My Home: Kitchen

March 12, 2012

Some kitchen peeks and random
because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough,
and gosh darn it, people like photos of real kitchens.

Nothing major done lately, but painting the walls
a custom grey (somewhere between Benjamin Moore's
Ashley Gray and Hampton Beige) added interest.

We had the harvest table and bench
custom made in the '90s from
reclaimed barn wood.
Because it's soft pine, the kids left
behind all kinds of 'engravings' from
their homework. Pretty cool.

Still minimal.
Still totally easy to clean.
Still spacious enough for teenish boys
to walk on their hands.

Work in progress.
Need drapes. Hated the rug.
Made dinner for some friends
Sunday night and needed it to
look less 'work in progress' so I threw
a dropcloth runner on the table,
some old French sheets on the chairs,
and a ratty cableknit throw on the bench.

The dinky backsplash will probably go byebye.
Its travertine looks great with the quartz,
but I'm thinking tile it to the ceiling!

My sweet girl turned 10.
My living room is empty 'cept for a shabby sofa.
Tell miss clueless what to do in here cuz it's a huge room,
and I'm at the brainstorm stage.

me/younger sister/baby sister

Off of the kitchen is this screen porch
where we frolicked (baby sister from Arizona
was visiting last week...the conversation
is never lifeless or boring)!

I'll add linen drapes in here,
but seriously I need your help
designing a living room.
You already know I like neutrals,
serene, ethereal, and no clutter.


Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. check out these homes/sites for ideas:

    how cute are you and your sisters?! love it!!

  2. I'd say you are well
    on your way ~ GREAT
    bones ~ and I love that
    gorgeous table.....and
    the fun you have with
    your sisters. Sigh, never
    had one of my own : (
    Wonderful, light-filled
    rooms....Can't order
    that up easily!

    Happy Monday, sweet M!

    xx Suzanne

  3. Michele your kitchen is wonderful I'm so glad you showed a close up of those old pots on your tray, love them! Luna's so cute and I love how she managed to get in a few shots. And your sisters, you definitely have good genes in your family.


  4. Everything looks beaUtiful! I love the drawer in the farm table, reminds me of the one in my Great Aunties' old farm house!
    Oh p-l-e-a-s-e,please,please--tell us about those FABulous "crocks" on the silver tray!!! Yes--I want some!!!

  5. I love how uncluttered it all is... it's beautiful, nice gray on the walls too. You and your sisters are all so freakin cute too, what a great shot!


  6. Good morning Michelle...As always I LOVE your was a huge inspiration for mine..(hope you saw the redo)...and you and your sisters are LOVELY!!...gorgeous....and you are the last person in the world who needs help designing a neutral, soothing living are my go to girl for that!!...xo, Mariaelena

  7. Love it...its got such a great vibe, love the soft soothing colors, it really beckons you right in..and of course love those French jars, beautiful!
    Now lets talk about how beautiful you and your sisters are...a bevy of blonde gorgeousness. I can tell you are a lot of fun too.......looks like a fab time!
    Thanks for sharing Michele!

  8. Hi Michelle,
    Love your kitchen. If you like neutrals, serene and no clutter there is lots of great inspiration in the Jeanne D'Arc magazines. They are my favortie. Great picture of you with your sisters. It looks like you have a lot of fun together.

  9. M,

    You don't even know how much I like you.. do you??? I always smile when I see your picture.

    I'm loving this new color! This really surprised me!

    Do you remember when I asked you what color you had on your walls? I'd love to know that. I'm trying to go lighter around here. I painted my main floor almost 4 years ago and it's time to do it again.

    Wishing you a blessed week, M.


    Luciane at

  10. Hey, you three look peas in a pod! Just said good bye to mine...yes I'm back in dreary ole England...just trying to find my mojo...usually takes a week...but I did go shopping today (remember, trying to find my mojo)...and bought my first marmalade jar, now I need a collection like yours. Robx

  11. Everything looks so gorgeous. Love the table and of course the French jars are wonderful.

  12. I forgot to comment about you and your sisters. Beautiful picture, looks like y'all were having a lot of fun.

  13. Oh, my...chicky! I have no idea how to make your space more delicious? It's already gorgeous, like you and your lovely sista's! I love your table and the fact that it has so much history, well, makes it simply devine in my eyes. Much love! Lisa

  14. thanks you guys!

    the crocks: made in england in late 1800s. some of them held marmalade. i love using them for vases!

    i'll share more pics of my sisters from that day cuz i got some great shots.


  15. WOW...3 beautiful women.....I mean seriously!
    Love how soft everything is...and I love [and always will] a farm table and bench. Period. After looking at these peeks around your home...I doubt you need any help :)

  16. Serene. That's what your house is. I love it.

  17. Look at all you gorgeous ladies!!! You all look more Swedish than I do!

    I love when you show pictures of your home, Michele. Your 10-year-old is cute as can be and your "new" walls look awesome.

    I will never show my messy kitchen...

    Love to you,


  18. Michele I love this! I'm in need of window coverings too - difficult decision. The French jars are so pretty and I love all your white! (I'm a neutral girl too) great picture of you and your sisters - gorgeous!

  19. Love the soft serene feeling of your kitchen, I say leave the windows open and airy. I very rarely put a covering on a window, I have to have light and air so I only have coverings where I have to have privacy at night, otherwise the windows are wide open. We live in a fishbowl,lol!!
    find a fabric or some wonderful element for your jumping off point and I know you will burst with ideas.
    xo Kathysue

  20. Your kitchen is lovely. I love the paint color and I am sure whatever else you do to it will be equally lovely. You and your sisters look so much alike ...and all of you are sooo pretty.

  21. OK, your house, your kitchen and you young ladies are GORGEOUS!!! You have so much light in your house and so much openness, I love it! I want to walk on my hands in your kitchen! Maybe leave the windows open? not sure how close or nosy the neighbors are? I am so glad that you has time to visit with your sisters, I bet that was a blast!!

  22. Your Blog is Beautiful!!!Blessings, Becky

  23. You guys are adorable. Great family pic. Everything looks great. Love your tray vignette.

  24. Beautiful. And halloa, who is that? Little tail tale? Let me scoop you in my arms then sweet sugar! Looks like you are Bella Luna!

    Love your kitchen Mich. And are you 3 sistas? We too!

  25. Your home is lovely. I can't imagine it won't be beautiful as you move forward in your decorating. :-)
    Mary Alice

  26. Ooh the grey (greige) is beautiful, Michele! Your kitchen was already very lovely, and the paint has taken up the chicness further!

    Happy birthday to your cutie Bella Luna! :)

    You sisters are adorable, you look beautiful and happy!

    Hugs hugs,
    Meera xx

  27. I'm loving your kitchen! The new color sets the tone perfectly. I've become a huge fan of grey and white lately with a little burlap thrown in for texture. Ha! I'm sure your living room is going to turn out great once you get that done too.

  28. Holy Gorgeousness Batman! You're beautiful you are.

    Your kitchen/home is too. I have no idea what to tell you because as much as I completely admire someone who can work with such restraint, I simply can not. I love LOTS of STUFF thrown about, maximalist to the maximal (or something) that's me... but I am certain that whatever you do, it will be gorgeous.

    My only piece of advice I guess I would have is to add LOTS of texture for interest, just like the throws and runner have added lovely interest to your table.

    Hope your week is going swimmingly my dear and it's lovely to see your smiling face :) xxx

  29. I don't know Michelle, I think you've been doing a bang up job so far on decorating your own home. :-) But hey, we always like to help someone else spend their money, so count me in!


    Looks like you and your sisters were having some serious FUN!

  30. What gorgeous girls!
    Looks like such a fun moment caught on film!

    I cannot believe you are asking for help! I love your style and you did such a great job on the lower level! Do your "thang" girlfriend. I don't think you need any help at all!
    Follow your heart.


  31. Such a beautiful home!! I love the grey paint... brilliant!! You're kitchen is so charming and timeless... I love the layout of the cabinets! It will look incredible if you tiled to the ceiling! It's amazing what a little tile will do, especially in your beautiful dwelling!!!
    You're living room is such a fun space... the ideas are endless! If you want I'll send some pics your way!
    Such beautiful ladies!

    much love,

  32. love your spacious and airy kitchen and you blonde bombshells are just oozing happiness...

  33. You have probably already seen these, but I'm so in love with these new pieces. One of these would look killer in your living room:

    Have a wonderful day!!

  34. Brandy~GreyLaneHomeMay 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Your Kitchen is so calming with the grey and neutrals. I love your blog its very refreshing.

  35. I love your kitchen- so serene and soft and the color on the walls is lovely. Hoping you will share a bit of your living room soon.... :) Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!!


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