Room Made Lovely: My Kitchen

So excited to be finally sharing my kitchen over on Heather‘s “Room Made Lovely“!

I’ve had so many requests so I was glad when Heather asked me to give a tour for her series because it made me set a deadline. :)

Share some love over on her adorable space Life Made Lovely.

You will find great inspiration there!

*update* I added the full post below but don’t let that keep you from checking out Heather’s lovely space.

We have lived in our house for 4 years and have been gradually changing it from not cool 1975 colors, to a fresh and clean look.  We remodeled our kitchen a few years ago and I feel so blessed to be able to design it the way I wanted it.  We definitely splurged on a few things but I do cook almost every meal we eat in this space so it’s a little more justified, right?  That’s what I tell myself, anyway.  I wanted open shelving for easy access to my most used items and to give the space a more open feel.  I also chose most of my lower cupboards to be mostly deep drawers instead of doors.  I love being able to find things better than reaching back into the dark corners of a cupboard.  I also was able to get the oven of my dreams: the double WOLF oven.  So thankful for this piece.  I use both ovens almost every day.  The top of the range also has a french top which is perfect for canning things like strawberry jam in my HUGE pressure cooker.  I highly recommend this range!

I have been collecting fun vintage things for as long as I can remember.  My mom taught me a lot about finding good deals.  Whenever my husband is out-of-town, we still love to go estate sale shopping together on a Friday or Saturday.  I like a mix of handcrafted things and old-time-y, sweet things that carry stories and reflect upon a time that is no more.  My most favorite items have memories or family attached to them somehow.  I use my grandpa’s old clay pot for my utensil storage.  The owl seen in my school area pictures below is one of his creations, along with his brother, for their company, Twin Winton.  I was never able to meet him so these items are very special to me.

A few things and where they came from:

  • If you are a fan of Liberty of London, you probably notice that it’s all over my kitchen.  I went a little crazy when they finally released their prints through Target.  It was a line to remember, for sure!
  • My sink is another favorite.  I was so excited to get the deep sink so it can hide hold many dishes.  (Shaws Sink)
  • My pot rack came from Ebay.  I bought it from a sweet older couple who took salvaged barn pieces and made them into lovely things like pot racks (couldn’t find it online).
  • Block prints from Pike’s Place Market and Victory Garden of Tomorrow
  • My favorite soap product, Caldrea, is always found next to my sink.
  • My most used pans are Le Creuset and All Clad Copper Core
  • Most used olive oil and balsamic vinegar come from St Helena Olive Oil Company
  • old spool for kitchen twine
  • kids drink area marked with washi tape.  They keep their cup on their color :).
  • I re-finished an old door for my pantry door.  I kinda love it a lot, especially the handle.

 When I think of my home, I think of comfortable.  I have always wanted my home to be a place where many gathered.  I like people to feel comfortable, loved, and for their hunger to be satisfied.  Some favorite foods of my guests have been Shepherd’s Pie with GuinnessOatmeal with Browned Butter, Cheese-its, and the always popular, Monkey Bread!  Food definitely brings people together and I am so happy this happens on a regular basis in my home.  I know cooking can be intimidating, but don’t let it stop you from inviting people over!

You won’t regret that time, even with all of the hours of cleaning it may bring.

Now, for the school area across from the dining room.

We have this random space that has become our school area.  The room isn’t its own distinct space, but more of a walk-through area between our dining room and side patio area. It was too far to walk from the kitchen to put the table there so it sat empty for a while.  Last fall, I started homeschooling and became thankful for this random space.  We have filled it with our nature hike finds, our maps, and our favorite vintage encyclopedia set that we use ALL the time.  The banner serves as our history timeline which has worked out really well.  I’m not a fan of plastering my wall with random papers.

I’d love to keep this party going!  Come find me on my blog, A Golden Afternoon or Instagram:

I’m @agoldenafternoon.

20 comments to Room Made Lovely: My Kitchen

  • heather at wordplayhouse®

    Oh, so very pretty! I just paid a visit to see the whole tour! ~heather

  • Jacci in Ohio @

    I am having so much fun reading through your blog after finding you on Life Made Lovely! You have a gorgeous home and I really enjoy your photography, too. I love the tours at LML, but they are usually much craftier than my own personal style. I was excited to see your home with a great mix of traditional & modern as well as a combination of pops of color with a neutral background. LOVE both mixes :) I’ll be back!

    ~Jacci in Ohio

    • Bon

      Thanks so much, Jacci! I know exactly what you are saying! I love to make things but I don’t spend very much time decorating and could feel bummed by all of the “handmade” homes out there. Instead, I am thankful for my home and happy I can do so many other things with my hands as well. We can only do so much! Hope to see you around :)

  • elma

    Oh I just love your home tour on LML. I just LOVE your kitchen!!

  • dana

    your kitchen is so lovely! And so is your photography (just as I would expect). This is my first time at your blog and I love it! Funny how that happens when we meet people on Instagram :). I forget they have a blogging life too! haah. So happy to find your blog now Bonnie. btw, where is the “we’ve done it before” picture from? Really cute.
    – Dana

    • Bon

      so sweet! Thanks for coming over. Funny that you should visit when I am literally switching over my design right now, hence the menu being unreadable. haha. I’m trying to tweek some things before ALTsummit. I got that print from the Renegade Craft Fair from an artist with Victory Gardens prints. I think I put the link somewhere in the post on Heather’s blog…or at least I meant to. haha :)

  • Stephanie

    What a beautiful kitchen! Do you happen to know the paint color on your walls? I just love it!

  • Mary

    every last detail!

  • Misty Garrison

    So lovely. I am in the midst of redoing the upper cabinets in my butler’s pantry and plan to replace them with open shelving. Was wondering if you purchased your shelves somewhere or had them custom made. Thanks!

    • Bon

      They were custom. Sorry :/ So many cabinet makers are pricey. It might actually be cheaper to have them custom made by a carpenter. You never know!

  • Trenna

    Hi! Beautiful:)! Are your countertops real marble? If so, how are they holding up in the kitchen with kids and lots of people in and about?

  • Trenna

    Hi Bonnie….You may have answered this already, but I can’t find it! What is your counter top material? How is it holding up? Would you recommend it??

  • Lauralee Whitman

    LOVE your kitchen! How has your sink held up? I grew up with a similar sink and remember it got scratched and looked worn over time, so i’ve always veered to stainless steel, but ahhh….to have all white :D

  • Teresa Mc

    Love your kitchen! Almost cried when I saw the glass knob. The people to whom we sold the house I grew up in, threw the doors, knobs and all away! Replaced them with yucky six panel doors. “That’s what people want now.” I disagree! Wish I’d have known. I’d have dumpster dived to save my beloved glass knobs :-(

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