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11 March 2010

You, me and the kitchen sink

Hello everyone! Today we can all take a peek at Kit's kitchen in Missoula, Montana.


"My kitchen is very small! What one would call a galley kitchen, but I find it is very efficient and I really don't have to move very much to get what I want....lol The deciding factor in the colors of my kitchen is the pottery I have collected for years, it is called Rooster and Roses and was something my mother had when I was a little girl. I only have one original piece from that collection (the lamp on the cupboard) and so have started my own. I also have always loved the bold colors and design, of my favorite artist Mary Engelbreit and have added lots of her illustrations and unusual items like my homemade tea cup lamp and black and white checkerboard to liven things up a bit.


My home is 60 years old and the cupboards are original and I have never touched the white paint. I love the patina and "look" of so many hands having touched them. There are even little notes attached from the first owners that are so precious to me (on the inside). I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!"

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66 comments:

  1. What a cheery kitchen-I would love to cook in here! My kitchen is small but not as pretty as yours! Thanks for sharing-Karen from CT

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  2. I just love Kit's kitchen. The rooster theme and the colors are just fabulous. Wonderful warm colors - so inviting! Thanks for sharing!
    Karen, Michigan, USA

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  3. I love Mary Engelbreit too. Cute kitchen!

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  4. How lovely.

    I'm particularly jealous of all those drawers!

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  5. Very cheery! And I love the chandelier. I can definitely see the influence of Mary Engelbreit. Great kitchen!

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  6. Mary Englebreit is one of my all time favorites! So whimsical, and usually garden related! You have a very adorable kitchen!

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  7. So bright and cheerful!! You must always be smiling in such a happy kitchen!!

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  8. What a lovely kitchen, I love the colors :) .
    Blessings,
    Catherine

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  9. I love your little kitchen. Very sweet and clearly it brings you a lot of joy. I can't think of a better judge of a kitchen, than the happiness it gives those who enter. I too, have a galley style kitchen, and though its size frustrates me at times, I love how warm and cozy it always feels. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  10. Beautiful kitchen. I especially love the red!

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  11. the cabinets are beautiful! and I love your idea of hanging photos on the outside of the doors!

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  12. Oh, I love this kitchen, the colors are great! thanks for sharing. :-)

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  13. I love the black, white and red accents! Mary Engelbreit is one of my favorite designers too. Well done!

    Blessings,
    Dianne

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  14. What a lovey kitchen,I think it is just gorgeous and can imagine that when people call their eyes pivot all round to look at your "treasures" while they enjoy a cuppa,love your lamp and the colour scheme is stiking and warm.

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  15. Gosh - I'm first to comment tonight! What a pretty kitchen. I love your china (I collect it too). We have a similar colour red (sort of Raspberry) in our bedroom. You would never guess your kitchen units were at all old.

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  16. love how just right for Kit her kitchen is - that is exactly my goal for mine - just right for me - even if it's not 'mainstream' or 'normal' - it's my little haven and i want it to be as perfect (for me!) as possible.

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  17. What a lovely little kitchen. Reminds me of the one I grew up with (which was actually even smaller!) where my Mom cooked for the eight of us. How sweet of you to keep the original owners notes!

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  18. Your kitchen is beautiful, and the chandelier is just so unique. Very pretty space to work in.

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  19. Lovely kitchen - very fun with your collections and Mary Englebreit artwork!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I love the red wall and the "Engelbreit-ish" touches. It looks like a cheerful place to work.

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  21. I love your cosy kitchen. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  22. What a lovely kitchen! I can definitely see the Mary Engelbreit influence too. It would be a joy to cook in that kitchen. :)

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  23. That cup and saucer chandelier is fabulous!! I love it!

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  24. How much fun is this kitchen. The light fixture is something to remember. Love it. ---Krystal

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  25. What a lovely and homey kitchen! I love that sink!!

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  26. I love the color combination and all the decorative bits here and there make such a lovely kitchen! Linda from Oklahoma

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  27. Beautiful ... just beautiful! Paint patina is wonderful .. not all perfect .. but well worn .. adds charm and character. The tea cup light is pure whimsy and one of a kind. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. oh my gosh I love it, I love it, I love it! Absolutely adorable!!

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  29. Gorgeous! Love the deep red end wall.

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  30. Such a nice kitchen, i love how you have incorporated so many pieces and they make a lovely whole. I'm envious of all your drawers!

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  31. Really cute cheery kitchen I love the pottery and rooster theme I also have that theme. Your kitchen is so inviting. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Beautiful! I find myself just looking and looking at everything and wondering, "How did she do that?" You've created such a great look. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  33. I get warm fuzzies just looking at this kitchen. It oozes the love.

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  34. What a fun kitchen. One of my favorite color schemes.

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  35. Thank you all for your lovely comments on my kitchen! You are so sweet! And thank you Rhonda for featuring it on your blog. Have a wonderful day all. Kit

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  36. What a beautiful Kitchen! I love the contrast of the white cupboards with the dark counter tops! So pretty :) Thank you for sharing!

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  37. I think that is one of the most gorgeous kitchens, you gave me some ideas for mine. Thankyou for sharing it.
    Erika (Gold Coast)

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  38. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your kitchen. So cheerful and pretty. Love the idea of pictures on the doors, and LOVE the teacup light fixture.
    You have quite a flair for decorating.
    LOVE IT!!!!!!!
    Cheryl - Indiana (USA)

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  39. You have certainly captured the Mary Engelbreit look and she is also a favorite of mine .Delightful kitchen and I can see why you love to work here .
    Sheila in Nova Scotia

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  40. I love your kitchen! My mom did her kitchen in roosters and I loved it.Now we are remodeling ours and I want to do the rooster theme too!Plus mom has lots of things she's collected and has no place for them and she's gladly given them to me.I just adore your tea cup lamp so cute!!And thanks..I think you may have inspired me with a few things :)

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  41. I love the crisp look of a black and white theme, and yet it's not too stark because you've added warm colours and cute country touches! What a sweet kitchen! I can see you have a talent for decorating and organizing. Thanks for letting us take a peek into your kitchen (smile).

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  42. I would love to know what the counter top is made of.

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  43. I love looking at all the clean kitchens. It keeps me inspired to have a clean kitchen.
    Thank You

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  44. I love your kitchen! It's very lively and colorful.
    I like the fact that there are notes from the previous owners...how fun!

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  45. Love the colors and style! I love ME and would be quite at home in your kitchen. Thank you for sharing!

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  46. love the colors!!!!!!!!!!!

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  47. Trish, this is for you, I couldn't get your name to link. The counter tops are just black laminated. We had Loew's do the work for us and are very pleased.

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  48. Wonderful history in your cheerful kitchen. I am a Mary Engelbreit fan too!

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  49. What a beautiful kitchen, Kit. I love the yellow scale on the counter. It looks very much like one my grandmother gave me.

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  50. Love your kitchen and especially the fact that the patina on your white cabinets is precious. That makes me feel better about my cabinets that were built in the 70's. They are white but I did give them a coat of paint two years ago. I now want to paint the inside cabinet door with chalkboard paint so I can write myself notes like eat protein and more veggies not carbs!

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  51. What a lovely kitchen. The colors and decor are so beautiful, it must be a pleasure to cook.

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  52. What a sweet kitchen :) I especially love that teacup chandelier, what a great idea!

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  53. This kitchen reminded me of Mary Engelbreit before I even knew that she was your inspiration. I love this kitchen, and especially think the pictures hung on the cabinet doors are a unique touch. This is a kitchen I would be very happy cooking in!!!

    Blessings,
    Kimberlynn

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  54. So pretty! What do the previous owners notes say? I also have a note (really an inspirational piece of writing) that was left on the inside of my kitchen cabinet - two houses ago. I have moved it twice and put it up inside my kitchen cabinet each time. You have a lovely kitchen - I'd love to be in that room.

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  55. Now that is one awesome kitchen, I tell ya I just cannot get enough of your blog!

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  56. What a gorgeous kitchen! I love all those pops of color against the black and white. I, too, enjoy collecting old china and stoneware. Your pieces are lovely. :) Melissa

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  57. This for Gretchen. One of the notes is about how to use vinegar around the house, and the other is how to run the furnace. There used to be one that was a running inventory of what was in the cupboards, but it fell apart and couldn't be saved. I love the fact you move your note to each place. That is wonderful!

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  58. Is that a teacup and saucer light fitting? Fantastic!!

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  59. Adorable, love all the colors . The teacup chandelier is great!

    Connie

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  60. I love your kitchen! It's so cozy and sweet.

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  61. Love this kitchen. So cozy. I also have a galley but at the far end is my back door and laundry room. The kitcken size can be irritating but also comforting . Thanks for sharing.

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  62. I love your kitchen - I have a galley kitchen too, and I love Mary Englebright... I had a daily calender of hers last year that I enjoyed having on my windowsill above the sink. You've made your kitchen lovely and homey. Jo

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  63. I adore the colour of your kitchen!! The tea cup chandelier is fantastic!!!

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  64. I like to send my kitchen photos but Idont know how!!

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