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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52 Comments

  1. Hi, Suzy! I loved seeing all the details of you kitchen. All the little nooks and crannies and hiding places for dishes as well as kids! A well loved and well used space. 🙂

  2. I am so glad you shared this wonderful post – it’s NICE to get to know you better – and seeing your warm and wonderful family memories, I mean that is definitely what a kitchen is all about.

    I got tears seeing that sleeping baby on the ISLAND – how cute is THAT?

    As for the details – I especially love your green apples in your glass canister and all your fun seasons you shared.

    In celebration of all your kitchens I actually posted my own kitchen today, a first for me.

    Have a great weekend. ~Michele

  3. What a great post, Suzy! I loved seeing all your candid family photos. I’ve never thought of my kitchen in quite that way, but after reading your post, I realized how many memories have been made in ours and in my mom’s, as well. Thanks for sharing something out of the norm for the kitchen tour. I loved it.

    And your mom reminds me a little bit of my grandmother. Similar hair color and hair style. I’m sure you miss her.

  4. Nancy Carroll says:

    Loved seeing all the family photos and wonderful memories….the cookbook is awesome! What a treasure!

  5. Oh what a lovely post. You have a lovely welcoming kitchen, and you’re very clever with your seasonal vignettes. Love all the gorgeous family photos. Thank you for sharing a personal part of your life with us.

  6. Suzy – thank you so much for sharing the heart of your home with us all! Clearly this space is well-loved and filled with lots of love! A truly lovely space all around, my friend!

    🙂 Linda

  7. This was a wonderful post and beautifully written!! I could have said all of the same things about grandgirls and my Mom…I even have her cookbook, but it is red and white ;^)
    Blessings to you,
    J

  8. Elizabeth@ Blue Clear Sky says:

    It looks like your lovely kitchen is the perfect spot for family get togethers and making memories. Thanks for sharing your tour today.

  9. Love your kitchen and love your post even more Suzy! Wonderful post!!

  10. I enjoyed your kitchen tour so very much Suzy! Thanks for getting personal and sharing all those sweet pics of the Grands and the rest of the family!

  11. Hi Suzy, I love your kitchen and I have seen it before. This post gave it new meaning and is one of your best posts. I love the way your family has added to the memories of your kitchen. That is what it is all about.

    BTW, when you try to follow Atta Girl on pinterest the link goes back to your site. The same thing happened when I was on Courtney’s post. Sent me back to Courtney’s site. Something is wrong with Atta Girls link and it is defaulting to the site one is on.
    Hugs, Ginger

  12. I love your kitchen Suzy!! What a perfect way to sum up the feel and look of the ‘heart ‘ of your home: filled with warmth, love and memories! We have the same cabinetry too! 😉 I adore all of the vignettes and cheery details! Wish I could pop by sometime and dish over a cup of coffee – it was so nice to meet you at Haven!!!

  13. Your kitchen is perfect. It is EVERYTHING a kitchen should be. I loved your tour. Your personal touches you added, like your treasured cookbook, and all the special photos. Wow… my tour feels cold and heartless now. lol!! This was amazing. Thank you!

  14. Your kitchen is very charming. I spotted the plaid cookbook; mine holds special memories for me too. My inscription is, “Received from Arlene for Christmas, 1933, To Her Mother”. Arlene was my mother. I love having something that belonged to both Mom and Grandma. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

  15. Gorgeous! Your countertops are beautiful! I used to have a red kitchen too in my old house! I really love the new wall color though!

  16. Beautiful kitchen tour and I love how you decorate it for Christmas. So glad to be a part of this wonderful group of talented ladies 😉
    Hugs,
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  17. Suzy, thanks for letting us tour your lovely kitchen. Seeing your family members in the room makes us feel as though we stopped in for a visit. Love all your decorative touches and how you change things out for the seasons. Your cabinets look very similar to those we chose for our new home. I love your dinette set. Do you mind telling me who the manufacturer is/was? Thanks!

    1. Oh goodness, Pam. I wish that I could tell you. We purchased it many years ago and I have no idea who the manufacturer was. It isn’t printed on the table or chairs anywhere. I’m sorry that I can’t be more help!

    2. Hi. I just was wondering what brand of kitchen cabinets did you get? Thanks.

  18. Loved the tour of your pretty kitchen and seeing all the wonderful memories being made in it!