Ultimate kitchens round 3!

Hi there. It feels great to be getting back to the drawing board and doing what I love most…..blogging! I am working on various design posts and getting back to what I love to talk about. Haven’t done a kitchen post in such a long time…think its overdue! For anyone who loves design, kitchens are always at the forefront of any discussion or photo collection. The heart of the home, the one room where everyone loves to hang out in, I believe a kitchen is one room that deserves the best you can afford.

Beautiful cabinetry, great appliances, abundant storage, beautiful finishes are all wonderful but above all else it must be a functional and practical space. There are so many styles of kitchens to love. While I love a white kitchen for its clean crisp aesthetic, a European feeling kitchen with a variety of finishes is my personal favorite, hence why I created the kitchen that we did for our own home. Trends come and go but there are some that are absolutely classic and timeless.

 Marble being one such thing. I wouldn’t even consider any other countertop and would give up clothes buying for a year if I had to. I love the look of marble countertops. Some argue its not practical. Go tell that to the Italians and French bakers who have it all over their restaurant countertops and floors for years or the maintenance people who oversee The famed Spanish Steps in Rome..they have been there hundreds of years and still going strong!! It is the beautiful patina that comes with time and use that makes it so uniquely perfect in my humble opinion.

 As kitchens have never been given so much attention, lighting has become an equally front row and center detail. So many possibilities! I like the function of small high hats (still the best working light) coupled with interesting lighting like a chandelier or belljars. So enough of my gabbing, take a look at this newest collection of kitchens that have caught my eye for one reason or another. How about you? What’s your style? What are your must haves in a kitchen? Do tell!

 This is a beautiful space. The bold blue and white paper adds so much to this beautiful kitchen!

 Bleached oak never looked so fabulous….love it with the Belgian bluestone in black, gorgeous!

 My own kitchen…….have since replaced the barstools. I really love my kitchen today as much as I did when I created it almost two years ago (can’t believe its been that long)!

 There is certainly something very appealing about an all white kitchen and luscious white marble counterops, Homebunch

 Love the pale blue with white marble counter tops in this beautiful kitchen, the sconces are an unexpected touch too, Martha Stewart

Ellisa Cullman created this spectacular kitchen, very dramatic…love the “to the ceiling” cabinets

This beautiful kitchen has a similar feeling to my own, love the warmth the woods adds to the painted cabinets and of course the beams….Bill Litchfield

Mark Molthan created a beautiful and very inviting, cozy kitchen by combining a rich dark wood island with painted cabinets….gorgeous!

Great French inspired kitchen, love the mix of materials, big stone hood….fabulous and timeless! Homebunch


Thomas Pheasant did an amazing job creating a warm, inviting space out of this large family kitchen….love the added accents of blue and white, a rug, and the open shelving

When designing our own kitchen, this picture was one of my earlier/first inspirations…still love it! Traditional Home

Let’s face it….a “statement range” can easily make a pretty kitchen into an extraordinary kitchen!

Another very classic look…..the timeless appeal of black and white checkerboard floors, love this look!

There is something so warm and inviting about this white kitchen, think it could be the pretty pleated shade fixtures, like that look a lot!

Tall, long lean cabinets are a fantastic way to emphasize height in a kitchen with high ceilings
This look I LOVE, a copper pot collection, a warm stone oversized hood, baskets, a pretty chandelier, some elements of black..stunning!
Fell in love with this at first sight…these are sooo my colors and love that floor! House Beautiful
Talk about drama! Wow…this is one dramatic and beautiful kitchen, love the way the blue and white pops against the black!  Frederike Kemp Biggs
Another successful example of how colored cabinets can work so well…I think the key is making sure there is a “chalky” effect to the color, or a milky version of the color choice…..beautiful!
Yes, yes and yes! Just amazing….love a collection of beautiful copper pots and those high ceilings! Chateau Montgeoffroy
Always have liked gingham and think this oversized gingham accented kitchen is mighty charming! Emily Ann Designs

Gorgeous classic space, Elle Decor

Giselle and Tom Brady’s warm and expansive kitchen is as beautiful as it is functional

Interesting eclectic space with the stone wall and open shelving, Veranda

This is so warm and inviting, love the wing chair seating and gingham window treatment, Veranda

My kitchen again….love my belljars and reclaimed limestone floors, to me very classic accents

A few  of my personal favorite elements for a kitchen, start with flooring! Don’t skimp, it is truly the foundation for this space in more ways than one…..

 Reclaimed limestone….as classic as it gets

LOVE this reclaimed Austrian terra cotta with the wood….fabulous!

And if you are going to use wood, how about this Versaille Parquet in a weathered finish?

COUNTERTOPS

White marble for a countetop goes literally with every style and every color kitchen, timeless!!

LIGHTING

Great lighting, for a more traditional look I love the classic feel of belljars (these are my online shop)

If you want something more transitional feeling, these round globe lights from Restoration Hardware are great looking!

And of course a crystal chandelier is a fabulous way to add beautiful lighting to a kitchen

Love the warmth and coziness that adding shades to island lighting offers

So much to  love here, what fun it is to design and dream up a new kitchen. I have to say every morning that I walk into mine, I love it as much as I did the day we moved in, there really is nothing I would have done differently, proof to try and get what you really love.  So tell me what style is your dream kitchen? What would be first on your wish list? I love to hear from you….so tell me all about it. Thank you for stopping in, if you want to see even more kitchen gorgeousness definitely  visit my Pinterest board “kitchen love”, by clicking here. Wishing you a fabulous day!

Also only two more days to take advantage of the beautiful promo for the newest Annabel Ingall bags, click here for details! I have a few bags left.

Ultimate kitchens round 3!

Hi there. It feels great to be getting back to the drawing board and doing what I love most…..blogging! I am working on various design posts and getting back to what I love to talk about. Haven’t done a kitchen post in such a long time…think its overdue! For anyone who loves design, kitchens are always at the forefront of any discussion or photo collection. The heart of the home, the one room where everyone loves to hang out in, I believe a kitchen is one room that deserves the best you can afford.

Beautiful cabinetry, great appliances, abundant storage, beautiful finishes are all wonderful but above all else it must be a functional and practical space. There are so many styles of kitchens to love. While I love a white kitchen for its clean crisp aesthetic, a European feeling kitchen with a variety of finishes is my personal favorite, hence why I created the kitchen that we did for our own home. Trends come and go but there are some that are absolutely classic and timeless.

Marble being one such thing. I wouldn’t even consider any other countertop and would give up clothes buying for a year if I had to. I love the look of marble countertops. Some argue its not practical. Go tell that to the Italians and French bakers who have it all over their restaurant countertops and floors for years or the maintenance people who oversee The famed Spanish Steps in Rome..they have been there hundreds of years and still going strong!! It is the beautiful patina that comes with time and use that makes it so uniquely perfect in my humble opinion.

As kitchens have never been given so much attention, lighting has become an equally front row and center detail. So many possibilities! I like the function of small high hats (still the best working light) coupled with interesting lighting like a chandelier or belljars. So enough of my gabbing, take a look at this newest collection of kitchens that have caught my eye for one reason or another. How about you? What’s your style? What are your must haves in a kitchen? Do tell!

This is a beautiful space. The bold blue and white paper adds so much to this beautiful kitchen!

Bleached oak never looked so fabulous….love it with the Belgian bluestone in black, gorgeous!

My own kitchen…….have since replaced the barstools. I really love my kitchen today as much as I did when I created it almost two years ago (can’t believe its been that long)!

There is certainly something very appealing about an all white kitchen and luscious white marble counterops, Homebunch

Love the pale blue with white marble counter tops in this beautiful kitchen, the sconces are an unexpected touch too, Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath. Kitchen designer, Jenny Rausch.

Ellisa Cullman created this spectacular kitchen, very dramatic…love the “to the ceiling” cabinets

This beautiful kitchen has a similar feeling to my own, love the warmth the woods adds to the painted cabinets and of course the beams….Bill Litchfield

Mark Molthan created a beautiful and very inviting, cozy kitchen by combining a rich dark wood island with painted cabinets….gorgeous!

Great French inspired kitchen, love the mix of materials, big stone hood….fabulous and timeless! Homebunch


Thomas Pheasant did an amazing job creating a warm, inviting space out of this large family kitchen….love the added accents of blue and white, a rug, and the open shelving

When designing our own kitchen, this picture was one of my earlier/first inspirations…still love it! Traditional Home

Let’s face it….a “statement range” can easily make a pretty kitchen into an extraordinary kitchen!

Another very classic look…..the timeless appeal of black and white checkerboard floors, love this look!

There is something so warm and inviting about this white kitchen, think it could be the pretty pleated shade fixtures, like that look a lot!

Tall, long lean cabinets are a fantastic way to emphasize height in a kitchen with high ceilings
This look I LOVE, a copper pot collection, a warm stone oversized hood, baskets, a pretty chandelier, some elements of black..stunning!
Fell in love with this at first sight…these are sooo my colors and love that floor! House Beautiful
Talk about drama! Wow…this is one dramatic and beautiful kitchen, love the way the blue and white pops against the black!? Frederike Kemp Biggs
Another successful example of how colored cabinets can work so well…I think the key is making sure there is a “chalky” effect to the color, or a milky version of the color choice…..beautiful!
Yes, yes and yes! Just amazing….love a collection of beautiful copper pots and those high ceilings! Chateau Montgeoffroy
Always have liked gingham and think this oversized gingham accented kitchen is mighty charming! Emily Ann Designs

Gorgeous classic space, Elle Decor

Giselle and Tom Brady’s warm and expansive kitchen is as beautiful as it is functional

Interesting eclectic space with the stone wall and open shelving, Veranda

This is so warm and inviting, love the wing chair seating and gingham window treatment, Veranda

My kitchen again….love my belljars and reclaimed limestone floors, to me very classic accents

A few? of my personal favorite elements for a kitchen, start with flooring! Don’t skimp, it is truly the foundation for this space in more ways than one…..

 

Reclaimed limestone….as classic as it gets

LOVE this reclaimed Austrian terra cotta with the wood….fabulous!

And if you are going to use wood, how about this Versaille Parquet in a weathered finish?

COUNTERTOPS

White marble for a countetop goes literally with every style and every color kitchen, timeless!!

LIGHTING

 

Great lighting, for a more traditional look I love the classic feel of belljars (these are my online shop)

If you want something more transitional feeling, these round globe lights from Restoration Hardware are great looking!

 

And of course a crystal chandelier is a fabulous way to add beautiful lighting to a kitchen

Love the warmth and coziness that adding shades to island lighting offers

So much to? love here, what fun it is to design and dream up a new kitchen. I have to say every morning that I walk into mine, I love it as much as I did the day we moved in, there really is nothing I would have done differently, proof to try and get what you really love.? So tell me what style is your dream kitchen? What would be first on your wish list? I love to hear from you….so tell me all about it. Thank you for stopping in, if you want to see even more kitchen gorgeousness definitely? visit my Pinterest board “kitchen love”, by clicking here. Wishing you a fabulous day!

Also only two more days to take advantage of the beautiful promo for the newest Annabel Ingall bags, click here for details! I have a few bags left.

 

 

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Ultimate kitchens round II and better than ever!

Good morning…….glad I had a chance to recharge my batteries yesterday because today is an action packed day, in fact this entire week is NON STOP. I literally cringed when I looked at my calendar and saw everything going on, but I will get through it as I always do. Since I have been on a kitchen roll, we will continue today on the subject of kitchens. I never ever tire of looking at incredible kitchens…and I have  a feeling most of you don’t either. Call me a kitchen junkie, I take no offense. I never stop learning and getting inspired, and that is one of the many many things I love about blogging, the constant stimulation that I get from the endless resources and the tremendous amount of inspiration that is derived from so many incredible images that we share with one another.

I have collected another round of really gorgeous kitchen images that are worth sharing so I am happy to present more scrumptious drool worthy kitchens!  Dark wood, light, wood, painted, glazed, heavily distressed, lightly distressed, European influenced, transitional, slightly modern, heavily traditional, they run the gamut but they all have one thing in common..they are all incredibly gorgeous, and are all done in fine taste. Some you might already know, but hopefuly there are some new surprises here as well.  So without further adue, here is round 2 of more ultimate kitchens! Do you have a favorite? So hard to pick just one! 

Love this great looking creamy white kitchen by Deane
A painted brown island is a nice change from the stains that we see in such abundance Skurman Architects
Another winner by Deane, so fresh and bright, a cooks dream!
Gorgeous classic creamy kitchen with antique bronze hardware, photo by Susan Gilmore
Love the rustic but elegant nature of this fabulous kitchen, photo by Roger Davies
This kitchen looks like a lot of fun….what a great space to entertain and cook in! Photo by Elizabeth Gilbert
Beautiful elegant pine kitchen with green glazed island, very elegant by Skurman Architects
This kitchen features dark stained lower cabinets and painted upper and island cabinetry, Habersham
Like all the different elements, the dark and light woods, the cute benches and differing heights of the two islands, the fun center lighting fixture, Southern Living
Sleek and transitional…..great space by Venegas
Beautiful creamy French inspired kitchen by Beverly Ellsley
Love this parquet top on the center island..fabulous Beverly Ellsley
Its pretty opulent to have such a gorgeous fireplace right in the kitchen! Beverly Ellsley
This warm wood kitchen by Christians gets dressed up with a crystal chandelier
Classic pale yellows glazed English inspired kitchen, Venegas
The dark and light trend is tremendously popular but there is no denying its beauty! Venegas
Always have liked this European feeling kitchen by Elanor Cummings
Gorgeous wall of glass doors allow this large airy kitchen to bring in the outdoors, love the big block of white marble over the dark wood island, Traditional Home
This is a newer line, which is a cleaner more transitional feeling kitchen for Habersham
Love the mix of the distressed island table, large wide planked stripped floors and painted cabinets..it really works beautifully here
Love the texture that adding the element of stone brings to this kitchen,Photo by Andreas Trauttmansdorff
This gray glazed kitchen designed by Molimo Design
What do you think about a pale blue island to give a subtle punch of color? I think it looks fabulous here, Beverly Ellsley
Creamy beauty!! DeCesare Interiors
Stunning creamy colored cabinets with black island, and sumptuous white marble..Cottonwood
Love the contrast of the light and the dark….photo by Andreas Trauttmansdorff
Love this dramatic black kitchen trimmed out in oak, fabulous! Christina Murphy
To offset all the white, a color was added to the coffered ceiling here, kitchen by Deane
Dark island with white outer cabinets…classic Christopher Peacock!
This is a great European inspired kitchen, Downsview
This simple and elegant kitchen has beautiful clean lines, Muse
This is a grand kitchen but warm and cozy thanks to the rustic beams, large island that invites your guest to come in and get comfortable, Dillon Kyle
The light and dark to perfection as seen through the eyes of Christopher Peacock
A sleek and well done transitional styled kitchen by Cottonwood
Another authentic looking beauty with reclaimed and antiqued woods, Eleanor Cummings
This is a neat space, love the high ceilings, the slipcovered stools, the beams, the fireplace, its and eclectic space that is very inviting
Habersham created this very large grand European feeling kitchen
Gorgeous space, love the leaded glass,  the classic subway and dark wood floors
Very dramatic kitchen with rich wood and black accents, Alder Kitchens
Love that gorgeous slab of white marble, beautiful galley style kitchen by Muse
I think this is nicely done with the mix of dark and light wood cabinetry wood beams and lots of texture. Only thing that makes me cringe is that microwave right in the middle! Beverly Hanks
A true Tuscan inspired kitchen, photo by Jonathan Wallen
Classic Peacock kitchen in all its white splendor, Torre Construction
Love the pass through of glass faced cabinets and wall of marble subways, beautiful! Jessica Helderson
Love the distressed woods here with the slip covered stools, the beams and stone hood, fabulous! Coastal Living
A rich English feeling kitchen glazed with lots of glass, by Cottonwood
Love the mix of painted woods and light and dark here, Downsview
Don’t you just love the oversized subways here with the black range? Just such a classic look!
Big wide extra large island makes this an entertainers dream…..love the way the cabinetry goes all the way up to the ceiling!
Glazed taupe cabinets look antiqued here with a dark stained island
Gorgeous rich play of textures and woods, Downsview
Tria Giovan created this cozy kitchen with beadboard cabinets, interesting seeing the small stolls around the island
Dana Wolter designed this pretty kitchen using a combination of painted cabinetry and a limed oak distressed center island.
Wow that’s a whole lots of pretty!! Kind of has my head spinning! So…can you pick a favorite? If someone were to wave a magic wand and transform your kitchen into one of these beauties which would you pick? I would love to know! Hope you have an enchanted day!

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Ultimate kitchens round II and better than ever!

Good morning…….glad I had a chance to recharge my batteries yesterday because today is an action packed day, in fact this entire week is NON STOP. I literally cringed when I looked at my calendar and saw everything going on, but I will get through it as I always do. Since I have been on a kitchen roll, we will continue today on the subject of kitchens. I never ever tire of looking at incredible kitchens…and I have ?a feeling most of you don’t either. Call me a kitchen junkie, I take no offense. I never stop learning and getting inspired, and that is one of the many many things I love about blogging, the constant stimulation that I get from the endless resources and the tremendous amount of inspiration that is derived from so many incredible images that we share with one another.

I have collected another round of really gorgeous kitchen images that are worth sharing so I am happy to present more scrumptious drool worthy kitchens! ?Dark wood, light, wood, painted, glazed, heavily distressed, lightly distressed, European influenced, transitional, slightly modern, heavily traditional, they run the gamut but they all have one thing in common..they are all incredibly gorgeous, and are all done in fine taste. Some you might already know, but hopefuly there are some new surprises here as well. ?So without further adue, here is round 2 of more ultimate kitchens! Do you have a favorite? So hard to pick just one!?

Love this great looking creamy white kitchen by Deane
A painted brown island is a nice change from the stains that we see in such abundance Skurman Architects
Another winner by Deane, so fresh and bright, a cooks dream!
Gorgeous classic creamy kitchen with antique bronze hardware, photo by Susan Gilmore
Love the rustic but elegant nature of this fabulous kitchen, photo by Roger Davies
This kitchen looks like a lot of fun….what a great space to entertain and cook in! Photo by Elizabeth Gilbert
Beautiful elegant pine kitchen with green glazed island, very elegant by Skurman Architects
This kitchen features dark stained lower cabinets and painted upper and island cabinetry, Habersham
Like all the different elements, the dark and light woods, the cute benches and differing heights of the two islands, the fun center lighting fixture, Southern Living
Sleek and transitional…..great space by Venegas
Beautiful creamy French inspired kitchen by Beverly Ellsley
Love this parquet top on the center island..fabulous Beverly Ellsley
Its pretty opulent to have such a gorgeous fireplace right in the kitchen! Beverly Ellsley
This warm wood kitchen by Christians gets dressed up with?a crystal chandelier
Classic pale yellows glazed English inspired kitchen, Venegas
The dark and light trend is tremendously popular but there is no denying its beauty! Venegas
Always have liked this European feeling kitchen by Elanor Cummings
Gorgeous wall of glass doors allow this large airy kitchen to bring in the outdoors, love the big block of white marble over the dark wood island, Traditional Home
This is a newer line, which is a cleaner more transitional feeling kitchen for Habersham
Love the mix of the distressed island table, large wide planked stripped floors and painted cabinets..it really works beautifully here
Love the texture that adding the element of stone brings to this kitchen,Photo by Andreas Trauttmansdorff
This gray glazed kitchen designed by Molimo Design
What do you think about a pale blue island to give a subtle punch of color? I think it looks fabulous here, Beverly Ellsley
Creamy beauty!! DeCesare Interiors
Stunning creamy colored cabinets with black island, and sumptuous white marble..Cottonwood
Love the contrast of the light and the dark….photo by Andreas Trauttmansdorff
Love this dramatic black kitchen trimmed out in oak, fabulous! Christina Murphy
To offset all the white, a color was added to the coffered ceiling here, kitchen by Deane
Dark island with white outer cabinets…classic Christopher Peacock!
This is a great European inspired kitchen, Downsview
This simple and elegant kitchen has beautiful clean lines, Muse
This is a grand kitchen but warm and cozy thanks to the rustic beams, large island that invites your guest to come in and get comfortable, Dillon Kyle
The light and dark to perfection as seen through the eyes of Christopher Peacock
A sleek and well done transitional styled kitchen by Cottonwood
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Another authentic looking beauty with reclaimed and antiqued woods, Eleanor Cummings
This is a neat space, love the high ceilings, the slipcovered?stools, the beams, the fireplace, its and eclectic space that is very inviting
Habersham created this very large grand European feeling kitchen
Gorgeous space, love the leaded glass, ?the classic subway and dark wood floors
Very dramatic kitchen with rich wood and black accents, Alder Kitchens
Love that gorgeous slab of white marble, beautiful galley style kitchen by?Muse
I think this is nicely done with the mix of dark and light wood cabinetry wood beams and lots of texture. Only thing that makes me cringe is that microwave right in the middle! Beverly Hanks
A true Tuscan inspired kitchen, photo by Jonathan Wallen
Classic Peacock kitchen in all its white splendor, Torre Construction
Love the pass through of glass faced cabinets and wall of marble subways, beautiful! Jessica Helderson
Love the distressed woods here with?the slip covered stools, the beams and stone hood, fabulous! Coastal Living
A rich English feeling kitchen glazed with lots of glass, by Cottonwood
Love the mix of painted woods and light and dark here, Downsview
Don’t you just love the oversized subways here with the black range? Just such a classic look!
Big wide extra large island makes this an entertainers dream…..love the way the cabinetry goes all the way up to the ceiling!
Glazed taupe?cabinets look antiqued here with a dark stained island
Gorgeous rich play of textures and woods, Downsview
Tria Giovan created this cozy kitchen with beadboard cabinets, interesting seeing the small stolls around the island
Dana Wolter designed this pretty kitchen using a combination of painted cabinetry and a limed oak distressed center island.
Wow that’s a whole lots of pretty!! Kind of has my head spinning! So…can you pick a favorite? If someone were to wave a magic wand and transform your kitchen into one of these beauties which would you pick? I would love to know! Hope you have an enchanted day!

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Creating the ultimate European influenced Kitchen

Good morning!  I like to think the kitchen I am building/about to put into my new home is a modified European looking kitchen. I wanted it to be heavily  “European influenced” and have definitely incorporated some serious European touches such as the reclaimed limestone floors, the limestone hood, the distressed beams, the black European range,the aged hardware (that I am still picking out) and other little decorative touches.
 I could have gone even further but for me  I needed to also combine this strong aesthetic desire with functionality and practicality. That said, there is nothing in my eyes, more beautiful than a gorgeous European looking kitchen. It is so timeless, and it never ever goes out of style. It is so grand and elegant, so regal and stately. It just works. Here are some of the “ingredients” that I think are necessary to create a true and authentic European kitchen. Would love to know what you think and if you have any additions to make, would love to hear them!!


ANTIQUE BUTCHERS BLOCK……LOVE this, such a unique piece, still trying to figure out a way and I am determined where and how I can incorporate one into my own kitchen. The new ones just won’t do. The old ones are just so fabulous with their aged woods and the most perfect patina, the beautiful hardware…how gorgeous are they? They can be found fairly small to be used as a small accent piece or you can scour the land and find some really big monster blocks. They just add instant character to a new kitchen, no doubt about it. The second to last picture shows a very large one incorporated into a newer kitchen…fabulous!!!!!!

How clever was this to have an antique butchers block outfitted with plumbing and used as a vanity?  Gorgeous!!!!!!!
EUROPEAN RANGE. The ever so beautiful enameled range, is there anything that says ” I am European” more than the quintessential enameled range? I think not. There are many brands that make them, each wonderful, beautiful, highly functional and fabulous. Ilve, Le Cornue, La Canche, and now Viking has gotten in on the act, and they each make their ranges in a host of  spectacular colors  with rich old world heavy duty hardware. They truly are the crowing touch in any European inspired kitchen. Below is a  sampling of the ranges….all so beautiful!

This is the one I ended up doing, the 60 inch Ilve in black

This is a close up again of the Ilve in black

HONED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS. Some might argue that marble is not practical, it scratches, it stains,etc…but I owned it for seven wonderful years, and every day that I walked into my kitchen I swear that I thanked my lucky stars for my gorgeous marble countertops! They MADE my kitchen and I would not have done it any other way.  There is a reason where throughout Europe you see marble lavishly and abundantly used throughout every pizzeria and 
restaurant countetop and its been this way for centuries! So, I of course will be going this route once again and very happily I might add! I love the look of honed marble in particular, it gives it a slightly aged worn look………and a few scratches and stains just add to the character of the stone.

GORGEOUS HARDWARE. In a kitchen of this nature, the hardware can make or break the look so choose wisely. In my humble opinion, an antique brass or bronze hardware works well as it is in keeping with the old world feel of this particular look. Though I am a huge huge fan of polished nickel, it is too new and shiny and perfect for this look therefore I would steer clear for this particular style kitchen. Here are a few examples of kitchen hardware that I think work well in this style kitchen
EUROPEAN APPLIANCES. Seeing these beauties makes my heart beat a little faster. They are just so incredibly gorgeous. Built to pass down for generations, these are not for the faint of heart. (and I am referring to your pocketbook as well so start being real nice to hubby NOW) These are heavy duty ready for battle serious appliances! Love the old world feeling, the gorgeous hardware, the beautiful patina and the rich array of colors as only the Europeans seem to be able to master! Make sure you allow six months when ordering….but so worth the wait.(very hard to get for the U.S. this company is mostly geared for Europeans but its fun to look- isn’t it?) There is no doubt that these are the crowning touch for any European inspired kitchen!

WOOD BEAMS. Nothing like distressed/antiqued beams in a kitchen to add some charm and character to a kitchen. I love the look…. personally to me, for a European feeling kitchen, the beams add a great deal of authenticity. Slightly distressed, antiqued is the way to go…too perfect makes them feel too new. Here is an example of how great they can look….
Love the mix of woods here, stunning!
House Beautiful featured this gorgeous kitchen
Pretty beams highlight the island and hardwood floors
Traditional Home….love this entire space, just perfection!
RECLAIMED LIMESTONE FLOORS. I know you have to pick your battles. This was one I was determined to win, (and I did) and my husband was man enough to admit I was right 🙂 The reclaimed limestone floors totally “make” my kitchen, in my eyes. Though my kitchen is not in, and even though its the only element in my kitchen, it just added instant character to the space…it was amazing how it transformed an empty shell! I love them. We got ours from Paris Ceramics who import theirs from France. They are truly exquisite and so timeless…whats not to love!

THE LIMESTONE HOOD. Ahhh..the almighty limestone range hood. Gotta have it! The focal point of the kitchen (well it might have some competition from the gorgeous enameled range) but no denying the beauty of this majestic element. Many companies make them in a wide range of styles from French to more Gothic…all so beautiful. They are truly the ultimate way to showcase a beautiful range. Here is a sampling of how gorgeous they are……..

ANTIQUE LIGHTING/LANTERNS. You definitely need an antique or antique reproduction lighting element in this kitchen. It can be over the seating area, over the island or over both (as I think I am going to do) but lighting is really a key element in a kitchen and I am sometimes blown away by how much or little of an impact lighting can make, so definitely  take the time to choose something really great! I love these antique lanterns below…….this is just the kind of look I am after. (especially the first one, unfortunately this particular one is sold) 
COPPER POTS. No European kitchen is complete without gleaming copper pots! Ideally ones that are actually used to cook in and not just for show:) There are many brands that make them, Ruffoni is a popular brand sold here in the U.S. Bourgeat is another French company which also makes outstanding copper clad pots. Chateau Provence, Ballarini are a few more wonderful companies and still there are several other great companies….copper pots are a must!
There you have it…of course you have to add in your own little “extras” like special dishes, gorgeous linens, little knick knacks that make your kitchen your own personal space and lets not even forget the almighty wine!! Would love to know what you think and if there is something else you would add to create the ultimate European kitchen!! I always love to hear what you have to say…….enjoy your day!

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Creating the ultimate European influenced Kitchen

Good morning! ?I like to think the kitchen I am building/about to put into my new home is a modified European looking kitchen. I wanted it to be heavily ?”European influenced” and have definitely incorporated some serious European touches such as the reclaimed limestone floors, the limestone hood, the distressed beams, the black European range,the aged hardware (that I am still picking out) and other little decorative touches.

?I could have gone even further but for me ?I needed to also combine this strong aesthetic desire with functionality and practicality. That said, there is nothing in my eyes, more beautiful than a gorgeous European looking kitchen. It is so timeless, and it never ever goes out of style. It is so grand and elegant, so regal and stately. It just works. Here are some of the “ingredients” that I think are necessary to create a true and authentic European kitchen. Would love to know what?you think and if you have any additions to make, would love to hear them!!





ANTIQUE BUTCHERS BLOCK……LOVE this, such a unique piece, still trying to figure out a way and I am determined where and how I can incorporate one into my own kitchen. The new ones just won’t do. The old ones are just so fabulous with their aged woods and the most perfect patina, the beautiful hardware…how gorgeous are they? They can be found fairly small to be used as a small accent piece or you can scour the land and find some really big monster blocks. They just add instant character to a new kitchen, no doubt about it. The second to last picture shows a very large one incorporated into a newer kitchen…fabulous!!!!!!

How clever was this to have an antique butchers block outfitted with plumbing and used as a vanity? ?Gorgeous!!!!!!!
EUROPEAN RANGE. The ever so beautiful enameled range, is there anything that says ” I am European” more than the quintessential enameled range? I think not. There are many brands that make them, each wonderful, beautiful, highly functional and fabulous. Ilve, Le Cornue, La Canche, and now Viking has gotten in on the act, and they each make their ranges in a host of ?spectacular colors ?with rich old world heavy duty hardware. They truly are the crowing touch in any European inspired kitchen. Below is a ?sampling of the ranges….all so beautiful!

This is the one I ended up doing, the 60 inch Ilve in black

This is a close up again of the Ilve in black

HONED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS. Some might argue that marble is not practical, it scratches, it stains,etc…but I owned it for seven wonderful years, and every day that I walked into my kitchen I swear that I thanked my lucky stars for my gorgeous marble countertops! They MADE my kitchen and I would not have done it any other way. ?There is a reason where throughout Europe you see marble lavishly and abundantly used throughout every pizzeria and?
restaurant?countetop and its been this way for centuries! So, I of course?will be going this route once again and very happily I might add! I love the?look of honed marble in particular, it gives it a slightly aged worn?look………and a few scratches and stains just add to the character of the stone.

GORGEOUS HARDWARE. In a kitchen of this nature, the hardware can make or break the look so choose wisely. In my humble opinion, an antique brass or bronze hardware works well as it is in keeping with the old world feel of this particular look. Though I am a huge huge fan of polished nickel, it is too new and shiny and perfect for this look therefore I would steer clear for this particular style kitchen. Here are a few examples of kitchen hardware that I think work well in this style kitchen
EUROPEAN APPLIANCES. Seeing these beauties makes my heart beat a little faster. They are just so incredibly gorgeous. Built to pass down for generations, these are not for the faint of heart. (and I am referring to your pocketbook as well so start being real nice to hubby NOW) These are heavy duty ready for battle serious appliances! Love the old world feeling, the gorgeous hardware, the beautiful patina and the rich array of colors as only the Europeans seem to be able to master! Make sure you allow six months when ordering….but so worth the wait.(very hard to get for the U.S. this company is mostly geared for Europeans but its fun to look- isn’t it?) There is no doubt that these are the crowning touch for any European inspired kitchen!

WOOD BEAMS. Nothing like distressed/antiqued beams in a kitchen to add some charm and character to a kitchen. I love the look…. personally to me, for a European feeling kitchen, the beams add a great deal of authenticity. Slightly distressed, antiqued is the way to go…too perfect makes them feel too new. Here is an example of how great they can look….
Love the mix of woods here, stunning!
House Beautiful featured this gorgeous kitchen
Pretty beams highlight the island and hardwood floors
Traditional Home….love this entire space, just perfection!
RECLAIMED LIMESTONE FLOORS. I know you have to pick your battles. This was one I was determined to win, (and I did) and my husband was man enough to admit I was right 🙂 The reclaimed limestone floors totally “make” my kitchen, in my eyes. Though my kitchen is not in, and even though its the only element in my kitchen, it just added instant character to the space…it was amazing how it transformed an empty shell! I love them. We got ours from Paris Ceramics who import theirs from France. They are truly exquisite and so timeless…whats not to love!

THE LIMESTONE HOOD. Ahhh..the almighty limestone range hood. Gotta have it! The focal point of the kitchen (well it might have some competition from the gorgeous enameled range) but no denying the beauty of this majestic element. Many companies make them in a wide range of styles from French to more Gothic…all so beautiful. They are truly the ultimate way to showcase a beautiful range. Here is a sampling of how gorgeous?they are……..

ANTIQUE LIGHTING/LANTERNS. You definitely need an antique or antique reproduction lighting element in this kitchen. It can be over the seating area, over the island or over both (as I think I am going to do) but lighting is really a key element in a kitchen and I am sometimes blown away by how much or little of an impact lighting can make, so definitely ?take the time to choose something really great! I love these antique lanterns below…….this is just the kind of look?I am after. (especially the first one, unfortunately this particular one is sold)?
COPPER POTS. No European kitchen is complete without gleaming copper pots! Ideally ones that are actually used to cook in and not just for show:) There are many brands that make them, Ruffoni is a popular brand sold here in the U.S. Bourgeat is another French company which also makes outstanding copper clad pots. Chateau Provence, Ballarini are a few more wonderful companies and still there are several other great companies….copper pots are a must!
There you have it…of course you have to add in your own little “extras” like special dishes, gorgeous linens, little knick knacks that make your kitchen your own personal space and lets not even forget the almighty wine!! Would love to know what you think and if there is something else you would add to create the ultimate European kitchen!! I always love to hear what you have to say…….enjoy your day!

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A penchant for pendants

Good morning….about the house update. We are nearly completely sheet rocked so the fun has just begun. Trimwork started yesterday and the bathrooms are underway…finally getting to the stage where we get to look at the pretty things! I have had enough of raw wood,sawdust, and unfinished spaces to last me a lifetime, its time to button this baby up! I took pictures yesterday and will post them on my post tomorrow.
Show me a room that has a pendant lighting that isn’t beautiful. I love them…… they add elegance, soft lighting and a certain sense of proportion to a room. Used everywhere from foyers, to bathrooms and kitchens, you see them in outdoor spaces too. I love pendant lighting for their versatility. In my old house, I had them in my hallway, my foyer, above the staircase and in my breakfast room. I plan to use them once again in abundance in the new house. So today I showcase all the many wonderful ways to use this wonderful lighting. I am contemplating what kind of lighting to use over my center island in the kitchen since logically speaking, this will be and has to be one of the first rooms to complete. I like the idea of a belljar pendant or a large lantern type pendant. The best part? So many manufacturers make them, that they are very affordable and can be had inexpensively…..you don’t need to spend a fortune to get the look, that’s always a big perk! What do you think?
(I am also announcing an amazing giveaway on Friday…stay tuned)

Pendants can be used anywhere…as shown in this beautiful porch, Joan Behnke
Interesting hexagon shaped pendants add interest to this gorgeous kitchen
Round globe like pendants add a funky modern touch to this otherwise traditional kitchen, Bacco
Four industrial inspired looking pendants complement the stainless center island
Suzanne Kasler used pendant lighting in this beautiful gray painted butlers pantry
Pretty lampshades over these pendants gives a warm and inviting, country feel to this kitchen, Mark Maresca
Pendant lighting was used in this grand living room on the timbered beams
Gorgeous over sized square pendants used here for this pretty dining area, Kohler
 
A more industrial type pendant light was used for this classic white kitchen
Skinny pendants are used strictly for effect, obviously not much light from these babies,Craig Lovell photographer
Four black pendants is used to carry the black theme and offer a bold geometric shape to the room, Mark Maresca
Pendants always look great in a hallway/public space especially in pairs, Bacco
Pendants work in this shabby chic bathroom, Decorpad
A pair of large scaled lanterns was used in this beautiful kitchen, Dillon Kyle
Oversized bamboo pendant lighting works well with this dining room, Decorpad
If its good enough for Ralph (yes Ralph Lauren) then they are good enough for me!
A pendant on a rod is another attractive option, though I personally prefer separate fixtures
A grouping of pendant fixtures  were used in this beautiful dining room to add to the Tuscan feel
Steven Gambrell used beautiful pale blue pendant lanterns for this pretty hallway
Amy Morris used these oversized pendant lanterns for overhead lighting above this beautiful center island, love the finish
Hanging pendants were used in place of sconces in this elegant bath
Black pendants were used to add balance to the black countertops, stools and hardware
The pendants work well in this industrial inspired elegant kitchen, Coastal Living
Beautiful outdoor covered porch used stunning pendants in iron, William Waldron
Love these romantic, charming shades used on the pendants, gives the room such character
A pair of pendant lights graces the sides of this Japanese inspired master bedroom, Aluminaire
A large grouping of brass pendants were used in this kitchen
Gorgeous dramatic black closet/dressing area gets a pair of pendants, Celerie Kemble
The brass pendants dress up the space and give it a little sparkle!
Gorgeous kitchen looks perfect with this pair of nickel pendants over the island
A pair of pendant lights was used as an accent,in this bedroom for drama
A pretty pair of belljar pendants were used for low voltage lighting in this pretty kitchen
Jessica Helgerson used simple modern pendants for this attractive more transitional styled kitchen
This beautiful space gets a grouping of pendant lighting which creates warmth and adds some intimacy to the high ceilings, Custom furniture
Gorgeous outdoor porch gets a pair or iron pendants…stunning!
So what do you think? Do you like pendants or do you already have them in your home? Whats your favorite room to use pendants in? Do you have a favorite kind of lighting? I am not a high hats fan though appreciate their function and lighting capabilities. I love low lights…sconces, lamps, lanterns,etc…..makes a room glow.  Love to know what you think! Have a great day.

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A penchant for pendants

Good morning….about the house update. We are nearly completely sheet rocked so the fun has just begun. Trimwork started yesterday and the bathrooms are underway…finally getting to the stage where we get to look at the pretty things! I have had enough of raw wood,sawdust, and unfinished spaces to last me a lifetime, its time to button this baby up! I took pictures yesterday and will post them on my post tomorrow.

Show me a room that has a pendant lighting that isn’t beautiful. I love them…… they add elegance, soft lighting and a certain sense of proportion to a room. Used everywhere from foyers, to bathrooms and kitchens, you see them in outdoor spaces too. I love pendant lighting for their versatility. In my old house, I had them in my hallway, my foyer, above the staircase and in my breakfast room. I plan to use them once again in abundance in the new house. So today I showcase all the many wonderful ways to use this wonderful lighting. I am contemplating what kind of lighting to use over my center island in the kitchen since logically speaking, this will be and has to be one of the first rooms to complete. I like the idea of a belljar pendant or a large lantern type pendant. The best part? So many manufacturers make them, that they are very affordable and can be had inexpensively…..you don’t need to spend a fortune to get the look, that’s always a big perk! What do you think?

(I am also announcing an amazing giveaway on Friday…stay tuned)



Pendants can be used anywhere…as shown in this beautiful porch, Joan Behnke
Interesting hexagon shaped pendants add interest to this gorgeous kitchen
Round globe like pendants add a funky modern touch to this otherwise traditional kitchen, Bacco
Four industrial inspired looking pendants complement the stainless center island
Suzanne Kasler used pendant lighting in this beautiful gray painted butlers pantry
Pretty lampshades over these pendants gives a warm and inviting, country feel to this kitchen, Mark Maresca
Pendant lighting was used in this grand living room on the timbered beams
Gorgeous over sized square pendants used here for this pretty dining area, Kohler
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A more industrial type pendant light was used for this classic white kitchen
Skinny pendants are used strictly for effect, obviously not much light from these babies,Craig Lovell photographer
Four black pendants is used to carry the black theme and offer a bold geometric shape to the room, Mark Maresca
Pendants always look great in a hallway/public space especially in pairs, Bacco
Pendants work in this shabby chic bathroom, Decorpad
A pair of large scaled lanterns was used in this beautiful kitchen, Dillon Kyle
Oversized bamboo pendant lighting works well with this dining room, Decorpad
If its good enough for Ralph (yes Ralph Lauren) then they are good enough for me!
A pendant on a rod is another attractive option, though I personally prefer separate fixtures
A grouping of pendant fixtures??were used in this beautiful dining room to add to the Tuscan feel
Steven Gambrell used beautiful pale blue pendant lanterns for this pretty hallway
Amy Morris used these oversized pendant lanterns for overhead lighting above this beautiful center island, love the finish
Hanging pendants were used in place of sconces in this elegant bath
Black pendants were used to add balance to the black countertops, stools and hardware
The pendants work well in this industrial inspired elegant kitchen, Coastal Living
Beautiful outdoor covered porch used stunning pendants in iron, William Waldron
Love these romantic, charming shades used on the pendants, gives the room such character
A pair of pendant lights graces the sides of this Japanese inspired master bedroom, Aluminaire
A large grouping of brass pendants were used in this kitchen
Gorgeous dramatic black closet/dressing area gets a pair of pendants, Celerie Kemble
The brass pendants dress up the space and give it a little sparkle!
Gorgeous kitchen looks perfect with this pair of nickel pendants over the island
A pair of pendant lights was used as an accent,in this bedroom for drama
A pretty pair of belljar pendants were used for low voltage lighting in this pretty kitchen
Jessica Helgerson used simple modern pendants for this attractive more transitional styled kitchen
This beautiful space gets a grouping of pendant lighting which creates warmth and adds some intimacy to the high ceilings, Custom furniture
Gorgeous outdoor porch gets a pair or iron pendants…stunning!
So what do you think? Do you like pendants or do you already have them in your home? Whats your favorite room to use pendants in? Do you have a favorite kind of lighting? I am not a high hats fan though appreciate their function and lighting capabilities. I love low lights…sconces, lamps, lanterns,etc…..makes a room glow. ?Love to know what you think! Have a great day.

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited!


Just a short and very important note, then my post follows……



I know in ?the tristate area, many of you have heard the tragic story about the beautiful couple with an 18 month old who have within 2 weeks of each other, unbelievably been diagnosed with late stages of cancer. I had a hard time hearing it, feeling powerless and heart broken for what seems like the unimaginable. ?Then yesterday, I got a phone call from a good friend whose family is best friends with this couple and their family! She asked if she could send me their blog (started well before either got sick) and initially a blog to talk about their blissful life and the joys of raising a young baby. There is also a website created by family and friends, to raise money for them, since they are both knee deep in treatment and both far too ill to work. Elisa has been diagnosed with late stage 4 breast cancer and Nathan with stage 3 rectal cancer. Talk about putting my little problems and complaints in perspective. So below is the link to their blog as well as the link to the website that’s been set up. I hope you will take a few minutes (I got so absorbed in it, I spent nearly 45 minutes reading through it) and say a prayer for them both and their beautiful little family.?



Elisa and Nathan’s blog-http://familybondingtime.blogspot.com/



Link to support the Bond family-?http://www.friendsofnathanandelisa.blogspot.com/



Thank you. I normally would not use a frivolous blog that discusses paint color and interior design musings for something this serious unless it really touched me and suffice to say, it has.

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Happy Sunday….. Its a day to relax, sit back and enjoy……and a day for my Sunday “house tour”. Today we are staying along the Atlantic seaboard and traveling up and down the Northeast coast….. fabled location to many a quaint, charming and did I mention expensive coastal resort towns!

We are going to visit three ultimate dreamy beach houses….one on Nantucket, one in Bar Harbour, Maine and then finally down to Southampoton, NY. Each one, so beautifully done and built in the most picturesque settings with?jaw droppingly beautiful views, decorated with being on the coast in mind. Though each is graceful and elegant, there is a laid back, very inviting appeal to each. So take a look, have fun and do let me know if you have a favorite and why!





NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS. You arrive via ferry on a perfect summer day and are whisked off to your new oceanfront vacation house for the summer. Hope this fabulous home is up to your standards and hope you ?will be able to adjust having to stare out at those views that go on for miles..not easy, but someones gotta do it! Definitely a great entertaining home, filled with lots of elegant but inviting furnishings. Love the bright sunlit rooms that take advantage of the incredible views from every window, and the pools not too bad either:)



?BAR HARBOR, MAINE. Then we are off to another fabulous home, this one located in tony Bar Harbor, Maine the famous bastion of old money and understated elegance. None other than our beloved Bunny Williams decorated this stately and fabulously elegant home. I could live in that dining room alone…..the views and setting are almost hypnotizing. Think I might enjoy spending the summer holed up in this “beach cottage”…what do you think?

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK. Last, If you need to travel to yet one more fabulous beach playground, then why not try Southampton? No stranger to fabulously grand homes, this one does not disappoint. Built and inspired by the grand coastal homes of yesteryear, quality was not spared in this large incredible family home, built for generations to enjoy. Large scaled comfortable and inviting rooms are decorated in a sophisticated but coastal style….with the views from that bedroom, I might never leave!

Are you ready to go? ?I am! I could be happy spending a summer??lifetime in any one of these!?You know I love to know if you have a favorite and why….do tell! ?Hope you enjoy a wonderful and enchanting Sunday.

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited!

Just a short and very important note, then my post follows……

I know in  the tristate area, many of you have heard the tragic story about the beautiful couple with an 18 month old who have within 2 weeks of each other, unbelievably been diagnosed with late stages of cancer. I had a hard time hearing it, feeling powerless and heart broken for what seems like the unimaginable.  Then yesterday, I got a phone call from a good friend whose family is best friends with this couple and their family! She asked if she could send me their blog (started well before either got sick) and initially a blog to talk about their blissful life and the joys of raising a young baby. There is also a website created by family and friends, to raise money for them, since they are both knee deep in treatment and both far too ill to work. Elisa has been diagnosed with late stage 4 breast cancer and Nathan with stage 3 rectal cancer. Talk about putting my little problems and complaints in perspective. So below is the link to their blog as well as the link to the website that’s been set up. I hope you will take a few minutes (I got so absorbed in it, I spent nearly 45 minutes reading through it) and say a prayer for them both and their beautiful little family. 

Elisa and Nathan’s blog-http://familybondingtime.blogspot.com/

Link to support the Bond family- http://www.friendsofnathanandelisa.blogspot.com/

Thank you. I normally would not use a frivolous blog that discusses paint color and interior design musings for something this serious unless it really touched me and suffice to say, it has.
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Happy Sunday….. Its a day to relax, sit back and enjoy……and a day for my Sunday “house tour”. Today we are staying along the Atlantic seaboard and traveling up and down the Northeast coast….. fabled location to many a quaint, charming and did I mention expensive coastal resort towns!
We are going to visit three ultimate dreamy beach houses….one on Nantucket, one in Bar Harbour, Maine and then finally down to Southampoton, NY. Each one, so beautifully done and built in the most picturesque settings with jaw droppingly beautiful views, decorated with being on the coast in mind. Though each is graceful and elegant, there is a laid back, very inviting appeal to each. So take a look, have fun and do let me know if you have a favorite and why!


NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS. You arrive via ferry on a perfect summer day and are whisked off to your new oceanfront vacation house for the summer. Hope this fabulous home is up to your standards and hope you  will be able to adjust having to stare out at those views that go on for miles..not easy, but someones gotta do it! Definitely a great entertaining home, filled with lots of elegant but inviting furnishings. Love the bright sunlit rooms that take advantage of the incredible views from every window, and the pools not too bad either:)

 BAR HARBOR, MAINE. Then we are off to another fabulous home, this one located in tony Bar Harbor, Maine the famous bastion of old money and understated elegance. None other than our beloved Bunny Williams decorated this stately and fabulously elegant home. I could live in that dining room alone…..the views and setting are almost hypnotizing. Think I might enjoy spending the summer holed up in this “beach cottage”…what do you think?

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK. Last, If you need to travel to yet one more fabulous beach playground, then why not try Southampton? No stranger to fabulously grand homes, this one does not disappoint. Built and inspired by the grand coastal homes of yesteryear, quality was not spared in this large incredible family home, built for generations to enjoy. Large scaled comfortable and inviting rooms are decorated in a sophisticated but coastal style….with the views from that bedroom, I might never leave!

Are you ready to go?  I am! I could be happy spending a summer  lifetime in any one of these! You know I love to know if you have a favorite and why….do tell!  Hope you enjoy a wonderful and enchanting Sunday.

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