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Monday, April 29, 2013


Our kitchen has kind of an out of the way (read, “out of sight”) appliance counter.  I usually don’t post pictures of it on my blog.  You’ll know why I don’t when you see these pictures.  This area is always a mess.  I know, a good blogger would at least straighten up this countertop before posting, but I like to keep it real on this blog!  (I know that sounds like an excuse for being too lazy to clean up this area.  That’s exactly what it is!)

app bar

See that red bread box, turned on it’s side?  I recently ordered something from Celestina Marie Designs Etsy store, and that cute magnetic list pad was a gift with my order.

brd bx

I store some of my well used cookbooks inside the bread box.  See that cute recipe card with the little cherries in the corner?  Some of those were also included in my order from Celestina Marie Designs!  What a fun package this was to open.

brd bx inside

Since I never take any pictures in this corner of my kitchen, I thought as long as I was being so “real” on my blog, I’d share a couple of other things in this corner.  Those two paintings were created and gifted to me by college friends.  Yes, I think my “New Better Homes & Garden” cookbook is an antique now!

wood box

One of my all time favorite movies is It’s A Wonderful Life.  I’ve watched it so many times, I think I can quote every line in that movie.  (You think quoting lines while they are being said on the screen is the reason nobody ever wants to watch it with me?)  A friend of mine gave me a vintage “lobby card” from the movie.  That’s the top framed picture.

wndrfl life 2

One year, my husband took the lobby car to a cake decorator, who scans photos on the computer and then puts them on a cake.  He also supplied a picture of me to the cake maker.  That’s how my head ended up on Donna Reed’s cute body, with Jimmy Stewart holding me up in the air! 

wonderful life me

Okay, now we’re getting to what I actually ordered from Clestina Marie.  It’s hanging on the side of my messy spice rack.

spice cbnt

This cute cone with the cherry cutout  was on sale in her Etsy, and I couldn’t resist ordering it.

cone wchrs

Celestina even included two battery powered candles to use inside the cone!

cone lit w chrs

I don’t really have a cherry themed kitchen.  However, some of you may know that I grew up in this house.  When we remodeled, I kept my Mother’s breakfast room light fixture, and I stenciled cherries on the ceiling, so I did accidentally end up with the beginnings of a cherry theme.  Until I saw this cone on Celstina Marie Deisgns Etsy, I didn’t know I wanted to add to the cherry theme.  It just kind of happened.

light fix

Yes, life is a bowl full of cherries, and it seems I may have unintentionally ended up with a kitchen full of cherries!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  laurie

I am linking this post to Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life. (This post is inspiring other bloggers to keep it real.  After all, if Laurie can show THIS on her blog, it should make other bloggers feel more comfortable posting a “not-perfectly-clean” area of their homes.)


Sarah said...

Laurie, yet another cute ceiling detail. Fun to see all these special touches. Being the ME fan that I am, cherries make me smile. '-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your counter looks great compared to every counter in my kitchen right now. I like the cherries on the ceiling above the light - nice touch.
Have a great week.

April D said...

You have a cute and functional space there. I don't post my kitchen because I USE my kitchen's never really pretty no matter how much sprucing I may do. :) I LOVE your cherries! So fun! No matter how hard I try, getting rid of the cherries in mine seems UN-do-able.
That's a pretty special light fixture.
Glad I stopped by; you made me smile.

Dewena said...

You have showed me in this post and the last one that I have got to look up to my ceilings and see what I can do. You just bring a room all together, Laurie! And I love your appliance counter. You accomplished what stylists seem to spend hours on, that look that includes different textures in an artfully unstudied look.

If my printer was running so low on all my colored inks I'd print this whole post out.

As always, enchanting!

Tara @ Suburble said...

I love how charming your space is. You have touches of personality everywhere!

I, too, love It's A Wonderful Life.

"...And danced by the light of the moon..."

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love cherries, I love your little corner Laurie!
And I love that little cherry bowl you sent me, I always smile and think of you when I see it!
You may see me this summer!
Hubby and I may be driving to Missouri and Arkansas for a trip.
I love my GPS, it saved me from being hopelessly lost since I hate maps!

Greenmare said...

i love your kitchen! I would totally cook there! and your head on that print? FANTSTIC!! best movie EVER, I'd watch it with you because I can quote all the lines too. I'm okay, I'm ooooooookay!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your kitchen is fabulous, so much to see, I love the bread box, great storage too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Lottie said...

I love your cookbooks in the breadbox! How cool! Your kitchen looks like many great recipes were followed there! Gosh, the cherries on the ceiling are so pretty! Have a great week!

Charlene ♥ NC said...

This is why I love visiting your blog, and really makes me think having coffee in your kitchen would be delightful! If I ever watch IaWL on TV I can spot which scene they have left out to 'make it fit.'

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a charming and delightful Kitchen which is filled with so much warmth!! I adore red in the Kitchen and will have up a post about strawberries and more Summer things in my Kitchen in a few days. Love the red bread box....And the It's A Wonderful Life pictures! That is one of my favorite movies of all time too!!
Loving taking a glimpse into your kitchen!


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie,
I love your cherry display and your bread box to hold your cookbooks is a great idea for storage. Love your chandy with the cherries on the ceiling.
Love the Wonderful life pics.
So sweet of you to give me a mention. You are just so kind. Love how you displayed your cherry cone candle holder. Great idea to dangle a couple cherries off the side.

Your kitchen is just charming.
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings to you,
Hugs, CM

The Tablescaper said...

I love the keep'in it real air of your post. There are so many adorable details in that corner, but I can't get over the creativity of your husband to have a cake made of your favorite movie post with your head on it! Amazing, simply amazing.

- Alma, The Tablescaper