Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Heart of the Home Kitchen Party

Welcome to the Heart of The Home party hosted by Note Songs
Jump on over to tour all the featured kitchens.

The kitchen is the heart of most homes and I am pleased to share some additional images of my kitchen with you.  Normally my kitchen appears several times each week as the backdrop for tablescapes, but this time I'm sharing some of the details that make up that backdrop.  Each element in my kitchen has its own story, a mix of vintage and new that is constantly evolving.

Read about building the house/kitchen in 2006 in the following post:
The Evolution of My Kitchen
Lots of info and details on the kitchen are included in the comment section of the Evolution post.

Some of the basics:

15 ½ foot ceilings
3 colors of paint on the walls
solid pine flooring
Alder cabinets
the faux stone mantel is cast concrete

Most of my dishes are stored in the pantry hall that backs up to the wall on the left
You can read about some of my storage solutions at the following link:

And my favorite element in my kitchen is the year round California sunshine.  The influence
of this natural light changes the mood and colors in the kitchen throughout each day.

Thank you for coming to see my kitchen! Please feel free to ask me questions about the kitchen in the comments section, I love to talk dishes and tablescapes and my favorite room in my house.

Yesterday's tablescape: Mairzy Doats

A recent Playing With Paint post about painting one of the kitchen islands:

All the tablescapes from 2009 can be seen as clickable thumbnails at the following link:

Clickable links with thumbnails of 2010 tablescapes are on the following link:


  1. What a splendid kitchen! I'm sure it's a joy to work in with all the lovely light.

  2. I just don't have the right words for this kitchen. It is gorgeous and a dream. It has so much personality and warmth and all the little and big details are just perfect. Beautiful!!

  3. Absolutely stunning kitchen! Colorful & bright, so warm.
    Have a beautiful eve ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  4. Such a beautiful kitchen. You are so lucky to have gotten to design it. What a dream come true. Very pretty design and finishes.

  5. You know, I've been to your blog several times, but have never seen your spectacular kitchen in it's entirety. It's definitely a place that I'd love to spend time in. You've done a beautiful job with it.

  6. I"m so glad you posted closeups! I explored your blog recently and it's nice to see the details. Lovely kitchen. I hope you'll drop by Atticmag and see our kitchens - it's a three for one!


  7. Hi Candy,

    I love your kitchen, especially your counter tops, those tall ceilings and that gorgeous blue plate on the wall!

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  8. Hi Candy and thank you so much for coming to my party! I adore your kitchen and have so enjoyed seeing some upclose looks. The stenciling is so pretty, did you do that? I'm like Anita, there just aren't words to say how fabulous your kitchen is! Your cabinets and all your shelves, the high ceilings, your hardware is beautiful...on and on! I know you must love it to pieces.
    Candy, thank you again so much for participating!
    You are a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Your kitchen makes my jaw drop...plain and simply STUNNING! I love all your pottery pieces and color choices...just a delight to visit.

  10. Candy, you kitchen is a work of art! Lovely! What else can I say!!!

  11. Breathtaking kitchen, beautiful colors and so many unique ideals. Of couse every week I just sit and look at it after I visit for your tablescape. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Such a dreamy space! I love seeing all of the little details that make it a masterpiece!

  13. Your kitchen would definitely have to be my dream kitchen. I love everything about it. I drool every time I see it. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  14. Wow! Very nice :-)
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    (¸.*´ (¸.*´* LORI LYNN *

  15. Oh Candy, what a stunning kitchen! A dream come true! :D

    Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

  16. Just a wonderful space! I love those gorgeous cabinets! :)


  17. Candy, I think I would describe your kitchen as glorious! Seriously. I mean, who has 15 1/2 foot ceilings? It's stunning.

  18. All I can say is WOW! You truly have a most magnificant kitchen!

  19. I don't think I've ever seen a kitchen quite like yours. It is beautiful! There must be great satisfaction in designing your own working and storage spaces.

  20. You have my dream kitchen...the proportions are truly breathtaking and the details extraordinary. I love it all!

    Best wishes,

  21. You have an awesome kitchen, So elegant and large with so many details. I love the dishes, full of color and all of your accent pieces. Truly amazing. Stop by and say hello....Linda

  22. hi ...

    ur kitchen soooooo beautiful!
    wish i could decor my kitchen sooner..
    im so jealous! :D


  23. Absolutely fabulous kitchen. What a dream to work in.

  24. I GASPED when saw your kitchen! The thing dreams are made of!!! Lovely!

  25. It is beautiful. I think I could put all my house in your kitchen. Just beautiful.Kathy

  26. What an amazing room! Spectacular! The light, height and details are....wow!

  27. You have one of my favorite kitchens in the whole world...blogland, magazines, TV...the whole world! It exudes warmth and comfort even thought it is a large space. I can just picture family all gathered together in this space...love, love, love it! All the colors are bright and happy...so good, since we spend so much time in this space! Three Pixie Lane

  28. Sooo beautiful! It is the perfect combination of warmth and sophistication. Well done!

  29. Beautiful kitchen, stunning. I bet with the high ceilings the acoustics are great too. A little music with your dinner!

  30. Oh my gosh, your kitchen is huge! It's so pretty and you have given so much attention to detail. Just lovely!

  31. Your kitchen is absolutely fantastic! I wouldn't know what to do in such a big kitchen but I'd sure love to find out! You have done a magnificent job with every detail. Thank you for sharing it with us - you've inspired me to keep working on my teeny, little cottage kitchen. I'll be back to visit again.

  32. Your kitchen is a wonderment.
    Are those dishes fiesta ware?
    Thanks for sharing.

  33. *Whew!* I just fainted. That is the most beautiful kitchen I have ever seen. Hands down. Deb =^..^=x5 Ottawa, Canada

  34. Hi Candy, I've always thought your kitchen is the most fabulous one in blogland! It is absolutely gorgeous. Perfection.

  35. WOW...Mega Ditto what Christie said, "You have one of my favorite kitchens in the whole world...blogland, magazines, TV...the whole world!"
    Yours is the kitchen we cut out for our inspiration books, truly. It is outstanding & I can't imagine the fun of preparing a loving meal in such a marvelous space.

    I didn't get to participate in the party...too sick with an attack of diverticulitis plus my PC picked up a virus & was out of commission for awhile. I'm still not sure its fixed totally.
    What a miserable week but visiting your beautiful home has brightened it considerably. Thanks for allowing us a peek inside.

  36. Oh my, I'm overwhelmed with all your compliments on my kitchen! I do really love it and after 4 years here, I really wouldn't change anything that I chose for it. :-)

    Yes, Sheila I did do the stenciling. My original plan was to make them less than perfect and then sand them to make them look weathered and old. I ended up leaving them just the way they were when painted. The colors look different from stencil to stencil because the walls are all different colors.

    NookCrannyGifts - the dishes in the cabinets are vintage Fiesta, the pottery hanging on the walls is Italian and Mexican.

    Rettabug, hope you are feeling better ..... here's hoping there will be another Kitchen Party in the future, such a fun idea.


  37. Wow! I had to remind myself to breathe again! What a gorgeous kitchen!!! It took my breath away!

    Have a lovely Sunday!

  38. You have a magnificent kitchen. I've seen it in your posts before, but certainly never tire of it. Love the height.

    - The Tablescaper

  39. Thank you both for coming by to see the kitchen. I hope you can come back soon ..... a couple of fallish tablescapes this week and then next week lots of spooky Halloween tables!



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