Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Prepping the Kitchen For Spring...

Well, as the month of February comes to a close, I am more than ready to transition into Spring.  We really haven't had much of a Winter here; and, recently, I've been opening the windows and letting in some fresh air and lots of sunshine. I've also started to rearrange a few things in the kitchen. 


As I prepare to do some Spring decorating, one of the first things that I did was throw out most of my "faux" greenery. I decided to embrace a more organic feel with live plants and flowers. I must admit, I missed the greenery initially; but now I love the look...it feels 'fresh'. I started by removing all of the greenery on top of the cabinets and the pot rack in the kitchen. I put my vintage copper pots on the front side; and the Paula Deen everyday cookware on the back side. It's very convenient for cooking.


Next, I flanked the kitchen sink with a bronze cherub and an urn filled with a snake plant and english ivy. The plant will thrive in front of the sunny kitchen window! Two bronze architectural pieces hang on both sides of the window.


Here is a closeup of the bronze cherub. Next to it, I placed my silver beverage dispenser. It is filled with lemons, for color, when it's not in use...


On the right corner of the center island, I used a large apothecary jar filled with artichokes and a large lion's head candlestick...



On the left side of the island is a matching candlestick, a rooster and my tiered, lattice fruit bowl. I will be adding some preserved boxwood wreaths to the french doors (left), leading to the home office...


To the right of the kitchen sink, I set up a small coffee bar using some of my favorite pieces of silver. The trays are stacked in a tiered plate rack...


I love these kitchen towels from Williams-Sonoma...


I also love these Italianate coffee cups. They were a Goodwill find, right before the holidays. I got 8 cups and saucers at 59¢ each...


On the buffet island, looking into the kitchen, I placed two bronze urns, at each end, and centered a cluster of bronze accessories. On the back side, I have a pair of buffet lamps. Next week, I'll be adding some Spring accents to this area.

(This wall looks so yellow! Lol!! It's actually much more muted.)

Finally, I placed a French script urn and some green vases atop the fridge. The script matches the script on the window treatments...


And that's it for the kitchen...for now. I can't wait to add all of the Spring accents next week!!



I hope you have enjoyed your visit today!
Happy Decorating!!












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80 comments:

  1. Looks gorgeous Shenita. I love your window treatment too!

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  2. What a great idea to put lemons in the beverage dispenser! I'll be using that idea. You are off to a great start with spring decorating.

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  3. Your kitchen touches are gorgeous! Love your pot rack. I would so love to have one.

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  4. Boy your kitchen is just beautiful. I love the whole look of it. The black counter top
    is stunning...wow. You have done a great job decorating.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  5. Funny how we both posted about our kitchen!;) Love ing your Paula cookware!

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  6. Your kitchen is so pretty!

    Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  7. I love the changes you've made to your kitchen. We had a mild winter here in Ga. too. I'm so looking forward to spring.

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  8. I love love love your kitchen Shenita!! It's gorgeous!! Did you paint the grapes to look bronze? Love it!

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  9. You have such a beautiful kitchen, Shenita. You've decorated it so nicely too. I love your little coffee bar.

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  10. You have a truly stunning kitchen, and have made it even nicer still.

    Very very nicely done!

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  11. Your kitchen is gorgeous, Love all the eye candy and color. Youn did a beautiful job.

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  12. Shenita, I LOVE your kitchen!!! it's warm, inviting, colorful and has personality. Love your pot rack too. I just love it all and I can't wait to see your spring touches. Love the coffee cups too!!!!

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  13. Your Spring kitchen changes are gorgeous Shenita.

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  14. I love your kitchen too, it is so large and laid out so nicely! Love the lemons in the beverage dispenser, great idea. Mine is sitting in the box:( Can't wait to see what you do. I am dying to do Spring decorating too!!! The cups and saucers were a great deal!! They are beautiful. XO, Pinky

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  15. You have such a pretty kitchen! It is very Tuscan/Country French looking. All of your accents look great in there. I cleared out all of my faux greenery in my kitchen too except for a few smaller pots here and there. It does make the space feel lighter. I think we all need a little greenery somewhere though, don't we?

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  16. Shenita, your kitchen is so pretty just like the rest of your home! I love all of your sweet vignetters you've set up.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  17. Love your Kitchen especially the deep rich colors!! I have the same Paula Deen cookware!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  18. Love your kitchen and your decor. So beautiful. I really love to see you using silver in your kitchen, I think it is so pretty. Gorgeous vignettes. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  19. Oh, Shenita, your kitchen is gorgeous! Your decor is so beautiful!!!
    I love your pot rack!

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  20. Shenita, I love the idea of using the beverage dispenser for lemons! It's so pretty & even prettier being used! What a deal you got on those GW cups & saucers..woo hoo!! You have so many pretty vignettes to look at.

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  21. This is my first time visiting...I popped over from What's It Wednesday. I must say, your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the urns and I'm sighing over the bronze cherub. Everything is just so lovely. I'm your newest follower.

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  22. You have so many beautiful items and you sure know how to display them in the perfect way.. I almost bought that Paula Dean cookware the other day but got distracted and forgot to go back down that aisle.. do you love it?

    I always wanted a pot rack over my bar and seeing yours makes me want one even more.

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  23. Your kitchen has a wonderful layout! You're a lucky girl to have such a big kitchen. All of your accessories are beautiful!

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  24. Hello, so glad I found your blog through Debbiedoo. Your kitchen is so beautiful and cozy! Your large rooster looks very similar to the one I have in my kitchen, I named him Jackson! lol
    I'm a new follower on GFC, Linky Follower, and Networked blogs; hope you'll return the favor. By the way, I just started a new party: Frugal Treasures Tuesday and I hope you will stop by and join the fun! : )
    Barbe

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  25. Your kitchen is so pretty and has all the right homey touches.

    Danielle

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  26. I did the same thing awhile back, Shenita, getting rid of most of my faux plants. I see you have a Keurig. I love mine so much better than a regular carafe or pot. Your kitchen looks great!

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  27. How fun to have a coffee bar area, Shenita! Love all the filled apothecaries and the silver, too. I'm looking forward to spring and its colorful flowers. See your spring touches soon! :-) Sue

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  28. Your kitchen is beautiful. Love the red especially.

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  29. Your kitchen is beautiful. I love the idea of the artichokes in the glass jar. I'm starting my Spring decorating as well. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  30. Beautiful Shenita...just love you kitchen and all of your gorgeous accessories.
    Marianne :)

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  31. Shenita your kitchen is beautiful!! Love all your touches and can't wait to see your spring ones! Have a great week!

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  32. You have a beautiful kitchen, Shenita! I love how you potted up that urn with the live plants. I'd be afraid of killing anything living in my kitchen because there is no window in there; I have to rely on the natural light from the other rooms in the condo that have the windows.

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  33. Looks great, your kitchen is pretty and inviting! Love the pieces hanging on each side of your sink window! I'm sitting on go, ready to decorate for Spring, too! Can't wait! :)

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  34. Your kitchen is stunning, Shenita! You always have the perfect accessories and details! It's a great week to transition into Spring isn't it!

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  35. I love your kitchen!! I'm getting a little spring fever, too!

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  36. Your kitchen is gorgeous Shenita, along with each beautiful vignette. I love the big rooster with the large candle holder. I'm inspired to try something on my kitchen, although it's not a big place. Hope you visit my 37th. anniversary table. Thanks for sharing. Hugs,
    FABBY

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  37. Shenita, your kitchen is as pretty as the rest of your home. I really like your idea of putting lemons in the beverage dispenser. I've admired those beverage dispensers while shopping but never have bought one because I don't think I would actually use it. I'm glad to see a pretty idea for how to use one in home decor. Thanks for linking up to my party this week. I always appreciate your visits.

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  38. Always admired your kitchen...loved the new touches that you have done...

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  39. Your kitchen is beautiful! I loved looking at your vignettes.
    You have some beautiful accessories!
    This was my first visit. I enjoyed it!

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  40. Shenita, your kitchen looks perfect and now you are ready to add those spring decor pieces. I really like your beverage dispenses. Maybe I should get it out for Spring. Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving a message.

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  41. Beautiful! You do such great work! Thanks for sharing! Joann

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  42. Beautiful kitchen, Shenita! I love the cherub filled with the beautiful plant ... the pop of yellow in your drink dispenser ... and, I love the pops of *Paula's* red, too! And, what a great window you have behind your sink, too ... I'm envious!

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  43. Hi lovely lady.
    Shenita your kitchen is beautiful!! Love all your touches and can't wait to see your spring ones! I am lovely the wall color also can you tell me the name/? I hope you have a wonderful week with with your family.
    XXOO Diane

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  44. You made some great changes! I like the planter by the kitchen window- nice job! I almost always have plants in my window- you just have to find what works well! The cherub is adorable there! I like your tray stack and your coffee center! You have such good luck finding good stuff- those are such cute coffee cups! You have an awesome kitchen!

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  45. Hi Shenita, your kitchen is gorgeous, and I love all the little attention to detail. The cherub is one of my favorites pieces in the kitchen and I love how you add color to the vignette with lemons. Love the copper, FABULOUS……and the pop of red. Wish I am so ready for the lovely days of spring. Have a great weekend Shenita.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  46. Your kitchen looks lovely!
    Mary Alice

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  47. Love the Arthur Court container with the lemons. I haven't seen one like that before. The other pieces are equally lovely, I just love Arthur Court pieces.

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  48. Hi Shenita, Your kitchen is beautiful and you always create the prettiest vignettes. Thanx for joining the party. xo, Sherry

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  49. Loving those cups from goodwill. Thats quite an awesome find. Your kitchen is beautiful

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  50. I tell ya what Shenita -- your style always knocks my socks off! Love everything you do! {HUGS}

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  51. Your kitchen is lovely and so ready for Spring. The vignettes are wonderful. I adore your Arthur Court pieces....

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  52. Everything is so fabulous! I just love the way you have displayed so many wonderful things! I definitely am going to add some color to my drink dispenser which sits on the counter all of the time! Great idea!

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  53. Shenita~
    What a beautiful kitchen, so much charm and beauty all in one place. I am in love with your tiered, lattice fruit bowl. I love the artichokes and grapes. I really like the coffee station area, too! Thanks for sharing, what a fun post! xo ~Liz

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  54. Your kitchen is absolutely stunning. I always love your amazing vignettes. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Paula

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  55. Thanks for sharing your beautiful kitchen. Loving the vignettes!

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  56. Hi, this is my first visit. Love our kitchen! I too am embracing a more organic look. I do still have a few faux flowers and plant. I love topiaries and I have an orchid that looks so real you have to touch it to tell the difference. Ah, spring. I started getting my spring accessories out a couple of days ago. Love the colors of your home. Everyone seems to be embracing white and light these days, but I'm still a fan of color. Your home is gorgeous. Now, I'm going to look around your space some more.

    ~Sandy

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  57. Shanita. WoW, your kitchen looks so good! I've missed not being able (being dog tired) since I've started working from sun up until after dark. Just 6 more weeks to go. Thanks for sharing :)

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  58. You have some wonderful space in your kitchen. Thanks for sharing your vignettes.

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  59. Beautiful as usual! What a great find on the coffee cups too...love those! Thank you so much for sharing at the Rock 'N Share! I shared your post on my FB page today! Happy Friday! :)

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  60. What a beautiful kitchen. It must be a joy to work in it.

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  61. Your kitchen is lovely! I'm SO ready for Spring also! I'm your newest follower. I would love a follow in return and I would love if you linked this up to my little party: http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/03/showoff-saturday-4.html

    Hope to see you there!

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  62. You have a beautiful kitchen, Shenita! I love all the warm, vibrant colors and the little vignettes:) The silver beverage dispenser is so unique and I love it! The rooster vignette with the gorgeous candle holder and tiered fruit tray bring a wonderful Tuscan flavor to your lovely kitchen:) I've enjoyed my visit here today! Thanks for the inspiration and for your loving thoughts on my book accents. I always enjoy your company!~Poppy

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  63. Shenita,
    Your home is so warm and inviting. I love al your touches.
    That sweet cherub is so cute!
    We have also had a mild winter but are hunkered in tonight
    Expecting maybe seven inches of snow!

    Thanks so much for linking up!
    Xox

    A

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  64. You know I love it! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

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  65. Oh my goodness, your kitchen is gorgeous! Your vignettes are all just stunning, Shenita. I'm looking forward to what you might be doing next. I'm now following the Linky Followers -- you know, just in case Google does something else.....lol! I hope you'll follow me via LF, too!
    CAS

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  66. Hi, Shenita! Your kitchen is beautiful! Something pretty to see each way you turn. My only attempt at spring decorating has been to take the Valentine's wreath off the front door! LOL! I hope to do a bit more soon.

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  67. Hi Shenita! I love your kitchen and all the decor. I simply cannot pick a favorite item. Everything is perfectly done. I'm following you on Linky Followers and hope you will follow me.

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  68. Shenita, Your kitchen looks beautiful - so fresh and ready for spring! I just recently cleared out the fake greenery on top of my cabinets too. It did feel bare but I am getting used to it! Have a great week!
    -Shelley

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  69. Hi again Shenita.....Just stopping by again to say congrats! You had the most viewed post on my party last week, so you've been featured again this week. Thank you for your participation. I always love seeing what you have to share.

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  70. Really beautiful. I will be featuring it tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks so much.

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  71. Hello Shenita, you've been FEATURED @ Frugal Treasures Tuesday! Please feel free to stop by and get your button from my side bar. Thank you so much for linky with my first party and hope you'll come back and add another one of your fabulous projects tomorrow! : )

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  72. Wow! That is so so beautiful! I keep dreaming of home like this!!!! :)

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  73. Lots of nice touches you have added here. Love your kitchen!
    Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  74. Hi Shenita,
    Wow, have I been out of the loop! Your kitchen is just gorgeous, (like the rest of your home!). I've been battling the test monster at school and haven't been blogging much. Hope all is well with you.
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  75. Shenita, your kitchen is truly stunning. I love your lemon-filled apothecary jar and the gorgeous towels best. And the title of the book you posted about certainly got my attention!!! I must add it to my TBR (to be read) list.

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  76. I ADORE your kitchen! Actually, your whole house! Thank you for sharing your pictures!

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  77. Hi, Shenita! I hadn't seen a post for you in a couple of weeks, so I dropped by to say hi and to make sure all is well. This is a great kitchen re-do post! Getting rid of the faux greenery really makes a difference, doesn't it? I love your beverage dispenser. Is that an Arthur Court? It sure looks like it...it's beautiful. I wish like heck that we had a center island in our kitchen. It would make like so much easier and provide so many decorating and entertaining possibilities. My husband may just come home one day to find that I have ripped out all the cabinetry in the kitchen to force a makeover! :-) I hope all is going well for you. Take care!

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  78. Oh Shenita my friend, I've missed you! What are you up to, what's new? I had a hectic last week too, I even posted about it, but since I have two tablescapes. Lots of faux Irish kisses, lol... Have a wonderful weekend.
    FABBY

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  79. Oh how beautiful that fabric looks for window treatments, Shenita. Oh no, you're giving me ideas! lol

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