Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Recipe For A Cheerful Kitchen

Admittedly, it's hard not to be a little grumpy after leaving behind sunny skies and sandy beaches for drippy, gray Seattle...


But by the time a second Monday morning cup of coffee sat empty, my mood had lightened. A cheerful kitchen will do that.


A happy kitchen doesn't have to be big or fancy. It doesn't require the latest gadgets or top-of-the-line appliances. For me, a cheerful kitchen is the result of a pretty simple recipe:


1/Flowers Always - if flowers could only bloom in one part of the house, the kitchen it would have to be. A little pop of brightness. This time of year the promise of spring. They add a healthy dose of happiness to a room that is the heartbeat of the home.


2/A Pinch of Color - Our kitchen is pretty standard issue post-Something's Gotta Give-white, and I do love nothing more than the cleanness of primarily white palette. But a bit of a favorite color adds spice, and in the kitchen I just adore red. For spring, maybe a hint of pink or fresh green, too.



3/A Sprinkle of Happy Memories - On every trip to the Paris, I keep an eye out for pretty red and white café au lait bowls. Scattered on counter tops or filled with fruit, they remind me of mornings spent wandering the puces...


While French-inspired bar stools take me back to sidewalk cafés and lazy hours of people watching.



Last but not least - 6/A Healthy Dash of Light - Kitchens should be bright spaces, and even better when that light comes from a fixture that might be a bit unexpected, like this vintage lustre from my friend Pam's Red Ticking.


Add friends and family and something yummy to eat and you've got yourself a very cheerful space.

What's your recipe for kitchen happiness? XO

22 comments:

  1. I love the french chairs and the tulips totally make me happy!

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    1. Tulips are such a happy flower, aren't the Karolyn? Hope your day is full of happiness! XO

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  2. As a young gal, I embroidered a sampler sign for my Grandmother which reads;
    "No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best" - I think the kitchen is the heart of one's home and with fresh flowers and souvenirs from one's travels are the best recipe for good cheer.
    Your kitchen looks like a lovely spot to escape and day dream.
    pve
    pve

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    1. Thanks, Patricia! It does seem like people just naturally migrate to the kitchen, doesn't it. That was one of the reasons I wanted to make sure that ours was the happiest room in the house!

      Hope you get to escape and day dream today! XO

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  3. What a beautiful glimpse into your beautiful and so inviting kitchen....love all the touches that make it exclusively yours, especially those wonderful bistro chairs and totally agree about the power of flowers!!! They are a must, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks, Tina. Your kitchen, of course, is just beautiful and I love how you've so stylishly added touches of your favorite color combination - blue and white! XO

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  4. Your kitchen looks so pretty Jeanne and I like your bar stools:) The latte bowls are darling and the pop of red is so pretty. These gray Seattle days... flowers do help and I love the tulips at this time of year. Enjoy your day! (did you email me? if you respond to this from your inbox I should get it)

    xxleslie

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    1. Thanks Leslie! Anything to fight the gray in this soggy Seattle end to winter, right?

      Hmm.... I did email on Monday. I will try again. Looking forward to connecting! XO

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  5. oh all of the above, and especially the unique momentos (the red and white bowls are lovely). I loved touring your beautiful kitchen Jeanie, I may have to copy this idea. It would be fun to see everyone's kitchen through the bloggers eyes. xo

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    1. Emily, your kitchen is so gorgeous I would love to see more of it on your blog! So yes, please, copy away. Happy Wednesday! XOXO

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  6. What a wonderful space, Jeanne - so warm, inviting and charming. The perfect place to spend lots of time with friends and family. Always love fresh flowers and tulips are a favorite!!

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  7. "Kitchen Happiness", whew! I wish you had come up to see our current "kitchen" which is in a tiny alcove! Oh me! My spice rack is my happiness there. :)

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  8. What a lovely space to start your day in, Jeanne. We'd never leave! Love the Parisian touches and pops of color.
    xxoo
    C + C

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  9. what a gorgeous place you have here!

    we saw your kind comment on heather's site (in arles) about our book "how to stay sane in a crazy world" and so came to visit you.

    so glad we did.

    beautiful.

    *wavingfromlosangeles*

    _teamgloria xx (sophia stuart)

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  10. Jeanne-
    I love flowers in my kitchen too! Your kitchen is beautiful and happy, and I love the red you have used.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  11. I always have flowers in our kitchen and at this time of year they have to be tulips! I only have to catch a glimpe of anything ressembling a café chair to be transported back to Paris for a moment and those café au lait bowls are so pretty too. These individual touches make your kitchen look so inviting.

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  12. Reminds me of Paris very much. Loveliness.
    www.KeyAesthetics.com

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  13. mmmmm what a gorgeous welcoming chic kitchen!

    michele

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  14. Glory is fleeting, other then obscurity is forever.

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