Today is a happy day! Today, I am going to bask in a bit of the glory of achieving dreams and share a bit about our home and my happiest of places in it. It is a nice respite from all of the many (many!) projects we have going on simultaneously. Taylor from Porch.com asked me to share a place in my home that is truly special and why with the #loveyourhome series.
If you have followed this blog for a bit, you may know that nearly a year ago we purchased a house needing some desperate TLC. We fell in love with the potential from the moment we stepped over the threshold. The entire house is my happy place so it was difficult to choose just one. However, since it needed so much rehab, we have only gotten 2 rooms to 90% completion. And that’s ok because we knew what we are getting into (and out of) the deal.
But that room is magnificent! I hate bragging but forgive me if I feel a real sense of pride in this one.
If you would like to hear more about our road to completing the kitchen renovation, check out the kitchen makeover series. Today is about why we chose this room first to make our own.
BEFORE (and that isn’t all)
It’s well documented that I love to cook. I started cooking meals for my family sometime around 8 years old. My mom worked the weekend graveyard shift at the hospital, which meant it was up to Dad to make sure we little monsters were fed. I have many fond memories of good times making “square” hamburgers and Stouffer’s mac and cheese. Dad may not have been a culinary savant, but the memories bring a smile to my face. It wasn’t about what he was cooking (or microwaving). It was the time he spent with us and we just thought he was the coolest Dad ever. However, 2 years is about enough of the same meal 3 nights a week.
As my skills grew and my tastes branched out, I had quite the collection of favorites. Honestly, not even 10% of my long time favorites are on the blog yet. I love my little cookbook scrapbooks. In them, you would notice my passion for using “real” foods. Yes, chocolate counts in my book!
And that’s where the garden comes in. I have always wanted a garden. There’s just something enticing about knowing how and where your food comes from. Or maybe I am just a big ol’ dork but growing a garden even changed my son’s attitude towards veggies for the better. I have grown tomatoes for 4 years but last year was my first year with a full garden of my own. To be honest, it was a disaster. We couldn’t officially move into the house until the end of July, so no one was around to watch the poor things. Rather than give up, this year, we expanded!
It’s been raining all week so I haven’t spent more than a few minutes a day in the garden but the results are really starting to show. I get so excited when something starts to ripen!
Ok, so now that I have set the stage as to why my kitchen is my happy place, let me add the last piece – the actual kitchen. I know that this kitchen is truly unique since I had to figure out how to blend my spouse’s completely opposite vision with mine. This was a DIY labor of love, my friends. From re-wiring the kitchen to installing the backsplash, we did nearly everything ourselves. Everything was tailored to our needs. One of my favorite things about the kitchen is the new breakfast bar. My son does his homework there every afternoon while I work on dinner. I just love that!
The coffee area was the last to finish. We had quite the saga with finding enough of the tumbled marble to fill our kitchen but I looooooove that backsplash. I had my heart set on white marble counter tops, but they weren’t in the budget. I will be totally honest here – I wasn’t thrilled with the granite counter tops…at first. But after reading all of the horror stories of marble, I think we made the best choice. I am the messiest cook you will probably ever meet. Messy and marble don’t go together apparently.
The style for our kitchen is very traditional with vintage accents. You may have noticed the “Beach Cafe” but that’s my married name. Names kind of mean something to my husband so, years ago, when I came up with the idea to make this, he was thrilled. Although these coffee canisters are obviously french country, the opposite side is blank and one day I am going to label them. I love their shape and weight. It makes the little area feel so charming.
The chalkboard menu that I made with my silhouette was perfect for this space.
These shelves are also a wonderful area to display the sentimental items we have collected in life like the cutting of my great grandmother’s 100+ year old plant and my cookbooks. This is definitely my happy place…or until next month when I finish another room, haha.
What’s your happy place? I’d love to see and hear about it! You can tweet or share your special place, comfort recipes, interesting nooks, or sentimental memories with the hashtag #loveyourhome.