Friday, December 11, 2009

WhisperWood Cottage it looks today...

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ell, three years have passed since we first made over the WhisperWood Cottage kitchen. If you missed the past couple posts, check out the BEFORE photos and the AFTER photos to see the transformation.

Not a lot has changed since the initial project was completed. Much to the chagrin of RJNJ, the accessories are changed constantly. He claims he can never find anything because things are always being moved. While there is some validity to that statement, I've discovered that he also has trouble finding things just because they are put away. You in the closet, jacket hanging up, etc. I'm tricky like that! (Love you, honey!)

Like those industrial stools? Found them all at this year's Junk Bonanza. Love that show!! I found the four of them within five minutes of each other from two different vendors. It was meant to be!! They replaced some pine and woven stools (seen in previous post) that came with the house. When I found these industrial lovelies with their rustic blue/green patina, well...need I say more?

The big letter "I" over there on the wall was from an occasional sale in Buffalo, MN. The white metal shoe stand (holding the plant) was from last spring's Texas Antique Weekend, and the brass bell was a steal of a find at a local antique store just days after we first moved in.

Hey, look, is that an actual cookbook out on the counter? Calm down! It is for display purposes only. DISCLAIMER: No cookbooks were harmed in the making of this post.

If you look over the sofa, you can get a sneak peek at the fireplace reno happening...

You'll notice I don't keep a lot of stuff out on the counters. The simpler the better. Even the toaster has a home when it's not being used. I picked up the vintage canisters for a song. They are perfect for holding RJNJ's coffee, coffee filters, and sugar for his morning pick-me-up.

The apron above? Laugh it up, sister! I'm laughing with you, because you know I don't wear aprons...mostly due to the obvious fact that I don't really cook. If you notice the fabric, it has the cutest little coffee cups, too...and I don't drink coffee. Then why oh why (the world collectively asks) do I own this coffee-themed apron?

It all happened one fine day, while I was innocently surfing the web and came across Dianne's blog (Red House Happenings). It was love at first apron sight. Seriously...go to her apron post and tell me that is not the sexiest apron ever! The colors, the stripes and patterns, the shape of the garment, and the quality of the sewing...I just loved it! Maybe some day, when I am channeling my inner June Cleaver and want to give the world a chuckle, I might put it to use. (Just don't hold your breath.)

I also have a penchant for special brass and copper items. {sigh} 'Nuff said, right?

There are still some projects to be done...

  • the light above the kitchen sink is atrocious...I have one waiting to be installed
  • the linoleum will go when we eventually remodel the connected entry/laundry
  • still looking for something above the window...maybe a shelf or display...not sure
  • hoping to find a door to replace the one that goes to the entry/laundry room
As I am reflecting upon the past few years involving this room, I've realized that making your house a home is a process that should be savored and enjoyed. It's not about the fanciest or most expensive rooms and having it done a certain away. It's about developing a sense of ownership and belonging as you add your touches (as simple as they might be) to each room. It's about creating a space that says, "Welcome home."

See how the kitchen was transformed
for the holiday season!

EDIT TO THIS POST: It's your day to play "Where's Tanner?" (you know, like "Where's Waldo?). Did you see him in one of the photos above? I didn't see him until now...the little sneaker! If you didn't see him, go back to find out "Where's Tanner?"

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  1. I found Tanner!

    You have such great taste and I'm loving seeing how your home has progressed over the years. Love, love, love the canisters and stools. They are great. Can't wait to see more!

  2. What a refreshing new look for your kitchen!! I'm really loving it all...especially the sweet pup peeking around the corner of the island. I have the same bell, which hung on my Grandparents fact, I HAVE MY GRANDPARENTS HOUSE! I've been waiting to hang it outside the door but now I'm totally loving how you added it to the kitchen decor.

    (..and I'm relieved to see the 2x4 fireplace surround...mine matches! All in due time, right?)

  3. I love it Amy!!! I love your simplicity and the cottage color, you'll have to host a dinner party...even though you say you don't cook!
    Looks awesome girlfriend! Krista

  4. It looks beautiful-so calming. Love the stools too.

  5. I love your style. So beautiful.

  6. I see him peeking from behind the island. Your kitchen is breathtaking!

  7. I am so glad you made me go back and find Tanner! That is so cute...him peaking around the counter! Your kitchen is fantabulous! You are truly one talented lady!

  8. Such a serene room. The vintage stools are the best!

  9. Gorgeous! Love your ceiling, so cozy. I use to have a pine ceiling in a different home and everyone always commented how warm the room felt.

    I can barely pull my eyes away from that rusty letter I. I want a whole word like that for my stair landing! So cool!

    And Tanner just made everything all that much better. :)


  10. Oh my goodness. This is truly remarkable. I love the metal letter.. It is the most awesome thing I've seen. I love your blog name on your pictures. Would you mind sharing how you did that process? Thank you for allowing us into your beautiful home. hugs ~lynne~

  11. Can you see my tears!!! I love everything about your kitchen!!!!

  12. Awesome kitchen - with or without Tanner! Hope you are staying warm up there. Winter arrived, didn't it!

  13. "DISCLAIMER: No cookbooks were harmed in the making of this post."

    You my friend just made me laugh so hard that Jason had to ask me if I was okay. I needed that tonight. Thank ya', girlie.

    LOVE the stools.


  14. Pretty kitchen! But I don't see a smoke detector or fire extinguisher. :-)

  15. Oh--it is just wonderful! Love the stools, and the big letter I, and the...

  16. I am just amazed at what you have done. I spent lots of time looking through your blog and absorbing your gorgeous pictures!


  17. Ok, so it is your kitchen! I still LOVE it. :-) I see now that your floors are tile. I thought they were painted wood planks at first. We're working on our kitchen's taking FOREVER! We just hauled an old, super big and heavy cast iron sink out of the basement and put it in the kitchen. The date on the bottom is 1920. Now I'm trying to clean up the old faucet because I can't find a replacement that will fit. I can't wait till we're done and I hope my kitchen comes out nice a calm and clean like yours.

  18. It is so welcoming and full of classic character. You never know, that cookbook might just catch your eye sometime and some fabulous food will leap into being.

  19. Hi Amy-
    Your kitchen is great. Love the stools, the letter I, Tanner (by the way I didn't notice him until Missy's hint), the pine ceiling mixed with the whites, and everything else. Now I've got to go back and see the befores, and durings. Nothing like me doing things backwards. lol

  20. You crack me up! My husband has that same problem when things are put away! I love your home. I have heard a lot about Junk Bonanza - I'm thinking a girls road trip this summer may be in the works!

  21. I had to come back over and thank you for telling me about Picnik.. girl I have had the best time with it. I hope this finds you having a super Saturday and Holiday Season..
    hugs ~lynne~

  22. Great kitchen! What a clever girl you are!

    I can't see Tanner anywhere...must need glasses:)

  23. Amy, this is fantastic! I LOVE IT! I love the ceiling, the cabinets, everything! Absolutely gorgeous - great job!

  24. Love follower... dropping by from
    blessings, julie


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