Thursday, October 18, 2012

She's Ready for Her Closeup!

Happy Friday Eve!
 
One of the many fabulous things that I learned at the Southern Bloggers Conference this past weekend was that sometimes less is more when it comes to our words.
 
And, to let the eye rest with clean space in between your thoughts.
 
Sooo, that's what I'm going to attempt to do with this post.  But, you know what less words means, right?  MORE pictures!
 
I'm excited to share with you our revamped kitchen!  Come on in!

 
Welcome to our white and bright kitchen!  I can't tell you how much we love it!  Our walls are now BM Manchester Tan.  I painted the bottom cabinets (originally maple stained) to match the upper cabinets (that I painted white awhile back) ...


we (meaning my husband and neighbor) added beadboard to the backsplash ...


new cup pulls were added to the drawers ...
 

and, we *finally* added support to our butcher block top island (which we should've done a year ago ... oops), by adding new farmhouse legs (which I painted and distressed to match the Chateaux Grey island)!


With our kitchen not getting any direct light, I can't tell you what a difference it has made in how "happy" this room now feels:


Pretty white platters (from Home Goods) serve as simple, yet beautiful, *art* on the wall:


And, white pitchers turn into a fun and functional place for utensils:

 
Of course, Fall embellishments have been added here and there:


 

 

 
 
 
And, this year, instead of using a Christmas tree, I decided to do a different take on our Fall family tree by adding branches (some of them lit) to a fleur-de-lis vase ...
 
 
and then clipping family photos and saying to the branches.  I love having it on the island so that our family is part of the "heart of our home" this time of year.
 
 
 
I'll be back soon to share other details and pics of what our kitchen looked like before it got its new look!
 
So, tell me ... do you prefer less words and more pictures or more words and less pictures?  :)
 
And, as always, thanks for stopping by!
 
I'm joining:
 
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
At the Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday
Kristen's Creations/Share Your Creations
 

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55 comments:

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen is lovely and bright. I love the decor touches, and especially the beautiful family tree.

Kathryn said... Reply To This Comment

Absolutely lovely! So bright and cheery :) I struggle with the whole "less words-more space" thing when I write, as well... I always find myself wanting to explain everything in detail! I guess I need to realize that not every post is a tutorial ;) But I think you've struck a good balance! :)

Kristens Creations said... Reply To This Comment

Everything looks beautiful Becca! Love the family photo tree on your island.

I'm going to use what you learned at the blogger convention...less words more pics. I struggle with my words anyway. Sometimes I would like to say nothing and just post pics. Ha! Now that I'm getting so busy that might be what I have to do =0

Anyway, love everything you did in the kitchen!! Looks great.
Kristen

Life In The Thrifty Lane said... Reply To This Comment

Love your kitchen! Thanks for sharing all these pics. They are really inspiring me to paint my kitchen!

Hi I'm Shannon! said... Reply To This Comment

When the HECK is BH&G going to call you???

It's gorgeous.

Perfect.

CK Mangold said... Reply To This Comment

WOWZA! Your kitchen is really cozy & inviting. I've wanted to paint our cabinets white ever since I painted them grey! Now after seeing yours I really want to for sure. By the way, where did you get your scoops in the glass canisters? I need those! :D

Yvonne @ StoneGable said... Reply To This Comment

Goodness, Becca! What a beautiful kitchen filled with inspiring decor! I love to see all your little vignettes all working together to make the overall kitchen look SO PUT TOGETHER!!!
Oh, I wish I had gone to the blogger's conference!!! I am leaning tidbits here and there from kind bloggers, like you, who went!!!

Jody Martin said... Reply To This Comment

Absolutely beautiful! The family tree is so special, and all the color against white, classic and timeless. You need to have a show on HGTV to teach the rest of us who struggle with decorating but love to try...like me!

Designs By Pinky said... Reply To This Comment

HI Becca!!! I love the all white kitchen! It looks so fresh and new and PRETTY! The family picture tree looks great. Post a picture of it all lit up at night, OK??? The family picture of the 3 of you is BEAUTIFUL, you are SO pretty~! I love all of your vignettes. Can't wait to show you all our NEW kitchen! XO, Pinky

FABBY'S LIVING said... Reply To This Comment

Hey Becca, your kitchen is gorgeous, warm, lighted and all the pretty decor makes it so inviting! The family photo tree is darling, as you all are! I can't write just two words and describe the pretty things I often admire in the post and yours, is no exception!! Big hugs,
FABBY

Susan said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen is more than pretty...it's charming and warm. Thanks for sharing, I always get good ideas from your blog.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Becca I LOVE the new look of your kitchen, it's so light and bright!! The cabinets look fabulous and I love the beadboard back splash! Your vignettes are always beautiful! Great job girl!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said... Reply To This Comment

I think you had a good mix of both in this post, Becca. I do like more words when you tell about a source or link to a post showing something that you made previously. Your kitchen is looking great. I love the legs you added to your island. I know you needed the support but it is a nice decorative feature, too. The shelves are still looking good {and up!}. : )

Stuff and Nonsense said... Reply To This Comment

your kitchen looks
so welcoming and pretty

love love love
the idea of putting beans
and corn in seasonal colors
in jars on the counter!

{alison}

Pamela Graham said... Reply To This Comment

I think I would buy you a plane ticket to come to Texas...I need you in my house! Beautiful, stunning, gorgeous....all the adjectives that describe how wonderful your kitchen looks! Happy Everything! Pamie G

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, your kitchen is just beautiful. I love how you have put it all together and your fall touches are perfect. You did a very nice job with it..Happy Thursday..Judy

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said... Reply To This Comment

Well, Becca, if this isn't magazine worthy, then, I don't know what is! Your kitchen looks fabulous! All of your accents are just perfect! As always, you have done a beautiful job!

Calypso In The Country said... Reply To This Comment

I am in love with your kitchen! Everything is so crisp and fresh and the vignettes are beautiful!
-Shelley

Leen said... Reply To This Comment

oh my word, it's absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it! I never would have thought to put lamps in the kitchen but it's prefect!

Brenda said... Reply To This Comment

Wow!! - I love it! Each picture is more beautiful than the last. You did an amazing job. I really love the beadboard backsplash. I'm considering it for our kitchen, but I keep changing my mind. What made you decide to use it??
Brenda

Bonnie @ Uncommon said... Reply To This Comment

beautiful!!! love the tree with the photos and the little leaf on the plate is just simply perfect!;)

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful, Becca, and I am loving the painted cabinets!

The Rusty Heart said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, your house is beautiful. I absolutely love what you did with your kitchen! I am in the middle of a kitchen remodel, oh thank goodness for wine!! :)
~Audra

Angela said... Reply To This Comment

Love the look! Can you tell me where you purchased your scoops that are used in your glass canisters? Visiting from Hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said... Reply To This Comment

Gorgeous. I love it. YOur kitchen is stunning and the white is perfect. Hugs, Marty

Betsy@ coastal-colors said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, I love every inch of your kitchen! It's bight and cheerful! I have enjoyed watching you transform it! You always inspire me! You have the best seasonal decorations!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... Reply To This Comment

Always fun to see your kitchen. I forgot you used Chateau Gray on your cabinets. I have it to paint over our black ones. They are in bad shape. I am hoping it is an easy job with that paint. Haven't that many cabinets with it before. Love your changes and all the vintage pieces.

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said... Reply To This Comment

So bright, airy, and beautiful! The beadboard backsplash looks great! And I love the color of the island!

And the photo tree is so super cute! :)

Vintage Street Designs said... Reply To This Comment

Just beautiful!!! I can't wait for mine to get finished this winter. Enjoy! :)

Suzy said... Reply To This Comment

Okay, that does it - I'm moving in with you! ;o) I love your kitchen, Becca. So much eye candy from every single angle. I'm loving that vase full of branches too! Great, great job.

Carol said... Reply To This Comment

Personally, Becca, I pretty much enjoy everything you post -- lots of pics, lots of words, either or both!

Your kitchen is truly lovely, and I'm sure you are going to enjoy it.

Carol

Tracy said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen is simply gorgeous! It is amazing what a little white can do. :)

I like your blog just the way it is. I do like lots of pictures.

Sherry said... Reply To This Comment

I agree with everyone! Absolutely gorgeous! I'm with Kristen, I'm not a writer. Glad to hear less words is a good thing. I love your blog! I'm thrilled when I see your updates in my email! Better than a magazine. You have great ideas and I plan to copy a few ;-) Have a great weekend!

Maria Elena said... Reply To This Comment

So, so beautiful! Becca, your new kitchen looks amazing! I love the lighter look and all your decor looks gorgeous. The beadboard back splash is just fabulous! Like always, stunning job!!!

Christy Little said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Becca! What a lovely job you all did. I love it all. You always amaze and inspire me!

Cricket said... Reply To This Comment

Ahhhh Becca!!! Anything you do just makes me happy! Everything you post just bring a smile to my heart!!

Happy Fall!!

Julie redheadcandecorate.com said... Reply To This Comment

Wowzie! Looks like it's right out of one of the magazines you have displayed! You are very talented Becca! I need to stop by more often :) ~ Julie

Elizabeth and Gary said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca,
Wow, your kitchen turned out beautifully! I love a white kitchen I have been trying to talk my husband into painting out cabinets white but he loves th Oak. Aw one day in my dreams.
Your center island look wonderful I have one also that I painted yellow. It does come in handy I love having a center island. You and husband and help from a sweet neighbor make your kitchen into a show piece the heart of the home. Absolutely lovely...

Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Ashley Cassetty said... Reply To This Comment

Hi! How did you paint your cabinets? I have maple cabinets too and I hate the orangy color!

L said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely! I really like the photo tree on the island. Everything is always so beautifully decorated.

Jemsmom said... Reply To This Comment

PER-FEC-TION!!!!! There is not a detail that isn't thought of. You have incredible talent , my friend! I like a nice balance of words and pictures! I feel like we learn about the person thought the words.

Shelia said... Reply To This Comment

Oh, Becca! Your kitchen is just gorgeous! I love it. Your island is wonderful and I just adore how you've decorated it. Now don't cook in it and mess it up! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Rooms by Ann said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen is so beautiful I love all the decor.

Debbiedoo's said... Reply To This Comment

Not sure how I missed this..but I am glad I found it. Look how pretty your kitchen looks Becca. LOVE that family tree on your island. That is so sweet.

Sandra said... Reply To This Comment

Everything looks great! You are so talented, Becca! You should head over to my blog and tell me how to create a beautiful space with that bed I just ordered! ;)

Holly said... Reply To This Comment

What a gorgeous kitchen! I love the island color and rooster on the side. I pinned that...

At The Picket Fence said... Reply To This Comment

Becca your kitchen looks seriously amazing!!! I don't know how I missed this post but oh my goodness girl you rocked this out! It is so bright and welcoming and you have it perfectly dressed for Fall. Thank you, belatedly, for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday a couple of weeks ago! Love it my friend...well done! :-)
Vanessa

New Every Morning said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen is SO inviting! I just want to grab a cup of coffee and savor!

I LOVE all of your fall touches. Plenty to go around without being over-the-top. Love, love it!

Michele Alger said... Reply To This Comment

So LOVELY! I love the branches with the photos and gratitudes on it. I've seen something similar before, but I love the way you've done it! Also, where did you get the curtains for your nook?! I so love those! Please let me know, I'm trying to redo my dining area and would love those curtains to add pattern to our space!

Designs By Pinky said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, could you do a post on decorating the tops of your cabinets? I am struggling with mine in this new house. Thanks!!! XOXO

Amy said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you for the tour of your kitchen. It is lovely!!! I'm following you. I hope you stop by and follow me. We just bought a new vacation cottage and I'd like to get your input on its renovation. Hope to get to know you. ~Amy

Lindsay Harkins said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful!! Inspiriing....can you give us some more details on what paint you used to paint your cabinets? Were they wood or laminate or both? Any info would help me convince my husband!!!

Lindsay Harkins said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful!! Inspiriing....can you give us some more details on what paint you used to paint your cabinets? Were they wood or laminate or both? Any info would help me convince my husband!!!

Shandie Randolph said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you for getting back to me about the paint color! Just read this post. Beautiful kitchen! Now that I saw your kitchen I am contemplating using beadboard for a backsplash instead of tile. Looks great and gives it a softer feel than tile!

Kalie said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen is GORGEOUS! Now that your cabinets have been painted a few years, how have they held up with the chalk paint? And did you prime or sand at all before painting them? Thanks!