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Monday, May 26, 2014



Today the kitchen is getting the final coat of touch-up painting done around the sink where we had to reconfigure the cabinet for the new farmhouse sink.

There are also small nail holes where the legs were attached. Once this is done the cabinets will all be back to normal.

This is the one job Hubby hates the most…. 

I always consider it a gift of love when he paints anything for me.

I am enjoying the nice clean look of nothing on my counters I must say. The Carrara marble is the star and the subway tile is it’s understudy.

When accessorizing my mantra is…..


Speaking of BIG have you all seen the new Restoration Hardware catalogs?

Stacked together it is almost as high as the threshold on the door.

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This is not my porch, nor my catalogs, but I just had to show you this stack of catalogs! 

It is actually Erin Gates porch the author of Elements of Style blog. Apparently this stack weighed in at a whopping 17lbs.!!

I did not get this stack of catalogs, but
I did get something from RH for my

You will find it in the ENTERTAINMENT section under the Grand Brasserie collection.

All of the pieces are cast aluminum finished in either nickel plated or Zinc plated.

Staying true to form I chose a very long tray for my kitchen bar area…..

nickel plated tray
This tray measures 8 1/4 in. wide by 39 in. long
Since my breakfast bar is a little over 6 1/2 ft long....

 My motto was go big or go home!!

I chose the nickel since I have a very shiny nickel faucet….

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I am enjoying looking at the tray with nothing in it right now, but have visions of using it for candles, mounds of lemons, apples or limes. 

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For entertaining I will have bowls of fresh fruit and nuts for my guest to munch on. There are so many ideas swirling around in my head.

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I find the piece itself to be sculptural, and it adds an interesting texture to the kitchen area. 

Even though it is nickel plated it still has a bit of roughness to it. I like that contrast with the smooth elegant touch of the marble.

It obviously looks a lot longer in person at 39in. than it does in the pictures. 

I think I am going to really enjoy this new piece in my kitchen. It also looks great on my dining room table.

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I didn’t have enough lemons, but I used what I had just to see how the brightness of the yellow would look, and I LOVE it!! I am going to have to buy a boatload of lemons to fill up this baby!!

I also got another brown box delivered for the kitchen. Don't you just love that brown truck and the little man in the brown uniform!

 I am really excited about another upcoming addition to the kitchen!!!

Stay tuned for more on the kitchen!!



Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

The "Brown" truck and the driver in the brown uniform was our contact with the world where we lived!!!!
Your tray is lovely. And...the kitchen looks awesome!
My stack of catalogs went to the couple who bought our home...
I wrote RH and would you believe they are sending me another "stack"!
Looking forward to their arrival. Remarkable company!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathysue! Oh, your kitchen looks gorgeous! I know you're so ready now that it's finished. The countertops are so pretty. You did good and what a nice hubby to paint for you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;0

Thehouseofhampton said...

I must say that I love your new kitchen. The slab is the shinning star! Nothing says summer more than a pile of lemons! Well, maybe ice cream!!!
looking forward to seeing it all done up...

Stacy CUrran said...

Your countertops are absolutely stunning! Exactly what I would choose if i were redoing my kitchen. I'm so happy for you that you got to do this!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Love the tray! That will look fabulous all loaded up with lemons!
That's crazy abou the RH catalogs. I received one large one and thought it was insane how big and heavy it was. I'm sure you are glad to be finally done with the kitchen so you can play (decorate) now!

Merlin said...

That ceiling and chandie are gorgeous!! Finishing touches...franki

GeNell said...

Love the tray. I received that stack from RH as well. Not sure how or why since I do not have a blog, but will definitely enjoy them.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

It looks beautiful Kathysue...love it!