Thursday, August 22, 2013

Kitchen Tour AND Big Giveaway

I've joined 24 talented bloggers to show off our kitchens, and not just what makes it pretty but also what makes it work.


 Welcome to my kitchen.  Come on in, take a look around and when you are done, enter a giveaway to win and amazing giveaway.  The best part of this giveaway...there will be 2 winners!  You'll have the chance to win either a Pfister Faucet worth up to $300 OR a $250 Visa gift card.

 
I like to keep things inspirational (be happy just because) and encouraging (EAT!) in my kitchen.


We built a small island in our kitchen, one that houses a wine refrigerator.  This island holds my recipes, gives my daughter a place to sit and snack or craft.


BUT, the custom greenhouse window is one of the major focal points of our kitchen.


If I had more of a green thumb, the greenhouse window would be the perfect place to grow fresh herbs.  Though I have tried to coax basil into living on one of these shelves, I've never succeeded.

 

So, my greenhouse shelves are filled with succulents, trinkets and inspiration.


Another custom feature we added to our kitchen was a DIY custom knife drawer.  My knives now stay safely in place and organized.


I do a lot of cooking in my house, though I rarely share recipes on my blog.  I like to use the recipes of other talented bloggers, friends and family.  When I cook, I like to grab some fun cooking accessories to make the process more inspiring and fun.


The flower frog is the perfect, unconventional holder for my recipes and the milk bottle Anthropologie measuring cups make me feel as if I am a better cook.


Between cooking meals, I like to have fresh fruit out and accessable.


Since I have a small kitchen, to maximize space, I use command hooks inside of my cabinets to hang oven mitts, towels, aprons and, at one point, bibs hung here as well.


My bib wearer, though, is now a sweet little 5 year old SO my kitchen is also a kid friendly and kid inspired place.

A kid inspired nook of my kitchen is next to my stove.


There you will find my recipe box.  Inside my recipe box, not recipes like you might expect but note cards filled with moments I want to remember spending with Grace.  In this nook, there is also a hand painted trivet covered with Grace's finger prints.  


The kid friendly areas of my kitchen would include the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.  I have it filled with easy to grab kid friendly snacks (with the exception of the tomatoes, I can't get her to eat a tomato for the life of me).


Another kid friendly area of my kitchen, a drawing station on the edge of my cabinet.


 She can stay close, while I am busy in the kitchen yet still have a space of her own. 


The chalk board isn't just for the little one, I've also added it to my canisters as well.


And, those canisters are in my favorite part of my kitchen, the walk in butler's pantry.


Thank you so much for stopping by and...

Don't miss the rest of the kitchen tours this week!

Thursday, August 22
Friday, August 23

And now for the giveaway!

Kitchen Tour Giveaway!

Pfister generously donated a faucet for this giveaway, and the winner of the faucet will also receive a $250 Visa gift card! To enter for your chance to win, just follow the steps below, and good luck! Step 1: Follow the bloggers below on Pinterest
 
Practically Functional

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39 comments:

  1. I've always admired your kitchen, Amy! I know you don't like ladders...but that pantry is amazing. :)

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  2. Love your kitchen and I love the chalkboard for your daughter, what a special idea. Your pantry is fabulous, green with envy. Hugs, Marty

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  3. What a pretty kitchen you have, I love your greenhouse!

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  4. Wow, I don't know where to start - it is an amazing space! Love how you have added kid-friendly touches and your pantry is perfect. I am so jealous, pantries and laundry rooms are hard to come by in the UK!

    Hugs, Estelle xx

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  5. Amy, I love your light and bright family friendly kitchen. You have made it pretty, functional and family friendly. I love the milk bottles and measuring cups from Anthropologie. I think those would make me feel like a better cook too!
    Kathysue

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  6. Thanks so much for coming by the Back Porch, Amy. That swan has a little story. I think I will do a post about it sometime. Just a fun little story, but a story nevertheless.:-)

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  7. You kitchen is so airy and light. I love all of the accommodations you've made for Miss Grace. AND I can totally use a new faucet so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one!!

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  8. I am so jealous of your walk in pantry! Love that greenhouse window as well. Beautiful job!

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  9. Your kitchen is so cool! Makes me want to redo my kitchen. And I adore your butler's pantry!

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  10. Love it--our kitchens are roughly the same size, but I think you have a lot more storage. Jealous!

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  11. I love your kitchen, not just because it's pretty but it reminds me of our first "meeting" where we had our um exchange of Kitchen wars :)

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  12. Awesome kitchen- love it and love your pantry area!!

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  13. You have a very charming kitchen!

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  14. so, SO perfect. I love the kid friendly spaces as well :)

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  15. Wonderful kitchen... and very very precious little one! Keep on making those perfect memories to put in your recipe box... they grow up so so quickly! What a clean and cozy kitchen!

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  16. luv it so!! and ur sweet little model is gorgeous too!

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  17. Oh, I so enjoyed all your kitchen details!

    I think that pic of that lil cutie pie with her chalkboard station is awesome - what a grand idea.

    And your walk-in butler's pantry? SWOON WORTHY!!!!!

    I have been so inspired by all these awesome kitchens that I actually posted about my own kitchen for the first time. Thank you! : - )

    Have a wonderful weekend. ~Michele

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  18. Oh, I so enjoyed all your kitchen details!

    I think that pic of that lil cutie pie with her chalkboard station is awesome - what a grand idea.

    And your walk-in butler's pantry? SWOON WORTHY!!!!!

    I have been so inspired by all these awesome kitchens that I actually posted about my own kitchen for the first time. Thank you! : - )

    Have a wonderful weekend. ~Michele

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  19. Amy, I love your house! The more I see, the more I love it!!

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  20. Everything looks amazing and I especially love the butler's pantry! Thanks for joining us on our kitchen tour!

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  21. What a fantastic tour! I want a wine fridge!

    The chalkboard scribbling spot is darling, and I love the sweet little details that you have throughout the kitchen. From the antique flower frog to the custom knife drawer - I love it all!

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  22. Such a pretty kitchen. I really like your window shades! And how much do I love all the cute things Anthropolgie has....I definitely think cute utensils help you cook better.

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  23. What a wonderful, whimsical room! I can see lots of great memories being made there. Bravo!

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  24. Gorgeous kitchen! I am so jealous of your wine refrigerator!

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  25. love your kitchen Amy! It's so bright and beautiful.. Mine's only got two tiny little windows so it's very dark. Makes food pictures a pain in the butt!

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  26. I soooo want that walk-in Butler's Pantry. I am so jealous. And I love that window over the sink. My two fave areas. I loved your kitchen for the Home Tour and I love it even more seeing all of the details. Thanks for joining in. xxoo, Barb

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  27. Amy - I just love your kitchen! And I love all of the kid friendly touches that you've added, especially the recipe box that holds memories. What a great idea! Thank you taking us on a tour.

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  28. I've had pantry envy ever since I first saw your pantry makeover Amy. It's just gorgeous!! As is the rest of your kitchen. Love that wine fridge, and the little chalkboard for Grace is brilliant. That trivet is so precious!

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  29. I always love to see your house. So beautiful and relaxing looking, due to all the lovely touches that you've done to make it, well...you!

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  30. I love your kitchen! I am drooling over your green house window and that butler pantry soooo jealous! The chalkboard application is a fantastic idea too :) really enjoyed seeing your kitchen tour!

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  31. I love your kitchen and all the details! That butlers pantry is to die for!!! ~Christy

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  32. Finally a kitchen that truely encourages what I like to do most in my own kitchen.... EAT!

    I spy a new blog header.

    Bliss

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  33. Your kitchen is so lovely Amy! And I just entered the giveaway - I didn't have time when I read this post the first time! how exciting for you to be a part of it!

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  34. You have so many special details! That knife drawer is awesome. I wonder if I could clear one out for something like that? Hmm ;) I really liked the chalkboard area for Grace. How perfect. And of course... the walk-in butlers panty. Wow... WOW! I'd go shopping with you anytime ;)

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  35. So pretty! I LOVE your walk-in pantry!! So glad to be a part of this wonderful group!
    Hugs,
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  36. So jealous of your wine refrigerator and OBSESSED with your butler's pantry, that ladder - LOVE!

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  37. I agree with Kelly ... I'm jealous of your wine fridge and butler's pantry! Beautiful kitchen.

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  38. Love the black and white. So modern. And the greenhouse window is absolutely genius!! Love all the kid friendly touches. I hope to get J involved in cooking family meals. Just need to get some practical things for him to do.

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