Friday, March 25, 2016

My Cottage Kitchen

 Welcome to my cottage kitchen, I am excited to show you around!
 Its a very tiny space and so "Cottage Style" works best.
I love French style, and so let's say its French Cottage Style!
I am joining some French Country bloggers in a one room home tour,
which is such great fun. Check the links at the end of the post!
My kitchen is the room I rarely share, and so 
I hope you enjoy getting a peek at it today.
It is in the center at the back of our home and is connected by three
hallways which makes it a busy place. 
 From our front door you can see our kitchen at the end of the hall 
where I recently hung up some vintage botanical prints.
The butcher block island by John Boos company is the workhorse of the kitchen,
and its where we do most of our meal prep and also where I like to display things,
like fruit and vegetables in pretty dishes, like this purple transferware.
Part of my transfer ware collection is in an open cabinet space above the kitchen stove.
Various collections are found in our kitchen, like these vintage fruit 
and vegetable molds that I bought at the Brimfield Antique Fair last year.
By the way, I will be a vendor at the Brimfield Fair this year with my son, 
Justin Power, and I hope you come see us at the New England Motel Field #40
 if you plan to be headed there this May10-15, 2016!
You can find all kinds of awesome things to decorate your own home with,
like I have done over the years. Although our home is newer, I switched out
our sink for an old drain board style porcelain sink, and I think it is one of
my favorite improvements that Mr. Maison Decor and I ever did.
Our countertops are the Formica FX brand that looks like marble, but isn't,
although I wish they were....
And lastly, my kitchen cabinets are maple, and I painted them 5 years ago 
with Annie Sloan's Old White Chalk Paint and then I clear waxed them
and they have held up very well indeed.
Our dining room is on one side of the kitchen, and that doorway you see
leads to our basement where we have an apartment that our various kids
have lived in over the years.  There is one unpainted section of wall next
to the door that has all of our son's heights and names with dates.
I cannot paint over it...its too meaningful of course, and its fun to see how
 much our youngest in particular is growing these days!
Then to the right you can see the front hallway again and the room to the right
of the photo is our family room, which is really "man town".  A room filled
with leather couches, a giant tv, burlap curtains, a dog kennel and 
lots and lots of cowboy hats hanging on the walls.
Its a hop and maybe a skip, but not a jump to come into the kitchen 
to cook popcorn on family movie nights!
 Our newest addition to the kitchen area is this fantastic farmhouse style mirror.
  I am in love!  Its called the Reproduction Louisville Mirror
 and I got it from  
They have home decor accessories 
with so many things for your pretty cottage or rustic farmhouse look. 
 I have a thing for mirrors and use them for wall art, more than any other kind of item.
Big statement mirrors are so versatile, and while I first thought I would put it in the dining room
I decided it looked perfect with my white kitchen cabinets and its rustic distressed finish.
Statement pieces are usually large items that denote a decided style to a space.
I can see putting seasonal wreaths on the mirror during holidays,
or just tiny accents, like this cute burlap and moss bird.
See how our kitchen is tucked into the connecting hallways?
You can see into the dining room from here, where we just added our French doors.
And my fun new addition, the old French day bed that is waiting to
be put out into the courtyard....but that is for another day!
I hope you enjoyed this tour of our tiny but charm filled kitchen.
When you don't have grand rooms, makeup for it with charming
and personality filled accessories.  That's what I do!
To visit the Antique Farmhouse online shop, click here.
It was so much fun to join with my design blogger friends for this 
French Country Blogger's House Tour.  
I am off to see what rooms they are highlighting today,
and you can visit them as well by clicking on the links below.

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