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House Tour: Kitchen and Dining

August 31, 2012

I last took you one a tour of our first home’s living room after writing about the decision to sell our home. We’ve had a lot of showings but still no offers on the house. In the meantime, we’re continuing to enjoy all the things about this house that made us fall in love with it, including the kitchen.

We have a large, eat-in kitchen directly off of the living room. The main kitchen area is closed off from the living room, but the dining area is very open between the kitchen and living room. In the photo below, you can just glimpse into the dining room from the living room.

Once you walk into the space, you’re greeted by a table on loan from my in laws. They purchased it at an auction for $17 and completely refinished it. I’m thinking if they haven’t asked for it back in three years, maybe they never will. Maybe?

Dining Table

Above the table is a DIY art project I blogged about awhile back. After three and a half years, I still love it.

When we moved in, this space featured an overscale light fixture that we immediately replaced with a newer fixture with a smaller profile. It’s not that the original light fixture was bad, it just completely dominated the entire room. Plus, we weren’t big fans of the brass.

Happily, the giant brass fixture found new life in someone else’s home. I always love when that happens.

I’ve recently discovered how much I enjoy creating different tablescapes for holidays and events. Before we depersonalized our home to help it sale, we almost always had the table set. I haven’t blogged about many of them, but I’m sure I’ll do better in our next house. For now, all of my table linens and different dishes are packed away in storage.

Below are a few of the tablescapes I’ve created.

The tablescape on the left was our table set for Christmas last year. The top right photo is one of my very first tablescapes created for the Fourth of July. To read more about that tablescape, click here. The bottom right is a tablescape I created when I hosted a brunch a couple of years ago. To read more about planning a brunch menu, click here.

Beyond the table, is the rest of the kitchen. It’s been my playground since I’ve mostly taught myself to cook in the few years we’ve been here. I’ve also had the joy of learning to can in this space. (For a full tutorial on canning beans, click here. For a full tutorial on canning homemade spaghetti sauce, click here.)

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that this is where I spend the majority of my time. We were fortunate that we didn’t have to make any major changes to this space when we purchased the house since I was still very much learning to cook for the first time. This is my first “grown up” kitchen, and it’s been a fabulous space to grow and learn in.

Below is the kitchen when we moved in back in 2009.

We’ve obviously made some changes to the space like new appliances and lights, but this space has remained mostly unchanged.

Decorating above the cabinets was a bit of a challenge for me, but I really love how they turned out. It only took me about a year to get it right. Please tell me I’m not the only one with difficulties when it comes to decorating above cabinetry.

The baker’s rack has been depersonalized, but it still adds a lot of function for us. The basket on the bottom holds all of our grilling gear. When we have guests over, I love placing yummy, homemade desserts here.

We’ve been very happy with our LG appliances. We’ve purchased them slowly over the past three years as our budget allows. The oven was actually purchased at the beginning of this summer. It’s by far my favorite appliance. This girl never wants to be without a warming drawer again.

I would be remiss not to mention one of my favorite renovations in our house. A couple of years ago, I convinced the husband to turn a coat closet directly off of the dining room into a pantry. It’s been one of the smartest renovations we’ve made.

This kitchen is definitely the heart of our home. Here’s hoping we find another one that’s just as functional for us in our next house!

Source List:

Dining Table and Chairs: Auction
Dining Light Fixture: Lowe’s, Portfolio 3-Light Brushed Nickel Chandelier
Pot Rack: Lowe’s, Portfolio 2-Ligth Chandelier (Ours is in brushed nickel, but it doesn’t seem to be available on the website.)
Kitchenaid Stand Mixer: Empire Red
Rugs: JCPenny’s (These are no longer available. Boo!)
Fridge: LG (This model has been discontinued.)
Microwave: LG (Also no longer available.)
Convection Oven with Warming Drawer, LG
Dishwasher: LG (This is also no longer available.)

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar

Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here.

All comments are encouraged and appreciated!