Sunday, January 27, 2013




Next on the home tour is my dining room and kitchen. 

I will start with the dining room which a lot of you  may have saw during the flip of rooms.



This use to be the family room and now it is my dining room.  It is off the kitchen and a long and narrow room so flipping this room and making it the dining room was so much better use of space.





I love to put little vignettes into baskets on my table for centerpieces. 
I just found this cute little chippy cart yesterday on my trip down to Morris.  A really cute little old fashion town with really cute shops that I just love.  There is a shop called Vintage and this little treasure was calling my name.  Had to have her. I put her in the dining room under my old barn door.  Now I need to find decor for both that door and that cute cart.  I will love that cart at holidays for dessert or beverage station. It is funny how things just speak to you and say grab me and take me home!!!!

I moved my bike that you see in my blog header to it's new home in the back of the dining room right by my french doors that go out to the deck and garden. Will remind me of my favorite time of year SUMMER when I have my flowers and garden growing.






Now moving onto the kitchen which is right in front of the dining room.
This was such a waste of space before in my kitchen.  It was a little eat in area that was long and narrow and really no room for a table so my husband used some of the extra butcher block we had left from doing our counters and made this bar/shelf for me.  The cute stools I have had for awhile from Tattered Tiques one of my favorite treasure hunting shops.  My husband made the shelves for me and used crown molding on them for a more cottage feel.
I love chalk boards and this one is in my kitchen.  I love to change it up for the holidays with different sayings.






This is my kitchen.  We put in a farmhouse sink.  I am currently looking for a new faucet.  I just redid some of the cabinet knobs as you will see in the pictures below.  
I love these old door knobs and key plates that I found a while ago and never knew what to do with them.  I just know I needed to get them and now they are on my cabinet doors in the kitchen. Love the history of these vintage door knobs and that they hung on old doors at one time. I love that "bless this sweet nest" sign. I like that it has a hint of black with the cream and white.  I just got those cute little jars and now I need to fill them!!!!!
So chippy. I love the simple statement they make as cabinet door knobs. 

The kitchen use to be the end of this house until the previous owners put on the addition that is now the dining room and my office space.  This was the kitchen window to the back yard and now it looks into the dining room.  I hung these chippy old window/doors just for vintage chippy feel.

I have a thing with signs around my house too.  This cute homemade pie sign over my stove was made for me by Stacey at a sort of a fairy tale girl blog.  She makes the best signs.
I wish I could get better pictures in this room but the way the light comes in my kitchen it is hard to get a good picture.  Well that is the kitchen and dining rooms.  Only a few rooms left to show you in a couple of days.  Thanks for coming by for the tour.
Kris
:)


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41 comments:

  1. Your entire house is amazing. I love the old door knobs and all your signs. I am wondering two things:
    1. what is the feature above the cabinets in the kitchen - wire or wallpaper? Whatever, it looks good.
    2. HOW do you keep everything so white? I made white slipcovers last summer and I have to keep quilts on them because we have a dog and 2 cats. Hair just flies everywhere.

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    1. I know what you mean about the animals and getting on the furniture. I do not have cats but I have a basset hound that loves to lounge on my white slip covered sectional!!! I usually throw a blanket on the spot where she likes to sleep. My slip cover is made out of a heavy 12 oz denim so it washes nicely and comes out soft and no wrinkles so if she ever does get anything on it it is easily washed. I have hair too with my basset even though she is short hair so I vacuum a lot!!!! I don't think there is anything you can do about their hair unfortunately. The hair really does not stick to the white denim. I just get it on my wood floors. Have a great Sunday.
      Kris

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  2. Hi Kris,
    Your home is beautiful! I love all your finds and how you have brought them into your space and made them your own. I am back from Chicago and am sorry to report that we never did have time to make it to Morris or any of the little shops you recommended. My sister had a large home and we were busy packing it all up! I did get to one large antique center...needed my fix...and it was fun to browse. Thanks again for taking the time to reach out to me. :)Laura

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    1. Hi Laura,
      I know you were really busy. I saw how big your sister's house was on your blog so I am glad you could get to one antique shop. Maybe next time you are in the Chicago area you can get to more fun shops. Have a great day.
      Kris

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  3. Gorgeous! I could move right in. I dream of a house like this. I love all of the details. The farmhouse sink is beautiful. Love the old knobs and all the signs ... all of it!!! I'm so thankful to have found your blog.

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    1. Thank you Sherry. I found that killer farmhouse sink at Ikea!!!! I had been looking for awhile but could not find one I could afford until I found Ikea and this one was affordable. Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  4. Kris, I love every part of your place. You do a wonderful job at decorating and I love all the white. Great tour! Thanks for having us:)

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    1. Hi Dawn,
      Thanks so much. I loved your valentine tablescape. I fell in love with that old vintage quilt you used for the table cloth. So pretty. My dear followers if you don't already know about Dawns blog http://www.creativecaincabin.com/ you must go by and take a look. She has an adorable post with a valentine vignette tablescape. Check it out.
      Thanks Dawn always for your sweet comments.
      Kris

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  5. I love the use of the hardware on your kitchen cabinets, really a great idea! The signs are adorable too! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so very much and welcome. Thanks for finding my blog. Have a great Sunday.
      Kris

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  6. Beautiful Kris! LOVE your new dining room! Looks like the switch worked out perfectly.Your kitchen is gorgeous! Oh I would love a farm house sink!And butcher block counters too.....LOVE those!!!!! Can't wait to see more of your lovely home!
    xx
    Anne

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  7. Kris, I hardly know where to begin because I LOVE it all!! It's wonderful to have such a large dining room. Great iron cart. That would have come home with me too. All your white ironstone pitchers show off so nicely on the shelves above your buffet. In you kitchen I noticed wire fencing around the top of the cabinets. LOVE that!! You've definitely created a bright lovely place to work and eat.
    Mary Alice

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  8. Wayyyy toooo charming for words. I never know what to say I love the most. That chalk board is super cute. You just have the touch Kris and I appreciate your style so much!

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  9. Everything is beautiful, Kris! I have loved getting to see every one of your rooms. What a dream kitchen! I, too, was wondering what you have on the wall space between the cabinets and ceiling...looks like some sort of wire.

    I have been to a few events in Morris and love the antique shops there. The tea cart is so pretty! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. Hi Jane,
      That is just wire garden fencing or border. My husband cut it down to fit up there with wire clippers. It makes a statement all on it's own. I usually at Christmas hang some decor on it but otherwise I just leave it the way it is. Have a great rest of Sunday.
      Kris
      :)

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  10. Kris, what a treat! I love all the white with your wood counters, tabletop and floors. Just beautiful. So many sweet bits and pieces..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  11. Kris - What a beautiful home you have. Love all of the white. I especially love how you used the old door knobs and backplates on your cabinets. Really cute.

    Judy

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  12. Amo la tua casa bianca con tutte le tue cose belle!La finestra sul lavello e la vista del soggiorno è fantastico!Saluti,Rosetta

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  13. I love the look of the old doorknobs and plates on your cabinet doors! I've got an old dressing table with ugly drawer handles that I want to replace with vintage glass door knobs, and now I see how fabulous it will look!

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  14. Oh Kris...I love your kitchen. I wanted a white kitchen so bad, but didn't like any of the white cabinets in our price range, so went with the hickory. I do love my new kitchen and am planning to put more whites in there. Love your farmhouse sink!! Love those knobs too!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  15. just gorgeous--all of it, kris. LOVE, love the door knobs on your kitchen cabinets!! the pic with your bike and sign is fabulous!

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  16. I want some of those keyhole door knobs! What a cute and clever idea! Do so enjoy all of your signs too. Simply beautiful kitchen!
    Liz

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  17. Kris, I love those new "knobs" on your cabinets and pinned them to my pinterest inspirations board! Did you ever think about adding shelving where your long counter is? More storage could be hidden with "shabby style" ruffled curtains! I used burlap on my "shabby glam washstand" and the uniqueness of it's new look!

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  18. What a great idea you had, putting the old window above the kitchen sink. That would work for a pass through that many apartments have. I LOVE those great cupboard knobs. What a lucky find.
    Can't wait to see what is next.
    *Smiles*

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  19. Hey Kris, your kitchen is just as beautiful as the rest of your house! I'm crazy for the door knobs and plates on your cupboards...did you find enough or are they mix and match? Either way it's just so cute and great inspiration to me. Our kitchen when we moved in last summer was all green, orange and yellow with little teapots all over the walls (paper) with green appliances and SINK! The sink is the next to go and I can't wait. Any suggestions? I really want a farmhouse sink like yours, do you love it? I still can't decide what color to go on the cupboards and cabinets or materials for the counter tops, but I've got until Spring to decide...to many decisions. So it's so fun to visit and see what others are doing, I just love your butcher block top and am adding that to my short list! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Pendra

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    1. Hi Pendra,
      We redid this kitchen on our own so the budget was not big. We got the farm house sink from Ikea and it was deep and nice and cheap and then we got the butcher block counter from Ikea too and saved a boat load. Only $400 for all the counters and when we checked at Home Depot, Lowes etc. they all wanted over 3800 dollars for counters so it was a savings to get the butcher block from Ikea. The guy at Ikea said contractors come in all the time for the butcher block because of the cost being low. It is thick and beautiful and comes in a few colors. I put salad oil or wood bowl oil on it about every 6 months and then wipe it off. It helps protect it and keep it from looking too dry. I love it you can cut on it. I don't but you can. The sink was less than $200 and I looked and looked for a farmhouse sink and all the ones at flea markets or antique dealers they wanted over $500 for the vintage sinks. This one is nice and it does not stain. I love it. I just have to find a new farmhouse faucet. I don't like the one I have. We used the Rustoleum kit to redo and paint our cabinets. The kit is $80 dollars and comes with everything you need to paint the cabinets. They sell that at Home Depot too. The cabinets came out like brand new and they wipe down easily and clean easily. That kit gives you a dvd too on how to do it but I have to tell you it was fairly easy. It just takes days because you have to take the cabinets off then 1st step is putting on the cleaner to remove all the years of grease and goo off that has to sit for 24 hours if I remember right and then you wipe that all off and start the primer and then after that dries you paint and then there is a couple of finishes. I wanted to keep mine white so I just used the clear finish to seal. They give you a stain sealer too if you want a french country look. You can also have them tint the basic white paint in the kit to any color you want if you want a color and that is included in the price of the kit. We only needed one kit to do all of our cabinets. You see I have a lot of cabinets so I thought that was really reasonable. Good luck. Our whole kitchen including brand new stainless steel appliances was only $3800 to do ourselves. That was just going to be the cost of having counters put in by professionals. I was so glad it came out as nice as it did and we did it ourselves for a lot less money. Good luck.
      Kris

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  20. The love affair continues - I love your home! I think that your idea to flip those rooms was really brilliant! Both rooms look better suited to their new spaces! The dining room is darling with all of your beautiful furniture and great decorative touches! Wonderful kitchen too! Love the use of the old windows on the opening that leads to the dining room and of those fabulous old knobs on your cupboards! They have so much character! I really like all of the sweet bird nests and eggs that appear through-out your home! I am a big bird lover and those little nests are darling! Thank you for sharing another stunning area of your dear home! Looking forward to the next tour! xoxo, Leena

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    1. You are the sweetest Leena. Thanks for your sweet comments as always. I will be putting up my laundry room and living room next and then that my friends is it!!!! I do not live in a big house. This is a small two person nest!!!! Have a great day.
      Kris

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  21. Well of course you know I'm lovin' it all!!!
    (and I'm learning to control my drooling.) =)

    Be blessed, and thanks for sharing what would be a dream house to me.

    barb

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  22. Kris, I have serious kitchen envy!! Your hubby did a great job building the new kitchen space. And all of your little details are so charming!
    Susan

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  23. I love the room flip! How fun! I love changing it up too. You do such a great job pulling it all together and arranging everything so well! :)

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  24. Your home is beautiful, I love your style! Your newest follower:) stop on by when you have a chance.

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  25. Oh. Mah. Gawd. I feel like I died and went to Heaven!!! Drooling so bad, I need a bib! Girl, this is soooo beautiful! I love what you have done with your home! Thanks for sharing it with us...gotta run, must get busy on copying some of your ideas, haha!

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  26. WOW!!! Thanks for sharing at Country Whites Weekend!
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  27. Kris, Your details are fantastic! Beautiful rooms! Thanks so much for sharing at Country Whites Weekend.

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  28. Kris--It's me again! Boo (the cat) sent my comment before I could say. . .
    Blessings from the Farmhouse!
    Dru

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  29. Hello Kris,

    Everything for me stunning, stunning, stunning!. I love your kitchen madly, just inspired me so much for our next kitchen (in project) ;).we just moved house.Your kitchen and dining room details very fantastic!
    thanks so much for sharing your house beauty.

    wishing you a beautiful weekend
    warmly hug

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  30. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous home with us, of course it was a feature this week!
    Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  31. Ok yep! The doorknobs on your cabinets are amazing!!!! LOVE! What did you do to attach the knob to the plate? I used E6000 which was holding up fine it seemed, but my three year has already ripped one knob off, so just curious to know what you did.

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