Friday, February 18, 2011

"New Kitchen" Tour, C'mon Over!

C'mon in! Feast your eyes on new color, a few new decorations, and old stuff I can now display. My kitchen is really two rooms with the sink, dishwasher and microwave in the entry room, and the stove, refrigerator, and counters in the other room. It is 10 steps from sink to refrigerator, so it is not a particularly convenient kitchen.
There is nothing I can do about that, but I can color it pleasingly!
You can see as you enter the kitchen that straight ahead is the new Strands of Gold wall on which is now displayed some precious plates of Jay's mother. My new blue casserole dish and porcelain 'tea' spoons from Russia, a gift to me from Jay's sister, are displayed on the new shelf.
Upon entering, and just to the left is my new Apron Holder, a la Mary Jane Butters. The old silver spoons, bent backwards, and screwed into the wood is something I drew out for Jay to make for me for Valentine's Day.

The screws Jay used to attach the spoons were some his father had collected. I wish you could see the beautiful, flowery handles. Well, you'll just have to come for a visit, won't you? At the sales room in Moscow where Mary Jane Butters sells her linens and such, she displays aprons like this.
A close-up, below, shows the knicky-knacky stuff beside the new mirror.

In the first picture you can see reflected in the mirror, this old tin advertisement for apples, the old shelf unit that Jay's Uncle Buck made YEARS ago, and my new apple-green casserole dish.

I chose the tin pieces for their perfect color matches to the paint I'd chosen (Dried Tomato).
I love the presentation below; in fact, I could almost climb in the picture!


One more tin advertisement for Cadbury's Cocoa rests above the doorway to the dining/living room. The red is perfect too, and, as you can see, we have very high, white walls and ceilings. So, this fills it in a bit.

Hildi gave us the cross-stitch for a wedding gift, and now it is beautifully displayed too...as is one of the 'Salad Sisters' dish towels hanging on a drawer pull.

Looking back into the kitchen you can see that above the stove remains a blank palette; I'm working on it. I have one more tin piece, and I'll need a shelf for a few things. You can see back in to the entry room where I've hung an old embroidered dresser scarf as a valence.

The valence is hung from a bamboo scarf-hanger I bought from a gallery here in town when they remodeled. That's when I got the blue and apple-green casserole dishes (for CHEAP!) too.

This doesn't show the softness and comfort I feel in my new kitchen. So, you'll need to saddle your horse and c'mon over! I'll put the kettle on so we can have tea and stir some honey in it with those new porcelain spoons.

6 comments:

mimitabby said...

congrats on your new lovely kitchen. Enjoy! Is there a story about the valence?

Margy said...

Love it! great job. Would GLADLY pay to see!!!! very charming and lots of character. love the colors and choice of pictures....

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Where do I begin! Love the curtian, love the spoons, love the mirror, love the COLORS!!!! Wow! The pictures are so cute and so you. You must be so pleased

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Oops, guess I should have put a question mark on that first one!

Connie said...

Wow, nice work...your new kitchen looks great. Love the apron holder!

Aminta said...

LOVELY!!!