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A peak into...

...our kitchen and dining room today!
Which isn't really anything new because when I did the peak into our living room, you were peaking at the kitchen as well.  That's the Great Room open concept for you.
I also kinda blogged about the upstairs when we first moved in, but looking back now, I see that I didn't really address the kitchen design and also so much as changed around the house in a year that it's great to revisit this.

So, welcome!  I'm also linking up with the lovely Andrea over at Momfessionals
My goal for the kitchen was to have an open space where we could host a multitude of people, because this momma likes nothing more than filling her home with family, friends & companionship.  There's nothing like breaking bread with the people you love most- and for me, a space for that was essential.  We kinda had it in our last house...and now we definitely got it. Although I still have a regret about this design, but I'll tell you about that later. First, the pictures to show you the hub of our home:

Here's a typical scene in our home.  But usually it's the Blue Jays on.

My decor changes from season to season. In the summer I like the kitchen table close to the island and the patio doors. However, in the winter I move the kitchen table across the room and bring the sectional/chair closer to the fire place.  Like this:

Our best celebration, selon moi, that was held here was Thanksgiving. The weather was beautiful, the house was packed and we had a movie night (projector on wall) and a candy bar.












 I love the huge island (we upped the size from the original design) because now I can fit us 4 for a meal, or a whole team of kidlets after an afternoon of toboganning.


The kitchen is also our centre of organization where you'll find our weekly schedule and meal plan as well as Willis' responsibility chart.  For every sticker/x he gets for his various chores during the week- he gets 5 mins of PS3/DS/Wii time on the weekend.  We don't do TV/video games for kids during the week so this is a real treat for him.



 

 Dan's parents are ceramic artists, so all the pottery you see is done by them. Kinda goes with my "everything needs to have a story" theory.  The white bowl and the decanter you see by the stove were made as centrepieces for our wedding.



My own complaint about the kitchen/dining room combo would be the fact that my kitchen table is always right in the middle of the great room, or so it seems.  I wish we would have done a dining room off of the kitchen, where the deck is right now (or in the picture below- where Grandpa is looking out the window)  My long term plans are to do an addition with that dining room and with sunroom like Dan's parents have.



And that's it - the other half of our great room: where we eat.

Comments

  1. it's gorgeous! I have house envy!

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  2. I love your kitchen! The tall ceilings, your cabinets, the island - everything! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Oh I LOVE your great room and your kitchen and that huge island! Perfect for entertaining, everyone always seems to gather in the kitchen during parties don't they?

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  4. SWOONING over your kitchen! The sink, the countertops the crazy tall cabinets. I love it all! And I love that you move your furniture around with the season. Thanks so much for linking up!!!
    :) Andrea

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  5. What an awesome idea to seasonally move the furniture! Because who wouldn't want that gorgeous round chair to snuggle up in by the fire on a cold day. Your house is just so pretty!

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  6. I love your kitchen! The colors, ceilings, open lay out...it is great :)

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  7. Love, love, love your kitchen! That range and back splash are awesome!!!!

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  8. Your kitchen is so beautiful! I am totally in love with the island being a different color! I will definitely show the hubby so he can get on board with painting our island! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. Great kitchen! Love the super tall cabinets and the range hood.

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  10. really beautiful! i love the dark backsplash and white cabinets, also the floors are great!

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  11. I generally really like color, but I love your gray walls!!! Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful, and I love the lights over the island!!!

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