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Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I am so glad you decided to come back today
I made HOT ROLLS for you
with butter and I think I have some APRICOT JAM
THE coffee is hot or I have several kinds of tea
I hope you are enjoying these lovely kitchens as much as I am


" BJ - this is my kitchen - NOT my favorite kitchen!!!! Very small and needs lotz of updating. "

"Look at the door to the pantry in this one.....LOVE IT!!!!"
Me, too, Donna
" I love red in a kitchen, but it is still so light and airy!!!!!"

I love that pretty skirt under the sink
Just as soon as my sweet hubby puts in a FARM SINK just like this one,
I WILL have a pretty skirt beneath it, says bj

" I think the name of the blog from this one is One Woman's Cottage - I got these off flikr - but I do remember seeing a blog with the remodeling of this kitchen on it - and I absolutely love this kitchen!!!"

Many thanks, DONNA....these are ALL just fabulous

JANIE has this to say about her FABULOUS kitchen

"Like most people, there are things I like about my kitchen and things I don't like. We bought the house new and I didn't have any input into the design, but if I could start from scratch, these are the things I would change about it:

1. My first priority would be to lower the counter tops which are 38" tall. I don't know what possessed the builder to make them that high, but I'm 4'11" and have to stand on my tiptoes when I'm stirring something, or have to put the bowl in the sink to stir. NOT good!

2. I would also paint the walls "Powell Buff," by Benjamin Moore, to make the cabinets stand out, and would paint the island black, with a "distressed" effect.

3. I would replace the lower cabinets with drawers and install oil-rubbed bronze cup drawer pulls

Now, I would just about KILL to have these pantry drawers in MY humble kitchen

THIS kitchen has LONG been a favorite of mine since I first saw it posted on RATE MY SPACE, where it holds a VERY HIGH RATING

" Things I love about my kitchen:"
My Viking Induction Cook top (it's absolutely wonderful!)
Cabinet and Pantry Storage Space
Lots of Counter top Space
The China Cabinet with Glass Doors
Staggered Cabinets with Crown Molding
Viking Vent Hood

"If I had to choose my favorite RMS kitchen, I guess it would be this one by "sswelch" ... I love the contrast and detail of the white molding around the cook top."
MANY thanks for taking us on the tour of your lovely kitchen


THE following charmer is from the dreams of MARY at MARY'S WRITING NOOK
I can see just why it is YOUR DREAM KITCHEN
Can you just imagine starting off your day in such a cheery place !
Thank you so much for giving us a visual of how YOUR kitchen may look one day, MARY
I hope you are enjoying the Kitchens you've been seeing during this open house...
Have you found anything you might want to add to YOUR kitchen ?
I sure have !!

(My hubby is beginning to look WORRIED)
The following 3 photos belong to one of my dearest friends,

She has this to say about her pretty domain....
"I redid my kitchen and finally have it pretty much done. It's a small kitchen and room for only one cook at a time, but it works for me. I'm getting to the point that I don't want to put much more effort into redoing things anymore. It's a hassle for me to even paint nowadays so I just quit looking at that which needs it. "
Ha, haaa...Alice...I know JUST what you mean !!

Oh, Alice...I do love your light BLUE cabinets and the darker blue counter top...
and your new BLACK appliances look just perfect with your blue


MANY THANKS for sharing your kitchen with us

Dear ladies....

I have so many more lovely kitchens for us to look at....

I am trying to keep my postings as short as I can so as not to get boring for you




and thank you again...for your submissions and for your visits !!

NOTE: Please visit DESIGNS BY GOLLUM for some of the most beautiful rooms on HGTV'S

She is taking us on a visual tour and it is so enjoyable as she makes it all so much fun.

Would you tell her I said "HELLO" ?


Beverly said...

BJ, another wonderful day of The Kitchen Open House. And, I would like a roll with some apricot preserves. They look delicious.

Sue said...

I'd love a roll too! Gorgeous kitchens once again BJ, I love the rustic white kitchen with the sweet screendoor to the pantry! You aren't boring me at all, I could look at these pictures all day! Thanks BJ! Sue

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH Bj! I was so happy to wake up early and see that your tour had begun, and with coffee on top of it all. OH how I long to have white distress cabinets, my husband said in about 20 years I can paint them. (HA HA)
Thank-you again for a wonderful week. I am sure this has taken up so mush of your time but we are LOVING IT!!!
see you tomarrow,

Elizabethd said...

Lovely kitchens! I've sent you an e mail.

Picket said...

Morning girl..ohhhh weeee that was fantastic! Girl we can't possibly get bored at a showing like that! lol You are the the perfect hostess..buttered rolls and all (uh...BJ...could I get some eggs and grits to go with those...oh sorry...overstepped my welcome there! lol) Girl I am loving this..keep it coming!!!!! Have a great day sweetie!!!


These kitchens are such an inspiration!! I love the red and of course that blue pantry door too!!!
I really need to do something with mine and this is a perfect kick start to get me going!!
Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Hi BJ,
I am sending this comment from my sister. I find that all kitchens are fantastic and since I am in a search for a perfect new cottage kitchen you are helping me a lot. Actually now I have more fantastic ideas which I don't know how to make it real in my small kitchen space.
Wish you nice day.
Suzy from Wild Rose Cottage.

Southern Lady said...

BJ, thank you for taking the time to show us all those beautiful kitchens. I know you put a lot of time-consuming work into compiling all the pictures and information and I've loved seeing them.

I do want to let you that my name is Janie, not Julie, though. My blog is "Southern Lagniappe."

Thank you, again, for your Kitchen Open House ... what a great and useful idea!

I can't wait to see tomorrow's photos. ~~ Janie

Anita said...

LOVE that red and white kitchen that Mary picked out - and I'm not even a big red fan!
Add some jadite green to that red and it would be perfect, lol...

Thanks for another fabulous day of kitchens! :)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Pass me a roll too please. The kitchens are so pretty. Makes me want to re-do mine. But I just don't have the energy. LOL .Love that screen door! So cute !

Rue said...

Good morning Bj :)

I'm having so much fun! All these kitchen are wonderful, but my heart has a special place for that kitchen Mary picked. It reminds me of my grandma's kitchen when I was little except it was yellow not red. Loving this :)

Thank you again for doing this Bj and thank you for mentioning Gollum.


Rue said...

Oh and pass me the apricot jam please ;)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

More beautiful kitchens. I really loved the one with the red floor! I have done a post today on your Kitchen Open House BJ, and have a song playing just for you. Every time I come to visit you and read your Blog name, this certain song always comes to mind. Come over and listen!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

BJ, What a wonderful thing to wake up to. Fresh rolls and coffee. You are so sweet!! WOW!! These kitchens are beautiful. I seriously can't pick a favorite. There are elements love about each one of them. This was a great idea. Thanks for all of your hard work putting it together. I'm looking forward to seeing more great kitchens.
Hugs, Terrie

Creating Myself said...

I'm enjoying seeing all the different styles of kitchens! And I appreciate the hard work you did to put it all together for us...thanks! You got good-looking buns BTW. ;o)

LW said...

What a fun open house, love the pantry door ..that is so clever.
Also love the art work of Holmen, she is a favorite of mine..


Anonymous said...

BJ, this is so much fun! And I forgot Janie's kitchen. It is one of my favorites too. Maybe she could give it to me since I'm 5'9"-LOL. Thanks for doing this. Way too much eye candy. Christy:-)<><

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

BJ, You are doing a wonderful job presenting these kitchens and I am enjoying the parade so much...I'm also gaining a lot of inspiration!

~Rhonda ;)

Mary said...


I love all the kitchens but am hoping one day to have a retro kitchen similar to the photo I sent in. I love a red & white kitchen and mine needs so much work.

Thanks for hosting this special event. I'm having fun just looking at everyone's submissions.


Jeanne said...

Hello BJ, Just now got home from my two mile walk on a mountain road. I try to walk everyday. I just realized I didn't check out the kitchens yet. I must be slipping.
Day three is terrific. I love the red accents and or features of the red floor and cabinets. I have a very red accent on my breakfast area wall below the chair rail. I didn't show that part of my kitchen. sigh!

Thanks again for a lovely kitchen tour. Jeanne

Jeanne said...

Hello BJ, Just now got home from my two mile walk on a mountain road. I try to walk everyday. I just realized I didn't check out the kitchens yet. I must be slipping.
Day three is terrific. I love the red accents and or features of the red floor and cabinets. I have a very red accent on my breakfast area wall below the chair rail. I didn't show that part of my kitchen. sigh!

Thanks again for a lovely kitchen tour. Jeanne

Alice said...

bj, thank you so much for showing my kitchen and your kind words. I would hate to have to pick a favorite of all the gorgeous ones posted. I can't believe the big job you are doing!! This is no small task you have undertaken, but it's been fun going thru all the kitchens and thanks for doing it. You should be working at a magazine!
blessings, al

BittersweetPunkin said...

How very lovely!! I am late to the party but I adore perusing all the lovely wonderful of you BJ!! I have to say I am very partial to red in a kitchen as well!

The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Hmm, red seems to be a favorite for many. It is for me today, I love Mary's dream kitchen in the red and white retro theme. That tablecloth makes the room, eh?!
Until tomorrow~

PEA said...

Hot buttered rolls...ohhhhhh my!! Love those:-) Another wonderful post showing so many beautiful kitchens...of course my favourite is the one Mary likes since I'm partial to a red and white kitchen! lol I need to get rid of my green counter top and put in a red one! hehe Wish it was that easy. lol I'm so enjoying seeing all those kitchens...makes you realize that we don't need to stick to a boring kitchen, we can jazz it up so easily with just a few touches!! xoxo

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

So many gorgeous kitchens. So many great ideas. Thanks, everyone, for sharing.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Marvelous Job on these posts, BJ! I am just starting to get caught up and will have to run by these photos again and again to catch every detail!

:-) Rosie

CIELO said...

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Elizabethd said...

BJ, I did send you an email with a kitchen attached....but it came back telling me it couldnt deliver as it was blocked. So I'm sorry, I would love to send you a picture, but cant.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi BJ,

What wonderful pictures! I am getting tons of ideas and ooing and ahhhing like crazy :) Can't wait to see more!


Susie Q said...

Oh! Janie's kitchen is one I downloaded the first time I saw it. I absolutely love it,,,every single inch of it.
I adore that screen door on the pantry! I would love to do that someday. And Alice's kitchen is so pretty! I love blue and she has used it all so well!

Now, may I have one of those yummy rolls and preserves?

This is such fun BJ! Thank you!


Hooked on Houses said...

I'm swooning over the red and white kitchen from Mary's Writing Nook. What a fun space to cook in! I'm enjoying all of these so much, BJ. Thanks for all the work you're doing on this series! -Julia :-)

Donna Kay said...

BJ -

Well, it looks like the Kitchen Parade is a hit....thank you so much for the hard work.
I put in a plug on my blog today for the event...and the rolls are wonderful - I can smell them from here...
Thanks again....

Janet said...


Thanks again. That one kitchen is one I also downloaded from RMS. I just love the charm of it and didn't notice that the countertops are so high...that would be stressful for a lot of cooking.!! I was going to mention Gollum in a post sometime soon. I love the program she has that makes the photos into works of art.


Mary said...

BJ, I'm having so much fun at your H.O.T. kitchen tour!

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Hi BJ,
How is it that I have never been to your blog. I am so glad I found you. What a great post on kitchens. So many pretty ones to look at. My kitchen is pink and green and it makes me extremely happy. Thanks for doing this. I look forward to seeing more. Please stop by sometime.


Marina said...

I have never seen so many beauitful kitchen!! wow!!marina

Debbie from NJ said...

Oh BJ, rolls and coffee too! You are indeed a perfect hostess. another great day of beautiful kitchens. Love that kitchen with the pantry door, and the red and white one.

beddow said...

I am loving looking at all the kitchens. Of course I am always looking for ideas too.
Those rolls sure do look yummy!


krystyna said...

What a beautiful place you created!
I had a great time here. Thanks!

God bless you and your family!

(thanks Celio for link)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

WOW! Incredible kitchens!
Hugs, Sherry

bs honey said...

Oh my goodness, such beautiful kitchens.
Thank you for all the work that you have put into this.

Cami said...

Well, we're almost done w/ our kitchen. I could take pics now. I just keep thinking of that "one last thing to do". My apron sink did get a ticking skirt I posted recently. The skirt is crooked and needs to be ironed as pointed out by my mother-in-law! ROFL! And I love the pantry doors (screen doors!!!!). So clever! Your rolls look fab. Would you have any applebutter per chance?! It reminds me of my Mother whom I miss so very much! Thank you for bringing sunshine to my day.

Joanne Kennedy said...

This was such a fun idea. I love looking at the different styles of all the kitchens and trying to pick one I would love to have. There are so many great ones it's hard to only have one.

Oh and I must say those rolls look like they came from Heaven. How I wish I could have one for real. Nothing like home made bread or rolls.