My Favorite Room....Vignette Design

6.21.2013

Hi everyone. I'm Delores, author of the blog Vignette Design.
When Kim asked if I would be interested in contributing to her series, "My Favorite Room," I was incredibly honored.  
The only problem?   What room to pick?
You see, my favorite room is our sunroom, off the kitchen, but it is so lived in that it isn't blog worthy!
So I'm featuring my "other" favorite room, our kitchen!


Our home was built in 1906, the year of the San Francisco earthquake.
The kitchen has probably been remodeled many times over the years, but most recently got a facelift with new countertops, backsplash, appliances and a new paint color for the cabinets.

I wanted the kitchen to have that English cottage "evolved over time" look, as indeed it has.

I replaced a built in cabinet and cooktop with a free standing Wolf range, similar in my mind to the wood burning original stove that lived here 100+ years ago.  The chimney is right behind that wall that I tiled with subway tile all the way to the floor.
Stripping the corbels and letting them age in the backyard for months adds to the look, as does my Mother-in-law's Persian rug.

Oil, vinegar, salts and utensils are corralled atop the stove in a galvanized tray.
I have a confession to make.  I am a terrible cook!
But, two of my grown children are chefs and my husband could be, he's that good.
So, this stove is for them, and do they love it!

Painting the cabinets "majolica green" really gave the kitchen that cottage feel that I was going for.
It took three coats, each adding a different layer to create the distressed, aged look.
The island is distressed black with its original pine showing through.
Although Kim, who is so talented with a paintbrush could achieve the same effect with her eyes closed, I hired a professional! Trust me, I'm not good with a paintbrush.


I purposely left the doors off this cabinet for open shelving display of some of my favorite ironstone and majolica.


While not everyone can live with a glass door refrigerator, it is my dream come true.
My family is instructed to bury me in this when I die!
Seriously though, it is so much fun and a great conversation piece.
People always ask how hard is it to keep neat and tidy.  
I don't keep it neat and tidy.
What you see is what you get!

Keeping the dishes in the cabinets neat and tidy is more my style!
Since painting the cabinets green, the white ironstone really stands out now.

Lamps, curtains and paintings in the kitchen?
Why, of course!
I love to keep this brown transferware lamp on when it's a gray day, and especially at night.

An old still life oil seems appropriate in a kitchen.
A wicker demijohn, French confit pot and a French vinegar jar add that rustic element that I like to contrast with the floral curtains.


The curtains were repurposed from the dining room and I've yet to hem them.
I'm keeping my eye open for another fabric that will make my heart skip a beat, but in the meantime, I'm loving the brown floral against the green cabinets.



The family room and eat-in breakfast room connect to the kitchen, just on the other side of the peninsula...

...and continues with my collection of old European oil paintings, confit pots and majolica.

The breakfast room is where we eat all our meals, even when company comes.
We dine in our formal dining room at Christmas and Thanksgiving.
If you follow my blog, you may know that I've also created many a tablescape in the breakfast and dining rooms with the plethora of dishes I've collected over the years.

And there you have it!
My favorite room!

As a faithful reader and follower of Savvy Southern Style, I am truly honored to be featured at Kim's "My Favorite Room" series.  I'm always amazed at how she can transform a piece of furniture with a can of paint, as well as her ability to accessorize like no other.  I love her style!
Thank you so much Kim!

Thank you, Delores. Your kitchen is one of my favorites in blog land. I could just move right in and not change a thing. All the updates are just perfect.

Okay, my readers, if Delores' blog is new to you you must get you something to drink, get comfy and pop over for a nice long visit. Delores not only has this home, but they have a second home in Asti and it is beautiful, too with wonderful views of vineyards.

If you missed any of the past favorite rooms you can view them here.

Have a super weekend!

52 comments:

  1. Delores, eyes closed, I don't think so, but thanks. I didn't realize you had so many confit pots. I am hoping to find some good deals on them in France. I have been wanting to add those to my collection for years.

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  2. какая красота!!!! очень нравится!!!

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  3. Prettiest kitchen ever! Just gorgeous! I wouldn't mind being buried in that fridge, either. Thanks for sharing, Kim.

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  4. So sweet and inviting. I would love to know the color of the walls in your family room. I'm going to start following your blog too.

    Thank you for sharing your "next" favorite room.

    ~ Lisa ~

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  5. i love this kitchen and have re-looked at it many times on delores' blog. although our styles are ,such wonderful inspiration and those green cupboards are so right up my alley.

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  6. What an absolutely beautiful space! And a stunning view out the kitchen window. Love all the little details. Thanks for sharing her Kim, I'm headed her way.

    Debbie

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  7. Delores has a beautiful kitchen! I love all the vignettes she has set up throughout the kitchen ~ both functional and pretty. Thanks for sharing Delores' favorite room with us Kim.

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  8. What a gorgeous room! And I LOVE that kitchen table! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Fantastic! I love this kitchen and enjoyed every detail. That fridge...tha breakfast room table...everything is wonderful.
    Congratulations Delores for your kitchen and Kim for another great choice.
    Besos!!

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  10. Oh how gorgeous! Delores has a stunning home and fabulous taste!

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  11. One of my favorite kitchens. This room is definitely worthy of a "favorite". I don't agree with all rooms selected but Delores has a winner. She has such great taste in all her rooms. Great job, Delores! You set the bar...HIGH!!!! xo

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  12. Yes, Ron, her kitchen is fabulous, but the other guest blogger's favorite rooms are their favorites regardless if you agree or not and I thank them for sharing them with my readers. There is no setting the bar high. Everyone's homes and favorite rooms are unique and fabulous in their on way.

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  13. Oooh, I love the color of the cabinets. Gorgeous kitchen!!
    Mary Alice

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  14. The prettiest kitchen ever!! I love the use of color and fabrics. Love the special touches everywhere. :)

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  15. Your kitchen is so beautiful, but I see that your decorating is also what makes it such a special place. I will definitely take some of your grouping ideas and apply to my kitchen in my new house. Thank you so much for sharing this room. Can't wait to see your sun room....maybe you will share it some day....soon.

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  16. Oh it is so stunning! I love it...the green cupboards and the black island, and all your pieces....beautiful job...
    Nancy

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  17. Delores' kitchen is gorgeous. One of my all time favorites!

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  18. How absolutely lovely! If this is your second choice for favorite room, I'm dying now to see your sunroom! I had a kitchen painted this color several years ago and just loved it.

    Beautiful, beautiful - pretty!

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  19. Vignette Design was the first blog I followed, and Delores' kitchen is my favorite. In fact, I could move into her house and be quite happy! :) I spend a lot of time perusing all the details and wonder how I can incorporate some of them into my own house.

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  20. This is one of the best kitchens I've ever seen and it must be because of the Majolica green cupboards. I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing Dolores's space with off. I'm off to pay her a visit. Patti

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  21. Your kitchen is beautiful!

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  22. WOW!!! What a beautiful kitchen . I feel the warmth and feel of family in there. Wouldn't mind having a coffee there at all :-)
    Thanks for sharing ladies. Following for sure. Luv your warm style and those green cabinets!!
    Hugs, Gee

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  23. Oh my goodness...I think this is my favorite room too and it's not even in my home! So great. I'm going to save this post for when I finally get to redo my kitchen!!!
    Thanks so much!
    Ashley Rane Sparks
    www.makeitrane.com

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  24. Sigh...Delores' home might just be one of my all-time favorites (along with Miss Kim Savvy Southern Style!) and these rooms are absolutely gorgeous! Seeing them reminds me of how much I want to be true to my own tastes and style and how much I love warm colors. She is beyond talented and I'm so glad you featured her! :-)
    Vanessa

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  25. Hi D and Kim! So fun to see D's kitchen here today. always a real pleasure to see her home. I love that D always stays true to herself and anyone can tell it is her style! Her kitchen eating area is one of my favorites with all of its light and it is just comfy looking, her whole home is. D is as warm and inviting as her home is. A treasure in blogland for sure!!
    xo Kathysue

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  26. Delores, What a fabulous home you have!!!! Your kitchen is truly my dream kitchen. Your refrigerator is a real work of culinary art!!!! I can see why it is so precious to you! You have a decorator's touch! Every last detail is attended to!!! Your home reflects your gracious spirit and European flair!!!

    Kim, this is a great feature!!!! I love everything Delores does... and getting a big glimpse of her home is a real treat!

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  27. I loved this tour! It looks like it was plucked right out of a magazine. That kitchen is amazing. Love the entire area.

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  28. your home is so beautiful......

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  29. I have always loved Delores's style. I love her home in Asti and this kitchen is fabulous. I too am envious of all of her confit pots. I only one one mustard colored one.

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  30. What a beautiful kitchen! Delores, I am in love with your refrigerator! I've always wanted a clear door fridge....so jealous :)

    So many special period touches really make this kitchen seem like it's always been in the home. Well done!

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  31. I have those curtains because I saw them in your living room and LOVED them...they are in a guest room and just say comfy...everything about your kitchen Delores is stunning!

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  32. What a beautiful kitchen and breakfast room she has and love those painted cabinets. Thanks for sharing her with us.

    Judy

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  33. Delores, your kitchen is STUNNING and exactly my style! What a beautiful kitchen! Can you tell me the brand of paint that was used on your cabinets?

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  34. Beautiful kitchen, Delores!! I love all the color! Thank you, Kim, for sharing!! I'm heading over to her blog right now!!~~Angela

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  35. Oh my goodness Kim, thanks for sharing this gorgeous room with us and introducing us to a new to me wonderful blog. That range!!! Wow.

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  36. What a beautiful kitchen! Dolores has amazing style and taste! I am in awe of the beauty and detail of this amazing kitchen and the history of the home too!
    xx
    Anne

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  37. Wow, Kim! I love your guest blogger, Delores. What a favorite room! Vignette Design, I'm no chef but I'm crushing on your stove. Hello?! That is awesome! Your entire space is lovely and the kitchen cabinet color is a feast for sore eyes. Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers to you and yours,
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

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  38. Thank you all for such lovely comments!
    To answer Tracy Boyle's question about the paint brand. I really don't know. A painting contractor painted the cabinets and used many coats.
    Probably Benjamin Moore though! ~Delores

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  39. Kim, thank you for featuring Delores' home. I admire Delores' style and sense of design. Her home looks very comfortable, warm, and inviting. Every image I've seen of her home and garden both in SF and the wine country make me think she is one who has an excellent eye. I love her collected look. Great series, Kim! ~ Sarah

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  40. Kim I am so thrilled you have featured Delores. I adore her kitchen and I am not even a "green person" It all works beautifully and I love seeing all of her collections!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena
    Giveaway by NOVICA

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  41. Love Delores' home and her wonderful kitchen...I so enjoyed seeing her transform her kitchen...and her home in Asti is beyond beautiful...with beautiful interiors and magnificent views!...Thanks for this feature today Kim..I love this series!

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  42. Delores, The kitchen is fabulous! It's such a great look and I don't blame you for wanting to be buried in your beautiful fridge!

    Ladies (and Gents), Please tell me how marble can be used in a kitchen without the pitting and staining that comes from wine, vinegar and citrus juices??? I have it in my bathroom and even mouthwash destroys it! I'll give up mouthwash, but not wine!!!

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  43. Holy smokes, show us more Delores! That is one beautiful kitchen and family room, and something tells me I'd also love your lived in sun room.

    Just beautiful, I haven't seen one I like this much in a long time.

    Bliss

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  44. Oh my goodness....my new dream kitchen and eating area...counters...built-ins....THAT FRIDGE!!! Can I live in your kitchen? :o)

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  45. Your style is so COZY. Love it, Kim.

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  46. LOVE THIS!
    Thanks for sharing all these different angles and shots of Delores's gorgeous cozy kitchen! I had not seen so many of these angles. I am in love!

    Have a great weekend, ladies.
    GREAT post!

    xoxo
    Alison

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  47. Beautiful home and so french. Where in the world do you find all your confit pottery jars that are at all affordable? I have been looking a few years now and still have not found any I was willing to pay $250 and way up from there. The mustard color is my favorite but I have been told the green are much harder to find. Love your blog - Debbie

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  48. What a BEAUTIFUL kitchen! That stove and fridge are stunning, I love her style!

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  49. What a fabulous and stunning kitchen! I love the cabinet ideas with the black island for contrasts and all of the white dishware! I want this kitchen! Please? LOL! Hugs, Leena

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  50. Kim, I have always loved Delores's homes and especially this kitchen...beautiful!
    xx,
    Sherry

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  51. I'm dreaming of a kitchen just like this!!!! Gorgeous!
    Mary Alice

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  52. Delores and Kim, I'm back for another look tonight for Kim's Top 10 post. This is one of of my all time favorite kitchens. I know your new kitchen will also be fabulous, Delores, but I'll be sad to not see this one again after you make your move.

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