Welcome to my kitchen! Penny at Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen is hosting a Kitchen Reveal Day today. She invited all bloggers to share their kitchens. I was eager to participate. I feel my house has been a bit over exposed this past year, but what the heck, it actually looks good by our standards, so let's share!
If you follow my blog or know me, you will know our house was featured on A&E's show Sell This House this past year. Our kitchen was not one of the rooms they selected for the redesign, but they did repaint it for us so the 1st floor rooms could flow. Our house did not sell after the show, the market still sucks. We recently "moved back in" or rather stopped living the clutter free, staged life of a house on the market. While the house still looks good, we don't keep up that tv-crew-ready look anymore. We have two little boys, it was exhausting trying to keep up the designer finish. The fridge is covered with magnets again and the living room is full of toys, but that is what makes it a home.
In the title line of my blog I state my kitchen is small; that is a bit misleading, it is quite big. I should rephrase that to share the real truth; my kitchen is quite unorganized. I need an organizational consultant. Actually, I have a friend that does household consulting, she took one look in my cabinets and told me to box up all but 4 of each of the fancy glasses I have taking up an entire wall of cupboards. Box up my wine, margarita and martini glasses? I really had no other response to this advice but to kick her out of my kitchen. Maybe my priorities could use some adjustment which in turn would help my cabinet organization, but really... get rid of the margarita glasses?
This is the only cabinet reveal I will share, but it should give you the idea of how whacked my organizational process is. Yes, this is the liquor/arts and crafts cabinet. It remains locked at all times as we can't have the children getting drunk and playing with Play-Doh.
My dream home will have one of those cool "command centers" in the kitchen. The desk where you can keep the family computer and cook books. I have a tiny corner that I share with the fish, the bread box and the cookie jar. This is where all blogs begin, they usually end on the couch after the kids go to bed.
The very best part of my kitchen is this little window into the living room. So many of the houses we have looked at here in New England have terrible kitchen to living room layouts. It is key to me that the kitchen have flow into the main living space so we can all be together even when cooking is going on.
Now you have seen the pictures of my kitchen all cleaned up and pretty, here is a typical day in my kitchen with a not so typical look for my husband.
That is my kitchen.