18 October 2018

A Kitchen Refresh



It has been awhile since I painted my kitchen, actually several months back!  I always wanted to paint the natural wood, but could not decide on a color, but one week I decided to go for it. I painted the natural cabinets in the kitchen Annie Sloan French Linen and then waxed them really well. They still look nice.  But next of course, I tired looking at the display, so this past week I rearranged the wall and shelves.

I moved some vintage French bird prints to the kitchen. My daughter found these awhile back, and they fit and look perfect under the shelves.

Next, I decided to display my French bumble bee glasses with my French copper pans, both made in France.
Then I added a little more gleam with my Raj teapot that I bought back in college, when Restoration Hardware was just a cute little shop in Marin outside of San Francisco. Do you remember when customers could buy something in there?

Lastly, I hung a small Anthro mirror that I received as a gift a few years back. The cafe bowls and containers are Anthro as well.

These are just tiny changes, but it adds a touch of elegance and freshens up this small space.
It adds to the Swedish/French look I like. My fridge is Italian made and my stove is Swedish made.





























Obviously I have not blogged much in the past year.
I finished a French course, but my French is still bad. I guess it will never be as great as my Spanish which is better, but not so great either.  Smile.

I read lots of books. Okay. I was on a Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy kick for awhile, ever since our trip to Russia.
I also worked on my poetry and took some classes.
Then this past summer we spent most of the time in Italy and France, but also visited Germany and Austria a bit.

I lost some friends (passed). That's always hard.

I have an unruly pug that I have taken through two courses of training, and she still needs more training. She is smart, but she wants to do what she wants to do.

I really am enjoying my free time.
But I love the holidays, so I felt like blogging.

I can always be found on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/butterflyandbungalow/

xoxo

Su


36 comments:

  1. Your kitchen is so charming and belies the fact that it lives in California. If I were to guess, I’d say that it lives somewhere in Scandinavia.

    You certainly have been busy learning and traveling. I am sorry for the loss of friends...losing people we love is the worst thing about this life.

    An unruly pug, eh? My son and family have an unruly pug...very. He is downright obnoxious. They all love him, though. Me? Not so much. 😉

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    1. Thank you, Vee. Yes, she is very obnoxious. I understated. Someone with one, told me that they found lazy is not exactly true. Crazy is more like it. :) xoxo Su

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  2. Love this Su. So charming. How fun that you got to travel so much this past summer. Living life to the fullest is so great. Happy Thursday.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  3. Hi Su....I just love your home. Has it been in any national magazines? My email
    is bkbroten@gmail.com. Let me know. Would like to work with you to get you into a
    magazine. Bonnie Broten

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    1. Thank you, very much, I sent you an e-mail. xo Su

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  4. So fun to see your new post. Your kitchen is amazing. I love the AS French Linen and it's my favorite 'go to' neutral. That mirror is so beautiful. I have a mirror behind my oven also and boy it sure gets splattered but cute over rides practical, right? The French Bumble Bee glasses are SO sweet. That SMEG..well it's not right for me to be jealous, but I come very close to it. LOL. But really- Your kitchen is so lovely and I so look forward to all of your advertisement free posts. So many blogs these days are so annoying because you have to sift through the equivalent of what seems to be layers of junk mail just to read a post, so I have given up reading them. You have inspired me to get a fresh post up soon. Glad you are back, you have been missed and you have a wonderful blog as you share your charming home. Blessings to you and your household.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tonita. So nice to hear from you. I was surprised anyone read here for it has been so long. Yes, cute over practical. I had a plate there before and it did fine, but I think that vent over my stuff works really well. The wall is holding up behind it, and it is wood.

      All the sweetness and compliments just made my day. I look forward to seeing the seasonal changes in your sweet cabin. xoxo Su

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  5. You have such a pretty kitchen and home. I love your sink and looks like the one my mom had in her house. It's wonderful that you have taken up learning languages and reading books and done a lot of traveling through Europe!
    Enjoy the holidays.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie. I've always been a renaissance kind of gal. I love the classics: music, art, and literature. I also enjoy teaching myself things all the time. So, I get caught up in things. I hope your holidays are filled with joy. xoxo Su

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  6. The French Grey looks perfect in your kitchen. It is the first can of ASCP I bought and is still a favorite. I always have a can of it in my studio. It is very similar to the Martha Stewart grey that we used on our kitchen cabinets. I am still so pleased with the grey, it is calming for our sea cottage. White would have just been too bright for our kitchen.

    I have been returning to my blog slowly. Opening up archived posts and trying to write a new post once a month. I do miss it. So it was nice to see a new post in my feed from you!

    Autumn tidings,
    Kerrie

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    1. Thank you so much, Kerrie. I feel the same way about gray. In my last home, I had a white kitchen, but I always felt it was just too bright for my tastes, despite the fact that I drool over white kitchens. But when I had to live in it, it was too much for my senses. My porch is the whitest spot in the home, and it makes sense, because it is an indoor/outdoor room. I just love the calm effect grays have on a space. I will keep an eye out for your reopening, but of course, I always love following you on Instagram. xoxo Su

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  7. I love your cute kitchen! It looks super cute with the changes. Have a great weekend Su! xox

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    1. Thank you so much, Anne, for stopping by after such a long hiatus. xoxo Su

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  8. How wonderful that you are learning French. I think living in a country is what helps one truly master a language. My Spanish is always better when I am actually in Mexico.

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    1. True. I understand Italian, but can't really speak it. I "chatted an hour" with an elderly woman using my computer. She would talk to me in Italian, and then I would answer using google translate. It was really funny and we both had great fun. When we were done talking, she told me I really could speak Italian, that I just needed to practice! Since I have spent a month there every year for four years I get by, because Spanish is similar. Spanish is my best, because we hear it all the time. I like French and would like to be able to speak it and shop with it, because I don't always travel with my spouse. He studied it in college, while I did Spanish. It is just hard, I always want to pronounce like it is Spanish, or I slip and answer Spanish. xoxo Su

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  9. Your kitchen is so charming, love it very much
    Hugs

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  10. Hello Dear Friend,
    I enjoy our chats on IG.
    Your home is lovely.
    I took German lessons. I try so hard to speak it daily. It is hard to do. I think I need to have it playing more in the house to pick it up and speak it out loud.

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    1. German is hard! I go to the northern part of Italy where German is spoken too. Most people talk back and forth between the two. It sounds a lot like English when they slow down enough for me!!! I force myself to try to read it when I see instagram posts. xoxo Su

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  11. I love that you are getting to travel. I'm so sorry about your friends. Your kitchen is delightful. I look forward to some holiday posts.

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie. I always love decorating for Christmas. xoxo Su

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  12. Su, I saw Kitchen Refresh on my blogroll and thought, oh no, I loved it just as it was! But you didn't change its style, you only made it more of what it was. Just lovely.

    I know you're enjoying such a full life but I selfishly do hope you'll continue to share bits of it here!
    Dewena

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    1. Thank you, Dewena. That is so sweet. I really get overwhelmed with what to share, and then I have trouble making a decision. xoxo Su

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  13. Su, your home is absolutely stunning. I love when you let us inside for a little peek. Your adventures sound just lovely. It sounds as if you are pursuing so many wonderful interests. I think that's great. I'm sorry if you have friends that don't understand...but I'm sure the true ones are still at your side!! And I giggled at your French comment. I took it for 6 years during school, read novels, debated in it and gave speeches...and yet, I was never good enough to converse in real life and today, I'm lucky if I can read the back of hairspray bottle!! ;) Enjoy the weekend xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Kim, for your kind and thoughtful comment. Oh, it is funny, and that bad. I think that I will concentrate on improving my Spanish next. Mastering another language is just hard. I guess I was not clear. An older family member died this pass year and we had always been close, a dear family friend, and a friend of my daughter's. You are always so thoughtful, Kim, and I appreciate that special way you have with your readers. xoxo Su

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  14. I love the old mirror and the beautiful marble table tops!
    So cozy and adorable.
    And the floral pillow cushions are wonderful!

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Hugs,
    Susanna

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    1. Thank you, Susanna. Have a wonderful Sunday! xoxo Su

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  15. Hi Su...I've missed you. Glad to see you back for a bit.
    Your kitchen is so pretty. I love it.
    How fun to do all that traveling...I've never been to any of these romantic places..I'll never go now that Mr. Sweet is gone. I wouldn't enjoy a bit of it without him.
    Have a great week...xo

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    1. Thank you, Bj. I can't imagine how much you miss him every day. I go with my daughter, and my spouse joins us for the last week or two. Except for Russia, it has been my daughter and I. xoxo Su

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  16. Your kitchen looks beautiful, my friend. It sounds like you've been busy, but in a good way. Have you ever watched the show "The Americans"? It's about Russian spies living in America during the 80s. John and I were hooked! Anyway, glad to hear from you :)

    Can you believe this weather? I was down visiting my mom last week and we were able to sit outside!

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Thank you, Rue. No, I have not seen that, but it sounds interesting! I agree that the weather has been amazing! xoxo Su

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  17. It's always a delight to step into your wonderful kitchen : thanks to your beautiful pictures, I felt like I was there!

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    1. Thank you, Magali for your sweet visit! Yours too. I wold love to revisit it. xoxo

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  18. Hoping you will stick around for a while and give us a glimpse of your wonderful home now and then. Your kitchen is better than ever, something I thought couldn't get any better to begin with! Wonderful.

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