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Monday, February 21, 2011

Dressing Up for Spring


Have I ever mentioned how much I love a white kitchen? We moved into our previous house over 10 years ago & back then I reluctantly chose white cabinets, worrying a little that it was a trend that would soon end. After all those years in that house, I never got tired of them, & never considered anything but white when I was designing my present kitchen. It's bright, it's clean, it's classic, & most importantly, it's versatile--which is a must for someone like me, who likes to change things up all the time.

And while I was wanting whimsical a few weeks ago for Valentine's Day, (remember my kitchen decor here?) for Spring, I wanted to dress it up a bit.



Just like always, I shopped my house & gathered up everything that spoke to my "Spring Formal" kind of mood. And Pantone would be proud because I even incorporated a hint of Honeysuckle. Then again, you never have to twist my arm to use a little pink. (For those of you who haven't heard, Pantone's Color Choice of the Year for Fashion & Decor is Honeysuckle.)

Gorgeous, huh?

This mirrored vanity tray I found at a Thrift store for $1.50 turned out to be a perfect fit behind the cooktop. And the bird & dogwood detail really screams "Spring!"



And in that turquoise vase, I have - you guessed it- some of those same white sticks from Christmas & Valentine's Day. And the pink flowery branch adds that hint of pink I wanted. (Don't worry- I'm aware that this could be a fire hazard. I promise I'll use common sense while cooking!)


Recognize that chalkboard? That was my silver one, but I was in the mood for gold, so I gave it a few coats of my favorite Krylon Gold Foil Metallic. And our monogram seemed like the perfect design for this style.


This little pink dog is a vintage vase my husband found for me a couple years ago. And the topiaries are the ones I made last year. (Click here for a tutorial.)



Hope y'all like this new look for my kitchen. I'm keeping this for a while. How are you changing things up for Spring?


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29 comments:

  1. It is beautiful, clean and functional! I love it.

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  2. Love the monogram and the tiny touches of pink!!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the monogram on the chalkboard!

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  4. i completely agree with everything u said about a white kitchen. I have one too and it's my favorite room in the house and I can't imagne ever getting sick of it!

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  5. I love it all. I love the simple touches.
    Tana

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  6. Gorgeous! I wish I had a white kitchen!

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  7. Your kitchen is stunning and I love the arrangement. It looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

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  8. I am in the process of painting my kitchen cabinets white and 'brightening' things up! I love it!!!!! I don't think I'll ever have anything other than white cabinets~ Your kitchen is beautiful!

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  9. Julie- It looks great- I love a white kitchen too and am so sorry that my hubby talked me into this one. The next house I move to it is definitely going to be white again! I haven't changed up much for Spring yet...another few weeks here I think. Hugs- Diana

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  10. Your kitchen is beautiful. I love the white. I would be afraid with four kids how dirty that would get for me.

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  11. I love it. Thank you so much for joining the More The Merrier Monday Linky Party. Be sure to come back next week. I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  12. Oh my... I am SO JEALOUS! Your kitchen is amazing & I love your design style.

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  13. Julie,
    Your new look is outstanding...love your chalkboard...how did you do that monogram?

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  14. I am going to change out all my dishes. I have a stash of pink, floral, mismatched dishes that are now going to be our every day dishes. That is how I am changing things up for spring. Hopefully my husband won't mind eating on pink every day.

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  15. Gorgeous! Oh my, it makes me want to come over and have lunch with you!

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  16. I'm swooning over your beautiful white kitchen.....Sooooo pretty! And with your added touches....very springy! Happy NTT!

    xoxo laurie

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  17. @Jeannie
    White is easier to clean up than you might think! I have 4 kids, too, & it's never been a problem.

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  18. Very cute -- I also love to decorate my kitchen as the "central" place we live and celebrate the seasons!

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  19. I love a space that you can creatively change out with the seasons and you do such a terrific job with this one. What a fun nod to the Pantone color.
    Inspired.
    Pam @ BeColorful

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  20. The kitchen is my favourite place to decorate; this looks soooooo nice!

    Sue @ Beach Bungalow
    xo

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  21. Your kitchen is beautiful! Love the vignette above the stove! I'm your newest follower, I look forward to following your blog! Your home is stunning!

    Jodie

    www.lovelaughteranddecor.blogspot.com

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  22. I'm in love with your kitchen. It's awesome.

    Jeanna@ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

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  23. Your kitchen is gorgeous! I have chocolate brown cabinets and i so want white. Yours are just beautiful.
    petticoatsandpatina.blogspot.com

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  24. Your kitchen is my dream kitchen! To die for, seriously!!!

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  25. I love what you have done... fabulous! I am a new follower!

    Please stop by my Sweet Saturdays link party!
    http://justcraftytoday.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweet-saturdays-link-party-3.html

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  26. I love the white kitchen! It's so clean and fresh. I thought I always wanted wood stained cabinets but I love the crisp look of white cabinetry with stainless steel appliances!

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  27. LOVE LOVE LOVE! What a stunning kitchen!! And you have accessorized it so well!

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  28. Hi, Julie! I love a white kitchen too. :) So many more options for accessories when the first layer is white, right? I love your chalkboard--beautiful job on the monogram too! :) I'm visiting from Centsational Girl...hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi too. :)

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  29. Wow, this looks lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.

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