All About the Details Kitchen Tour

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the All About the Details Kitchen Tour!  You’re in for a treat over the next couple of days as 24 bloggers open up their kitchens to the world.

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My first thought was to wonder what in the world to show you?  And a kitchen isn’t exactly a place where you can come in every few months and change out the counters, backsplash, flooring and appliances.  Right?

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I know – how about awesome ways to organize?  Well…my method of organizing is to keep the contents of my cabinets as neat and tidy as possible.  And to be intentional about which cabinets are filled with what.

When I’m all bleary-eyed and ready for this early in the morning…

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….I’m mighty glad that my mugs are directly above my favorite appliance.   ☺

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When I’m ready to cook, all of my cookbooks are in the island…

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…which is directly adjacent to the lower cabinets near the stove where all of the pots and pans are kept.

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And when I’m ready to set the table, all of the dishes and silverware are grouped together within a step or two of the table.

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On the frequent occasions, when my home is the gathering place for family and friends, all of my serving pieces are stored together in the upper and lower cabinets on this side of the kitchen.

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There are times when changes do occur in my kitchen though.  That would be every single season of the year.

The island is the perfect spot for seasonal vignettes.

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It’s probably the workhorse of the kitchen.  It’s the place where many, many projects are worked on.  Important ones like decorating Christmas cookies with a daddy who dropped by…

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…and others whose importance pales in comparison.

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The corner to the left of the stove tends to get a good workout during the different seasons of the year too.

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And so do various other spots on the counters.

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I like to add bits of cheer in my kitchen window whenever I can.

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Not too long ago, I added a reproduction vintage toolbox.  It contains and few pretties and cooking vinegars and a container of kosher salt.

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A treasured cookbook is on display as well.  This cookbook, All About Home Baking, belonged to my mother.  The edges of the cover are worn and the pages are tattered and yellowed, but I wouldn’t take a million dollars for it.

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I haven’t had it for very long and was blown away when I opened the cover to find an inscription from my grandmother (who died when I was 5) dated June 26, 1935 and a full page of notes written by my mom.

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We don’t eat at our table very often.  When we do, it isn’t anything grand.  Just some placemats, silverware and napkins.  There have been times when I’ve set it for special occasions though – a place to eat or a place to serve from.

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Grandpas who give valuable tips for making pancakes on a snowy day (in spite of the mess all over the place)…

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…important conversations with a much loved uncle (that’s my brother, by the way)…

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…learning to “wash” the dishes…

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…and a Pookie and sweet daughter who give a worn out mom a break after a big meal.

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From sweet babies who just can’t keep their eyes open…

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…to growing babies who like to hide in the island.

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From remembering making my first gingerbread house with a snaggle-tooth girl…

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…to memories of my mom who so loved being right in the middle of it all.

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So that’s my kitchen.  Not grand or full of the latest designs.  But a place filled with warmth, love and memories.

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I’m sooo glad that you came by.  I don’t get sentimental or share a lot of my personal life here at Worthing Court, but as I thought about what I wanted to show you about my kitchen it just seemed like the right thing to do.

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  1. Great post Suzy! I loved seeing your family, cute cute babies! Your kitchen is beautiful. Lots of space!

  2. Pat@Back Porch Musings says:

    Great kitchen tour, with cute kiddo’s! I love it!

  3. I enjoyed the tour. Thank you for inviting us in and sharing.

  4. Um, okay, I wasn’t expecting to get all misty-eyed reading your beautiful post, Suzy! I love all of the sentiment your kitchen bring you … the special memories with your wonderful family … laughter … and reminiscing! So special you have your Mom’s cookbook with an inscription from your Grandmother, too. I’m envious of your organization, and what a fabulous idea using the vintage toolbox as I place to display kitchen goodies! Your kitchen is gorgeous, and I can see why it’s the heart of your home! Can’t wait to see it dressed again for the holidays … you do that so well, my friend!

  5. Oh I love the pics of family getting together and enjoying your kitchen. Those are the perfect details. Loved it. Hugs, Marty

  6. Suzy, I really enjoyed your kitchen tour! The memories that have been made can never be replaced! It was so fun to see the transformations through the seasons/holidays. I can feel the love that you have put into it!

  7. So sweet of you to share so many wonderful memories of your family and precious grands with us all in your kitchen. Love all the images and memories. I have the same glass round table and bar stools as you except i think you have a different fabric than me. Maybe you covered yours. Thanks Suzy.

  8. Suzy as much as I enjoyed your lovely kitchen I truly enjoyed seeing your family using your kitchen, that is just the best accessory a home can have, our love ones standing around enjoying being in our homes/kitchen. Thank you for sharing your special home and family with all of us,

  9. kirby carespodi says:

    That last part…just as a kitchen should be! Can I win one of the babies? Because mine are all gone.

  10. I think your kitchen IS grand… the grandest and best kitchens are those who revolve around love and family, and it looks like yours does just that!

  11. Suzy what a great tour of your kitchen. I really enjoyed hearing about the family love that takes place there as it should be. The little ones are priceless. The story of that cookbook is a keeper, so heart warming. I have so many fond memories of times spent in the kitchen with my mom as a youngster and an a adult. I love hearing about families having so much to enjoy and love about one another. I am the same way with the set up of my cabinets. While reading this I kept saying to myself, yep, I do that. Thanks for the fun tour.


  12. Hi Suzy, I’ve just come here from the blog hop and so glad I did. I love every detail about your kitchen-you have the same layout I do but ours is so dated and at only 10 yrs old, needs a total redo. I would take your kitchen in a heart beat. I am a new subscriber and look forward to getting to know you. I’ve done your house tour and love your style-now maybe I’ll learn something from your blog. I’d love to know more about your Diva.
    Have a great weekend!

  13. What a lovely kitchen for memory-making! It is so nice to see a kitchen that isn’t stark white~

  14. I love your kitchen and it is one of my favs. So homey and colorful. Just the way a kitchen should be:) My tour is tomorrow, not today:(

  15. You know what makes it so beautiful? It’s not the perfection (which it’s pretty close) or the beauty (because it’s amazing) but the pictures of love coming from your family. You can just feel how much everyone loves and shares and learns together. Like I’ve said before, you’re an amazing woman! Love you, gal!

  16. I love your kitchen. I love that you decorate it based on the time of year or holiday. I love that it is a place where your family gathers. I love that holds so many beautiful and happy memories and that you shared them with us. BUT, I absolutely love that cookbook that was inscribed by your grandmother…that truly is priceless and one of a kind. Thank you for sharing you kitchen with us.

  17. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    I love your kitchen that is so full of beautiful details and wonderful memories…and my fav?…the cookbook of your grandmothers…what a treasure!!!

  18. Suzy,
    Oh, dear one, I adored seeing the Heart of the Home. . .your kitchen. . .in action!!!
    You have so many precious, priceless memories of celebrations and daily life,
    to me, that’s what a Kitchen and Home is all about!!!
    Thank you for inviting us into your home!!!