The kitchen had by far the most drastic change out of any other room in the house. It showed years of loving use by my grandmother, but it also showed what happens when a house sits unused for over a year. It needed more than a little TLC, and that's exactly what it got. A lot of love and pride went into redoing this kitchen. Let me tell you a little about my MawMaw. She cooked lunch for the family every Sunday, and she cooked tons of food. By family, I mean all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. The table was always full of everyone's favorites because she always made sure that everyone had something they liked to eat. As I grew older and began to see how other families are, I realized how amazing my family really was because not everybody had that time together like we did. Not everybody got along the way we did. You see, not everbody was that blessed. I cherish those times now.
There's something I regret about those times, though. Out of all the time I spent in that kitchen, I never really watched MawMaw cook....I mean really watched her close enough to learn something, and I wish I had. I have a box full of her cookbooks here. Some of them are older than I am, and some are filled with her writing. I gave a few of my favorites a special place in my china cabinet, right along with my Mema's china.
I'll be honest. I haven't the slightest clue what to do when it comes to cooking. I can barely boil an egg. I want so much to learn to cook, and thanks to a couple of my favorite recipe blogs, like Southern Plate and Pioneer Woman, I seem to be doing okay, but it's not the same. My favorite thing that MawMaw cooked was her Chicken Pot Pie. Right after we got married, my Aunt Mary told me how MawMaw always made it. It was one of the first things I cooked for Andrew and I for dinner. I was really scared to make it! I was afraid it would turn out awful and that I would be so disappointed that I messed up my MawMaw's Chicken Pot Pie. Well, it turned out great. It wasn't just like hers, but it was pretty good! Now I have a recipe that I can cook, and it's one that has so many memories with it, just like my kitchen does. It's important for me to learn to cook because I've got mighty big shoes to fill. :)
So...here's the kitchen reveal!
I had to get a couple more easels for the china cabinet, and I've since added the other plates on the right side. The china is from my other wonderful grandmother, my Mema! :)
I never really knew what my "style" was, but the color scheme was inspired by all of the black and red fleur-de-lis decor I found in Bed Bath and Beyond when we were doing our registry. I saw so many things I liked, so we just decided to go with that theme. The furniture is from Ashley Furniture Homestore, and the appliances (except the refrigerator...that was MawMaw's, and it was still in good shape), cabinets and countertops are all from Lowe's. I picked up decor pieces at Hobby Lobby, Kirkland's, and Bed Bath and Beyond. The curtains were made by my Aunt Pam, and my Mema helped me pick out the toile fabric at Hancocks. I absolutely love this kitchen!! I look forward to making new family memories here!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be posting the other rooms soon!