Sunday, September 18, 2011

Our New Kitchen

I admitted in one of my very first blog posts that I am slightly obssessed with kitchens.  You can read that entry here.    It is my favorite room in our home... regardless of which house I happen to be living in at the time.  It must be true that the kitchen is the heart of the home.  I  am slowly sharing the rooms in our new home.  Today I thought I would show our new kitchen.  I know that when we made the decision to downsize we could certainly give up some things; however, I think our kitchen wasn't one of the areas in which we compromised.  Well, ok, I no longer have double ovens, but I gained a five burner gas range!!  I can live with that! 

The first picture above shows the kitchen when you are standing in the great room.  We eat most of our meals at the bar.  The cabinets are cypress, which I probably would never have chosen if I were choosing elements for a new kitchen, but I have to say I love them!!  I think they have a French Country feel that is casual and welcoming. 

This is what you see as you enter from our garage door.  
You can see my furry babies, Bentley and Clarabel, rambling around. 
The long cabinets at the end are the pantry.  Soon I will do a post on effectively organizing a small pantry. 
This is the view standing by the refrigerator looking back toward the back door entry.  It is definitely a galley kitchen, but the space is perfect for our small family.
I love the staggered cabinets because they allow me to display some of my treasures.  I love these little roosters. 

Another rooster :-)

These four pictures were in the breakfast room in our prior home.  We don't  have a separate breakfast room in this house, but I think they look perfect here!! I love hanging things veritically or in groups of four.... drives Jon nuts because he is usually the one trying to make them perfect.  :-)

One of my favorite cookbooks by Mississippi chef Robert St. John and illustrated by Mississippi artist Wyatt Waters. It is called A Southern Palate.  Did I mention that I love the gas cooktop?  Something about a gas range just makes me feel like a chef. 

Of course, a "coffee station" is a must!

This little oil painting of a rooster is one of my favorite items in the room.  It hangs on a tiny wall by the refrigerator just before you leave the kitchen.  It was painted for me by my very talented friend, Diane. 

Another view looking into the great room - This is how Clarabel
sits and watches me when I cook. 
 She is quite the Queen Bee!!

This cabinet was in our breakfast room in our last home.  Here, it fits perfectly in a space right beside the French doors that lead to the back porch. 

I usually try to keep fresh flowers on the counter by the sink.  It just seems "homey" to me!  If you look closely you can see a picture of Seth on his first Halloween - he was a Hershey's Kiss!!  Too cute!

Thank you so much for visiting my kitchen - the heart of our home!!!

This week I am linking to the following:

Roomspiration Kitchen Edition @

Room by Room - Kitchens @


  1. Lisa your kitchen is gorgeous and very inviting. You know I love your roos. Did you see I featured you from the magazine copy cat challenge. What fun we had. Can't wait to do it again.

  2. Your kitchen is lovely. I love the cabinet color and the granite is fabulous. What a treasure to have the 5 burner gas range. I would love that. Beautiful decor. Hugs, Marty

  3. beautiful kitchen! Love all the rooster accessories. What a gorgeous place to cook in.

  4. Wow, your kitchen has so many wonderful features! I love the staggered cabinets, too. They really work with your high ceilings. Thank you for sharing!

  5. That is one beautiful kitchen. I love the lack of clutter. Makes me want to go and declutter my kitchen right this minute! LOL Could you tell me what color granite that is? I'm looking to install it in my kitchen to update it and I love what you picked out!

  6. Thanks for inviting us in. Your kitchen looks great. I love the roosters on top of your cabinet and the Halloween picture on your counter. (I also am so impressed with the clear counters!)

  7. Love the wood cabinets, please don't paint them!!!

  8. Your kitchen turned out great! Love the chickens up top.

    Dropping by from Met Monday.

    Vintage Gumwood Cabinet Kitchen

  9. Wow, your kitchen looks gorgeous! I love the staggered wood cabinets, the granite, and of course, all those roosters! Your home is lovely, too.

    Visiting from Met Monday linky party.

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  10. What a warm and inviting kitchen you have! Great post!

  11. Your kitchen is beautiful! It looks so inviting! ~Kim

  12. Beautiful kitchen. A gas stove will make you feel like a "iron chef"! Love the bar chairs. I had to laugh when you talked about hanging mutiple pictures, my husband is always the one doing this. And out comes the tape measure, pencil, level...oh, wait you know what I am talking about.

  13. Your kitchen is just beautiful~ I love all your French country touches and your puppies are darling! :) Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  14. your kitchen has so many wonderful features! I had to laugh when you talked about hanging multiple pictures. Really, what a warm and inviting kitchen you have!
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  15. Your kitchen is beautiful! Such pretty finishes. Love the roosters and Clarabel is adorable watching you from that perch. Thank you for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  16. It's gorgeous! I love the open space and all of that storage! Your style is so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing in the Roomspiration Kitchens party! ;)


  17. Beautiful kitchen. I saw your Charlie Brown pumpkin on Debbiedoos newbie party. I also became a follower.


  18. Hi Lisa,

    I'm back looking at your awesome kitchen again.... Got my granite and backsplash installed last week and when I came back to peek at your kitchen again I was amazed to see that you used iron brackets as well. I'm trying to decide whether to use brackets or have some posts built for the overhang at the end of my island. Your brackets are beautiful. And cabinet knobs are a dilemma as well. Are yours black? Decisions, decisions.....


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