Monday, August 6, 2018

Summer Farmhouse Kitchen July 2018

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My Summer Kitchen...gets a work out. I seldom take photos, because it is usually in 
some sort of CHAOS. We use our kitchen EVERYDAY. 

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After a beastly July---we had a nice day in the 70's---
I opened all the windows and blinds...and let the light pour in. 
Our island is where all the action is. 
I always keep a vignette at this end---this month chickens are staged with red, blue and white.
 The chickens are NEW, the egg scale is OLD, the OLD crock is REDO-purposing as a napkin holder. The 1930's baby dish catches all the odds and ends that need a place to land. The kids' rolling pins are ready to roll child-size pie dough. 

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The first place we visit every morning is the coffee station. Everything we need is here and functional. The Bunn coffee pot is ugly but wonderful for instant hot water and coffee. 
I like the large red cups, my hubby likes smaller cups.
The coffee grinder is NEW---and has a well...for extra ground coffee. 

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Across the aisle are my towels, OLD and NEW. A dear friend finished the embroidery on my Mom's 1940's dish towel. The one on the left is a vintage from Grandmother and has hand worked blue motifs over the faded plaid. The magnet board above is for wishful thinking restaurant menus. 
We seldom order out, unless it is simply too hot to cook.

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After a cup of coffee, time to pick the first tomatoes. These are Early Girls and are very late this year.

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Our kitchen remodel was started two years ago this month. We love it and it's very functional...and I didn't remove all the stuff that collects on the fridge. Menus, receipts, to do list, timer, our lake association newsletter, and some this and that.

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Our entertaining cabinet is ready for company or when the family drops in. 
We really are a non-drinking family, though.

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But, occasionally friends drop in too. I have a fish theme going on here along with the blue and red. The steins were my grandfathers purchased in 1956 on a trip to Europe. The OLD wood fish platter is hand hewed. Probably 40's or 50's. We use it for smoke fish or appetizers.

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The counter is crowded at the moment. Soon the OLD crock will be filled with pickles and be in the fridge. I keep all my staples in OLD antique canning jars, a Green thing in the sense I'm not using plastic to store food. I have another dozen pints or so in the pantry with seasonings and odds and ends. I have labels on the back, so when a jar is empty, the item gets added to my shopping list.

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I know double ovens are sort of passe...but you really need two ovens for family holidays. But, when  cooking for only two---the smaller top oven suffices for most baking and is very efficient, another GREEN thing to do.

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On the eating end of the kitchen. I have a gardener nutcracker. and some odds and ends on the buffet.
The blue pitcher is very OLD and Danish. Blue glaze on a rusty gray clay.

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At the other end of the buffet an Antique coffee grinder still works. The milkmaid bell was on my grandmother's kitchen sill, my Mom said she remembered it in her BesteMor's kitchen, my Great Grandmother. The lacy NEW IKEA tin pot cover, hides an ugly oil diffuser. One thing about hot weather is stale air....Today the windows are open, YAY!
The handwoven runner is ---over 6 feet long. 
Perfect for my kitchen buffet and was only $3.00 at a thrift store.

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My REDO (post is here) corner cabinet is filled with OLD antiques found and also from family. I'm really partial to blue and white dishes.

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An OLD pitcher holds vintage and antique spoons and tools. 
The colander was in my post Here.
The red and white Granny---says---
"If everyone would sweep their own stoop, the whole world would be clean." (Danish proverb)
LOL, a GREEN thing to do. 

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My huge kitchen table is layered with a light blue cloth, a vintage linen one, and a NEW IKEA 'Herring' runner from a few seasons back. I don't iron, and luckily vintage linens are just fine, used from the line or dryer.

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The Fish S&P's are OLD vintage. Too cute.
My garden flowers are limited outside from the horrible cold spring and hot weather now. So, I pinched some leggy coleus and put them in water to get roots. 
A butterfly from my Mom's Day plant flutters on a stick. 

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The porcelain 'sea' bowls have crabs, lobsters, fish in them. I purchased them from a Chinese vendor in a suburban Asian Food mall. I have 10 and they are all with different designs/colorings. They are perfect for everything served with less than a cup of something.
A NEW er artist pressed fish dish...I have a couple of these.

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The HORSE currying comb---is really the best FISH SCALER ever made. This one looks new, but was found in my parent's stash of things where everything was OLD.
The center vase is Vintage Royal Copenhagen/Bing & Grondahl Danish porcelain. 
Now, it's time for a fish fry.

Hope you enjoyed my light and bright SUMMER  kitchen.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own. I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions, posts or any products shown or anywhere I shop.

Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.
Thank you for your cooperation, 
Sandi


23 comments:

  1. So pretty - I love all the color pops! Jane

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  2. Thanks, Jane. I know we shouldn't go shopping together, giggle!

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  3. Such an interesting kitchen. I would have to look at every little thing you have. thanks!

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    1. Thank-you. When we remodeled, I had nice clean counters....but then I missed all the 'goodies' I had hidden in storage. It's fun to change it out a bit, now and then. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  4. It's wonderful that everything in your kitchen has a special story!

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    1. Amy, you are about the photos---I'm afraid, I'm about the stories...LOL. Thanks for stopping by! Sandi

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  5. Your kitchen is beautiful and cozy,very inspiring!Love your china too.Hugs!

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    1. Hugs, Louca. Yes, I have a bit of china here and there. Sometimes a plate gets tucked along the wall, before it goes up for sale. I love them all, my drawers are stuffed...lol. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  6. Oh my goodness, what a treat! Yours is just the kind of kitchen I love best. Mine is a small galley kitchen so I'm limited now in space but I too love everything at hand, ready to use.

    I love your rack for vintage linens, must find a space for that in my kitchen or otherwise I forget to display them. I love your blues and reds and that blue Danish pitcher is so sweet. And I absolutely love your fish pieces! Those "sea bowls" are gorgeous. In my old kitchen I used Italian majolica in fish shapes that were from the early 1900s mostly and adored them. I kept them when we moved but they're all in a box because they are pinks and grays and just didn't work here where I have more primary colors. Keep thinking I'll use them for a seafood company dinner but really need to study on where I can use them in my other rooms instead of hiding them away.

    This really was a pleasure, I looked at you pictures 3 times. I love looking at other people's kitchens!

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    1. AW....those fish shape majolica must be gorgeous. Find a space to at least display them. They don't have to be in the kitchen...even a bathroom would work, or a hall. Thanks for the compliments on the kitchen. I did extensive posts on redoing it, as we did everything ourselves. Only thing is IKEA cabinets should have a warning---"not for children over 60--" because they are heavier than heck!...LOL. After 2 years I am 100% happy with everything! Easy maintenance, and nothing has stuck to the cabinets at all. Just search kitchen---and you will see the ugly beast it was!, LOL.

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  7. AW....those fish shape majolica must be gorgeous. Find a space to at least display them. They don't have to be in the kitchen...even a bathroom would work, or a hall. Thanks for the compliments on the kitchen. I did extensive posts on redoing it, as we did everything ourselves. Only thing is IKEA cabinets should have a warning---"not for children over 60--" because they are heavier than heck!...LOL. After 2 years I am 100% happy with everything! Easy maintenance, and nothing has stuck to the cabinets at all. Just search kitchen---and you will see the ugly beast it was!, LOL.

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  8. Seeing your summer kitchen and some of your cute towels reminds me I found some cute ones at an antique shop, I have seen them at home (once) and that's that. I know they weren't given away or tossed. Time to get away from the lake and clean the real house! Wonderful kitchen!

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    1. Yes, two houses are a pain---my mom had double everything and was always thinking she needed more---with the cottage. Thanks for visiting and enjoy both your homes...grins.

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  9. Hi Sandi, thank you for finding Oh My Heartsie Girls parties and the mention, I appreciate that!! I love your kitchen and all the mason jars, I do the same thing but you have some amazing and fun dishes!��I love to find unusual dishes too!! Hope you will stop by again and share, have a great weekend!��

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    1. I've been a visitor to your site, but I dont' always blog every week. Thanks for visiting, and I'm glad you enjoyed my kitchen and all my 'stuff', Sandi

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  10. Thanks for taking us on a tour of your kitchen. #HomeMattersParty

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  11. So glad you decided to share. I enjoyed it immensely! Love the display on your island. I'd love to find one of those sweet egg scales! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann, I'm going to try and keep up---seems I'm reading and writing about doing and--not doing...lol. The egg scale, my mom had on the kitchen ledge at the cottage---we bought it at a flea market back in the 60's. Red ones are hard to find, have to go out in the country I suppose.

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  12. I'd feel right at home in your kitchen. It is beautiful! And full of treasures to admire and hear the story of!

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    1. Aw, thanks, yes lots of stories. I need to got through some of them and show and tell!

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  13. I love all of the vintage accents in your kitchen. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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Thank you for any and all comments. I will be happy to answer any questions or comments in replies or email! HUGS!