Thursday, August 22, 2013

House Tour - Part 2 - KITCHEN (summer)

As promised, here is a continuation of more "tour" of our nest.

There is a GREAT deal of kitchen touring going on this week
so I thought, "Ok- kitchen tour post time for me it shall be!"

So....welcome friends to  our kitchen.

The decor in here changes so often that it is quite likely
that it will even be different before bed time tonight.

I know I have issues. But I know I am not alone.

: - )

We've done a lot of renovating to this space since moving here.

We placed black granite on the island to "anchor" the space
 and to tie in the bits of black elsewhere we love so much.

A year later we bought the rest of the granite,
and the tumbled stone for the backsplash.

We still have our original builder-grade solid wood pickled oak cabinets -
 which I kinda actually like, but will eventually upgrade/replace
 and use these in the basement craft area. 

We replaced the chandy and painted.

We have replaced all our appliances.
Our double oven with glass top is awesome to use.

We chose white to keep things bright in here,
 but we did buy an over-sized French-doors stainless steel fridge.

Having our old fridge in the garage is a life saver when
we have dinner or tea party guests!

We're truly blessed to have an eat-in kitchen. 
(I have shown this a few times.)

The kitchen is west-facing to 2 acres.
It's difficult to see all the green
 with this odd sunny bright-but-hazy day.

We also have a large formal dining room
 that I recently shared in this house tour here.

We entertain frequently and this extra seating
really comes in handy sometimes!

There is a very old chippy farmhouse hutch in the perfect little spot.

The upper shelves are for seasonal or favorites -
 this is how it's featured for summer's end.

It is great for added drawer storage
 and to be able to show off 
white ironstone and china pieces.

I still has it's original key!

(I love me just a little touch of farmhouse.)

So......moving on.......

OXYGEN, anyone?!?

I lost count how many full plants came
from cuttings of the pothos or dividing my shamrocks.

The Pothos is over 20 years old, the shamrocks are over 13, and the bonsai tree is 11 years old.

I've had this chippy Fleur-de-Lis planter since way before forever.

Plants are the perfect way to cover unsightly electrical plugs!

Here is the view from our kitchen sink.

Some of you already know that this is my favorite
FINCH REST feeder....

Those yellow finches keep me company all day long!

They eluded me this time for my kitchen sharing pics tho!

Here is the view when standing next to the island
looking into the living room.

To the right above those columns is the loft area
and upstairs.

More of the living room to come
 in my Part 3 House Tour post soon.

You can glimpse a few bits of our garden produce
 in that old basket tucked in the corner.

We've got corn, zucchini, squash
 and lots and lots of tomatoes already.


THANK YOU so much for your visit today.




  1. Thanks for the tour. Nice space. Love the bay for your table and chairs in your kitchen.

  2. Oh I have had to be gone a good part of the day, so just now getting around to catching up on blogs. I love, love, love your kitchen. So roomy and so nice. I like the light pickled finish too, and the black granite is wonderful on the island. Great room and love that view. Hugs, Marty

  3. Oh I've spent some time this evening doing the kitchen tours out in Blogdom and was happily surprised to find you doing one, too. Your kitchen is bright and cheerful and roomy! Looks as if you have tons of space to be organized and places for all your beautiful dishes. I like your eat-in space, too. I see all that green!

  4. Thanks Michele for sharing your kitchen. Isn't it great to see our kitchens evolve over the years. Your addition of granite was perfect. I don't have granite but sure plan to in my next house. I love little house plants especially when they have a history or extended time with us. I have some that we have had for a long time and they just keep thriving.

  5. Lady Nann (Nancy) here....What a BEAUTIFUL kitchen and home you have. I absolutely LOVE it. One of these fine days I'm hoping to come and see it for myself! Have truly missed you Michele since I've stopped blogging. But I think of you everyday I walk pass that darling tea cup arrangement you sent me. I will always treasure it. Presently I'm knee deep in the cooking contest world and am having the time of my life. But I so want to keep in touch with you! Love you my sweet friend!

  6. Michele- What a wonderful kitchen. It is bright and I love an eating area that faces West. Ours does, too. The kitchen looks like it is good sized and I love the way it ties into your living area. It looks really comfortable and like you love your home. Our colors are very similar.

    Love that your kitchen windows give you a chance to watch the finches. We don't have any finches here. The first year we were here we had them and then they all kind of disappeared. I loved seeing them. We didn't have any hummers these last two years either. Hope you have a great night- xo Diana

  7. Michele, your kitchen is so charming. I love that hutch.

  8. Michele, I am so enjoying your home is different then
    what I expected. With all of your beautiful china...I assumed it would be on display in every room! I'm not saying that would be good or bad by the way, but your husband must have built you one huge china closet! I love that sitting room off of your is so cozy!! Thank you for sharing your home with us, it is absolutely beautiful!

    1. A HUGE portion of our basement is one huge china storage area.

      I love my girlie china, but don't use it in decor. I use it for my teas, then put it away pretty much out of sight, except for what shows in my china cabinet - but even then what shows is basic and not all china, either.

  9. I really love your kitchen. It's so much my taste. I love the plants and the white and the chippy hutch in particular. I'm working on details for my kitchen right now so I love all the kitchen touring.

  10. Michele, Your kitchen is beautiful...and I love your eating area..I have just started rearranging lots of spaces so I can get a table by the window s..thanks for showing us around.
    Love, Mona

  11. Dear MIchele,
    I love your chippy farmhouse hutch best of all. I even love your description of it. Chippy-so cute.
    Such a light and bright spot to sit and dine with all those windows.
    Have a happy weekend! Ruthie from Lady B's

  12. beautiful space, michele:) love that hutch, esp! your living room is gorgeous,--love the chairs by the fireplace:) tfs!

  13. I love that hutch, Michele! It is gorgeous. Wish I had the room for something like that here. I love your kitchen and all the natural light you've got. I really miss that from our old house. I had windows in every room in that house and it is the one thing I dislike about our condo, especially not having a window in the kitchen.

  14. Your kitchen is huge and airy Michele, not many people could have a table for 6. I like all the country touches, the type of decor I had when we first moved here. Good idea to store china in the basement, with my buffet and hutch full, I've been wondering where I should look next.
    Have a great weekend.

  15. Michele your space is wonderful! I am in love with your farmhouse hutch so if you wake up one day and it is suddenly missing don;t come looking here!;)

  16. What a beautiful and relaxing kitchen. I wish I'd bee n able to visit all of you before we built our house. I have a feeling I would have done a lot differently. Joan

  17. Michele, I enjoyed the tour of your kitchen. It is beautiful!

    We had a split leaf philodendron that survived almost 30 years. It was an amazing plant. I love pothos. They are such forgiving plants.:-)

  18. Loved the tour of your kitchen, Michelle. Your farmhouse hutch is lovely and goods so good. Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us.

  19. I enjoyed the tour of your kitchen. It is so spacious!!

  20. Your kitchen is beautiful! LOVE your hutch!

  21. Michele, your kitchen reminds me of the one I had in the house we moved from last year. I loved that kitchen so much. We had pickled oak cabinets and I just adored them. Love your hutch with the scalloped edges and that painted topiary is beautiful!

    The view out your window is wonderful! It's so green and pretty. I love looking out the windows to see the plants and birds. :)

  22. What a beautiful kitchen, Michele! I love the black granite you added to your spacious island! And, your 2 acre view must be amazing! Your hutch and rustic/farmhouse goodies are fabulous! Thanks for the tour!

  23. Michele, I love your spacious, fresh and happy kitchen!!! You have such a detailed and beautiful mix of pieces that make your kitchen so welcoming! That farmhouse hutch is gorgeous!!!! Perfect for a touch of farmhouse is right! Michele, you are such a dear to give us all a tour of your lovely kitchen and home. I hope you show more!!!!

  24. Hi Michele! Oh, I just love your pretty kitchen and I think we may have the same granite! :O Love all of your pretty vignettes around too Looks like a wonderful place to spend cooking time in. I adore that pretty hutch too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  25. It's lovely, Michele! Such a wonderful space. Thank you for visiting my kitchen tour today and leaving such a a sweet comment!

  26. Thank you for sharing your home Michele! LOVE your kitchen! Your cabinets are beautiful!

  27. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful kitchen. And what a wonderful view out your kitchen window!

  28. I enjoyed so much this tour. Your house its beautiful. All things are well placed. I loved your chairs. Congratulations !


  29. What a gorgeous kitchen. It's so open and inviting. I love all the planters you have used. The farm house hutch with the original key...amazing! And, you have tea parties? I wanna come :)

  30. Hi Michele, Christine visiting from Little your kitchen and the white hutch....will follow you along now too!!!

  31. Hello Michele. Just stopping by to say hello. What a warm and cozy home you have. The kitchen is spacious and very inviting. I love the neutral tones in the home. The hutch is a great addition. Thank you for the lovely tour.

    Happy Sunday..

  32. Hi Michelle! You have such a nice layout, and our cabinet color is really similar. I love your big window over the sink, that cute little cabinet and your gorgeous fridge! We had two at the last house and it is awesome, even just for storing cold pop and beer. I miss that. (the extra storage) Thanks for the great tour. You sure have a green thumb :)))

  33. Hi Michele! What a serene color palette you've chosen. I like the calming taupes and creams. Your kitchen and family area look inviting, tidy and welcoming. I agree having a table in the kitchen is so convenient! Thanks for stopping by this week....enjoy all the produce from your garden :)

  34. Michele,

    I love the view from the kitchen windows and that hutch!!!! You go girl!

    Happy day to you!

  35. Hi Michèle,
    You havé such a lovable home to create in, your kitchen feels like one you want to inspire so many delicious meals and backed goods in.
    Love your mix of old and news.
    As for that view out the window and then into the family room you could not have life any better :)
    Thank you for taking the time to grace your beauty over to my place, it always joys my heart to see new faces I am so familiar with in my visiting visit me!

    See you soon and all you inspire.
    Beautiful Sunday to you, and inspiration in the weeks to come.


  36. Oh I love Michele this tour of yours! and I love the amazing closet.. so beautiful!
    happy I found you!
    Big hug Lisa

  37. Hi, Michele!
    absolutely LOVE your living, dining, and kitchen space! The natural tans and and white give a light and open feel! We eventually want to remodel our cottage kitchen and I am definitely wanting to use some of your decorating theme! Love the light oat cabinets and wall colors! Thanks for sharing!
    Ann @ Cairn Cottage (

  38. Michele, I love your kitchen, it's so charming and warm and inviting. I love your country hutch and your summer look, I'm sure soon it's gonna look great for fall too! I love your open space and I'm sure it comes handy with guests! Thanks for the great tour, my friend.

  39. What a beautiful kitchen you have!!!! Your little farmhouse hutch is soooo charming....LOVE! I really like the pickled cabinets too. Thank you for the wonderful tour :o)

  40. Now I just gotta ask, "Why have you not shared until now?" lol! Your home is gorgeous and so welcoming! You definitely have a green thumb thing going on. Love your view!


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