Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Kitchen - Inspired by Sally Wheat


i am so so excited to be able to share our kitchen!  after living here for 3 1/2 weeks and really using the kitchen i must say that i am super pleased with the layout and the choices we made.  phewsh! :)

when we first started planning the kitchen i really wanted black soapstone countertops and white cabinets.  (by the way i still really love that look!) 
but when i was scrolling through cote de texas one day i stopped and stared at a post joni did on sally wheat's kitchen.

gray cabinets?  marble countertops?  i. loved. it. !!!!  so back to the drawing board we went :)



i was already planning on a gray paint throughout the house (Benjamin Moore Vapor Trails) so switching to a gray kitchen wasn't so hard.  thankfully i was able to use the exact color sally did (Benjamin Moore Fieldstone) and it compliments the walls so well!  

this picture is out of order so we'll talk food for a second.  we decided on the kenmore pro refrigerator and freezer pair pushed next to each other finished with a stock trim kit to make it look like one unit.

real quick for all my organizing gurus....the freezer drawers have dividers in them!  ahhhh... i was so excited :)

the center island top is made out of walnut.  i have been doing most of the food prep on the island and serving off of the peninsula behind it.


now, i am just an ordinary, everyday mama.  so my open shelves have the dishes that we use!  it may not look the most magazine worthy but man is this concept practical.  reach and grab.  love it.  highly recommend it.

so what i did when i saw sally's open shelves was print off a picture and bring it to our cabinet maker.  one thing that makes these shelves unique are the thick stiles and shelves.  we made the backer v-groove panelling.



this is a picture of our shelf.  SO pleased!

"peek a boo!"  this little passage door opens into the schoolroom :)  


you can see the painted brick wall here.  it is actual brick sliced about 1/2" inch.  we painted it the same color as the walls ( Benjamin Moore Vapor Trails).  which is lighter than the cabinets (Benjamin Moore Fieldstone).

the chandelier is from lamps plus.  you can read about it here.

the beams were stained the same color as the floor.  the floors are 5"inch oak and the beams are poplar so the color is slightly different.  The beams were made by clamping three pieces of poplar together and having them hand hewn.  here is a picture of the beams being clamped by a ton of clamps :)


okay...back to the kitchen!  we had a table made by a local wood worker.  i really like it!  it is a trestle table that can seat 12 or more if chairs are at the corners.  speaking of chairs...yeah, well these are the chairs we have for now.  i would LOVE some suggestions for seating here.  

anyways...these chairs work and we have so enjoyed having lots of people gathered around talking, eating and laughing!

the table is made from ash wood, hand distressed to perfection and stained to compliment the floors.

the complimentary brick "kick wall" under the bar counter area.  this brick is painted vapor trails too.

the counter tops are white italian marble.  we looked at several carrera marble slabs but they were too gray.  interestingly one "marble guy" told us that the mountain they cut carrera from in italy is getting cut into further and further and the carrera is "grayer" towards the center of the mountain.  

well since i wanted the white carrera look and there was only gray carrera available we went with a marble called "White Italian".  i really like it :)  i am NOT picky though about water spots.  if you are i would not recommend this marble.  i am fine with the natural patina and spotting that may and does happen :)


the hardware is from restoration hardware.  i looked at several sources for chrome bin pulls but found that restoration offered them in various lengths.  this is nice so that the longer drawers that require a longer bin pull can match the other ones.


these little lovebird salt and pepper shakers were given to me from a friend.  are they not so sweet? :)

we are still waiting on our second pendant globe.  :)  this shot gives a good overview of the layout though.


the back splash was always going to be white subway tile.  but since we have white subway tile in other places of the house we decided to put a beveled white subway tile in the kitchen to set it apart a bit.

do you see the drinking fountain?


best. thing. ever.  

today was 85 degrees outside and i think the kids used this fountain 25 times.  think of all the cups saved! :) 

88 comments:

  1. Your house is fabulous. Drool worthy. Love it. We're trying to sell our house right now and will build after-- I can't wait! Show me the rest of your house, so I can add 99% of it to my inspiration file!! <3

    Lovely, enjoy it!
    xo
    Rachelle

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  2. love the thought and detail that went into your HOME!
    it looks so purposeful...is that a word??:)...and so elegant at the same time!!
    love the chairs 'round the dining table. i'd just keep on collecting mismatched ones!! love that style and each child could have their favorite!!!
    blessings for many memories in your new & fabulous HOME!

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  3. beautiful kitchen...added to my files as DREAM KITCHENS!!!!

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  4. Oh goodness! I LOVE it! Smart what you did with the refrigerator and freezer. I love the look. I love the open shelves with the backer v-groove panelling. Beautiful look and smart!

    A peek-a-boo door? AWESOME. I can't wait to see more of the schoolroom.

    And that drinking fountain. I have longed for a drinking fountain.

    And psst! I like your kitchen better than Sally Wheat's.

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  5. Hi Sara! Your kitchen looks amazing!! You did a beautiful job!!
    Sally Wheat

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  6. WOW! Gorgeous kitchen!!!! Thanks so much for posting pics! You can really tell that you put a lot of time, thought, and care into the planning of your beautiful home. You are a source of inspiration for me in the upcoming building of our home. I find something I just "have" to make a note of for my home every time you make a blog post! Thanks so much! :)
    -Allison

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  7. WOW! This is seriously swoon worthy. I love it!

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  8. Love, Love, Love your new home! It's beautiful and just so breathtaking....I can't stop looking at the photos! And I knew the chandelier would take my breath away! ENJOY!

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  9. AMAZING! I love it! Such gorgeous and innovative ideas!

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  10. Amazing! Love the little school room peep hole:). How absolutely fun!
    Enjoy!!!

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  11. Absolutely LOVE all the attention to detail. Thanks for sharing with all of us. I love it when creative people are willing to share their wonderful ideas, very kind of you. Congratulations on your new home!

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  12. Wow wow wow! I love to get inspiration from your blog, but just HAVE to say am thrilled to see a water fountain in your house! My husband is getting his master's in architecture (so he's not completely believable to some people just yet), and several people have scoffed at his idea of having water fountains in his houses!! I will definately show him a beautiful house where it works wonderfully!

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  13. thanks girls!! i found SO much inspiration for our home in bloggy land so i am happy to share :)

    roberta...the drinking fountain is truly great! lots of people chuckled at the idea but now they're like..."oh shoot. that IS a good idea!" even the adults are grabbing drinks from it :)

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  14. Absolutely stunning. And I LOVE the drinking fountain - I would never have thought to install something like that!

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  15. Beautiful!!!! Where did you get your "bread" box?

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  16. sara!! looks fab. i love the chandelier and the little love birds!

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  17. I LOVE the drinking fountain! (And everything else of course!)

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  18. You have a beautiful kitchen! I've enjoyed seeing your house come together and can't wait to see more!!

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  19. Beautiful! I love all of it! I'm really hoping you share more, so I can get ideas as we are in the process of building.

    BTW, Where did you get your "Be Kind to Others" picture?

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  20. danielle - the bread box was from a local gift shop...i've seen them around though. i'll try to source one for you! :)

    megan - the artwork is from a favorite etsy artist, katie daisy.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/thewheatfield

    i also have the 'you are my sunshine' pic in my mudroom. i am hoping to add to my collection! :)

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  21. wow... you have an amazing house.. I'm looking forward to seeing the school room all finished!

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  22. Girl. GIRL. Entirely amazing. And swoony. And the drinking fountain? Pure genius.

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  23. Girl you have outdone yourself! It is stunning! Love the fountain and love the pass through too. Such attention to detail. Way to go! =)

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  24. Wow, it looks great! Can't wait to see more. And that drinking fountain is ingenious!

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  25. Oh. My. Goodness. Wow!!! That is a kitchen! I'd love to highlight your kitchen (with a link back to you of course) on my blog. Let me know if I can do this sometime soon. I just love everything you did. Especially the peek through window to the school room.

    I love the water fountain too (why didn't I think of that one?!) I'm doing a post today about our driking glass solution (which I love), but boy, a fountain would be even better!

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  26. I LOVE your kitchen. Well planned and well loved. I love the peek through to the school room...I hope you're going to share that soon!

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  27. Your kitchen is just heavenly...the colors are so calm...love it!

    And, a drinking fountain?! Your kids must think you're the coolest ever! :)

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  28. Gorgeous kitchen !!!!!!!

    When I was growing up, my mother had a drinking fountain in our back yard ! This avoided traipsing in and out of the house for a drink of water all day long !

    gena
    www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

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  29. I so look forward to your posts. You've done a beautiful job with your home, and every detail is inspiring.

    I agree with vintage girl at heart about the dining table seating. I'd go with mismatched benches and/or chairs in bright fun colors.

    Emily in Iowa

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  30. I love the inspiration in your blog!!! Your kitchen is to die for, I love it. That drinking fountain, priceless!! Who would have thought about doing that, great idea.

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  31. beautiful beautiful beautiful!!! right now i'm obsessing over how our kitchen will function in the new house, and i love to hear actual people say what they like about their kitchen. the drinking fountain? genius!! question, though: is your farmhouse sink a single bowl? how does one wash and rinse dishes in a single bowl? do you love it or are there times you wish you had two separate bowls in the sink? i love the look of a farmhouse sink or a vintage wall-mounted sink with drain board, but i have to wonder if i'd get frustrated with not being able to rinse. you did a wonderful job ... i hope you enjoy your home for many, many years!

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  32. thanks for the input on the chairs! honestly...the mismatched chairs are growing on me :)

    michele - i came from a double bowl sink at our old house to this large single bowl sink. my husband and i both love it! we use a lot of large pots and pans and it allows us to wash and soak them entirely in the large sink.

    since we have two dishwashers we don't wash too many dishes by hand. mostly just rinsing. i really like the one big open sink over the divided for sure! i hope that helps :)

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  33. So perfect! I love everything! I just found your blog through Rie and how could I not become a follower! Congrats on your new home!

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  34. I. COVET. YOUR. KITCHEN.

    Oooohhh...my my my! I adore your kitchen. I hope you don't mind if southern belle from Louisville/S. Indiana copies your exact kitchen. Scratch that -- I may just copy your home. I am in love. From the colors to the crystal to the waterfountain....amazing. You are most definitely creating a home that is rooted in love and happiness.

    Cheers~
    e

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  35. sara,
    i found you via home and harmony and must say that i love your blog! i too love to use lowercase, we homeschooled (22 & 24 now) and the drinking fountain is a wonderful idea. i don't have any littles anymore but you have me thinking of where and how i could incorporate one! (i came across one recently while perusing either craiglist or ebay.)
    you've done a beautiful job on your new home and it shows that you've done your homework!
    judi ;)
    the1829farmhouse.blogspot.com

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  36. Brilliant water fountain! I want one for our little thirsties!

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  37. I'm a new reader, via Rie's blog, and can I just say OH.MY.GOODNESS. your home is my dream home. it is beautiful. I will def use YOUR house for MY inspiring photos. :) Thanks for sharing and you have a beautiful family. I would love to homeschool and would love to have lots of kids. :) I'm actually about to start a series of posts on Homeschooling. I was homeschooled. Blessings, Cat (iblogmoore.blogspot.com)

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  38. Sarah

    So wonderful to find another family building their own home. We broke soil on ours in November but I think we;ll be at it for a good time yet
    http://sevenlittleaustralians.blogspot.com/search/label/Extensions

    I loved your bunk beds, going to show my husband them:) and your schoolrooom, yah!
    Still have more old posts to read yet:)

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  39. Your kitchen is stunning. I love so many things about it. The chandie, the beams, the hood, the countertops...I could go on and on. It's beautiful.

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  40. Wow!!!
    Your house is so beautiful!!
    I want a kitchen just like yours.
    You have done an amazing job and are so talented!!!
    Hope you are having a great week!
    Take Care,
    Maria

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  41. Oh my goodness, I am so glad that I came across your blog. Your home is beautiful! Love it!!

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  42. Just love this! I got lost for an hour looking... Thanks for sharing:)

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  43. Oh my...I'm in love! So many ideas and so much inspiration!

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  44. What can I say? I adore everything! I look forward to building a house some day. My favorite touch is that drinking fountain. Love, love, love!

    Amy

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  45. Your home is really inspiring!!!

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  46. I just came across your blog and am in love with your kitchen!! It looks great! I love pretty much everything about it! How are you liking your island with butcher block? Can you do food prep right on it? I love the looks of it, but have always wondered the practicality of it (I'm a messy cook!) :)

    As far as the table goes, have you thought about a couple of benches (either with backs or without) for two sides of the table and chairs for the other 2 sides? Not sure if you're going for a more formal look or not. Just a thought.

    Look forward to seeing more!

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  47. beeaauutiful kitchen! wow!!! my suggestion for your dining room chairs is to paint them all white and upholster the seats in a patterned fabric that you love and of course goes with the look of your home...perhaps a grey and white damask print...enjoy!!!

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  48. Just found you through Flower Patch Farmgirl:) Thanks for putting such details into this post- like the snippet about Restoration Hardware and the different lengths of bin pulls.....totally something I would want to know:) Beautiful! and I LOVE the water fountain idea!!!

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  49. I'm visiting from Flower Patch Farm Girl and I am amazed.
    AMAZED!
    Here I am, being too lazy to paint my regulation oak cupboards. I've been meaning to paint them for MONTHS but I'm TOO LAZY! AHHH!
    Your kitchen is motivation. "Get out of the blahs kitchen of mine! Look more like August Field's!"

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  50. Love everything, absolute pure genius with the fountain. The smartest thing I think I have ever seen. I love the picture above it too! Wow!m Total follower now!

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  51. Love what you've done with it! That. Is wonderful.
    I can't wait to someday do that to my own house....
    (drool:)

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  52. omgosh! i love ur kitchen and your drinking fountain! how cute is that!?! i just found ur blog thru a friend of mine @ "ostriches look funny and other observations" - i would love it if you stopped by my blog when you get a chance-i know ur busy w/ 5 little blessings, i have 3 myself! thanks!

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  53. I'm in love... REALLY love it! I love the gray, and the little peek-thru for the school room is fab!! :)

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  54. Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!!! What amazing choices you guys made...that chandelier..the cabinet color...swoon!!!

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  55. I absolutely love the whole design of the kitche, the colors, the farm sink, the open shelving, not only does it look beautiful but functional as well!!! Excellent choices on materials and a job well done!! :) enjoy your new home!

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  56. ok, so i about fell out of my chair when i saw your drinking fountain! i have to have one of those babies!

    beautiful home...love all the detail!

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  57. Let me get this right, you're not an interior designer? I can't believe it. Amazing job. Well done. Standing O!

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  58. Since I am building right now and our kitchens are SO similar....(white cabs & grey quarts counters for me. Kind of opposite=), I thought I would tell you what to do with your chairs! (Since you asked... ha ha). Love the style of them and that you have a couple different styles. Choose 2 or 3 colors (Red, turquoise, yellow, white...) and paint them to add some pop to your monochrome (which I love) kitchen! (Was that confusing? The chairs would be different solid colors. I don't mean to put all the colors on each chair. I'm sure you got that.) Great job! Love it so much!

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  59. Wow, your new kitchen looks fabulous. I love all the open shelves and the chandelier is tres belle.

    Leeann x

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  60. I saw your kitchen featured on Cote de Texas and had to stop by and tell you that it's just beautiful! I wouldn't mind doing the dishes if my kitchen was as lovely as yours. : )

    Kasey

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  61. i found you blog awhile ago and have enjoyed seeing your home be built. the kitchen is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I can't wait to see the rest. it's beautiful.
    :O)

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  62. Love, love, love your kitchen - love the painted brick and beams and.....everything!! Great job!

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  63. I just found you from Trish at Old Post Road. Your kitchen is, of course, fabulous. We have a lot in common. I am looking forward to perusing your blog. Nice to "meet" you. Lisa~

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  64. New to your blog via Susie at Bienvenue...what a beautiful kitchen!!! I love all the details you added and the marble...to die for! Just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your great kitchen with us all...very inspirational.

    Hugs,
    Victoria

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  65. oooohh my! what a very lucky girl you are to have this kitchen - it's wonderful!!!!!

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  66. i love it all! but my favorite is the peek a boo window to the school room. genius!

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  67. absolutely beautiful. I'm a mom to 5 as well, so you know I am literally drooling over the water fountain! :)

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  68. I was just thinking of your drinking fountain yesterday! I was at this place with retro stuff and they had a drinking fountain and I so wanted it! But it was plastic not porcelain....Could you tell me where you got yours??? I love it!!!

    Cindy

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  69. I'm in awe! I just showed this to my sister and said, "This is my dream kitchen." :)

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  70. I'm in awe! I just showed this to my sister and said, "This is my dream kitchen." :)

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  71. lovely, lovely! All of it! I want to see a picture of your exterior finished! Your home is so beautiful!

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  72. Love the kitchen.. I just found your blog and this is the first entry I've read. I will definitely be coming back. Here's my chair suggestion. My friend has these outdoor chairs in her home and they are great. I think the look would add a little industrial chic.

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/tolix-cafe-chair/?pkey=cchair-cushions-outdoor

    Joanna

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  73. Okay, your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything, especially the open cabinets. We have open cabinets in our guest house and just love them.
    But my very favorite thing is that water fountain! Genius! I am soooo telling my husband about this. I have four boys who play outside all day long and I cannot tell you how many cups we dirty each day. I would love a fountain in my garage.
    I am soooo getting one. Got to. Have to. Will scrap tooth and nail to get it!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Blessings,
    Traci

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  74. beautiful, that is my dream kitchen! can i ask about the art above the drinking fountain, made or bought? SO cute!
    so happy to see your new kitchen, such inspiration!

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  75. This kitchen is fabulous, absolutely amazing! I'm about to rip mine out and copy every single detail. If only the hubby was willing!

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  76. oh. my. word. I LOVE your kitchen!!! faves...the little peek through to your school room, the water fountain, the sink, the brick kickboard, the chandy...oh my i could go on. It is amazing!!!

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  77. Be still my heart. I just want to sit and have a cup of coffee right there and gaze. Beautiful. everything about it. :)

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  78. Ohhhh...not sure you'll see this b/c I'm posting so late and I completely do not know how these blogs work, but, #1: Love your faith! #2: Love your love for your family! #3: Love you style, colors, all of it, and I LUV your school room!

    I'm a wife, mother to 7, homemaker, teacher to the oldest three right now. (Well of course I teach them all, but officially and legally teaching the 3 oldest at home.)

    I about died when I saw the drinking fountain! What a fabulous idea...and one I just might be able to install! I found one at Plumbers Surplus - a Kohler - for $546.28. Do you have any ideas/suggestions for getting one at a lower price? The budget is tight, but this is just too great of an idea. Please email me if you do get this post with any ideas.

    Thanks and God bless,
    Chrissy
    schmeez@hotmail.com

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  79. Hello,
    Future homeschooling Mom, here, getting inspired by your blog! Love the book list! Where did your "Be Kind to others" print come from?" I'm looking on Etsy and can't seem to find it! Thank you and God Bless!

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  80. Hi, I just found your blog and your kitchen on a sleepless night, and wanted to tell you how lovely your home is. Your kitchen is fabulous!!

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  81. I love your house!!! It is gorgeous and all about family!!! I love it!!! You must smile every time you cook/bake something in that marvelous space!

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  82. I keep coming back to pictures of your kitchen, and in fact your entire house, as we plan a kitchen renovation. You have done a wonderful job!
    I'm wondering how the marble countertops and butcher block island have held up? I figure you're a great person to ask since you have so many kids running around! Thank you for your insight.

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  83. I would LOVE to know the paint color of the island cabinetry too....
    thanks so much!!
    not sure if I posted way back when on this post...but i ADORE this kitchen....so beautiful....
    xoxo

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  84. Hi Sarah!

    I'm your newest follower! Your new kitchen is perfection.

    Stop by at the Beach Bungalow and take a peak at my new vintage bathroom. I think you'll love it!

    Sue
    xo

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  85. Hello! I just read Cote de Texas' post and she mentioned your kitchen, so I stopped by to see :) love all of your features- the drinking fountain is brilliant! love that idea. I have been wanting to add some faux beams to our 2 story living room ceiling, and this is a great idea. Adding it to my pinterest board for the future! looking forward to seeing more of your posts!!!

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  86. WOW! Your kitchen is STUNNING! I love the layout, the colours, the marble... everything. I just started following you and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your blog. I can't wait to see the rest of your house!

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  87. Hi Sara! I'm about to have a beveled subway tile backsplash put in as well. Question, what did you do on the end, like where the backsplash just stops at the bar? It's hard to tell but maybe it looks like you ran tiles vertically instead of horizontally to create the edge? I really don't want any kind of edge detail and am trying to decide what to do. I've also seen special 3x3 beveled tiles for the end, but of course those aren't on hand and don't "go" with my $.25 tiles from Lowe's! Thanks for any help, your kitchen is still one of my all time favorites!

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