Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Home Tour Tuesday {Kitchen and Den}

Hey y'all! So one of my favorite posts that I love reading {other than a day in the life} are home tour posts. I love getting a glimpse into everyones home and seeing the different styles that we all have. It's also fun to get ideas from other homes to incorporate into my house.

I have been wanting to do this for quite some time but lets be real...the majority of the time my house looks like a disaster. I have confessed before that I am not the most tidy person and with two small boys running {crawling} around just as soon as I put something away it's right back out.

My housekeeper comes on Tuesdays so I figured that those are the best days to actually get some photos taken where my house looks somewhat decent. I have to say that doing this post really made me realize how much I love a clean and tidy house. Maybe one day it'll look like this at all times. For now, what you are about to see is not what my house looks like 99% of the time. Maybe I'll do a "real life" house tour one of these days!

We spend the majority of the time in our kitchen and den area. We have an open floor plan with these two spaces and I love that. I am able to cook supper while my boys play and I don't have to worry about not being able to see them.

When you walk in from our garage you walk directly into our kitchen. You can see the open floor plan here. This was one of the main features that drew me to this house when we bought it 5 years ago.

I love that the cabinets are all white. The countertops are a dark granite and while it's not my absolute favorite, I do like them. I would probably have opted for something lighter if it had been up to me.

I love to hang Jacks artwork on the cabinets to our "pantry". I don't have a ton of wall space so this is about as good as it gets for hanging them. You can also see the door to our garage in the very back corner.

I love that we have double ovens. I don't use them together that often but when I do need two it's so nice and they come in handy!

This little area is what I like to refer to as "baby command station" The baby breeze is the best machine ever for mamas who are using formula. I've also got the boon drying rack which is great. I love my "happy everything" plate and switch out the tabs with each new season or holiday. Right now we've got the bookbag for the start of school but come next week I'll be putting the football on it!

I have a desk area in the kitchen as well. Until recently it has sort of been a catch all most days but I've really tried lately to keep it neat and organized. I don't have a chair for the area yet but I'm thinking of getting one and really starting to use it as a desk area. I hate that the microwave sits on it but it was the only place that we could put it.

 When we moved in I had these roman shades made. They coordinate with the upholstered kitchen table chairs I already had.

I love that our kitchen table has these big windows. I love looking out in our backyard and know that one day soon I'll be watching my boys playing out there together!

Here is a view looking back from my the den into the Kitchen

This is what I see when I am standing in my kitchen looking towards the den. Usually there are two little red heads playing on the floor and a big lab lounging around. I love the openness of the two rooms but I also like that the columns help to separate it into two defined spaces.

The fireplace has gas logs and it is a see through fireplace into my husbands office so we really never turn it on. The few times we have it doesn't emit any heat so I guess you could just say its decorative at this point.

I had these window treatments made when we moved into the house 

I love the built in shelves . They house lots of family photos and knick-nacks that I've picked up from here and there.

This is a Veitri vase that was given to us for our wedding by a very special friends of my grandmothers. She happened to have started the company and I just love the color of it!

I love this little table that sits right here. I usually try to decorate it some with each season. Pottery Barn makes the cutest chair covers so last year I started collecting them for the boys for each holiday. They button right on and add a cute little flair without getting in the way. You can also see that Grahams Jumperoo sits in the middle of the floor.  I can't get rid of all signs of kids now can I?

This painting is one of my favorites. It was given to us by my parents and it is a scene from Torch Lake, where my parents spend the summer and we visit every summer!  Also to the right of that is a needlepoint done by my mother in law. Patrick earned his Eagle Scout when he was younger and Donna made this for him. I think it's such an awesome reminder of what he did to accomplish that. 

So there you have a little tour of just two of our rooms in the house. I plan to continue with the downstairs soon and will show you the playroom, dining room and half bath. As soon as September gets here I will pull all of my fall decs out and will do another tour then. I tend to go overboard for holidays and since Fall is one of my favorites there are pumpkins everywhere!

*linking up with Whitney


  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love how open it is and it's so bright and cheerful! Definitely rooms I'd spend a lot to time in. :)

  2. I love an open floor plan! And all of the white! It's like music to my ears :)
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  3. I love this space! We bought a home with a super outdated kitchen (1970s top to bottom) and we are starting to plan a remodel. I love the look of white cabinets and having a built in desk is a great idea. Might need to incorporate that!

  4. Our kitchen/dining space is large and square, but I love how I can still see into the living room and the boys. We have a little alcove entry where the pantry is, so the house isn't really closed off. It's interesting, especially as the house is 50 years old! When we moved here, I painted our cabinets white too, though our walls are a nice yellow and I've accents of blue and white all over. It's so bright and airy! Thanks for showing us your home! :)

  5. cute home! Also, I love built in shelves as well - it makes a home look so much more homie :) I'm glad I found your blog today on the Tuesday Talk! Excited to read more and follow along now.

  6. I love your roman shades! Adds such a fun pop of color and pattern to your kitchen!

  7. Your house is beautiful! I am in the process of building a home with a white kitchen. I am thinking about what counter top color to go with. I was curious about how you like living with black countertops, and if they are hard to keep looking clean! Any advice is welcome! Thank you!

  8. Beautiful! LOVE the character your home has! And I'm jealous of your kitchen island!


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