Thursday, December 17, 2009

Join me in the kitchen....

When I look at the photos I’ve taken, I realize I do not have a lot of Christmas decor in my kitchen but there’s a reason....I like to COOK!


I like the counters clear to give me space to work!



This is a simple but pretty touch on my bar that I get lots of compliments on


but it’s hard to get a good photo.


We are looking out at the golf course here and I think I caught a golf cart in this photo! lol


This area was cute for my Santa and little pixie collection.


And one of these poinsettias is real and one is silk.


Can you tell which one is which?

I love the colors of Christmas and I have a pretty pinecone candle wreath to use as a centerpiece on the kitchen table but now I am enjoying a new Jim Shore piece that was a gift from my mother in law...perfect for our kitchen.


I promise the next time I cook....I will take a photo of the mess I make! heehee! Do you make a mess when you cook? Do you clean as you go or do a big clean up at the end?

Enjoy the holiday season and take time to COOK!


Felicity said...

your kitchen is very clean and tidy you could fit ten of our little messy cottage kitchen into your space! he he!!! it does look a great space to cook in, i love the light house on the wall! fliss xx

becky said...

Lovely photos.If I would get two seconds to go get batteries for my canon,LOL.You know I love things clean like that when I cook as well.My kitchen looks that way,lol, even while I cook I keep it clean LOL.

Love the poinsettias.Let me see the one that is fake is the one on the right?maybe? Oh and Jim Shore isnt he just fantastic.Loveee his things.Im very fond of his angels.

Well thanks for the clean view LOL. actually mine is the same Im not fanatic just like it CLEAN,lol.Merry Christmas!

Michela said...

The one on the right is made of silk, he he!
Diane, how can you call that just "kitchen"????!!! It's a dream!!!!

Stacey said...

Me too! I like my kitchen to be nice, pretty, and clean. That means not too much stuff...just more places for the crumbs to hide. :)

Yours is so pretty. If I had that view I might never get anything done.

Mumzie said...

Lovely kitchen! I really like it's clean and sharp look, and your Christmas deco in the background looks very nice. Have a grand time this week! Yvonne :)

Freckled Hen said...

Your kitchen is so bright and clean. What are your favorite things to cook? I like your decorations, especially the stately candles on the bar.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

First I love your kitchen and it reminds me of the one left behind. Now that I live in this 100 something old Farmhouse I cook in what was at one time the area around the back stairway going to the second floor bedroom.
If Santa brings me a digital for Christmas I will get brave and show everyone how small this kitchen is.
It even has the stairs still in it.
I am so messy when I cook that everyone puts on a apron during that time.
No counter space so you can imagine the challenge
Love your post
Merry Christmas

Jans Gourds said...

Okay Miss tidy mighty. You are one immaculate housekeeper. Love your kitchen and the rest of your Florida escape. Is that home just for winter? I would have a very difficult time leaving it come spring.
I love Jim Shores work. I really like his earlier pieces. It seems that he has commercialize his work too much. I liked it when he was more primative. But you piece is just lovely and perfect for your Kitchen decor.

Jans Gourds said...

Oh yes, I just want to thank you for your frequent visits to my blog too. and thank you for the info regarding your wonderful little girls. I don't recall seeing any little boy dolls. Do you have any?

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Wow, your kitchen is clean! I Love the lighthouse! That is so cool! Twyla

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

I clean as I go. Not much of anything at all in my kitchen. I don't have much counterspace at all, so have to keep it clean or there's nowhere to prepare anything. I just love that lighthouse! Did you paint that? Finally I get to see some of your house. I love to see people's houses and how they live.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful kitchen to cook in! Yes, I make a mess when I cook. My Mom, who was a fantastic cook, used to say, "A messy cook is a great cook".

Happy@Home said...

I feel the same way about clean counters. Just last night I told my husband we couldn't go to bed until the counter clutter had been banished. It was so nice to walk into a clean and tranquil kitchen this morning. I just wish it would stay that way!!
Your kitchen is very pretty. I love the lighthouse. Did you paint it?
I think the real poinsettia is on the left.
I like what you did on your bar counter. I always find that a challening place to decorate.

Have a happy day.

For the love of a teddy bear said...

Hi Diane! Your kitchen is awesome, I like the decorations especially the line of candles, very pretty...When I cook, I clean up as I go along. I put alot of decorations out in the kitchen all year long and never seem to have enough space...I'm constantly moving something around...Have a Merry Christmas! Hugs, Jennifer

Shelley said...

Your kitchen is beautiful....I love the little elves...looks so cute....blessings

Carolyn said...

What a great kitchen to cook in!When I cook or bake I leave cleanup to the end and the kitchen is a big mess.

Merry Christmas,

Bearly Sane said...

Okay I guessed your secret...YOU HAVE A MAID!! LOL!
Thanks for sharing all your neatness...I am really looking forward to seeing your mess when your cooking in that spic'n'span kitchen of yours.
Loved all your decorations, especially the little elves and the boat on wheels. BTW did you paint the mural on the wall?
Warmest hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Friko said...

Hi Q, Your site is completely new to me. thank you for visiting me, I love your kitchen, what a wonderful place to cook in. Mine looks very different, much less tidy and smart. I love cooking, particularly for guests (I'm not so fond of the daily grind of 'catering'), and when I'm done cooking the kitchen looks like a bomb hit it.

I enjoyed your post and shall certainly be back to sample more of your entries.

beedeebabee♥ said...

Ooooh Diiiaaane! Your kitchen is just as pretty as the rest of your house! I love everything including that lighthouse on the wall! I have berries all over the place, I just love them, and I really love how you used them here with your candles!... I make such a mess when I cook. Sometimes I clean as I go, and sometimes I leave it all till the end, depending on the time between cooking steps, plus I'm very easily distracted, and I've burned my share of onions quite a few times, and then had to start again, so I also have to keep a very watchful eye! (run-on sentences, big time!) Hugs, =D

Boo-Bah said...

Your kitchen looks big and wonderful. It's nice that you have so much counter space. I think a crazy man who did not understand women and their kitchens must have designed mine.

I have to clean as I go along because of not very much room. There have been times when I haven't though and I hate myself for it.


Stephen Baird said...

wow ... great decoration photos. love the wreaths on your house. great captures. have a great christmas.
nikonsniper steve from los angeles

Kaila said...

It's official: I will never invite you to my apartment. I do clean as I go, but there is minimal counter space, so the kitchen always looks cluttered.

If only I did not have to/love to eat. My kitchen would look great and so would my body. :-)

Kaila said...

What lovely photos, and how tidy is your kitchen!!! Merry christmas! suzie. xxx

JG said...

Your kitchen looks so nice! The countertops are very attractive.

Goodness, I am quite messy when I cook. All countertops are used at once. Somehow, the stovetop also gets spattered. Clean as I go works best.

Vee said...

Oh my! Your hubby is so talented! Your kitchen just looks wonderful and that lighthouse is inspired. (Well, I just HAD to take a look.)

M.Kate said...

BEAUTIFUL kitchen Diane. We have 2, one dry where we eat our meals and use the oven and another one for all the heavy cooking. Most households have 2 different ones here, probably there's a lot of frying and we dont want the oil on the cabinets :P