. You were with me for the kitchen remodel and new granite counter tops.  So, for this visit I thought I would invite you in to see some of the accessorizing that I have done. 

I am trying not to clutter the kitchen...but I have so many things! In fact I have had to put in some shelves in the garage to store some of the large pots, and tubs of other utensils used only on specific occasions. With my downsize came fewer cabinets than our custom built house of a few years back. I figured I just had to get clever and figure out how to store all of my trinkets. I just pretend that the garage is my butler's pantry as it is just a few steps from the kitchen. 

In this post the table is set for a Sunday afternoon lunch when daughter and son-in-law came down for the day. I snapped photos before the food was served.

Earlier in the summer I showed you how I made this shell centerpiece. You will see it appear in October...with a Halloween theme. This glass hurricane is one of the best purchases...because I use it all of the time. I just change the candle and decorative items inside.

Soon it will be time to put away the shells and pull out the pumpkins and mums...Where did summer go? 
It was too short. 

I have been thinking about refinishing my old farmhouse table... but I am not in a hurry to make that decision.  The new semester will start in a couple of weeks and my creative projects will have to take a back seat to my academic work. 

While I have a large window in the eating nook of the kitchen...there is a porch roof that blocks a lot of light. The trade off is that our view is wonderful. Anyway, I have to use the lights...and this lets me show you my new light fixture. It is black iron...with beige silk shades. 

Miss Petunia still resides in the kitchen...
keeping an eye on everything.

I have put some of my roosters on top of the cabinets...and I worry that they are cluttered looking...but they are friendly and add color to the upper cabinet area.

A few years ago my mother and I would pick up cute roosters and chickens. She has already packed hers away...but I am still using mine. Mine were in storage for three years+, so I guess I am not as tired of mine as she is of hers.

The paint color is Benjamin Moore Westminster Gold...just in case you were wondering.

My baskets are opposite my rooster collection. None of the baskets are new. In fact a couple of them are antique baskets. I love baskets and you could probably call me a basket lady...and I would not be insulted. 

The two baskets to the left of the yellow flower are antique baskets from the family. The egg basket that is laying on its side is my husband's grandmother's egg basket. The larger basket on the bottom (and left of the yellow flower) is my great grandmother's basket. For years this was the only thing I had of hers...until the pew arrived last week. 

I have baskets of various sizes and shapes. I use them to carry casseroles to church, or to hold smaller items. They are great for storage...but these in the kitchen are just decorative right now. If I need one,  I climb up and grab what I need for the job.

If any of you are also basket ladies please let me know. I suppose if there are enough of us we could form a Facebook group!

That's enough kitchen tour for the day...I hope you found some ideas that you can use in your house. I will invite you back for another kitchen visit another time.

I appreciate your stopping by today!

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My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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