Monday, February 15, 2010

The Heart of our Home ...

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend !!  And, while I'm sure most of you are tired of hearing the word "snow," we were *snow* excited (har har) to have a tease of it here in Myrtle Beach this past Saturday.  Jax loved playing in it ... building his first snowman and making his first snow angel. 

Well, come on inside for a cup o' hot chocolate or hot tottie while you take a peek in our kitchen.  It's truly my favorite room in the house ... where I wish I was constantly whipping up award-winning meals.  Sadly, the only thing I tend to *whip up* in here is chaos ... constantly changing things around !!  Decorated in a french/wine/bistro theme, we really do enjoy the open flow of this room:

We've also enjoyed adding a few custom touches.

BEFORE: laminate countertops covered every surface (including the island, which I don't have a before pic of).  First, we added Black Galaxy granite to the island:

THEN:  Here's the island with added face panels and a coupla coats of SW Antique White ... eventually I'm going to *attempt* to add a brown glaze, and I'd love to add some sort of stencil or embelishment on the side panels.  Also, the parameter countertops are now fancied up with Golden Beach granite.

BEFORE: plain ol' backsplash:

AFTER:  Neutral tiles and a decorative border now fill the space:

As for the pantry door ... I attempted to give it a little personality by adding a chalkboard to the upper half (had the burch wood cut at Lowe's ... rolled on some black chalkboard paint and added molding). (And, oops, clearly it's time to wipe away the snowflake wishes!)

Annnnnd, of course, I've *futzed* around with the accent table in the breakfast area ... can you spot the little fellas I picked up the other day?

Here's a closer look at them.  Ahhhhh ... bunnies ... aren't they cute ?!  And, now that we got to enjoy a little bit of snow, these ceramic furries have been instructed to hear of no more winter; see no more winter; and speak of no more winter !!  Bring.on.Spring !!

Thanks so much for stopping by !!

I'm linking up with:

Metamorphosis Monday at BNOTP

Make Your Monday at Twice Remembered

Made it Monday at The Persimmon Perch

Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts

Making the World Cuter Monday

Toot Your Horn Tuesday at A Silly Little Sparrow

Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden

SYS Thursday at Somewhat Simple


  1. Love the chalkboard on the pantry door. I have did something similar, and put an old silver tray on the door with magnets and it holds grocery notes! I confess, your chalkboard is much nicer... now here is that chalkboard paint... it's around here somewhere...

    Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

  2. What a stunning kitchen! I love the counter tops and all the warm colors. Great job :)

  3. Becca it's so pretty in your kitchen! Have I mentioned how much I adore your gorgeous home? It is stunning! I just love the high ceilings in here and your funtional island. It's all just beautiful!

    Your new bunnies are adorable! That is something I don't have a single one of.
    I do need to look for some soon.

    We had a good amount of snow too. It was so nice to see it. Your son is darling.

    Have a great day my friend. ~Melissa ;)

  4. What a nice big kitchen, Becca! I love the chalkboard on your pantry door! I love bunnies, too, and those are wonderful. I have bunnies out all year round.

  5. Becca~~~

    The look on Jaz face says it all!! Enjoy the snow while you have it. For us, it never ends!

    Your home is lovely. The high ceilings are fabulous and I love the theme you went with in your kitchen. The island is my favorite part I think although your new tile back splash is awesome. It really is gorgeous!


  6. Everything looks very nice and I love the bunnies.

    We are having a snowstorm today and I am hating it:( I need the warm weather.

  7. Very inviting! We have some of the same things -- the Black Galaxy, yellow and red, etc., the CAFE letters.

    Good taste, girl!


  8. very pretty kitchen and breakfast area. I love your countertops, just beautiful. The coration in the middle of your table is nice too:)

  9. Your kitchen is so lovely! I really like the tall ceilings and the space you have. Your decor is similar to mine.

  10. Your kitchen is the little bunnies, they are adorable.

  11. Beautiful kitchen! I love the paint colors you used and the white island. What a great idea to add stencil or decals to the side panels! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

    And Jax is adorable!

  12. Hi Becca!!~ You have a fabulous warm kitchen!~ I love the chalkboard door, I have been wanting to do that, but hubby says no!!~ We where excited to get snow here too, my boys had a blast!

  13. Very warm and inviting kitchen. Love the warm reds, greens and golds. We enjoyed the snow here in the Atlanta area, too. I am ready for warmer weather now though. You want have any trouble glazing the island. It is so easy. Just apply with a sponge roller and sponge brush for the tight spots and let it set a minute and wipe it off. You can play with it and re-apply to the places you want glazed heavier. Good luck...Kim

  14. Love everything you have done...I am picking out granite and love yours...may go with that color....and love the Bistro....

  15. I just found your blog. I absolutely love your kitchen. I see you have high ceilings also. My space above my cabinets is higher than yours -- if you can believe it. I posted pictures of my kitchen recently with a design dilemna party and got some wonderful ideas. If you have time would you hop over to my blog and see if you have any helpful hints you could pass on to me. I am so inspired to rid my home of the white walls. I cannot wait to go through the rest of your blog -- your home is just gorgeous. Thanks. Blessings!

  16. This turned out pretty, you must be thrilled! I love the colors you chose. Did you paint the cabinets yourself? I'm toying with doing mine.

  17. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love everything, especially your new bunnies!

  18. What a beautiful kitchen! YOur granite is gorgeous, just what I wish I could get! Love your bunnies too, and wish our FEET of snow here in Pa. would all melt and GO AWAY!!!! I need Spring:):) XO, Pinky

  19. Love love love your kitchen. I just want to come over for a cup of warm hot chocolate or we could hit up your wine bar! Loved the picture of Jax. That is priceless! Great choices on your countertops and backsplash. It all flows beautifully! Where did you get those bunnies??? They are awesome!

  20. Hello Becca~I've just strolled in for my first visit...I've enjoyed taking a peek around. Your blog is so beautifully inviting.
    We share similar tastes for so many of the same creative design elements, especially the French flair. I did see some beautiful subtle Tuscan touches too, which I love.
    It's wonderful how inspiring blog friends as yourself can be, that's why I love returning the gesture, by sharing cooking or DIY ideas too.

    I've bookmarked you in my favs and joined your followers.
    I look forward to coming by your charming blog again.
    Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

    Sweet wishes,

  21. Hi Becca, Your kitchen is just beautiful! Those ceilings go on and on. I LOVE your countertops! That is something I've wanted for a while, but will have to wait. Kevin says ours are just fine...uggg! Maybe someday...Love the chalkboard door too! Have a great day, Kristen

  22. Loving your window treatments and your bun buns! I am thinking of painting one wall in our kitchen red as well.

  23. Hi Becca! My first visit and I must say YOUR HOME IS STUNNING!!! Just GORGEOUS!!! I am nuts about your kitchen (well the whole place!!!) Love your before and afters. You'll be seeing me here way too much!!!lol Have a fun weekend - Sincerely, Jeannette

  24. Still drooling over your fabulous kitchen! You have got some big time high ceilings! As for my kitchen tree, I'm not sure when it will come back out, probably Sept. for fall. I need some kind of tree for Spring/Easter and Summer. I haven't figured out yet how to do it...maybe sticks in an urn?

  25. Hey Becca, thanks for coming by and the sweetest compliments. I have missed seeing a new post from you. Look forward to one soon...Kim

  26. Becca you are so funny girl! I WISH I was that small again. HaHa! Okay well not really. I'm feeling much better these days and I am grateful.

    Thanks for your kind words! ~Melissa :)

  27. Hi Becca, just found your wonderful blog. Your home is so warm & inviting. Love your description about how your family regards your "obsession"! My family thinks I've lost it concerning my feelings about design.It's so nice to talk to others who feel the same way. Would love for you to stop by when you get a chance:

  28. Your kitchen is so warm and cozy. Great updates!

  29. Hey Becca - you have a beautiful kitchen - just like the rest of your home. Very warm.

  30. I love interior design and seeing all the pictures of what you have done, Becca...lovely!

    Liesl :)

  31. My pantry has the perfect door to paint the chalkboard way.. thank you for the idea!

  32. Hi Becca, thanks for checking out the "man cave" the other day. I'll tell ya, I haven't sat in the living room since we got those recliners! They are so comfy!! I told Kevin that I am taking that room over!lol...Still lovin your kitchen! Take care, Kristen

  33. Lovely transformation! I love your super high ceilings! Is it hard to decorate when your ceilings are so high?

    Thanks for sharing with Make it Yours day!

  34. Beautiful!!! Absolutely gorgeous! Glad to find you!!

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  36. Hey girl! Just checking in on you. Haven't heard from you in a while and just wanted to check! Hope you are well!


  37. When I grow up I want to be just like you!

    Necel from the Old House in Texas

  38. Hi Becca!

    What a kitchen!! Your style is *so* me. I had to laugh, because you and I have so many of the same things. Those bunnies are ADORABLE. I love the high ceilings...very stunning!

    Hugs and Love,


  39. Stopping in from your room feature at Savvy Southern Style to pin your chalkboard door. It is an excellent example for taking a panel door to the next level, I love it. And I happen to have plenty of panel doors.



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