Sunday, December 11, 2011

~Kitchen Banquette~

Happy Monday everyone! Gary and I have been doing some kitchen remodelling..We have tried so many different looks for the kitchen nook area and all I have shared with you...and every time I think we have it right, we don't....whoa is one night it came to us we needed a banquette. That was it a light bulb went off in our tiny little heads LOL.
Our oldest daughter's boyfriend who is not only a cutie pie but a honest to goodness sweetheart custom designed and built this beautiful banquette for us. 
Come with me for a look behind the plastic wall...
And with the wave of the magic wand, the unveiling. By George I think we might have it right now :)
 You can click on any photo to enlarge if you like. We love how it turned out and couldn't be happier. Our windows were not framed in so daughters boyfriend  custom framed all around the window and sill for us. Gary and I purchased a new kitchen table and chairs they match the center island. Also we had the seat cushions custom made out of white vinyl with red piping. Easy to wipe off when the little ones come to visit or the big people spill (Gary) don't tell him I said that. LOL

 Bead board was used for the design, I love the large bead board and can see lots and lots more bead board in my future.

 I remade the curtains by cutting them down and adding tap tops with ruffles ~ they were a bit heavy and I didn't want to use a curtain rod that had to be screwed into the  beautiful wood trim molding, so I put on my thinking cap and came up with using a shower curtain rod. I now its a bit silly but it works for now until I find a rod with some bulk, the spring rods I found were all too flimsy to support the weight of the curtains.

 I love, love the window molding..I see more window molding in our future too...

 I added the red trim to the white chandelier hats, they look more dressed up now in their red party hats.
 While shopping the other day down town Modesto, we wondered into a store called the Dented Chef and there I found this restaurant style pastry plate and cover, I was so delighted since I had been looking for one.

 The art work in our kitchen is by Catherine Holman who is an incredibly talented Folk Artist. Gary and I have 11 pieces from her collection. I have also purchased prints for gifts. We have one original the rest are prints that we have custom framed. They are so much fun to have and everyone loves them when they come into our kitchen. The color is joyful and happy.

 Some of Catherine's prints you can have your name printed on to personalize them for yourself or a gift.

This sweet yummy cupcake Folk Art is an original from Catherine. You can visit Catherine at her blog and see all her beautiful creativeness at Pigment of your Imagination

I think knobs would be nice to have on the kitchen cabinets and crown molding to finish off the kitchen.
We have also been working in the front room and dinning room.. I can't wait to show you what we have been up too.

Joining in the week with the following ladies;

Susan~Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Kim~Savvy southern Style WOW Us Wednesday

Bunny Jean~ Bunny Jeans Decor and More Bunny Hop Wednesday

Honey~2805 A Potpourri Party every Friday
 Shabby Sugar Pink Boutique Friday Fun Link up Party

Thank you for visiting today, I still have a lot of catching up to do with you all and email's to answer. Gee-whiz I sure wish were were more hours in a day.. don't you?.


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

You and Gary have made a beautiful home my dear friend..I really hope we can meet up in 2012..that would be so great for me..Have a wonderful CHRISTmas my friend..Hugs and love Gloria

Martha said...

You're right -- that banquette is perfect! And I love your touches of red! Great job!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Oh! It turned out wonderful. I love the red piping and the sweet pillows. The trim on the shades is a perfect touch!

A Southern Rose said...

Love it! Gives me a happy feeling. Love the touches of red. It all looks great!

Lee Laurie

Merry Christmas!

Chris said...

I love it! It is just the right thing for that spot. Our family had a banquette in one of the homes we lived in. I have such fond memories of it. Hope your family makes sweet memories there, too!

Catherine Holman said...

That banquette is wonderful and red is my favorite color. Love the pillows and the seat cushions. I feel right at home in your kitchen Elizabeth. I also love that color on the door. Could you share the color with me? Thanks for all your support and for sharing my artwork with everyone!

Betty said...

What a beautiful job you did. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and I can see that in yours.

Miss Jean said...

It turned out just great. I love it!! So sweet and cheery and versatile. You are lucky to have such a talented young man to help you. Can I borrow him? LOL!!

Don't you just love the Dented Chef? Great place to go and wonder around and find all kinds of goodies.

Vee said...

Looks fantastic! Are you thinking that this talented young man could just marry your darling girl? That's what I'd be thinking! LOL

Love seeing Catherine's work in your home. It looks beautiful.

Great job on the curtains, too!

Melinda said...

Looks very comfy and cozy!
As always--love the red!

Have a great evening!


Beverly said...

What a wonderful idea. You have so much more seating that way. Love your red and white cushion and pillow. And, your ruffled curtain is perfect for that window. The rod doesn't look like a shower rod at all and works perfectly.
Your framed pictures are so colorful. I will have to check out the artists site. Good job Elizabeth and Gary. The young man who did the carpentry is talented also. My hubby is a carpenter, so I appreciate good wood work.
Can't wait to see some of the rest of your house changes.

Beverly said...

Elizabeth, thank you for visiting my blog. I am now one of your followers, and I hope you'll follow me, too.

Your banquette looks fabulous. I think you have the perfect look. And, speaking of fabulous, so is your kitchen. You have an awesome collection of Catherine Holman art.

Cindy said...

Your banquette is gorgeous! I love the white vinyl with the red piping and the bead-board! It's really gorgeous. Those lovely pieces of art are very unique, they fit so perfectly in your kitchen.
You guys have added a lovely piece and I love it.
Hugs, Cindy

nannykim said...

love it!! what a happy room too!

Bunny Jean said...

I have wanted a banquette for YEARS! Your's is fabulous and I am so jealous ;) I want one to use as a great storage space for my dishes. What do you have under those seats?

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh I love this from the cushions to the colors in your kitchen to the wonderful green door. Perfection!!

Anonymous said...

The banquette turned out to be just the right addition to your breakfast nook. I love the bead board! I also really like the cafe curtains. You did a very nice job on those. The whole kitchen is really charming.


Marigene said...

Your banquette is so perfect! It looks wonderful, love it.

G Inspires said...

I'm in LOVE with your seating w/ the vinyl cushions...I bet they will be super easy to wipe down and they are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing, your kitchen is to die for! Visiting via The Bunny Hop

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

it does feel great when you know you finally have it right! Looks wonderful..I just love bead board.

joyh82 said...

Wow, I love it! I am a big bead board fanatic :)

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Elizabeth...this is fabulous! I love your banquette! It looks like it's always been there...perfect for your kitchen. Love all that great molding, too! Your cake platter is sooo cute. Love how you can see what's on the plate. What a great look for your counter. I know there are going to be lots of folks trying to figure out how to build in a banquette now.

Always Nesting said...

I love love love every detail. You did an amazing job. Great idea to have seat cushions that are so easily wipeable. Love the beadboard, the cafe curtains and even the curtain rod. I think it will stand the test of time. Red is my favorite color so you can imagine all the oohing and ahhhing going on over here :)

I realized that you are in the Modesto area and that made me smile. My nephew was a pastor at River Oak Grace in Oakdale but has moved. We used to live in Brentwood (east bay) till our last transfer. Memories of warmer and dryer places :) Oregon is cold and rainy in the winter, although I do love the summers here.

Thanks for the photo shoot. It's amazing.

Atticmag said...

The boyfriend looks like a real keeper -- what a great job he did. The banquette and the whole kitchen look great. You must be thrilled. I especially like the curtains, too. So appreciate you dropping by from Met Mon. I'm tardy this week but wanted to wish you a very happy holiday! (Oh, and we love beadboard around here. Was looking at a couple of bathroom walls the other day and wondering why it was only on one! LOL). Jane

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

I say get those two married, you wouldn't want to lose him. lol! The remodel is fab. I am such a lover of beadboard. Planning on adding some in the living room after Christmas. We had alot in our old home, sure missing it. Love the artwork and the green door is so darn cute. Everything just looks so cheery. Enjoy that wonderful kitchen.

My Beautiful World said...

I love everything you have choosen here loving the red touch too. Sending you special wishes for a very Merry Christmas Day and look forward to keeping in touch in 2012

Always Wendy

Farmchick said...

My first visit here.....I am LOVING your kitchen....looks very, very nice. :) Hope you can stop by my place and say hi!

Honey at 2805 said...

Your project is beautiful! Such a lovely job! I really like the way you treated the curtains with the double ruffle too!

Thank you for sharing the season at Potpourri Friday! May you have a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

I just came across your gorgeous blog thru Bunny Jean's last blog hop! Love the transformations to your home! I am now your newest follower and I hope that you will follow me, too! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth! Wow, that turned out fantastic! You must be thrilled, and how blessed are you to have someone so talented to helpwage two of out! I hope to seeit in person someday (hint hint) Merry Christmas to you both! Marcia

Jaclynn_kyuss said...

I have always wanted a breakfast nook. You guys nailed it. Love.

Monica said...

Have a wonderful Christmas, dear Elizabeth. May it be filled with all you desire.
Monica xoxo

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

(´¨*·.(´¨*·.¸(´¨*·.¸Merry Christmas Elizabeth!!¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*´¨)¸.·*´¨)

La Petite Gallery said...

I am impressed, you will be loving that kitchen now. Wish I could test it out and
Well, just dropped in to wish you a Merry Christmas.


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Your home is just beautiful. What cute idea's. Those curtains are adorable!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Ana said...

Oh you guys, it's beautiful. Love, love, love it. What a sweet boyfriend to design and custom make it just for you...Gotta be in good standing with the future in-laws, right? Hee, hee, hee. Just kidding. Hope you are doing well me sweet friend...I miss you. Praying that your Dad is doing better. Sending you a great big hug. Keeping you always in my heart, thoughts and prayers.

Much love,

Farmchick said...

Hi again....thanks for dropping by my place and for being my 500th follower! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you....things have not been so normal around here lately. Stop by for a visit soon and say hi too!I am going to be having my giveaway really soon!

EllenaElizabeth said...

HI. I love your upholstered nook and just love all your colours and styling in general. So lovely, thanks for posting and Happy New Year from Australia.

Our Country Bungalow said...

The banquette looks amazing! Nice job. It's perfect for the spot. Your home is so full of charm.
Happy New Year,

sandy said...

The kitchen looks wonderful!!! Wow love what you have done. And those prints - awesome.

I just found Pigment of Your Imagination yesterday. Love her art.

I hope all illness has left the family and everyone is fine.

farmhouse-story said...

your home is beautiful! love how your banquette turned out!

katt said...

I have spray painted a few shower rods for curtain use,maybe match-up with your island hardware

Anonymous said...

I love your decorating style Elizabeth -- so bright, colourful, & cheery! And excellent workmanship -- you are truly blessed.

The beadboard banquet is delightful & I especially love the wonderful valance you put on the curtains -- exactly what I've been looking for without knowing it!
Thanks for the inspiration.