Tuesday, July 26, 2016

the heart of the home...

Would you like to take a step inside my sister's kitchen & look around?
You'll love it here, it's one of the coziest places I know.
I love to sit and chat over a cup of tea or coffee by the big picture window that looks over her patio where the kids are playing, and her flower garden where bees are buzzing & butterflies are fluttering.
When a kitchen sink is as gorgeous as this it makes washing dishes a joy!
 {And how perfectly does this vintage tablecloth that's doing duty as a skirt apron match the cabinet?! I just can't get over it.}
 Some of those flowers usually find their way indoors, bringing their freshness & sunshine with them.
 Kitschy kitchen goodness is in every nook and cranny.

Of my three sisters, Beth & I probably have the most similar decorating style.
We both love anything cheerful, farmy, kitschy, & vintage.
Which can make garage sale-ing together a little tense.
Just kidding. We share pretty well. ^_^
In Beth's country kitchen there's always sure to be some fresh veggies about the place this time of year.
That's bound to be when your husband is a landscaper & expert gardener with about 4 or 5 vegetable patches.
{I've lost count how many actually...there seem to be more every year!}
Even her ceiling fan is cute for cryin' out loud!
We affectionately call it a fandelier.

I helped her paint her cabinets this beautiful shade of Annie Sloan chalk paint, Henrietta, a couple years back. The insides are painted with Antoinette & have Hello Kitty liner on the shelves. I neglected to take a piccy of that, but I'm sure you can picture it.
There's nothing like climbing around on the counter tops with the Beatles playing in the background whilst sipping endless cuppas with your sister.

 Speaking of cuppas...
here is the all important coffee counter.
*angelic choir music plays*
{I'm irritated with myself for accidentally cutting off the head of the cute crocheted chick-i-poo on top of her lil Keurig. Bah. Didn't realize I'd done it till I got these piccies on the 'puter. You can see it un-decapitated in the previous photo though!}

{A refrigerator isn't complete without some artwork!}
Even the fridge got a makeover!
She glued a pretty wood decal thingy on & then painted over it.
That chalk paint really does stick to anything.
I gave her this old metal garbage can & gave it a coat of Antoinette.
{Oscar the Grouch simply couldn't make his mortgage payments anymore & had to move to a smaller can. ^_~ You know, the economy & stuff.}
Everywhere you look there's something cute to make you smile...
this corner cabinet which belonged to our great grandma is a home to all sorts of cute tchotchkes...
vintage hanky bunting adorns the window...
and some adorable vintage wicker umbrellas hang jauntily from a hook.

Possibly one of my favorite things about Beth's kitchen is that she always has something yummy baked. {And she's always willing to cut you a slice} It was yummy zucchini bread this time with zukes from {one of} their garden{s}.  ;)

If you're interested in the recipe she said she uses Better Homes & Gardens' Recipe, but without the nuts cuz eww. ;P

I hope you've enjoyed your visit to Bethie's kitchen!

Much love,
Miss Michelle ^_^
{Photos by yours truly}


  1. Aww I love! I also enjoy sitting there with a yummy cup o joe!!

  2. I always enjoy a visit to Beth's kitchen, but really enjoyed the tour through your eyes, I'll see more than I did before๐Ÿ’– Thanks for the morning giggle, you're as cheery as Beppi's kitchen!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜˜

  3. "I say one, for there are many." :D It has been a while since I was at Beth's home, because she has completely redone her kitchen. I meant to get out and see those gardens but the summer is going fast, and so are our flowers. Your girls have different and unique styles and all of them marvelous. Can't wait to get together again! Hugs to all!

    1. Summer IS going by so fast. I can't believe it's already August now. I miss you!

  4. Let me rephrase that....."I say 'gardens', for there are many." Fixed it! I'm sure you'll recognize that quote.

    1. It sounded familiar & I was trying to place it. Is it...Pride & Prejudice? Referring to Lady Katherine's many gardens?

  5. What a fun "tour" of your sister's beautifully unique kitchen!! I am so impressed that she even painted her refrigerator. : )

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Sarah! ^_^ I was impressed too. What impressed me even more was that my bro-in-law doesn't mind in the slightest! :D

  6. This is my first time visiting your blog. I love the kitchen. So lovely.

    1. Welcome Theresa! I hope you've enjoyed it & will come back often. ^_^ Thanks so much.

  7. oh. my. goodness. me. oh. my.
    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    what a sweet, welcoming, delightful room.
    who *wouldn't* want to do dishes here?!
    LOVE that you used ASCP .. antoinette is
    one of my favorite colors in the line
    though i haven't yet used it. i go for the
    old white for most everything. i also love
    that the fridge was painted. i first saw this
    idea on pinterest.. awesome. :)

    1. Every time I'm in Beth's kitchen I find myself just staring at all the beauty around me. ^_^ I thought painting the fridge was a terrific idea too!

  8. Oh my goodness. This kitchen is just ADORABLE. It makes my heart go thump-thump! I share your sister's love of colors and cuteness! I would be happily baking away in this kitchen for my lil' family and enjoying the beautiful, sweetness that comes from the fantastic decorating. Well done, girls!

    1. It is just the coziest place ever! Last time I stayed overnight there we made a peach glace pie together. It just couldn't be helped this kitchen practically begs to be worked in! ^_^

  9. p.s. I'd love to paint the fridge (or get rid of it for a cute icebox). Tell me more about that!

    1. It was very simple! Just made sure it was good 'n clean then started brushing on the chalk paint. No primer required. Then I do believe she did the wax to it after it had dried completely. It's stuck like a charm to the body of the fridge, but it has started to chip off the handles. :/ So, I knitted her a cheery cozy to cover that up!

  10. My first time time on your blog, too. It's delightful!

  11. What a happy and pretty place! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :)

  12. Good morning! This is just a little note to let you know that this post has been *FEATURED* today on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Thank you for sharing and we hope to have you link up this week! :)

  13. This kitchen is darling! It has a wonderful cozy dreamy feel, so relaxing! And I'm in love with the bread box!!
    Visiting via the art of homemaking link-up.
    Many blessings,

  14. Reminds me very much of long time friends kitchen in AZ. So doggoned cute and that table cloth where doors were gave me idea. I have several of the vintage table cloths that don't get used on a table as we don't have one, don't have dining area. We have single wide mfg. home but no dining area for whatever reason first owner liked it that way. This is all we could afford to buy and we wanted to be out in country/rural area. We have 1/2 acre which is about all two people in 70's can handle these days. Real Estate is pretty expensive here so we bought what we could afford, were still paying for house in KY when we bought this place. We live about 18 miles west of Grand Junction, CO. Wish we could have picked up place in KY to bring here.
    I love your sisters kitchen, is so welcoming and warm feeling. Even love pink cabinets and frig. Have wonderful rest of week.

  15. What I like most is that it is so clean!

  16. Oh my...I am just in love with your sister's darling kitchen! Ah...whata dream to tend homey tasks in such a delightful place! I love all the touches of pink...so very pretty! {{smiles}} Thank you for taking us on a tour...I can see why you love spending time there!
    Hugs to you, Miss Michelle!


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