Saturday, July 11, 2015

My farmhouse kitchen

 Our kitchen came out of our hearts. In planning our house hubby said he wasn't going to plan anything but the appliances!

 So, I went about planning and dreaming. I looked at all my blogging friends kitchens, wendy thru my wish list and watched Joanna and Chip on Fixer Upper.   And so my planning started coming together, hubby went to Lowes and watched all the Fixer Upper shows. And you know what, he did have an opinion!  

 We went with stainless appliances, creamy white cabinets and black granite counters. Had to have my subway tile, with gray grout (thank you Joanna).  We opted for hand scrapped bamboo floors throughout the house. With hubby's background in fooring and appliances, I had that part made. 

  My sink view is beautiful, right now we are working on the yard. My sweet collection of ironstone pitchers got the prize spot. I worked hard to get that shelf and light. The contractor wanted to put a fluorescent undercounted light. I didn't like that. 

 My coffee center is perfectly placed. My ironstone Sugar Bowls, silver and cobalt add a soft touch. 

 I think part of the kitchen that makes it my farmhouse look is my tin collection. I have been collecting tin for a bit. My favorite pieces made it into the kitchen

My French Enamel pieces had that punch of color I like. I found a 50's wood breadbox and painted it with Paris Grey, Annne Sloane and stenciled it.

A dark view of the yard that we are working on. Oh my tired arms. 
This side of the kitchen is my prep center and counter for family and guests to sit. I added the rest of my ironstone pitchers and tins above to highlight the ceilings.

I enjoy standing here prepping while hubby and son in law cook. I Have my cookbooks scatter around the house and we had the bookshelf added at the end of the counter. I have a few more ironstone molds here. 
A great place to look right into the great room and look out into the porch. Can't wait to open the doors for cooler fresh air. My lake racing boat came from a local antique store, The screen Door. The Pottery Barn hanging lamps go with the other lights I picked. I opted to source my own lights for the house since I already had quite a few special ones. The sitting area chandelier came from The Pink House. A lovely shop in Asheville/Weaverville area. 
 I love having a bar area where friends and family can sit

More of my tin collection and my basket from hubby's great Uncle's Farmhouse in Linville Falls. Uncle Pat would take me around the mountains to pick up pieces. He was the one to foster my junking heart. The blue chippy egg basket reminds me that a city girl can be a Farmgirl with just a little dirt!

My spice tins are from my grand pops farm in Indiana, where he grew up after the family immigrated from Prussia. They started my love for tin. My moms cousin sent them to me via my parents. My sweet dad called me and with his sternest voice said " some junk arrived for you today". All joking aside it really made my day. 
My love of a pop of red is displayed here. Mary Englbreit's " life is just a chair of Bowlies". Makes me giggle. I love collecting small bowls, yelloware bowls and yes just bowls!
Come sit awhile and I will share some recipes with you. We opted to place a sitting area here instead of a table. The dining room is very near by. The family calls this chair the big chair. I call it my reading chair. 
 I added my ironstone platters and botanical hangings. I found these locally and live the calming creamy feeling it evokes. I like pieces that have a story and show their age. 

I hope you enjoyed my farmhouse kitchen tour
Joining some lovely ladies,  hop along. Di

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