Kitchen Update ~ The Reveal

I was so inspired by the nostalgia in the kitchen of my good friend Judy from over at the blog Gold Country Cottage, that I decided to breath new life into my own ho hum kitchen by giving it an infusion of fresh fabric in a classic pattern, and grounding it with a few new beautiful black and white accents. 
After all, the kitchen is the heart of our home!
My first decision was to purchase new valances and drapes from Country Curtains in a bold black and white buffalo check. I just love the classic look of the large check and originally I was thinking red and white...but after a little more thought I felt that the black and white check was a better fit for what was already in the kitchen. And that decision set the tone for my space as I found the most darling black and white rooster dishes at Home Goods. Handsome Mr. Rooster is from my new favorite store Hobby Lobby and the white canister set was a fabulous find at ReStore for only $12.
I really wanted a bit of a farmhouse vibe, so I picked up a couple farm baskets over at Home Goods for $10 each and filled them with seasonal squashes and fruits. Another thing I did was to strip the table top and give it a darker more rustic finish. To see what the top looked like before and check out my "Rustic Roo" tablescape just click here.
The burlap wreath was moved from the front door to the kitchen.

The buffet received a seasonal update by adding a few Halloween touches. To see how the decorative B&W pumpkin Mr. Crow is perched on was created, click here.

If the chandy looks hauntingly familiar to you it should...my sister and I have the same fixture...oh yes and my parents in Florida have it as well in their kitchen! The funny thing is that my daughter Grace picked it out for my kitchen when she was just 3 years old. Ahhh a budding designer and/or possible trendsetter???

  And that's the nickel tour!
I hope you enjoyed it and perhaps the tour has provided you a few ideas...I know my wheels are always turning whenever I check out a room or house tour. Don't you just love peeking inside the homes of others...legally that is.
Hope you are enjoying a wonderful day and have a great weekend!
Note: To see how I created extra decorating space over my back patio doors just click here.
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  1. Really beautiful! I love the black and white pumpkin!

  2. Looks beautiful, love the black and white theme! Also like how you transformed your table!

  3. Beautiful, Barbara. Love the black and white check curtains. I'm going to check out the blog that you were inspired by :)

  4. I love everything! My kitchen just changed to black and cream and I got so many ideas! I love the curtains, and you have a wonderful way with your seasonal touches!

  5. Oh, Barbara. I am so honored that I might have inspired you just a little bit, but the full credit for this beautiful transformation goes to you alone. It turned out so well and I love the buffalo checks curtains. All your accessories are wonderful and it looks so very warm and comfortable. All the touches from HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, etc. are the perfect icing on the cake. You did a fantastic job and now turn about is fair play! I will be tweaking things for awhile..Happy Friday my good friend and Birthday Sister..Judy

  6. I love the black and white buffalo checked curtains. Your kitchen is beautiful with the Fall decor.

  7. Barbara you kitchen is so lovely. The black and white sure stands out and accents the room.

  8. Looks beautiful! I always love black and white anything and your curtains are perfect.


  9. Very pretty! LOVE the look of the window with the shutter and pretty buffalo check curtain!!

  10. Love it - I have been toying with changing mine to black and white for a while but quite unsure if I would truly like it afterwards. I think your transformation just made my mind up - love it all - beautiful....

  11. Very beautiful!


  12. Beautiful kitchen, warm, inviting and very fallish, with lovely decorating elements, like your curtains in the B&W check and the cute pumpkin. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Great kitchen, love your updates with the black and white touches. Curtains are perfect.

  14. Love your kitchen-I really like those drapes!

  15. I love your kitchen, it looks beautiful. I especailly like your dining table, I have been planning to re-do mine and you have inspired me.

  16. Found you through Wow Us Wed. I like that buffalo check. It really does give the kitchen a refreshing look. Your pictures are all great, too!

    Blessings from Oklahoma,
    Meredith from thepolkadotshoes.blogspot.com

  17. I adore your kitchen, it has inspired me! I'm also your newest follower! Have a great week!

  18. it's SO nice and warm and cozy looking.

  19. Barbara,
    Your kitchen is gorgeous. Love the black and white. Your accessories are so tasteful. Great job!

  20. Hi Barbara! What a lovely kitchen and it's so pretty all decked out for fall.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  21. I am a sucker for anything black & white! Such a dramatic and classic look that can go with any color accent! I know you will love your new kitchen, the drapes are fab!

  22. I love your style! What a warm kitchen you have, and the farmhouse accents are perfectly charming. Love the curtains, too!

    For some reason I'm having trouble becoming a new follower. The button doesn't want to recognize me, but I'll keep trying!

  23. I love your kitchen! You were right on with those black and white checks. All the farmhouse/black and white accents look just perfect around the kitchen. You have so much counter space! Looks great. :)

  24. its fabulous..I love it all.. black and white are my colors too , so this was a joy for me to view.

  25. Hi Barbara! I found your blog over at Kim's! I fell in love with your kitchen right away! It's so cozy and warm and I love the little changes you made. Your curtains are so cute...I have been crazy about Country Curtains for ages. I have them in my dining room and a couple of bedrooms. I think you did well with the black check.

    So glad I found you, I'm a new follower! :)


  26. What a beautiful kitchen. I am finally ready to update my kitchen after living in our home for 10 years. Granite countertops first. Then I will be painting all my cabinets. Then new curtains and accessories and hardware on the cabinets. A new paint color. I so enjoy looking at everyone else's projects to get good ideas. Thanks.

  27. Following you back. Love your kitchen. The use of black is one of my favorite things and you have done it so well. Lori

  28. Very warm and welcoming! I love the black and white checks!

  29. Your kitchen looks awesome! I love the black and white curtains and ALL the black and white accents! SO pretty. Thanks for the tour. XO, Pinky

  30. Beautiful kitchen! I'm a new follower and am off to tour your fabulous blog!

  31. wow! it really looks fantastic and i love it. many people would always want that their kitchen would look very inviting. this would be a great help


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