Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Perfect Setting for Kitchen Fun

No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best.  Everyone's heard this little tidbit, and it is so true.  My kitchen has always been the hub of family activity, whether it's a school project or Thanksgiving dinner.  So it seemed appropriate a few years ago that we re-do the most important room in our home according to our taste rather than the original homeowner.  When we first moved in the house in 1998, people would say, "oh, you moved in the so and so house".  Now everyone knows it as our house, and we have made it into a home, a place that our children will always remember as, hopefully, a happy, loving, safe haven. 

We used a two-tone look, cherry for the island and mantle, and painted maple everywhere else.  The cabinets were painted cream with a chocolate glaze.

We used a black granite on the kitchen countertops.

The cabinets along this wall house our pantry, dishes, refrigerator, and other serving and decorative items.

Enkeboll molding, with a grape theme~
Microwave and oven, wish I'd gotten a warming drawer, but instead I use the drawer under the oven for storage of trays.

I enjoy decorating the island...

Backsplash behind cooktop.

This was a desk, but was always cluttered, so we changed it to a wet bar with more storage!!

Thanks for stopping by, come by anytime and we'll hang out in the kitchen!  Have a great day, and leave a note as I strive for a PERFECT SETTING!  Don't forget to visit all the beautiful kitchens at Note Songs!


  1. I do love how you mixed the wood tone of the mantel with the painted finish on the rest of the cabinets...that just warms it right up :) (and your island witch is darlin'...

  2. I am so glad I dropped by to see your gorgeous kitchen!! The hood is fabulous and I love the tile and grape vine trim. Everything is just beautiful.

  3. Just one word for this kitchen...WOW!!! Well maybe two...BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love the light fixtures over your island and the hood is soooo it!


  4. Oh, what a beautiful kitchen you have! It's just spectacular! I love your gorgeous cabinets and color and that grapes crown molding! I've never seen anything as pretty as this!! The mantel area over your stove is wonderful and you've decorated it just perfectly! Oh, thank you so much for coming to my party!
    You are a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Your photos look like they came from a magazine! Pretty!
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    (¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Lori Lynn ♥

  6. Hello,

    I love your kitchen especially that crown molding. It's so neat.

    Please come see my kitchen and check out my book giveaways.

  7. Wow! it is all so beautiful -it should be in a magazine.


  8. Fabulous Kitchen!
    I love the wood with the painted cupboards! It adds so much more warmth and character!
    Love the molding too, is that amazing!
    Simply Gorgeous!

  9. WOW! Now that's a Kitchen! Beautiful!!! :)


  10. Beautiful kitchen. I love the details and the grape molding is wonderful.Your kitchen should be a in a high end magazine. Thanks for sharing. XO Linda

  11. You really have a beautiful kitchen. I love the paneled fridge. Great space!

  12. Just beautiful! I love the coloring of your cabinets and all your trim pieces. Your lighting fixtures are beautiful too! Just Gorgeous!

  13. Your kitchen is Glorious! The granite, the cabinets and the trim, the hood, the windows, the light fixtures. Loved every detail!

  14. One of the most beautiful kitchen I ever saw, light coloured and very functional... love all the things and like your detailed discription very much, its absolutly gorgeous, your kitches goes into my favourites... I will soon published it on my blog under my favourite tab... thanks a lot for sharing your home's Heart..I am your newest follower too..

  15. Your kitchen is just stunnning! I am so glad I found your blog! So pretty.