Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My fruity kitchen.

Our kitchen is ever-changing. I am always tweaking something. I have major Decorating ADD in this room. Issues people.

I have noticed lately that many of my tweaks involve faux fruit and I'm starting to think it looks like the farmer's market on a Saturday morning. I thought I would share the room and my fruity obsession with you so you can decide for yourself.

I know the rage right now is light -- white, cream, bright. I lurve that look, but my style is still deeper colors, warm spaces, dark wood tones. Our kitchen has cherry floors, cherry cabinets and the walls and ceiling are painted Sisal from Behr. (One of my favorite colors of all time!):
We even picked out a black backsplash for the builder to install. I love it but am craving something a little lighter now:
The good thing about a black backsplash is the phone disappears. So do the cords for the under cabinet lighting:
And yes, I was a Southern Living at Home consultant back in the day. I love that stuff!

Fruity obsession Exhibit A:

A couple years ago, I decided to paint our bay window a deeper olive color and love it. I even painted the ceiling the same color:I made all of the window treatments in this space, and YOU CAN TOO!! Go here if you don't believe me or if you want to make your own. (Told ya.)

The light fixture was $30 on clearance at Lowe's and it was a plug in fixture. I hard wired it, so I had to cover the black cord. Love how this turned out:
We have a lot of space above our cabinets, and I putz around with it all the time. I love decorating that area but it's always changing. And yes. Yes, I do have fake plants. Shoot me:
Fruity obsession Exhibit B:
You can see my beadboard island project here.

I lurrrve pot racks. This one was a steal at Hob Lob for half off:
You can see how I did the stencils above the cabinets here.

If this was Rate My Space I would have taken everything off the side of the fridge, but ya'll are my peeps. (Double pound to the chest.)

Fruity obsession Exhibit C:
Pears in three -- count them -- THREE spots all within a two foot radius. Issues: I have them.

Here are a couple more shots:
I still have plans to change the sink, change the faucet, change the pantry door, change the backsplash, add more beadboard in a couple spots, put glass fronts on some of the cabinet doors, add crown molding to the whole space, and, and, AND...

maybe add some more fruit? No? Dang.

**T minus FIVE days till NKOTB. Found an outfit today. Squeal!!

82 comments:

  1. i LOVE your color schemes and the pears... seriously!

    :) fab pic post!

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  2. I love the lemons! They're so bright and cheerful.

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  3. That's funny, I have been eyeing the faux fruits as well... I like how they look but get eaten too fast to make any kind of a decorating statement around here...I just did a kitchen valance post.. I needed a change too..Jen

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  4. I love your blog! I think the fruit is pretty tame in your kitchen, but I don't think there's anything wrong with changing it up. I think the colors work well, and it's happy.

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  5. Goooorgeous! Love how warm and inviting it is.

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  6. Hey Girl, I think your kitchen is rooty tooty fresh & fruity fabulous! A true Pear-a-dice darlin'! Jules :)

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  7. The kitchen looks fabulous. I love the black on the bottom of the island. It's very welcoming.

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  8. I love you. Faux fruit and all! (and I hope you have SO MUCH FUN at the NKOTB concert!

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  9. I love the lemons too - and when I copy that look I shall give YOU credit! The kitchen looks amazing, but will admit that your idea of putting glass fronts on some of the cabinet doors will make your kitchen look even more FAB!
    ~ Manuela, a new fan!

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  10. I love everything! Exhibit B though is my fave, I love how those lemons look in there! Your kitchen looks Awesome!

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  11. "Lurve" your kitchen as you say!
    LOL! It's GORGEOUS!
    IHave fun at the concert! :)

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  12. I have a giant pear on my table, green apples on top of my cupboards, and apples in a lantern. I'm with you on the fruit! I also love the beachy, fresh, no warm color look but my kitchen is red and my cabinets are walnut. So I LOVE looking at your kitchen! It helps me not feel like I should be painting everything greige and white.

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  13. I "lurve" your kitchen too! I have fruit in mine too, so I'm not gonna argue with you on that! lol I especially love the lemons. I think I've found a new use for my cake plate while there's no cake in it!

    Be Blessed!
    ~Chondra

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  14. Your kitchen looks very cozy and inviting . . .but you lost me with the fake plants!!:-)

    P.S. The fruit really works well with your color scheme.

    Sydney

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  15. I have faux fruit in my kitchen, too. And I don't have white cabinetry. What I do have is white walls, really white walls. I envy your olive green paint in the bay!

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  16. I love your blog and I LOVE your kitchen! It looks fabulous! Love all your fruit!

    I'm seriously thinking of all the things I NEED to do in our house....I just have such tremendous trouble making a commitment that it gets me into trouble. Which means I need to carefully think things through before leaping again...otherwise my hubby might not want to speak to me again! LOL!

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  17. I'm drooling over your gorgeous kitchen! I love the warm colors as well. And the classiness of it all is amazing. And I think the fruit helps bring the bright happy feel in as well. A great mixture. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I thought the main rule in decorating is; It's your house. You live there. Do what YOU love. If you want to live in a Farmer's Market, then, rock it. Rock it hard!

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  19. Your kitchen is fabulous! I can relate to the faux fruit thing. It takes all my willpower not to load up my cart at Hobby Lobby.

    :)

    Lisa

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  20. Let me guess. Is your shirt white with "I (heart) Jonathan" airbrushed in pink? If not, it should be! : ) I still have a picture of the four of us on Bri's front lawn that day. It's going to be awesome for you to be back at Deercreek to see them again. I'll be at the concert in Cincy the night before, thinking of my posse! : )

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  21. I love your kitchen! I'm about to go out and buy a mitre box (per your suggestion) to add crown molding to the tops of our cabinets. I think seeing your crown on cabinets pushed me over the edge.

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  22. Your kitchen is beautiful and wonderfully decorated.

    NKOTB!!! I loved their show in Dallas this past October. So sad I will be missing their summer Dallas show :(

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  23. I love your blog and follow it religiously but this is the first time I've commented. Your kitchen is gorgeous, but it was the NKOTB concert that got my attention. You are going to LOVE the concert! If you've got the "Right Stuff" you'll be "Hangin' Tough" through the whole thing! Took me back to my youth in an instant! Have fun! :)

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  24. You have made my day! I too love deeper richer colors all through my home. I love the light airy look, but it's just not me. I also have fake plants. They are just so much easier! AND I have fake fruit--maybe not as much as you... I was thinking it was kind of cheesy, but after seeing your lovely kitchen, I know I'll be buying more.

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  25. Your kitchen is absolutely fabulous! I love it!!! I am totally inspired by your blog.

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  26. Sarah~gorgeous kitchen, but I can't wait to see the changes you have in store. Show us the outfit too~we want to see! :) Now I suddenly have "step by step" in my head...

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  27. Didn't notice if anyone else commented on it - but you forgot the picture over the blackboard. ; )Is that pears???

    I've always thought that "hey, if it works, go with it". It works for your kitchen, which is "lurvely"!

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  28. I think your kitchen is just perfect. Sure beats mine!

    Btw, I saw NKOTB back in March, and it was seriously the most fun I've had in a while! TOTAL BLAST! Enjoy being a teeny-bopper again. I sure did!

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  29. I love the olive paint color and fruit gives just the right pop! The lemons on your island are great too! I just may have to copy that one….if you don’t mind. That’s funny about the fake plants. I know it’s a crime but I have a fake tree in my living room and a small arrangement on one of my shelves. I know it’s bad but hey what’s a girl to do. I’m on the hunt for an old ladder to replace the tree in my living room. My fiancée thinks I’m crazy for wanting to ban the fake stuff.

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  30. Your kitchen is just gorgeous. I love the island, it is so pretty with the beadboard and painted black. Beautifully done and so inviting. Hugs, Marty

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  31. I love all of your fruit, faux or not! I think its fab, as long as you keep it isolated mostly to the kitchen area. It would be kind of odd to look at a pineapple in the bathroom or something. :) Love it!

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  32. Love your faux fruity self! I have faux plants on my upper cabinets too. :)

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  33. love your kitchen. Me too on the darker warmer side. Besides, we live in the northeast and we get snow, so there goes the white pastely colors. Love the fruits, too. May become a copycat on that one.

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  34. I love everything about your kitchen! Summer always makes me want things lighter and brighter but in a few months, you'll be loving all that "warmth." And maybe even the fruit. lol

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  35. love your kitchen. I have fake pears in my kitchen too :)

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  36. I think it's fab - a little fruity, but fab anyway!

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  37. Oh!! I was trying to figure out what NKOTB was, but duh (slap to forehead)...the New Kids! I'm so happy for you. I think you feel the same way about them that I feel about Chris Cornell...sigh (although, bad idea to take your sweet 14 year old son to one of his concerts...I'm just sayin').

    Anyhoo...LOVE your kitchen. It's so warm and cozy. It feels like a place you could hang out with friends, and cook together with a good glass of wine...or coffee or what have you. You know I love white, but I also love the warmth of darker woods. Beautiful!

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  38. So beautiful and inviting!

    You did a fab job girlfriend!

    I love the color of the green pear, which would look fabulous painted above your cupboards.

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  39. I am a deeper color kind of gal too, so I like your choices. I wish that I could have a farmer's market kitchen, but my dog likes to eat things that he can see on the counters and tables. (He doesn't care if it is fake or not!)

    Looks Great!

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  40. Your kitchen is really beautiful. I especially like the black island with the beadboard. Lovely!

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  41. Well I like farmer's markets, so I am not seeing a problem here! :o) Fruit is good. Decorate with what you love and you really can't go wrong. Especially if you do it on a budget! Then you can change without guilt.
    Oh and HURRAY for NKOTB!! We did 2 shows last tour and are doing 1 this time. We still have a month though. AHHHH!!! Have oh so much fun!! Oh oh oh oh oh...

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  42. You know what? I was skeptical when I read "faux fruit," but I'm a believer now. ;) I love love love the lemons under the cloche. :)

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  43. ??????????????Question?????????????

    This morning as I was repainting my kitchen table with black chalkboard paint I was thinking...how else could I cleverly use this great paint! Okay...then in the last picture of your post I saw what looks like a chalk board area on your wall, low to the floor, maybe even magnetic. This is kinda what I was thinking!? However, I don't know if I've ever read a post about this think I see. SO, tell me more! I love that the black chalk board paint wipes clean and is just plain black, so I have to keep it in mind. Also, I think light and bright will always be in style but so will color and warmth. My kitchen is slowly changing too. Keep up the good work girl!

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  44. love what you have done with the bead board on the island, it looks much better. I love the light fixture above the kitchen table and what a steal you got it for. It really makes a fabulous statement! great work!

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  45. Have I told you how much I love that island re-do? I know I have, but I must say it again... LOVE IT!

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  46. I love your kitchen. I am on the dark side with you, it's all good! ;-) I'm also glad you left your "stuff" on the fridge ... I would gag a little if it were any more perfect ... just sayin. *Two pounds to the chest* ;-)

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  47. I love that giant pear- cute! Yes, you are fruity and your colors are warm( and I like warm) but the room definately has personality.

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  48. Your kitchen is so warm and welcoming! And the fruit is fun. I thought your comment about the popularity of white/light kitchens was interesting. Here in NC, dark stained wood is king. The higher-end new homes tend to have dark wood cabinets and dark granite. So you're definitely not alone in your love of warm n'cozy!

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  49. Nice kitchen :) I really like the painted bay window.

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  50. i love it! its so warm and inviting! btw- i love your blog
    (2x pound on the chest )

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  51. Only one word to say; Perfectly!

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  52. I think your kitchen is beautiful! When my kitchen grows up it wants to look like yours...

    I saw NKOTB in November and it was one of THE best concerts I have ever been to! And I've been to some AH-SUM ones! I am so jealous!

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  53. I love your blog- I think I am "blog stalking" all the time- your ideas and end results of your projects are SO AWESOME!! Thats funny because I have the same tray by your phone from S.L. we have great taste!!

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  54. Why "Anonymous"!! Sorry Hit the wrong button. It's Michelle from Phoenix!!

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  55. Call me fruit'T but I love your kitchen. It draws me in and makes me feel welcome. I love that your backsplash hides wires. Sweet!

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  56. Well, you may have issues....but at least you can SEE your island (mine always accumulates so much junk!)

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  57. NKOTB? Oh I am SO jealous! About your kitchen, FANTASTIC! I tend to gravitate toward the richer/warmer colors too, so your kitchen is perfect in my book. Love.it.all.

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  58. I love your kitchen! The colors are awesome! I like your blog too! So many ideas! You motivate me!

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  59. You make me laugh girl! I love your fruitiness (talkin' about the decs, not you. LOL)

    Have fun at your concert. I'm sad I won't be able to make the one in Chicago tomorrow night with my friend but am now considering St Louis on July 1st. I've got it bad. Bring a bib, you will drool all over yourself.

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  60. OMG! How gorgeous! I'm going to follow, and stopping in from SITS to say hello!

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  61. Your kitchen is like a virtual fruit cocktail. It's great! I love all the fruit.

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  62. So maybe your kitchen is a little on the fruity side--but doesn't that make sense for a kitchen? Food as art. Seems like a good theme to me.

    And there are those gorgeous window treatments again. They really ARE easy to make. I used your directions and did it. You tell the truth.

    Blessings!
    Richella

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  63. where did you get your big green pear! LOVE IT!!!!

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  64. Thought of you when I saw this one-day paint offer on Emmy's blog:

    http://www.imaybecheap.com/2009/06/free-paint-today-onlygo-here-and-get-a-free-quart-of-glidd/

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  65. You have an absolutely beautiful kitchen! I happen to love the faux fruit! I think it adds warmth to a kitchen. I can't keep real fruit around that long. I also love the color scheme you have going on. Even though bright light colors may be all the rage right now, I think the warm tones look great - classic. Crown molding is going to look fantastic in here as well! Happy designing and thank you for sharing your faux fruit ideas!

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  66. NKOTB will be the best concert you'll attend! Thanks for sharing pics of your cute kitchen.

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  67. Love your decorating style. And the fruit! My mother-in-law loves faux apples and used to have them on display in her living room. Problem was my kids (as toddlers) kept trying to eat them. By a happy accident I found some fake apple cores from a trading company so gave them to her to add to her collection. Everyone comments on them and she has fond memories of when her grandbabies were little.

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  68. I found your link on Lori Mower's blog and love your stuff and your commentary is hilarious!!
    Just wanted to let you know I've been to 3 NKOTB concerts in the last year and they've all been soooooo wicked awesome!!!
    It's fun to meet another NKOTB fan- my fav has always been Jonathan!!!
    Long Live The New Kids!!!

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  69. I just found your blog and I am totally loving it! I saw the picture of your kitchen and said hey that's my kitchen...seriously...same floor plan same colors.(cherry floors, cherry cabinets) Love what you did to your island! What color is the olive on your nook area? Thanks for sharing!

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  70. Hi - Your site is my new favorite blog...I think your writing is adorable, witty and you are fabulous at all of this thrifty decor stuff. I know I'm late on this post, but I'd love your olive paint color name/brand if you'd be ok in sharing? Your home is gorgeous and still WAY current even though the trend is white, light, etc. You're really good!!

    Thank you and LOVE the window treatment help. I promise to post when I actually find my dream fabric. I too have cherry cabinets in my kitchen, but white counters (generic builder tile) and the dreaded white appliances. We could afford the newly built house 6 yrs. ago and then I had 2 babies. Now I need to finish the house!!! I'd just love to have stainless steel appliances some day!

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  71. please stop decorating the tops of your cabinets. Buy a good magazine like Southern Accents and read it!

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  72. Anonymous, You need to buy a copy of "Ms. Manners" and read it....daarhling....

    Why should your kitchen look like a cookie cutter version of "Southern Accents" magazine!!! PUH-leeeze! Your kitchen looks great! And I don't think you have gone over board on the fruit either. : ) pssst...I love Southern Living at Home too!!

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  73. Hi!
    I noticed that you have what appears to be a black platter with the initial "S" and a fancy circle around it above your refrigerator...is that a vinyl letter you applied yourself? And if so, where can I order it from? Thanks!!

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  74. Do you remember where you got your purple artichokes? I am new to your blog.....I have to say you are awesome...so informative and detailed. I have read other posts and agree that it has become an addiction for me! By the way.....the new lamp you got with the black swirls......I got it.....and your front door....same as me~ So excited...let me now about the artichokes. Thanks! Emily P. Cypress, TX

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  75. Hello Emily! I got them from a small decor shop locally. They weren't cheap but I love them! I've also seen them at Stein Mart too, for cheaper!

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  76. Where did you get/what brand are your kitchen chairs? They are perfect in your kitchen... and would be perfect in mine ;)

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  77. I LOVVVVEEEE the fact that you put stuff above your cabinets. I was putting around in BlogLand and saw a blog I liked (I am new so I do that a lot). And saw that the blogger had an entire post on how tacky it was to decorate above your cabinets. I was CRUSHED and started questioning my above cabinet decor. So thank you for this, I will go give my fake plant and other accessories above my cabinets a hug now!

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  78. I LOVE your kitchen! It is similar to mine in design and layout, but mine is very dull and boring compared to yours. I have nothing above my cabinets and am at a loss as to what to put up there. I few things I have attempted to put up there, look so lost and out of place. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also, can you post more pics or close-ups of your upper cabinetry and the space above? Thanks!! Love your blog!!

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  79. Hi! I'm renovating our kitchen, and my husband and I have decided to have new cabinets and make use of the beauty of the concept of a
    ceramic tile. Tampa, FL has a lot of tile stores and I hope we'll be able to look for ceramic tiles with warm colors. For our cabinet, I'll keep it still with a warm autumn atmosphere. I m just so excited to decorate. Thanks for sharing your beautiful kitchen!

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