Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Fall Kitchen



Now that it's officially here, I thought I'd give our kitchen a warm cozy look for fall. It's become my tradition to change the open shelves seasonally and I always love the freshness it offers this familiar room.


I usually display my brown transfer ware plates, but this year I thought I'd try something different. I decided to just use art and other mismatched items including a select few brown transfer ware vases and dishes.


I love the warmth that wood and wicker offers.



The little girl and lamb picture is something my Grandmother framed many years ago. As you can see, the image doesn't quite fit the frame. I planned on recycling the frame with another image, but in the end it reminds me too much of her to change it.


Next on our fall 'to do' list is to pick all of the pumpkins! I gave a couple to my friend over the weekend and she in turn made pumpkin soup with them...very inspiring. I planned on using them for pumpkin pies but since the plant produced four times more pumpkins than we anticipated, I do believe that pumpkin soup will be on the menu.

Sounds deliciously cozy don't you think?

72 comments :

  1. I always enjoy seeing what you do with your kitchen shelves!

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  2. I like your kitchen very much.
    I'm from Holland and I'm new on your blog.
    greetings,

    Miranda

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  3. We love pumpkin soup! It's a family favourite over here & we've been eating it all winter (I'm in Australia).
    Hope you enjoy your bountiful harvest & I love the way you have decorated
    Renata:)

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  4. wow, what a well decorated home, i really like the way you have set up things in a very neat manner, very impressive

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  5. Pumpkin is my favourite vegetable of all time! Lovely looking shelves you have there and I like the story about the picture.

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  6. It sounds yummy! My husband doesn't like soup too much, but he's going to be out of town next week, so I do believe pumpkin soup will be on the menu!

    I love your fall display. Especially the framed photo your grandmother did. It's so sweet and sentimental.

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  7. just found your blog. Lovely!!

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  8. Trina,
    The shelves look beautiful! I love that you kept some of the white and added touches of brown and fall. The pumpkin soup sounds yummy...you'll have to post the recipe.

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  9. Pumpkin soup sounds wonderful, and your kitchen says Fall to me.

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  10. Everything is just lovely as always...

    xo,

    annie

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  11. sounds delicious. i like the idea of changing your shelves for fall-- the cozy look is perfect.

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  12. Fall is my favorite season - you captured it perfectly in your kitchen display. So warm and cozy, I love everything you have. All the best, Lori

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  13. Very subtle and pretty. I love the vintage hues of old photographs. And I do love me some creamy pumpkin soup...it's definitely that time of year again!

    Blessings,
    Alison
    Stuff and Nonsense

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  14. Wow someone did a post and had a very similar kitchen and like items in it. I think they even mentioned you at the bottom.lol Well they say "imitation is the best form of flattery". You have a very nice kitchen.

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  15. Just referred back to the blog, I was wrong its not your kitchen. Looks just like it and apparently you have one that one person who likes your kitchen. lol it is gorgeous

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  16. Perfect, as always. My favorite part...the picture from your Grandma in the too large frame. Love that you didn't change it. It's things like that make a home - the object & the memory. Enjoy your pumpkin soup! :)

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  17. Inspiring indeed! And pumpkin soup...yum. Also love homemade pumpkin ravioli...and pumpkin bread with chocolate chips...and...

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  18. Pumpkin soup sounds yummy! I love the fall touches to your kitchen. I don't blame you for not changing the frame on the picture...it is adorable. Happy Fall! Carla

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  19. LOVE it! That would be my dream kitchen design, open shelving!

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  20. how lovely and i like the print, especially since it is sentimental. the light coming in your room is so beautiful.
    happy fall, erin

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  21. I LOVE your brown transferware Trina, everything looks perfectly crisp and cozy for fall. Yes to pumpkin soup, pie, bread, cookies, everything!!
    Hugs~
    T

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  22. I like it! every once in a while change feels good.
    Have a great day!

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  23. I have always wanted to grow pumpkins!! They never seem to turn out for me. Enjoy!

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  24. Sounds delicious! and I love that you kept the frame just the way it was. That's better than perfect.

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  25. Hi Trina!

    Good morning and a happy fall to you! Every time you do a post about your kitchen shelves I get so excited. I love it and all the changes you make just get better. I look forward to your posts and seeing this in the morning just made my day...especially since fall is a long ways off here in Texas.

    Have a good day (and pumpkin soup sure sounds delicious)!
    Cali

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  26. I love everything you do, and looking forward to seeing the nursery you are setting up for your babies! I just thought I'd let you know that the little girl with the lamb you mention is actually St. John the Baptist as a little boy, and the lamb is the "Agnus Dei", or "lamb of god" (I don't know how you say that in English Catholic tradition). Here is an image that we use a lot in Brazil, for the "festa de São João", traditionally held in june here. http://www.45graus.com.br/userfiles/s-joao.jpg

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  27. Charming, just charming!!
    Looking forward to the pumpkin soup recepie....

    Northern Light

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  28. I'd vote for pumpkin bread! I just made a batch yesterday with pumpkins from a friend's garden....delicious warm from the oven with melted butter and a cup of tea!
    Rebecca in WI

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  29. Your shelves look all warm and cozy now. What a welcoming sight on cool crisp mornings!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  30. I truly love how comfortable and inviting your kitchen is! I can imagine working there - pouring over recipes, simmering stews, baking cookies.
    bliss.
    xx

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  31. Everything you do looks great. That farmhouse just keeps getting better and better.I love the wicker and white mix along with the art and tarnished silver. It's warm and welcoming just like you and hubby. Put the pot on I'll be right over! :) Oh, and you must make pumpkin bread (a favorite at my house).

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  32. I love it. I think you need a little brown acorn. My favorite part is that you left the lamb picture in its original frame for sentimental reasons. Happy Fall to you, too!

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  33. Love your fall switch-a-roo! Looks lovely.

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  34. Very pretty, I love your kitchen. I do have to say though, looking back at your older posts, I do like the look of all your transferware on the shelves a whole lot. Either way is very pretty, but maybe you can add more transferware as the season progresses...:)

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  35. So lovely!!! Your style and taste is impeccable as always Trina! CanNOT wait to see how you decorate the babies nurseries! Be well and stay rested!

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  36. I love the idea of displaying different colors of transferware every season. I have blue and white transferware on my shelf right now and would love to pick up some brown and white for fall!
    Love your shelves!!
    Beth.

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  37. Trina,
    You have fantastic instincts when it comes to styling! Just beautiful!!!

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  38. love the touches of Fall that you've added...

    I can't believe that I've never had pumpkin soup!

    What in the world do you serve with it?

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  39. I love the clean yet warm look. And that little chalk board is adorable!
    Yvonne

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  40. Hi Trina,
    I love the mix of the white dishes the brown transferware and artwork....simple but beautiful. That wicker tray adds wonderful texture too. Thank you for the inspiration. Maura :)

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  41. Trina, your kitchen looks beautiful and so Fallish, too! I like your wood elements...and the small chalk board would be the perfect place to display your daily menu. ;)

    How are you feeling these days?

    God bless you,

    Gail

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  42. Beautiful perfection again Trina!!! The mix of your lovely transferware with the more rustic and aged pieces is so pretty, and sings "Hello Fall" is a very sweet voice!
    I've never cooked with fresh pumpkin...when we tried to grow it the only ones that got to enjoy it were the squirrels, although, we did enjoy the blossoms very much - visually! Love to hear about your cooking adventures with it.
    xoxo J~

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  43. hi trina,

    love it all. your eye never fails.

    hope the kids are treating you well.

    ~janet

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  44. Love your taste!!! Can you give the source of the white dishes. Thanks.

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  45. Hi Anon,
    All of the white dishes that you see on our shelves come from Martha Stewart's Whiteware line at Macy's department store. And just in case you order some, the prices are significantly lower online than they are in the store.
    I looked around for awhile for white dishes and her line offered the most selection (pitchers, serving trays, soup bowls, etc.) at the best price.
    Trina

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  46. I love your open shelves and how you have displayed your dishes on them. The picture that was your grandmothers is a really nice touch.

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  47. I absolutely love your blog & love how you change your kitchen up for the seasons. What a great idea. All your antique finds add such a personal and "lived in" feel. Oh how I want a farmhouse of my own!

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  48. I just adore your open shelves in the kitchen!
    Pumpkin soup sounds wonderful....and toasting all those seeds would be great as well.

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  49. So pretty. I really like how you can change things out on your shelves. I have to say, your kitchen was the inspiration to use butcher block counters in my kitchen this past spring. We'd had a lot of ideas since moving here 5 1/2 years ago but for some reason I never thought of butcher block. I really like how ours turned out. Thanks for such an inspiring home.

    Chris
    PS I even found a round marble tray/trivet/cheese round to use on my counter after seeing the one by your stove. Love how it looks on my wood counter.

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  50. Agreed, the butcher block looks fantastic and I'm moving in that direction for our new countertops. I wanted to do it in our old kitchen but was talked out of it when I was told that it would rot around the sink. I wish I hadn't listened.
    I'm sorry if you've answered this before, but what color did you use on the cabinets?

    Kelli

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  51. It looks Beautiful! It makes me want to take down all of our upper cabinets....sadly I don't think we are neat enough. I think it's very special that you have the picture from your grandmother, unchanged after all these years.

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  52. Hi Kelli,
    We used Benjamin Moore's 'Simply White' in semi-gloss. We used their no-VOC Eco-Spec line.
    ; ) Trina

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  53. I love love love your kitchen--and always wait for new photos of it. You have a real gift for setting a beautiful stage.

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  54. i love your fall shelf and pumpkin soup sounds fantastic!

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  55. I love your Fall kitchen. So beautiful!! I collect blue transferware. I would love a couple pieces of the brown. What type do you collect?

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  56. I love your Fall kitchen. So beautiful!! I collect blue transferware. I would like a few pieces of the brown. What type do you collect? I love yours because it is simple but elegant.

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  57. Hi Trina! I always love seeing what you do and/or change in your beautiful home! I'm jealous of your awesome open shelving! I've actually thought about taking all the doors off our cabinets, but I'm sure that hubby would just have a hissy fit because...well...you know men and wood! lol! Anyway, you did an awesome job and the combination of wood, wicker, and white is just plain yummy! :) Oh, and hope you plan on passing on that delicious pumpkin soup recipe! Sounds great!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

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  58. Hi,

    Is your brown transferware English? I love it!!

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  59. Hi Rachel and Anon,
    It's a mix of things...I usually pick up any brown transfer ware that's relatively cheap. The brown transfer ware plates I usually put up are new and they say 'Made in England' on the back. No other marking but that.
    And I have teal, red and brown transfer ware but I'm not collecting anymore pieces as I don't have the room!
    Happy weekend,
    Trina

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  60. Everything looks so pretty, just perfect. Your picture that was once your grandma's touched my heart. It reminded me of my on mother and grandmother. I would never settle for less than a perfect fit, but they would both easily over look something so small... I love that about them. Thanks P.S. Just noticed, I forgot to sign in... Room Service ~ Dec.101 vicky

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  61. Lovely, lovely blog. I just found you via This Is Glamorous and am now a follower!
    --Lee Ann

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  62. What a pretty home you have. I love white dishes and own many. Seeing how you display yours has given me ideas for my own home. Thank you for that. I am a follower now. Deb Ottawa, Canada

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  63. Looking gorgeous as usual Trina! It's supposed to be early Spring here, but someone forgot to tell the Weather God's, as it's freezing cold, grey & very Wintery. I'm desperate for the warm sunny days to appear. May have to do some weird tribal Spring dance to hurry things along. Enjoy your change of Seasons.
    Millie ^_^

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  64. Your kitchen (and the rest of the house) looks fabulous. I love how you change the look with the seasons - we don't do it here. I wonder why not ... maybe I should adopt this idea. Leigh

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  65. I LOVE your decorating! So pretty and cheerful and clean. You've inspired me to use more baskets around my farmhouse kitchen, and I LOVE them. Thank you!

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  66. Oh, I have missed visiting over here at your gorgeous place...so happy to be catching up. It is all so gorgeous & perfect for the season. I absolutely love your beautiful & bright kitchen & the way you change is seasonally. Happy Anniversary( belatedly) and thank you for sharing all of this goodness!
    xo
    Melis

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