Thursday, May 29, 2008

One of My Favorite Rooms

Kelly is hosting a "My Favorite Room" post, and I wanted to share along. I am the biggest homebody you will ever meet. I LOVE to be at home, especially when Derek, Evan and Ella Grace are here with me! Since Derek and I have been married, I have converted him into a full fledged homebody, and now Evan and EG are homebodies, too. We will only be gone from home a couple of hours and Evan will ask to go to the truck and Ella Grace will start saying "home." I get excited about thinking of going on vacation, but sometimes I think my ideal vacation is just spending time at home with my favorite trio with nothing on the agenda. I'm glad my family enjoys home so much, but I'm thinking I really need to get us all out more. Ha!

One of my favorite rooms is the kitchen. I guess that is because it is where we are a lot of the time. It is full of memories...eating at the table (well sometimes...I think I ate every meal standing over the kitchen sink while Derek was deployed...ha), preparing baby bottles, endless snack stops, pitter patter of little feet running across the tile, and greeting Daddy when he comes home from work. It's just a great spot!

I'm not a decorator. I love looking at magazines and coming up with ideas, but it is just hard for me to pull it all together. Luckily for me, my sister, Melinda, is quite the decorator, so she did a lot of the kitchen for me. She is great with using things you already have, so you are not out a lot of money buying new stuff, which I think is GREAT! She has helped me with four rooms in my house. She really has a talent for it.

This is the kitchen from the hallway.


I'm not big on a lot of "stuff." So, if I don't use it every day, it's in a cabinet.


I really enjoy this smooth stove top and the oven/microwave combination.


I have enjoyed our granite. I really like the colors of brown and black with the flex of silver in it. This is one of my very favorite pictures I have ever taken of Evan (he was three there). I also wanted to show this candle holder. My sister took this bowl, put hazelnut coffee beans in it with the candle, and now it is a cute little candle holder that smells AMAZING!

I like these little napkin holders. Melinda found them by the tassels at Wal-Mart. I would have never thought to use a tassel as a napkin holder on my own. I think they turned out so cute and added a little bling! :)


This is the breakfast area.

I also like my dining room a lot now that it has the portraits of my monkeys on the wall. I think I'll like it even more when my curtains are hung (STILL waiting), and the afternoon sun is not so bright. My sister also made that flower arrangement. My mother-in-law bought the vase and flowers for me, and Melinda put it all together.

I would love to see your favorite room!

20 comments:

Kelly said...

I LOVE your kitchen! I think it's beautiful!!!!!
I'm like you - I would rather be home than anywhere and Scott is the same way. We would be happy just to hide in our house and never come out! :-)

Shannon said...

I LOVE it! It is so big!!!

The Garners said...

That's a beautiful kitchen! Your cabinets are really really pretty!

We love being at home, too. When we do have a chance to go out to a movie or something, we always hurry home to put on our lounge pants and sit in our living room like we're 90 years old-ha! It won't be long until we're addicted to the weather channel--ha!

Meredith said...

I love your kitchen and the pretty granite counters! I also like your appliances! How nice! I like your breakfast area too...how neat!

karamy3sons said...

I love your kitchen and the less is more idea! I need to work on having a lot less on my counter tops! Everything looks so neat and in order! Your dining room is beautiful! The kids photo's are precious! Yall have a wonderful weekend!

Kara Prov. 3:5-6

Megan L Hutchings said...

From top to bottem, I LOVE your house!!!! Would Melinda visit TN and help me out =)?

Heather said...

Your kitchen is GORGEOUS! I love the sweet pic of your son! And I agree, there's no place like home!!

mer said...

Your kitchen is beautiful!

Two things...
I'm a clutter freak. Like you, I don't have anything out that I don't use every day!

And I'm a HUGE homebody. I could stay home 99% of the week and be perfectly happy! My family loves it too. We LIVE for blizzards when we get snowed in for days. :)

Faith said...

Such a pretty kitchen! Love the countertops and the tile backsplash...gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing!

Alyce said...

Hi there
THanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I adore your kitchen! Its huge..I thought at first glance that it was similar to mine. Don't ya love the size? We added the island to our plans and I am so glad we did!
I am a big homebody too!! Love to stay home and cook!
Alyce

Betsy said...

Your kitchen is BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE the colors. It's just so pretty. Your sister definitely has a flair for decorating. She did a great job!!

I'm like you...I love to stay at home! Thanks for sharing!

Candy said...

Your kitchen is beautiful! It is so big and open. I love it!! I LOVE to stay home too, especially in the winter because I just can't stand the cold.

pengelly love said...

Love your kitchen, girl! I saw this on KK's blog...I have been meaning to add my favorite room post to my blog, too...we'll see
:-)

Jenna said...

I could live in this kitchen and be a very happy girl! It is gorgeous!

Lauren said...

I love your kitchen, Leigh Ann...I love the granite and the cabinets. And the bling!

incabrain said...

and look at those fab countertops :)

incabrain said...

OOps - my dh is not commenting on your kitchen - it's really michele ;) (www.mercifulgrace.com)

Heidi Zawisza said...

Isn't the candle holder with coffee beans fabulous?? I have a full tray of coffee beans and a large candle in the center, and I LOVE IT!! When the coffee beans start to lose their smell, I just put fresh ones in!!
Love your kitchen!
Heidi Zawisza
www.heidizawisza.blogspot.com

Meredith said...

Beautiful room! I love the back splash and counters especially.

Kelley said...

I so love your kitchen. I love the combination of the buttery warm cabinets and the dark elegant countertops. The backsplash is perfect as well.

Thanks so much for sharing.