Heart of the Home Party

We've been excited about Sheila's Heart of the Home Kitchen party! Thanks, Sheila, for hosting! Click here for lots more pretty kitchens!

Yesterday I shared a bit of my kitchen with this vignette on top of our refrigerator (above.) Today I've been taking more pictures, but the batteries in my camera died and delayed my post!
I have a tea room theme in our kitchen
because of my love for tea time!

We don't have a grand kitchen with the latest modern appliances, but it works for us! What I really love about it is that we have a great room combined with the kitchen, breakfast nook, and family room! It really is "great!!" I wish I had had a great room when my children were small!

Looking from the kitchen to the family room:

Looking from the kitchen to the breakfast nook:

The breakfast nook:
Chandelier over breakfast nook table:

Breakfast nook on the left:
Breakfast nook:
Breakfast nook leads out to the screened lanai,
which also overlooks a lake!

Family room:
Looking toward the kitchen from the family room:

The dining room is on the right:
Pantry to the far right (above)
Close-up below:
On the right is a handpainted tea caddy:
A friend painted it for me:
Top of the pantry (right)

Child's tea table and chairs on top of the pantry:

Our ceilings are very high and the top of the cabinets are way up there!

I'll show close-ups of the top of the cabinets, Left to Right:

Some of my tea time collection is displayed on top of the kitchen cabinets!

Some of the things on the counter tops:
Canisters, fashioned after cottages.
(Made by Lenox)
(Click on pictures to enlarge.)

Napkin Holder

Biscotti Jar

Tea Cup rack

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the Heart of our Home! Now it's time to have a cup of tea, won't you join me!

Do you prefer a tea cup, or a mug?
I also collect Old Country Roses china. Here's my OCR cutting board:

Okay, lets dim the lights and have our tea!

My husband loves indirect lighting and he has it above and below the cabinets, and on top of all the high shelves.

"Mangia!" (I think in Italian this means "eat!" Anybody know?

Have a happy day!

God Bless.



Lori Lynn said...

Love the cottage teapots and canisters!
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bj said...

You have wonderful collections and a happy kitchen.
Thanks for sharing..
xo bj

Liz said...

Your floor plan looks a lot like mine! I love the color of yellow that you chose. It is very cheerful!


Adrienne said...

I love your tea room! I'll have a teacup, please. Thank you for inviting us in - and for sharing tea with us. Remember, keep the teapot ready - I'm coming!

Natasha said...

You have the cutest things in your kitchen! Those canisters are just gorgeous and I love your tea cup collection. It was definitely worth the wait to see your post, Katherine-I LOVE your kitchen!

Best wishes,

Allison Shops said...

Charming kitchen! Dropping by from Note Songs party. Hope you'll stop by Atticmag and see our kitchens - it's a three for one!


A Hint of Home said...

Your kitchen is just as pretty in pictures as it is in person.
Love the open area to the family room.
You have so many pretty tea pots.

SmilingSally said...

Hi Robin,

I love your kitchen: the teapot collection, the child's table and chair set, and those huge, arched windows!

Yes, "mangia" does mean "eat" in Italian.

Please come and check out my book giveaways.

Marydon said...

G'morn ~ What a delight, bright & cheery kitchen. Your treasures are so beautifully placed throughout ... charming.

Have a beautiful day ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your bright and cheery kitchen and the wonderful open floor plan. You have such lovely accessories and displayed so beautifully. Hugs, Marty

Shelia said...

Hi Katherine! Oh, I've loved my tour of your gorgeous kitchen!! Love the space about your cabinets and you've dressed them up so cute. Those canisters are simply precious!! Love seeing it all!
Thank you so much, Katherine, for coming to my party.
You are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathleen said...

Your kitchen is perfect! Bright, tidy and happy! You have it decorated so prettily, K!

SavannahGranny said...

Katherine, I love your kitchen. It is so bright and airy. I love your collection of "Old Country Roses". My daughter collects it also, she would love your pretty pieces. Thanks for the tour.

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Very Nice! Trish

Rettabug said...

What a delightful space in which to cook & serve your family, Katherine! It is the FL kitchen I always wanted & is very similar to the layout I have now.
I always wanted those Lenox canisters, fashioned after cottages, too. Lucky Dog!!

I didn't get to participate in the party...too miserable with an attack of diverticulitis plus my PC picked up a virus & was out of commission for awhile. I'm still not sure its fixed totally. :*-(
What a week!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

I love the tea room theme, very cute! I collect old country roses too. Nice tea kettle!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Katherine...

Ohhh...I was wanting to come back by and see your beautiful kitchen! You know, I love that you have a tea theme for that room! I loved getting to see your lovely collection...what a treat! I think the little house teapots are adorable! I'm not sure what they call those? And...I love your cottage canisters too! My friend, you have sooo many beautiful things! I love the open floor plan of your kitchen and family room! Ohhh my goodness..it's so spacious and I also love the tall ceilings! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home...kitchen...and your collection of tea things! This was such a treat, Katherine!

Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my autumn table and mantel! I really enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Sweetladyelaine said...

You have a wonderful kitchen. I love that your ceilings are so high! Your collections are very pretty. Thank you for sharing.

Southern Touch Catering said...

Katherine your home is just
LOVE LOVE LOVE the cannister set!

Entertaining Women said...

Such a lovely kitchen~ my favorite has to be the cottage cannisters. This would be the perfect spot for tea. Thank you for sharing your charming home and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

The Tablescaper said...

Great kitchen. Love all of the tea touches!

- The Tablescaper

Christie said...

Your kitchen is so lovely! It is the warmth and love and sweet momentos that stand out! I adore the little table and chairs up high...just love children's furniture! AND the lovely tea pot collections! I don't drink coffee, but love a good cup of tea! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by Three Pixie Lane! I had such good intentions to get around to all of the lovely kitchens from Sheila's, but alas, life took over! :) I LOVE the pumpkin post above and will use that with my children!! Thank you!

Sailing Simply said...

Hi Katherine! Thanks for the reminder about your kitchen. I did see it! Would you believe I made time this weekend to blitz through ALL of the kitchens at Sheilas party and admire them. It took alot of time so I stopped commenting in order to see them all. LOL! I do like your kitchen quite a bit and how wonderfully open it is to the rest of your home. I love, love,love,open kitchens. Our old home was an open floor plan like that, and I do miss it. I like how you have space on the top of your cabinets too for all your pretties. You have done a great job with decorating! I especially like your small dish and teacup holder and the fruit in the basket! It's wonderful!

xinex said...

Beautiful kitchen, Katherine! I am glad you told me to take a look. I am late because I spent my time in 2 emergency rooms during Shelia's party. I love the color, it is so bright and I like how you can socialize with anyone in the family room and can watch TV from
your kitchen. The tea theme is fun too! Thanks for your kind words about my mom and my blog entries...Christine

Karen said...

My Mom is a yellow lover like you. Her kitchens have always been yellow-for 50+ years! Your kitchen is so pretty. I love the tea room theme. Thanks for the lovely prayer about going on the internet-I need to pray that I won't spend too much time blog-hopping, too. My first visit to your site. blessings on your day!