Sunday, March 18

In the kitchen

Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick is hosting a new party called "Show Us Your House"--a great idea since we all love to peek into one another's homes, don't we? Today's feature is kitchens. Here's a look at mine.

Our kitchen is a large, open room which includes a casual eating area and a seating/desk area. It's hard to get a photo of the whole thing, but here some views from around the room.

First, the working area:

More of the workspace, this time with the island pendants turned on:

The eating area:

Our table is from Pottery Barn. It's enormous--11 1/2 feet long! I love being able to have a table big enough to seat lots of people. Beside the table is my mother's dough cabinet, which is one of my most prized possessions. As you can see, I mix all different wood finishes without much hesitation. Works for me!

The desk area:

A shot from the working end looking out toward the screened-in porch:

The stairs to the left of this picture lead down to the "terrace level," also known as the walk-out basement. I like the fact that the stairs are open; it makes the lower level feel more like a part of the house. On that wall is a family portrait wall clock I created.

One of my favorite features of this part of the kitchen is the lighted shadowboxes at the top of the cupboards. I use them to display pitchers. You can read more about my collection pitchers here.

Another of my favorite things is the window treatment. I love the plantation shutters on the windows of the other end of this room, but I wanted to be able to see out of the window above the sink, plus I wanted some fabric for color. I came up with a very easy way to make a no-sew faux Roman shade. You can see that tutorial here if you like.

My kitchen connects to the back entry, the dining room, the living room, the downstairs, the deck, and the screened porch. No wonder I have to mop the floors so often!

Kitchen details:
  • Cupboards are maple beadboard; granite is Santa Rita
  • Drawer pulls and cabinet knobs are from Restoration Hardware
  • Appliances are KitchenAid
  • Wall color is Ruskin Room Green by Sherwin-Williams

Thanks so much for visiting me! I'd love for you to join me this week as I start a new linky party called Grace at Home. Click here to read more about it.



  1. Richella- Your kitchen is beautiful. It is warm and inviting and a place I could see myself sitting down at the counter and chit-chatting over a cup of coffee while you buzzed around. Sorry, but I AM the guest so SOMEBODY has to be buzzing around!;>) Love it- you did a wonderful job pulling everything together there. xo Diana

  2. Oh, pretty Richella, I'm loving your kitchen and dining table, big and long for lots of family and friends! I have different woods myself and it works great for me, I don't like the matchy-matchy look either. Wish I could visit you pretty girl and sit at your great kitchen table. Have a lovely week.

  3. Your kitchen is gorgeous Richella. I love it. I love the stain color of the cabinets and the fact that you can have such a huge table is wonderful. Great area. Hugs, marty

  4. Your kitchen is beautiful. I love it! And what I wouldn't give for a table that big!

  5. Your kitchen is to die for! You have so much work space! Love your 'dining area' spacious...your whole home is just lovely!! You must really enjoy it.

  6. Beautiful. Love the beadboard, the roman shade, the natural light, the table, those display cabinets! Just everything about it! Did I mention the size of your kitchen? Love love the space! I'd gladly join NanaDiana for that cup of coffee!

  7. Richella I love your kitchen. I am so happy that such a beautiful lady has such a lovely home in which to serve the Lord with hospitality and love.

    Love ya,
    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  8. Your kitchen is wonderful, Richella! So warm and inviting. I love the color of your walls. I much prefer the look of mixed woods and metal over everything that matches. The chair and lamp create a very inviting place to enjoy a cup of coffee. Great job pulling it all together.

  9. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Our kitchens have similar features, so you have given me ideas. :)

  10. Love the wall clock - very clever!
    Hugs -

  11. I've always loved your kitchen.
    Spacious. Cozy. Tidy. Full of freshly-baked chocolate goodies.
    A chair with my name on it.
    Yep. I love your kitchen.

  12. Your kitchen is so pretty Richella! I LOVE your kitchen table! I wish we had room for a table that big. And the built in desk is so nice too...we could use one of those also:)

  13. That kitchen is to die for. I think I could cook up a storm in there! I've been hankering for a long, farmhouse style table...especially after drooling over the servants' table in Downton Abbey. It's perfect. : )

  14. Such a warm, inviting, beautiful kitchen! LOVE that big table. I just know that you make everyone who comes into your home feel like they are the most important person in the world.

  15. Your kitchen is beautiful! I love the paint color and the warmth of the cabinets. This is my first time visiting and I'm so glad I did. Now following you via email and can't wait to see more. :)

  16. Love that family portrait clock...what a fun idea and the perfect spot for it.

  17. I love how open everything is, especially the stairs. The clock portrait idea is amazing!


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