February 25, 2015

More Kitchen Photos

Thank you to cozy little house for Featuring this post on March 9, 2015

After my "Basket Case" post several days ago, I had emails requesting that I show more of my kitchen. I still have lots of snow reflecting light into the house, so I grabbed my camera and began snapping. I did not turn on any overhead lights as they tend to throw a yellowish cast on everything. I prefer to use natural light...even if that means that there are some shadows here and there. 
My kitchen is small, so I take advantage of the cabinet tops for display space....for my many baskets. When we bought the house I was not so sure about these painted white cabinets...but since they are Mouser, I decided to just roll with them. I had solid cherry cabinets in my larger house, and I still miss them. They were taller to go with the ten foot ceilings. That gave me an additional shelf.  Ahhh. But moving on...I am learning to like my white cabinets.

After we moved in I went to Lowes and bought black iron knobs to tie things together. I love to decorate with black anyway...so anything black will work in this kitchen. The black Queen Ann style chairs are Pottery Barn that I brought with me. They work well with my old pine table.
Black Pearl Granite

Here is the coffee/tea counter. One thing about a black and white kitchen is that you can use almost any other color...and get a great color combination going. Color really "pops."

The layout of the kitchen is square.  One wall has the range and refrigerator. The opposite wall has the sink, and an L-shape counter extension, which makes a breakfast bar. The last wall is a doorway into the dining room. I really want interior French doors installed...but that it another story.
tea cups
I found these tea cups on a trip to TJMx once upon a time.
linen tea towels

And you all know that I love pretty tea towels.
Black White Silver Kitchen

Here is a pic of one side of the kitchen...looking toward the back yard. You may wonder why I have a tea towel clipped to the refrigerator door. Well, I have to do that to pad the door because it will crash into the wall if it swings too far open. It is funny the quirks you find after you move into a house. The opening for the refrigerator was not large enough for the fridge to be back and for the doors to swing open. Yep...when we bought the house, the refrigerator was partly pulled out in the floor. Fortunately I found a cabinet maker who moved a couple of cabinets in order to gain several inches for the fridge. There were other quirks...but I will save those for another time.
Kitchen Decorating

I painted the walls a Ben Moore Westminster Gold.
Notice the black wrought iron light fixture...it's over the old pine table. When I say old, I don't mean antique, I mean a table we have had a long time. ha! It's a farmhouse sort of looking thing.

Here is the sink and dishwasher side of the kitchen. My clutter tends to happen on this side.

This granite is called black pearl. It can vary from looking like charcoal to

aluminum kitchen tools
The mixer was a Valentine's gift from hubby years ago.
kitchen décor
I discovered aluminum as a kitchen and serving metal a few years ago...and began picking up a piece or two here and there. The material is very durable...and none of the cleaning and care as with silver.
aluminum ice bucket
This is a knocked around old ice bucket...but it still looks good I think.

black white silver kitchen
This is the L-shaped counter...that is usually used as a work surface in this petite kitchen.

The red mixer really pops against the black and white.
kitchen aid mixer
My mother gave me some pretty tea towels for Christmas.

kitchen design ideas

living with a black and white kitchen
More kitchen here. I included a photo of the kitchen below...which shows my using orange in the kitchen last summer. Yes...I love color, and fortunately almost any color plays well with black and white.

I hope you enjoyed the quick tour... in response to many of you wanting to see more. I am just like you all...I love to see photos of people's kitchens. Since kitchens are mostly for working...I often have trouble keeping mine "picture" perfect. It gets real in here folks! Every speck of flour or sugar shows up on those dark counters, as well as every smudge of olive oil or butter. But when I wipe things down...it can be dazzling.

Here's to dazzling! May you have a bit of dazzle in each and every day!

Thank you to cozy little house for Featuring this post on March 9, 2015

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February 22, 2015

Mixing Design Styles

As most of you know...I am a traditional design sort of girl. But every once in a while I do like to mix things up style wise...and I am in that sort of mood. I moved a few things around and thought I would show you what I did.
After Christmas I took these hurricanes into the dining room to "rest" on the table until I packed them away. They are large, and have clean sleek lines, so I tend to feel like they are a little bit modern. 
Here they are dressed up for Christmas. When I take off the red bows they change to a more contemporary look. So, what to do?

I placed the hurricanes on a low boy with a champagne bucket filled with ivy. 
There is not a single spec of "non-traditional" in the dining room...so I wonder if these hurricanes fit with the style. The wood furniture and everything else is "reproduction" 18th century for the most part. Even the drapery fabric is an old damask pattern.
Solid cast brass chandy with shades...traditional.

China Cabinet...and candlesticks, very traditional.

Here are the table, chairs, and china cabinet... traditional.
This cast aluminum bowl may be slightly modern, but the aluminum candlesticks, I feel, are purely traditional.

I placed the hurricanes on a low boy with a champagne bucket filled with ivy. Here is where the style and size can be seen better. They are a larger scale than the champagne bucket. I am wondering if they are too large for the scale of the lowboy.

The hurricanes are still sitting on the lowboy...but I cannot decide whether to keep them there.  Or, is the answer possibly removing the champagne bucket and ivy. Hmmm. So many design decisions to keep me busy. How do you think I should mix it up? 
I like to mix up my decorating styles sometimes. But is this the time and are these the items to mix? What do you all think? Do the hurricanes stay or move along? I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions. 

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February 18, 2015

A Basket Case

Still snowed in...
Snow in Ky WHAS

What do you do if you have been "snowed in" for a few days and need something to do? (And I don't mean clean the house.)

Winter Door Wreath

Well, I took advantage of all of the white stuff outside to take some photos inside. The white snow reflected wonderfully inside so that I could take some nice pics. So, since I was bored with staying inside...I picked up my camera and started playing with settings. I needed to do something to counter my feeling of "stir crazy." 

I have been a "basket case" long before this latest "snow" though. Take a look... I love showing off my pretty baskets. 

I have loved baskets for years, and I love to incorporate them in my decorating. Some I use for storage, while some are placed here and there waiting for a chance to work.

I put many of my baskets on top of the kitchen cabinets. When we moved into the house I was not so sure that I wanted to load up the cabinet tops ( I was wanting a clean, uncluttered look) ...but as I unpacked more and more of my baskets it was looking like I would have to use that real estate. That is part of downsizing and having lots of pretty things that need to go somewhere. I lost, sold, and gave away so much stuff...that the things I now have are special. So, I looked up to find display opportunities.

basket collection

The greenish bottom basket has hinged lids...and makes a great storage basket or travel/picnic basket. 

This basket was once the home of  many, many pink tulips and sat on top of the high boy in the master bedroom. That was during my pink and peach phase. I pulled out the tulips and will do something else with the basket.

The upper and lower baskets are my extra special baskets. The top basket belonged to my husband's grandmother. It was her egg basket. The lower basket belonged to my great grandmother Levona Riggins Tarter. It is the only thing I have that was hers, besides memories. 


This honey colored basket is  a "useful" basket...besides being a decorative one.


Here are a few more baskets that I have picked up here and there. Their shapes and handles decide how I use them.

Decorating with baskets

Baskets add great texture to a room! I think  that it is good to group collections of items together, so maybe it is a good idea that I caved in and put my basket collection on top of the cabinets.

Do you use your cabinet tops as display space?
How do you use baskets around your house?

This floral arrangement lived at my mother's house while we were in storage and between houses. It looked really pretty in her kitchen...but I though I needed it in my kitchen too. So...it finally made the trip to our new house. 

The pumpkin vase is just a decorative item I picked up and I thought it would go with the basket collection in the kitchen.

Decorating with baskets

A great basket can still stop me in my tracks...but I try to be very selective about the items I bring home these days. I just do not have the space that I had when we lived in the Georgian.

Snow in Kentucky, Winter 2015

Here is a peek at the "day after" snow day. 
We have sunshine! Woohoo! And I mean that. We have had too many gray days!  The weather folks say that my area is not finished with snow...so we shall wait and see how much more snow we get.

Those tracks are "Mikey" tracks. 
He has not been deterred by the depth of the snow.

My round shrubs look like soft freeze ice cream.

The tree in my front yard is holding on tightly to those leaves.
We live in a small neighborhood out in the country, so we do not have road services because we are not on a main road. Hubby went out to survey the situation to try to walk down the hill to the mailbox. I did not think it was worth a "slip and fall" just to see if the mail ran today. (And how could we get to the ER if something happened?) Well, he and Mikey went out to the driveway and surveyed the lay of the land. They returned immediately! Maybe we can check the mail tomorrow!

I think these guys need a barn!

I hope you are warm and safe where you live. 

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