My Favorite Room....Nine and Sixteen

7.12.2013

Hi there, Savvy Southern Style Readers!  I'm Tessa from the blog, Nine and Sixteen.  Thank you, Kim, for inviting me to be a part of your series and allowing me to share my favorite room on your lovely blog! I have to admit that I rarely do guests posts because I'm hesitant to commit and then fall short on time, but this series was an easy one for me.  Without hesitation, my favorite room in our house is the kitchen!  It is a small space, with an awkward placed door that leads straight to the garage, so I find myself in constant battle with clutter from shoes, backpacks, and coats that pile up in an unintentional drop zone.  And in the autumn, the volume of leaves and debris tracked in from our yard requires that the floors be swept multiple times a day.  There isn't nearly enough pantry space and when we entertain we tend to be on top of one another, literally.  Sounds charming right?  The crazy thing is I wouldn't change a thing.  {ok, maybe a small mudroom off the garage to dump our junk prior to stepping into the kitchen would be nice and an Aga stove would really be a dream come true, but otherwise, not a thing. :)}



I love to cook and bake, so my kitchen is where I feel the most inspired and creative.  I'm relaxed and happy in this space, whether it is making a cake with my youngest beside me on his step stool measuring out the flour and sugar from the large glass canisters on the counter or I'm alone, drinking a glass of wine, in the sun soaked hours of the late afternoon while I make an early week night dinner.  It's a room I look forward to stepping into each morning.   What I love most is that it's utilitarian and functional yet still cozy, without a lot of knick-knacks or unnecessary decorative objects. I usually have fresh flowers in the corner by the sink, but as for all the dishes on display, they are all used, even the antique transferware platters.   With such limited space, it all has to be practical.






I long lusted over the kitchen from the film, "It's Complicated", it was unpretentious, charming, and felt real, attainable. (ironic because it was a movie kitchen and one that was being remodeled in the film no less!).  It felt used, a place that would have had stacks of baking sheets with burnt corners, cutting boards marked with faint, old, unidentifiable stains and wooden spoons that didn't look fresh from a package.  A kitchen that would smell of fresh baked bread or a pan of cooling brownies or onions caramelizing in butter.  Yes, I got all that from a fake movie kitchen, and it is exactly the way my own kitchen feels now.


{the kitchen in the fall}


{kitchen in the summer.  I switched out the natural colored linen skirt for a sage green check}

There may come a day when I long for a larger space, when the shimmying past each other to get around an open dishwasher or oven door isn't so quaint anymore, but for now it is perfect just the way it is.  All the details on paint, fabric, fixtures, etc can be found in this post.  Thanks for letting me share a little of my home with you!      

Thanks Tessa, for sharing your cute kitchen filled with vintage charm and I am crushing on those lights.

I hope y'all will go on over and visit Tessa at Nine and Sixteen where you can see more of her beautiful home like her cute dining room. She has the same toile pillows that I do.



And look at the master with that comfy bed with buffalo checked pillows. Sigh.

There's more so pop on over to Nine and Sixteen.

I hope y'all have a super weekend!

Miss any past favorite rooms? See them here.


27 comments:

  1. Bonjour,
    J'ai beaucoup aimé la visite de la cuisine de Tessa... Un petit coin charmant et très cosy...
    Gros bisous

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  2. I adore Tessa's comfy, inviting kitchen and home! It exudes charm and friendliness!!
    Love being introduced to new blogs through this series.
    Mary Alice

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  3. Tessa....your kitchen is oh so pretty...love the open shelving and the skirted sink...you are so much like my sister who is a gourmet cook..she said that cookie sheets should be crusty on the edges and cutting boards seasoned with love...I am happy that Kim added some pics too...so off to "follow" your blog!...Thanks Kim for presenting Tessa's beautiful home...love her philosophy in creating a beautiful home for her family!...Have a great weekend :)

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  4. I love her kitchen - and her whole home! She has the kind of house that people probably stop by for a cup of coffee and never want to go home! Thanks for sharing.
    -Shelley

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  5. I LOVE Tessa's style and her kitchen! Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Very soulful. In the opinion of me @ "My Soulful Home" that is the best kind of room. Thanks for sharing! Popping over for a visit...
    Kelly

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  7. Oh what a homey and sweet kitchen. I feel like I can pop in a have a treat at any time. Luv that. The open shelving...
    I am off to take another peek :-) Then to find your blog and follow.
    Happy Friday Tessa and Kim. Thanks ladies for allowing me to peek in.
    Hugs, Gee

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  8. Beautiful kitchen! Tessa. I also have a very small kitchen, with very limited pantry and storage space. I love the open shelves concept in your kitchen..... Also, don't have a mudroom and clutter by the front door in constant problem. How did you solve your clutter problem and your limitation on pantry space?

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  9. Love this kitchen! Tessa, I also have a very small kitchen with very limited storage and pantry space. I love the open shelves concept in your kitchen......Also, I do not have a mudroom so clutter at the front door is a constant problem. How do you deal with you clutter of shoes, backpacks, etc and how did you solve your limited pantry space problem?? Thanks so much for sharing your awesome space!!

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  10. So Pretty! Love your home!
    Alison
    http://www.soiledrotten.blogspot.com

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  11. This is just about the cosiest kitchen ever! I love it!

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  12. I love it all. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Soft, warm, cozy and perfect. Thanks for sharing
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  13. You are so lucky! What I would give for a kitchen like that to cook in!!

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  14. Oh my goodness! This is my style of kitchen!!!! How lovely and fresh and so so open!!! LOVE the color and feeling this room evokes. So friendly and welcoming! Tessa, you have a great style!!!
    Thanks Kim! One of my favorite posts!

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  15. I love it! It's so cozy and cute plus the wood chairs in the kitchen add so much warmth.
    p.s. I've been searching for toile pillows like those forever, please share where they are from???
    Thank you :)

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  16. I have long adored and admired Tessa's kitchen, home and her blog! I love the cozy feel of her home. Everything about it says, "welcome." :)

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  17. I've always loved Tessa's kitchen. Once it was shown, after Holly Mathis helped her with it, I instantly liked everything she had done with it. Small spaces can be a challenge (I know) but sometimes that adds to the charm. I can relate to her liking that part. She's done a great job mixing functional with pretty. Love her open shelving and farmhouse sink.

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  18. Lovely! Lovely! I like all the details, and I'm going to visit her blog to know more about her house.
    Congratulations Kim! Always wonderful choices for the Favorites!
    Besos!

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  19. Tessa has a beautiful warm and inviting home! I love all the simple touches that make a big impact in her home.

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  20. This is the perfect example of making what you have PERFECT for you! I love every inch. And I love your philosophy, Tessa. I would love to come and share a cuppa with you. Thank you, Kim for featuring her. I am off to follow her. XO, Pinky

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  21. Oh, I love Tessa's kitchen with the open shelving! Great styling! ~Delores

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  22. Tessa's kitchen is beautiful and I love the farmhouse sink!
    xx,
    Sherry

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  23. It is so lovely- I really like the open shelving. I had it in one of our houses and really liked the look. It is simple and homey feeling- xo Diana

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous! I've always loved her kitchen... every detail is perfect.

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  25. Beautiful! Love that skirted sink! Thanks for sharing! Life to the full! Melissa

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  26. What an adorable kitchen. xo Laura

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  27. Her kitchen has long been one of my favs! Lovely :)

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