Tuesday, January 6

A wee splash of sunshine...

I didn't add too much, (at least I don't think so) just enough yellow and bright green to freshen things up. We need the sunshine around these parts lately as the winter dull drums have hit me hard. Some glass containers on the cabinets with lemons, new yellow dish towels and a yellow rooster mat for the floor. I think I might paint the cherries on my 'Keep It Simple' sign yellow. Since I made it, I can paint them whatever color suits my fancy! :) I also took down the curtains to let more light in.
The three tiered rack is a new addition to the kitchen too. I think I found that on clearance at Lowe's for $6 last year. It had been hanging out in a closet since then as I thought it might be too tall for the space. I like it. It helps make the yellows, greens and oranges the focal color.
I picked up a package of four place mats, the fun green print above, on clearance at HomeGoods for $4. That's only 1$ a piece! Looovveee a bargain!
The cutting boards I have had for years. When I realized the colors were perfect I switched out these wall plaques for them.

The antique wooden bowl above was my grandfathers. Every family gathering he'd pop popcorn on the wood stove in his kitchen and then put it in this bowl. After he passed away it was one thing I asked for from his home. Can I tell you, the damn thing stinks to high hell! All the years of butter being put in it, are, well, let's just say I can't clean it. I've tried. If it doesn't get touched, its not too bad. I just love to look at it though. So, I bring it out in the winter time, because in the summer heat, it's unbearable!

What do you think? Do you like the yellows and greens or the RED ?

Hope you are finding a bit of sunshine!
I'll have picks of a new chair and also some new pics of the red room for you soon.

xoxo~
Abbie

29 comments:

English Rose said...

the yellows and greens hon, every time. love what you have done in the kitchen, and I'd go ahead and paint those cherries too - could they become flowers? can't really see on the 'puter.
happy new year.

tam said...

Hi Abbie! Girl I have to tell you I love your cabinets and the sink is perfect! All of your color choices and cordinating is fantastic-great job! Looks so sunny there-mission accomplished!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

A happy kitchen. Love it. I use a 3 tiered rack in my kitchen for my onions, tomatos and garlic. Makes it easy to grab them when cooking and I like their colors out in the open... This is a lovely post.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal
(We are having rainy gray winter skies here in Virginia too... the winter doldrums)

Anke said...

Hi Abbie, perfect cheer up decorations for the grey dull time of year! I can feel with you, this dull grey weather got me in December as well. I send you some sunshine over, we still don't have it a lot but every other day a couple hours.....so some sun your way!
Concerning colors, definitely lime and yellow, light orange for me right now....red it not really attractive at the moment. Feel like some freshness as well and winter just started, still so long till spring! Bummer, oh well, I guess we keep ourself cheered up with lot's of greens, yellows and lime on blogs to view!
Smiles and hugs your way, Anke ;)

Cassie said...

Oh, I really love the freshness of your yellow and greens!!! Great job, it's looks lovely.

lorhen82 said...

Gorgeous kitchen! I like it much better in the yellows and greens. I love your granfather's wooden bowl, but I'm glad I don't have to smell it! My sister gave me a cabinet made from wood that had been in their barn for years, and especially when it's humid, it smells musty. If anyone knows how to get rid of that smell, please let me know!

madrekarin said...

I love your new color scheme. Definitely just the ticket to chase away winter blahs.
I laughed when I read how much your dough bowl stinks. That is sad indeed. I have a wooden bowl that was my grandmother's. Yep, it stunk when I got it. But, thehubs put it in the dishwasher and it took off all the gooky coating and has been fine ever since. Not that I am recommending that as a remedy mind you. But, still, it worked. I caught it before it went into the dry cycle. Heaven knows what would have happened to it then!
Bringing yours out in the winter only makes it much more special anywaay.

KathrynAntyr said...

On a day like today that color scheme is a warm welcoming sight!

I love your kitchen. I would be so inspired to cook if I had a kitchen as lovely as that.

You are waaaaaay ahead of me. I still need to de-Christmas.

Paula Bauer said...

Abbie,
your kitchen is charming - I LOVE the yellows and greens (especially after for those suffering from Christmas-red retina burn!)

And I LOVE that bowl - what a treasure. Too bad the malodorous problem developed from its past usage. Do you think lemon oil would help freshen and cleanse it? Or maybe Murphy's Oil Soap?

Seems a shame to have a family heirloom rendered useless.

Kathleen Grace said...

Your kitchen is so pretty! I love the cheery yellows. Just the ticket for grey winter days. What if you shellac the wooden bowl from your grandfather? It might seal away the smell. Rub with lemon juice and salt?

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

I just love what you've done. I like red, but this is so fresh and light...very nice!

Marissa said...

Abbie, I love the color choices. I hope to soon have a sage green family room :) Such a calming color.

tam said...

Hello Abbie! I have something special for you on my blog-please come on over and pick it up! :D
~Tam

Viv (VivLyn) said...

You have a beautiful kitchen and I love the green and yellow! Your new chicken mat on the floor is great! I have chickens (not real ones LOL) in my kitchen too and would love one of those mats!

Tara said...

Abbie

I really love the Y & G and the way you have brought the light into the room! Looks fabulous and warm!

Cindy said...

Such a beautiful peaceful blog. I'm glad I wandered in. I love your kitchen.

Stacey said...

I see you have a chicken dish on your microwave. So do I! I refer to her as my Rolodex Hen. Inside I stow away business cards and info on business card sized pieces of cardstock. I adore chicken dishes.

Summer Gypsy said...

I love everything that you have done, Abbie. So tasteful! An elegant retreat in every way!
Blessings,
Marilyn

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Abbie,
The kitchen cabinets and sink are divine! I'm so close to moving into my newly purchased cabin in the Smoky Mountains...Your home makes me want to speed up time even faster! :0)

Have a grand day,
Stephanie
Queen of Dreamsz

Micha said...

definitely the yellows and greens. i really like them in this space.

Kathie said...

I LOVE the color of your kitchen cabinets can you tell me the color and the green on the walls in the room with the plaid couch?
How I love the red walls but am afraid I can't go that bold, we plan on selling the home in a few years so trying to stay pretty neutral.
thanks
Kathie

Chrissie said...

Lovely site! It has inspired me lots!
Thank you Abbie xx

Tina said...

great blog, and love that kitchen!
Tina~ Cherry Hill Cottage...

BabyJane said...

très jolie maison...un superbe blog...que de plaisir pour une jolie balade!

Jennifer said...

I love your blog, I just happened apon it last night.

I LOVE your kitchen!! I am 4'11 I'd just love your sink.. :)

I love the color of your cabinets!! :)

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