Friday, May 1, 2009

Show Us Where You Live Friday

I have been following Kelly's blog since the birth of her daughter, three months ago. She has started "Show Us Where You Live Friday" as an opportunity to share design and decorating ideas as well as to share a little bit of information about yourself with the blogging world. I am a BIG HGTV watcher and love decorating shows; therefore I thought I'd participate. You don't have to participate to peer into the houses of other bloggers out there. Just go here and click on the name of a person to bring up a blog. Enjoy! Welcome to my kitchen.
We renovated our kitchen two years ago...what was once four rooms became one large room with the kitchen in the front and a family room in the back.

I love to cook and before the renovation, I had a small double oven and a gas cooktop. It made cooking for 50 (some of our family gatherings are that large) a difficult task. I love, love, love my Wolf range.

This is the worst part of my new kitchen...the pantry. It is not nearly large enough for all of the junk I have to buy to feed 7 people on a daily basis. Prior to the renovation, I had a walk-in pantry. Miss that in a big way.

The best thing about this kitchen is the two dishwashers. I run both of them every day (and sometimes twice each on a weekend day.)

I love my bar stools. They are a combination of red, brown, and yellow leather.
I have an old farmhouse table with a bench and a built-in bench. We can seat a bunch of people around the table when necessary!
The built-in bench with the pillows that end up all over the place.This is the fireplace in the room. It used to be UGLY white brick. My husband had the idea to use the stone and it totally transformed the fireplace. We use it all the time in the winter.
This is the view from the working side of the kitchen. The sliding doors lead to the back yard and a covered porch.
This is a painting that my friend, Kelli Nemer, painted for me. I gave this to my husband as a Christmas gift the day the kitchen renovation was completed. The painting is personalized for our family... there are five kids in the painting, they are playing sports, the dog looks like Bosley and the places represented (Hawaii and New York) are places that we have traveled as a family.I love the bright colors and have several other paintings in my house that Kelli has done.
This is the sign that hangs above the door from my kitchen to my mudroom. In light of the fact that all 7 of us hang out in this space all the time, it is appropriate.
This is a sign that my best friend, Alden gave me for my birthday. It has become my motto!
I hope you enjoyed the tour. Now go and see the others ...

36 comments:

The Dimino's said...

Love your kitchen!! It is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

Newlywed Next Door said...

Your kitchen looks huge! That must have been quite the remodel. I really like the picture too!

Todd and Courtney said...

I just love your kitchen!!

Lisa said...

I love it! I really like the glass front cabinets up top! I love, love, love the Wolf too!! Where did you get the barstools?

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

WOW!! LOVE your kitchen!!! And, that last sign is my favorite!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Love Being a Nonny said...

My pantry is small just like yours. We are about to make the pull out drawers like you have. I tried to click your picture to make it larger but it wouldn't enlarge. Can you give me some tips about them? Did you make them? I love your kitchen!

Becky said...

OMG I am in love with your STOVE!

Sar(Mrs.Teddy) said...

What a great kitchen! You have doen an awesoem job, its so functional & cozy. The signs are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

motherof3fellows said...

I'm looking for an old farm table, where did you get yours? beautiful kitchen!

The Morris Family said...

Love all the space...can I borrow some??? We are coming in behind you on the TWOS of appliances, tow ovens over here and actually 3 friges, but how wonderful to have two dishwashers!! Great job om making to work for your family!!
Cindy

Andrea said...

Great kitchen! I LOVE all your windows! Thanks for sharing! :) Have a great weekend!

Pam said...

That stove is a cook's dream. Love the bar stools.

Watts Family said...

I love all the windows...great kitchen!

LillySue said...

Great kitchen....beautiful wall color and cabinets!
Blessings~LillySue

P.S. Click the "LillySue" link at Kelly's and come visit my kitchen!

blessedmomto7 said...

LOVE your barstools, stove and lamp! GORGEOUS!

Jen said...

I love your floor lamps and bar stools. You have great style. Love it, love it, LOVE it!

pumpkinpatches said...

I love the huge windows in the back!!! I can't even imagine what kind of light comes through there!
-Ash-

Nate's Mom said...

Wow, your kitchen is awesome, and so CLEAN! I could never post a photo of my kitchen, because it's always a mess. What's your secret? I can't blame it on having four kids, because you have me outnumbered, lol.

Susan said...

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my messy kitchen!!
I LOVE yours! I design kitchens for a living and some of my faves are in your kitchen. I love stacked cabinets, and I love the cottage/shaker white paint! Two dishwashers for a family your size is perfect. I'd say you put a lot of thought into your remodel!

We are contemplating a remodel ourselves (since all the carpet and hardwood has to be replaced) which will involve removing a wall that divides our family room and living room. I'm hesitant b/c of the mess- but if you can do it with 5 kids, I can surely do it with 2! I wish I could do the kitchen...but one day! And the good thing about when that day comes...I get a great deal on my cabinets :)
Have a nice weekend.

fordfamily said...

Wow I love the stove and the 2 dishwashers! Great idea! I need that Grand Central Station sign!

Fiffer said...

Hi Kim, Thanks for stopping by to check out my kitchen and for your compliments on it. Yours is absolutely incredible! Wow! And what a renovation you undertook -- how crazy was it living through that?! I remember the chaos when we did ours and am thankful that it's a thing of the past. I can tell your family lives in your kitchen like we do ours. You have a beautiful family and I'm having fun with my "new" blog, getting to know new friends. Enjoy your weekend!

Jessica said...

Love the colorful bar stools! What a cheery place to cook

motherof3fellows said...

thanks for the info. on the table, I'm going to check them out, that's what I've been looking for.
Thanks for the comments on my kitchen too :)

The Carter Family said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by our kitchen! I LOVE yours, btw! So open!! Love the sink, table with benches and bar stools!! I could go on and on!! Thanks 4 sharing yours!

Becca said...

Um, love it! The seating, dishwasher, and stove look well equiped for a family of 7. Very nice.

Ellen said...

What a lovely open feeling your kitchen has. I love your stove too!

Steve & Nancy said...

Oh I'd love to have 2 dishwashers! I fell in love with your bar stools..where did you find those? I also loved your granite...very pretty kitchen! Thanks for sharing :)

Michelle said...

Wow! Y'all did a great job with your renovations! It is beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

Leslie said...

Thank you for your comment and your sweet words! We actually went on a cruise to Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and the Bahamas for our honeymoon. We are going on another one in two weeks...check back on my blog for updates!

Angie Seaman said...

Goodness...how did I miss your kitchen tour? I thought I had hit every link on Kelly's blog. Ha ha! What a lovely kitchen you have. I also adore the painting that your friend did. That is something right up my alley. Great taste! Thanks a million for stopping by and taking the time to comment on my blog. I really appreciate your sweet compliments. Means the world to me. :)

Blessings, Angie Seaman
www.angelicagracedesigns.com/blog/ (blog)
www.angelicagracedesigns (website)
www.angieseamanphotography.blogspot.com/ (photography blog)

mommylicious said...

fabulous room!

Crystal said...

Beautiful!!

Tickled Pink Talk said...

What a great kitchen! I especially love the glass cabinets up top. Two dishwashers....awesome! :)

M said...

I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your kitchen!! The stove is too cool- I love red...those knobs...and your cabinets are waaaaaay cool! My kitchen is 1/8th the size of yours...but I am not really a cook so I don't mind too much :)

Chelsa said...

i love your new kitchen :)

Jocelyn said...

Love your kitchen! I'm getting new counters and backsplash this week... can't wait!

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