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Sunday, September 25, 2011


Today’s guest post is from Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting
a must-shop resource for beautiful light fixtures.

offered to do a guest post on my blog...
 I said, OF COURSE. 
When she asked me to choose a topic, 
because I know how all of us love looking at pretty kitchens...
Well, let me turn it over to SUSI..

Country cooks follow a long tradition when it comes to recipes and family gatherings. A country kitchen follows the cooking: it is warm, inviting and traditional in a comfortable way. Here are 8 country kitchens designed with the country cook in mind.
Country Kitchen Design
Schoone Oordt via
A country kitchen in South Africa is filled with high quality wood craftsmanship that recalls earlier kitchens. Love the fridge disguised as an old fashioned ice box.
Country Kitchen Design
Justine Taylor via
A country kitchen proudly displays its wares in the form of open shelves full of cooking pots and shelves in the island for bowls and china. Wainscoting and pastel colors are charming mixed with warm woods.
Country Kitchen Design
Pinterest via
A farmhouse sink is a popular choice for many styles of kitchen but looks most at home in a country kitchen. Beadboard cupboards with bin pull handles in pastels recall vintage country kitchens.
Country Kitchen Design
My Home Ideas via
A vintage schoolhouse style green pendant light adds a spot of color to this cream country kitchen. A farmhouse table surrounded by an eclectic mix of antique chairs provides ample seating for large meals.
Country Kitchen Design
Houzz via
A wood ceiling and a classic checkerboard floor give this French country style kitchen an old-fashioned charm; while a vintage chandelier adds some sparkle.
Country Kitchen Design
Ashley Morrison via
Gorgeous wood beams line the ceiling of this English country kitchen. The Aga range is a favorite of English cooks. Lovely sage green complements the warm woods.
Country Kitchen Design

Blissfully Domestic via
A big part of the charm of country cooking is the nostalgia of old-fashioned recipes. This charm is carried into country kitchen décor with vintage textiles, accents, cooking and serving pieces.
Country Kitchen Design

Traditional Home via
A palette of greens and yellows gives this country kitchen a warm feeling. 
Eccentric accessories give it a unique charm. 
The ceiling lights are unexpectedly supplemented by a lamp on the counter.
Love the lamp, but not sure about the taxidermy.
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I might add here that I am in no way connected with Arcadian Lighting.
I simply agreed to having them guest on my blog.
Thanks so much, Susi, for the wonderful kitchen images. 
I'm grateful that I don't have to choose a favorite..I like them all. 
 My thanks, SUSI
come back to see me soon....:)

I couldn't let you leave without offering you some great
BLUEBERRY pancakes  cooked in
BLUEBERRY syrup... 
and fresh, sliced STRAWBERRIES...

That reminds me that when my brother and I
were little bitty people,
our mother, HELEN, always had a
 As soon as they started getting ripe,
my brother, KEITH, and I would go out
to the garden, in our pj's, and sit down
in the dirt, pick the strawberries, wipe them off..
and just eat and eat and eat.
The weather has cooled enuf that we can have breakfast
out on the front porch...
in THE SWING....
xoxo bj


LV said...

Those must be the modern country kitchens. We never had one that looked like that. Save me some dessert.

Pondside said...

Well, that was fun. I'll have the Ashley Morrison kitchen, please - and thank you!

Unknown said...

They are all lovely but we didn't grow up in a kitchen like any of them ...

IF you hven't made the White Farmhouse recipe for bread pudding yet ... hurry up! Those Krispy Kreme's are perfect for this recipe & that rum sauce ... MAGNIFIQUE!

Have a beautiful week.

eileeninmd said...

WOW, they are all gorgeous kitchens. I would love to have any of these kitchen in my house. Your pancakes look yummy.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I really like the English country kitchen with the pretty pinks and greens. It looks like a happy place to whip up some of your delicious looking pancakes. -------Shannon

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I really like the English country kitchen with the pretty pinks and greens. It looks like a happy place to whip up some of your delicious looking pancakes. -------Shannon

Kelly said...

I love country kitchens!! They are my favorite kind. Your pancakes look delicious. makes me wish I had made those for my family this morning. We all slept late and took it easy today. it would've been a perfect morning for pancakes.

Debbiedoos said...

I love Country warm kitchens. Nice guest post!

La said...

Mmmm, these kitchens are amazing...and those pancakes? WOW! My mouth is watering.

Kathleen said...

Great pancakes, and a very sweet memory!

Geneva said...

Loved seeing all the kitchens. I was especially excited about the last one...Traditional Homes w/green and yellow because I'm getting ready to paint my cabinets those colors. I've been feeling a little nervous, so seeing that picture helped set my mind at ease. Whew! Your blueberry pancakes just make me hungry!

Vee said...

Very nice images. I can say that I enjoyed aspects of all of them.

The image I best love is of the stack of pancakes. Oh my! So glad that you can finally enjoy the outdoors again. It's about time!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Beautiful kitchens...I would be perfectly happy in any one of them. Great inspiration!

Barbara Jean said...

Lovely blues, and other colors too!!

blessings BJ
barbara jean

xinex said...

I love your country swing and your country food, BJ. Those kitchens are all amazingly beautiful, each and everyone of them....Christine

Hollace said...

Love 'em all!

SmilingSally said...

Love that soft blue. Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday, BJ.

The French Hutch said...

One of my favorite topics, Kitchens! Country designs is one of my favorites so I really enjoyed this post. Great photo inspiration and information. Thanks for introducing Susi.
Its time to think breakfast, I sure would love an order of those delicious looking pancakes bj. Yum........

The French Hutch

Cafe au lait said...

These are all so pretty.

I played too. Mine are here and here.

Rita said...

Now I am just drooling all over the place; everyone is Special in it's own way; Thank you for sharing this with us today.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

I'm pinning so many of your ideas to my pinterest! I love all of them!

PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on on my blog right now. Come by when you get a chance! :)

Kathy said...

These are gorgeous! Love different elements in each! Love LV's and Marydon's response - I think the ultimate country kitchen is pure function! I think of my husband's grandmother's kitchen the best room was the one off to the side of the kitchen - it was always cool - like a refrigerator and that is the room she stored all her cakes and pies!
visiting via Show Off Your Cottage Monday

joyh82 said...

How pretty, I love kitchen two and three the best..a girl can dream...Happy Blue Monday and I am a new follower :)

Kathleen Grace said...

These kitchens are just beautiful!~ I love the one with the green door and black and white checkered floor:>)

Sue said...

I love all the kitchens, even though not a one of them looks like mine. I have had country kitchens...but mine really isn't at this house. It is much more traditional. I still love the look of many of the ones in the photos!

I like that idea of strawberries on my blueberry pancakes...never tried that before.

Annesphamily said...

Pancakes and blueberries! Yummy! The kitchens are so pretty. I always enjoy visiting you. Anne

Anonymous said...

Loving....the Aga, the checkerboard floor, the white and light cabinets and the piece de resistance.....your pancakes!