April 14, 2016

A Romantic French Kitchen

We put all new cabinet fronts on our kitchen almost two years ago. It was a major change and since our kitchen is open to our living room, dining area and family room, it has made such a big difference.

I started out a little too farmhouse but eventually found my way back to French Country. I've been adding a little romance to our kitchen lately with blue and white and some other accessories.

This framed canvas of roses is one of my favorite things.

It's been in our master bedroom but it was on the wall where our barn door opens so I've moved it to the kitchen.  An ivy planted in a little blue and white watering can and a small urn complete the vignette.
Our back splash is bead board. I hung a little frieze of angels above the stove that I've had forever.

I edited my Ode de Charles Faudree a bit by taking away a few plates and adding another corbel. (I thought it all looked really straight but I don't think it does in this picture!)
I also recently painted this small section of our island again. If you remember, it was Seal Brown by SW. Now it's SW Rain which is one of the colors I've used on our family room shutters. With our shutters in the dining room and living room being brown, I decided now I wanted this to be blue. lol Someone suggested this when I was trying to decide what color to paint this. Thank you!

My husband told my daughter, "When I left the house this morning some things were brown and some things were blue. When I came home, the things that were brown are now blue and vice versa." Poor man!

You can see from these pictures why I would want our kitchen to be a little more formal than most kitchens. We can see it from every room.
I'm on the hunt for some new bar stools. I've never loved these but I also need three now for our three grand children. They come over often for lunch during the week and our youngest little guy (10 mos) needs a bar stool now. :)  Fitting three in here might be a little close but I'm going to try it.

I keep thinking that I'd like to have different hardware on this blue section just to dress it up a bit and also make it feel like a separate cabinet. Maybe I'll see if I can find some the next time I go to Grand Rapids HobbyLobby.


I had done an antiquing glaze to our cabinets a while back. It added some nice depth from far away but up close, it just looked dirty to me. So I also gave our doors a fresh coat of SW Sand.
It feels so much fresher to me now and I love a kitchen that feels really clean.

I'll be back soon with more changes. Have a wonderful day!

love and blessings~
"Behold, I will set your stones in turquoise, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires. I will make your summits of rubies and your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones."
Isaiah 54:11,12

Cabinet color: SW Sand in Satin and SW Rain in Satin

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41 comments:

  1. Lynda, I need a creative new way to say that I love everything you do! This is beautiful. Let me use my thesaurus...wonderful, splendid, delightful. :)

    Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday and sharing the great things you do in your home.

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    1. Thank you, Stacey! You always make me feel appreciated - no matter word you choose!
      love and blessings~

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  2. Your kitchen is so lovely and I adore how you painted just a portion of the island. So clever and such a beautiful color!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! It's been painted four different colors but I think this one's a keeper!

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  3. Hi Lynda! Your kitchen is so beautiful! Love your blue and white pieces and your island painted blue looks just perfect! Now don't mess it up by cooking! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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    1. haha thank you, Sheila! Right after I took these pictures my son came home and started cooking! I was glad that I felt that I'd taken enough or I would have been in trouble!
      love and blessings~

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  4. I would just like to sit right down and stay! I love it all!
    Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home too:)
    Happy Thursday!
    J.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jemma! I'm sure I would enjoy your visit!
      Happy Thursday!

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  5. I love the romantic touches in your kitchen. The blue and white pieces around the stove are charming.

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    1. Thank you, Eilis! I know you like romantic too!

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  6. What a beautiful kitchen! I love the light shade of blue you used on your kitchen island. :)

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  7. What a lovely BIG kitchen! The layout is so interesting, too!

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    1. Thank you, Deanna! Yes, we have a very unusual floor plan. I homeschooled too and when we bought this house, I wanted as little walls as possible. I'll bet you understand. ;)

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  8. I love all the blue touches. Beautiful!

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  9. Your kitchen is so pretty. Love all the blue and white!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  10. Lynda,
    Your home is lovely! I thought I would mention this about your lovely rose painting you put in the kitchen above your stove since you love it so much. Even though it seems far enough away from the top of your stove it will get ruined if you leave it there very long. If you do much frying of food it will settle on your painting and there is not an easy way to remove grease from the surface of the picture without hurting it.I would hate for that beautiful piece to get harmed.
    Blessings

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    1. Thank you so much! I realized as soon as you said it that you're exactly right! I've moved my painting ~ I'm disappointed ~ I really loved it there. Thank you for telling me!
      love and blessings~

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  11. I love the blue in your kitchen! White cabinets are always so clean and fresh looking. Beautiful!

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  12. Hi Lynda, so nice to "meet" you! I cam over from Kim's at Savvy. I love your kitchen and especially all the blue and white pieces. That is exactly what I am doing in my kitchen for Spring and Summer! I have been collecting blue and white for over 30 years so have ALOT:):) It is timeless, and I never get tired of it. I will be your newest follower. XO, Pinky

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    1. Thanks so much, Pinky! I have ALOT too and never seem to get tired of it! Thanks for following and for your kind comments!

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  13. Love it, beautiful, elegant, fresh......cant say enough! I too love the painting and where you have it. Gives that wall that added wow. Would it be possible to put a piece of glass in it to cover from the stove top cooking? Just an idea to be able to keep it where you have it as it really does give added beauty to that area.
    Many Blessings, Candy

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    1. Candy, I thought that painting was the perfect excuse to quit cooking all together! Just kidding! (sort of)
      love and blessings ~ have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. You have a lovely kitchen and I love the touches of blue. I also love French Country. I had the same concern about the painting because I am also struggling a bit with wanting to put something pretty on my hood, but not being happy with what I've tried. I have been keeping my eyes out for a pretty vintage tray or platter when I am wandering through the antique / thrift stores - something that can stand a little soap and water cleanup.

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    1. Thank you, Lily! That's what I'll be looking for now too! I'm really disappointed to realize that it's not good to have my favorite painting there when I'm cooking but I think I'll put it back when company comes over. Or I blog! ;)
      love and blessings~ thanks for visiting!

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  15. Lynda,
    I l o v e all the detailed finishing touches you've given your kitchen, dear friend!
    I agree that you've done quite nicely with your return to French Country!
    Love the blue & white accessories! Blue and white knobs would go nicely on your blue Kitchen Island!
    I'm sure three bar stools would fit with your Island and include all your Grands! Such blessings!
    I adore the photo of your Dining Room and Kitchen and the flow between the two rooms!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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    1. Thanks so much, Pat! You are always so kind!

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    2. Absolutely gorgeous! I adore your angel frieze. Have a wonderful week!

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    3. Thank you, Laura! That little frieze has floated around for years. This is the first time I've hung it. Thanks for commenting!
      love and blessings~

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  16. Sweet, don't you just love when a plan comes together. Looks lovely from every angle. Thanks for the tour, I'm a total sucker for blue and white, Sandi

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  17. I love your redecorated rooms! Are the cabinets around your stove area also painted SW Sand? I'm looking for a good white that looks soft. There are so many to choose from! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, all the cabinets are painted SW Sand which is a light creamy, sand color. It's not really white and may be darker than you want.

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  18. Lynda, your kitchen is beautiful!! Love the color of your cabinets and all the accent colors you chose. I also put a glaze on my kitchen cabinets but painted over it. I like a clean look too. You did an amazing job on decorating your kitchen!! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

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    1. Thanks so much, Pamela! I'm looking forward to seeing all the things you're up to!

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  20. Wow, your kitchen has so much personality. Love the roses and the pops of blue and white. Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle. Hope to see you this week!

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