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Friday, September 5, 2008

My Dream Kitchen

When I won Mary's giveaway at Little Red House, she sent me a Mary Engelbreit decorating book. One afternoon, I grabbed a cup of tea and, book in hand, snuggled onto one of the den couches, ready to peruse its pages. Then I happened upon this page and jumped up!

"Honey, here it is! The dream kitchen I have been describing to you!", I yelled to my husband. No answer. Where is that man?, I'm wondering. For months I had been trying to describe to my husband my kitchen vision and here it is right on this page! Is this not the most welcoming of places? I just love how white it is, sunny and bright, with the blue and white accents.

My description to my husband has been this-I want everything white, devoid of color. Glass cabinets, light counter tops...



Right now I have old gray Formica cabinets from the 1980s...they are functional but bland! And with my son in college, my dream is delayed for a few years, but I DO have the blue and white dishes!
Small plates and soup bowls that I received as a shower gift 22 years ago that we use for Chinese food nights...
New dishes that I bought from Smartbargains.com, the best website! All of my kitchen dishes were chipped and about 15 years old so this summer I indulged in these dishes which I love. Place settings for 12 cost me $143.00 total as these were on clearance (and no shipping charge!)
My Mom picked this gorgeous tray up for me at Home Goods. We have a 2 story Home Goods/Marshalls that opened near us recently!
I love the pink flower in the middle...So I am set, right? I do have the dishes, now I just need the moola for the rest of the kitchen. Ah, well, that's on hold...for now, I'll just take a gander at my dream kitchen in the book while I drink tea from my new blue and white bargain tea cup!
Ah, someday! :0)


19 comments:

Firefly Hill said...

I love that kitchen! I love your dishes too!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love white kitchens, and I have just begun to collect blue and white plates. I love that look, it makes the colors just pop:>)

Kacey said...

I love white kitchens. I love white rooms, white decorations, white sofas. White dishes. I would so decorate everything in white if we didn't have 5 boys...

Janet said...

Tara,

That is my favorite decorating book; one I will never part with and that has always been my dream kitchen. I bet it would be Susie Q's dream too with all the blue and white. I remember seeing it in a magazine before the book and there is artwork hanging on the side of the island; such a fun place to put it.

Have a good one.

Janet

Oliver Rain said...

It is a lovely kitchen and would look perfect with your dishes. It looks like you done nice things with what you have to work with though. It looks like a kitchen I'd want to spend time in.

Rue said...

Hi Tara!!

Welcome back :)

I'm so happy to hear your dad is doing better. It sounds like he really enjoyed spending time with you. I think that is really what made him better :)

Your dream kitchen is beautiful! I hope it comes true soon.

rue

Adrienne said...

Hi Tara -
I think you're all set to have that kitchen! It would be wonderful. I could be very happy in that kitchen, too.
~Adrienne~

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Your blue plates are gorgeous. My friend has a kitchen just like that and she also has lots of blue dishes all over. It looks nice.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love that kitchen! And your plates are great too! What Mary E. book is that?
Penny

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

How beautiful! I love white and blue too, and I just adore those pretty plates! Keep dreaming...dreams have a way of coming true!

Kady

Cori G. said...

Hi Tara,
Don't you just love that book? It has amazing layouts and yes, that kitchen is sooo gorgeous! Your new blue dishes would be perfect in it. Now if only we could figure out a way...Hee! Hee!
YES! I'm going to meet Pat and am so excited! I'm trying to plan in my head where to take her as there's so many things to do in San Diego. I'm just bummed that you can't be there with us, but if you ever make it out this way I'd be HORRIFIED if you didn't call. Disneyland is in my back yard ya know!
Have a fun day B.S.. That stands for "bloggy sister." Maybe to be safe I should just say BLS.
:0 Cori

bj said...

Oh, Tara...how beautiful that kitchen is. Wow...and the blue and white is always such a fabulous combo.
Hang in there, girlfriend...who knows....maybe someday "your ship will come in" and you can have this dream kitchen...
Oh, and did I miss a posting of your entire living room?? :o(

M.Kate said...

Hello Tara, that's everyone'd dream kitchen I am sure. But no worries, i am sure very soon, I am seeing your own kitchen looking like that in this blog :D

happy weekend, hugs

A Romantic Porch said...

OOO aahh, yes I love that kitchen too. But from the sounds of things, you whip up some pretty tasty treats in your current kitchen. As long as it is filled with love, it is beautiful! xorachel

Pat said...

Hi Tara!

I think I'd love a white kitchen too. We renovated with oak in the late 80's and I'm tired of it.

Do you think you could paint your cabinets white? t might be a good way to get more of the type of kitchen you dream of. Your blue dishes are pretty!

A two story Home Goods?!! I'm so jealous! I love those stores.

I'll give Cori a hug from you when I see her!

Hugs, Pat

Brenda said...

Beautiful and I agree you need it. Maybe you can get on Rate my space and they will do it for you =0

laura said...

Glad to read news about your Dad. That has to feel good. The kitchen is great and worth waiting for. We lived in the old ranch with a wretched kitchen for about 7 years until we were sure what we wanted to do. Makes it all the sweeter now. I'll wish the same for you, but not the 7 year wait!

pve design said...

My eyes have seen the glory of what your husband can do and perhaps in the not too distant future - the kitchen of your dreams shall be yours. Then you may have to change your name to "Gone with the wind" - after all, your name is Tara.
I love your dreams! I am dreaming of a new kitchen too and white too! I have a penchant for blue and white dishes and collect them!

annechovie said...

Tara,
I am right with you! That kitchen is my dream, too. White cabinets and Carrera marble are the ultimate combo as far as I am concerned! Tha hardware is beautiful, too.