Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rainy day at the beach ...and my kitchen


I'm glad so many of you enjoyed my last post with photos of my kitchen! It's actually been about 10 years since we remodeled so the appliances are definitely looking a bit dated. The microwave should be sputtering out any day now and the dishwasher died long ago, thankfully.

We used to have harvest gold counter tops with dark pink cabinets. Now it's a grey speckled laminate with white painted cabinets and crystal knobs. Best thing I ever did!
After 10 years the cabinets could definitely stand to be repainted.

Here are pictures from right after it was completed. Note, I wasn't much of a decorator back then . . .



Remember, this was 10 years ago. Needless to say a few things have changed decor wise, and it does have more personality than when I took these photos, but I am thinking it's time for the brass bin pulls and crystal knobs to go!

A few of you mentioned my sink, which I still love after all these years. It's the Hartland sink by Kohler and you can find it here. I don't think the price has changed much. What blew me away when we bought it was the price of the basin racks, over $30 each! However, they have saved my sink from being ruined by scratches. To keep it white and shiny I clean it with straight bleach or Clorox Clean-up.

A few of you also mentioned the valance over the sink. I made the 2 in the kitchen, along with most of the valances in my house. It's much cheaper, and more custom, than buying from a store.

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Okay, on to today's post!



I took all of these photos this past Monday, in the rain. Before posting them I added a touch of Cross Processing in Picnik to each image, for added interest.

See, rainy days and Mondays really aren't that bad.

They aren't if you're at the beach anyway ; )















A tree lined road that I think is so pretty. Many of the homes that reside on this street are historic. Just behind me is the end of Jenness beach in Rye. Hopefully I'll remember to come back and photograph this street in the late spring when all the leaves are coming out.

Finally our temperatures are looking up!!!



YIPPEEE!!!!

41 comments:

Pamela Gordon said...

Good Sunny Moning to you! It looks like it's warmer down there than here (only 3C) today, but, the sun is shining. I like your kitchen and love the crystal knobs. I think the red walls really pop against the white. Your beach scenes are beautiful even on a rainy day. Have a lovely day! Blessings, Pam

traci said...

your photos always make me smile. i have only been to new england once, but i loved every minute of it. i will definitely go back again someday.

Custom Comforts said...

Beautiful pics!!! We got that rain too ~ what a miserable day it was here and with no beach to enjoy. Never got so wet before in the rain. Even my umbrella was leaking.
Your jar should arrive today ~ at least that's what the P.O. told me.
Cindy

Susan said...

Hello! Loved your beach photos. Your kitchen looks great. I think white cabinets make a HUGE difference. You know what? I'm a BIG FAN of brass and crystal.

These days, in the decorating world, brass seems to be obsolete but I don't care. I have a lOT of it throughout our old house and I'm keeping it, faucets and all.

Also love crystal knobs. If you like them, don't change them. Do it only if they bother you. Sincerely, Susan

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Love your photos. Agreed, that even on a rainy day there are things to enjoy on the beach :)

dAwN said...

I love your kitchen..but Its always nice to change it up.
Great that the weathers finally getting warmer..Hooray!

Snappy Di said...

love love love Kohler products and whenever we replace kitchen sinks or faucets we choose that brand too. Hard to beat their quality and style.

Di

PinkCatJo said...

Beautiful pictures - very relaxing! x

Cindy said...

You live in a beautiful area, near the ocean!!! I love it and the house photos are fabulous. Your kitchen is pretty, I love your toile kitchen valance.
Have a great day.
Hugs, Cindy

Carolynn said...

I love your kitchen! I think it looks beautiful. I also really love the red walls. I wanted to paint my kitchen red once, but didn't get past the test strip on the wall. It looked so much like blood to me, it creeped me out. I love it everywhere else I see it though. Weird.

Love your beach shots too. As always.

Tara said...

Gorgeous captures, love the first photo!! I love Jenness Beach..well I love all the beaches in Rye!

Mary Lou said...

Love your post. I also have white cabinets but a very small kitchen so lightens it up. Knobs are a great way to give it a whole new look.
Love the beach photos. I want to be there, rain or shine!

Cinzia said...

You live in a wonderful place!!!
Cinzia

Robin said...

Sharon, lovely post.
Your kitchen is very nice and the beach shots are wonderful!

Shirley said...

There is something about a rainy day in New England that I just love. Whenever I played hookey from work it was always on a rainy day..everyone thought I was really sick..cause who takes off from work on a rainy day? meeeee!
I love, love your photo's..

Carole said...

It's a gorgeous day here too. We were able to go to an open house yesterday at one of your greenhouse suppliers because of the rain......so yes I like the rain too.
Love your kitchen with that pop of cranberry color.

xx
Carole

MariCrea said...

Amazing pictures!
have a nice day
Mari

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, Sharon, your pictures are incredibly gorgeous! Love the rainy street, the swan, and I also LOVE your kitchen and would give anything for a kitchen window!

Okay, Miss Luna (a few posts back) - a feline movie star for sure. If you ever find her missing, you can be assured she will have a very good home with me! hahaha I just LOVE her!... Donna

Mary said...

Can I just say? GORGEOUS! I love cross processing -- so beautiful! And your Miss Luna is beautiful, too! Enjoy your sunshine... it is raining here now, so you will probably get it tomorrow... sorry!
xoxo

Carol Mattingly said...

Loved your kitchen shots. Yes the gold knobs must go. I love all of stainless steel stuff and its nothing fancy. Love the rainy day images. And so happy the weather is cooperating finally! Carol

playingthrulife said...

Will you be publishing a book of your photographs anytime soon? They are so lovely.

It's amazing what happens to our spirit and mental state once the snow is gone and the temps begin their climb upward!

Have a nice week.

Bridgemor

playingthrulife said...

Will you be publishing a book of your photographs anytime soon? They are so lovely.

It's amazing what happens to our spirit and mental state once the snow is gone and the temps begin their climb upward!

Have a nice week.

Bridgemor

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures!! I would love to move to your neck of the woods but 33 degrees? I've been freezing today becuase it's in the 70s. I am def a sissy :(

Aleida said...

The swan reminded me of my own childhood. My parents used to take me to a little pond to feed the ducks and Canadian Geese and there was always a single swan there with them.

Rose West said...

Rainy days at the beach are so underrated! I love them!

Gone Country said...

I've been debating about painting my kitchen cabinets but am nervous about how they will turn out. I just might have to try it and see!

Simply gorgeous photos! Even on a rainy day! Thank you for sharing.

Dawn said...

Your captures are so amazingly beautiful- I just want to frame your whole blog!!!!!!

Janice Badger Nelson said...

Fabulous as always. I love your kitchen and these photos are great. I love Rye. Actually I love all of New Hampshire. We have a weekend house in a small town up near Squam. Someday, we will live there. Someday.........
But in the meantime I love checking in with you to see all the things I love about NH. It certainly makes my day! I am so happy you continued your blog...it makes people smile :-)
See how important you are!!!!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I have to paint my kitchen walls and trim, a task I'm not looking forward to - at all!

Your kitchen is very pretty, love the accent colors!

Karen said...

If changing knobs is what you want, I say start looking for their replacements. The knobs that are there are still nice. Think about selling them to fund your next project.
We have a swap meet on weekends in our area. I spend a month gathering discarded, replaced, and unwanted items and load up the truck and spend saturday at the swap meet. When I come home I always have something I could not pass by.
Good day to you...K

Dawna said...

Love your beach pictures!! You are a great photographer...I am trying myself, but it is always great to be inspired by someone! I am a huge white kitchen fan! We are in the process of finishing up our kitchen remodel, so will post pics soon. have a great day!

Char said...

gorgeous photos!!! looks like a soft rain anyway - here in the south we seem to have violent thunder storms this time of year.

Jean Nelson Paintings and Photography said...

Regarding your kitchen cupboards crystal knobs: I saw on a recent home show, where Sarah (don't remember her last name) of Design Inc. placed crystal knobs on a kitchen reno. Maybe they're back in style. Love your red and white kitchen - your decorating shows flair.

Donna said...

I love the rainy day photos! I like a good rainy day. I really like your kitchen too.
It's warming up to the 60s here too and it makes life so much better!

Country Girl said...

Absolutely captivating photos, as ever, Sharon. Your kitchen is lovely and you make a rainy day a joy to behold.
(luv that processing)

Susannah said...

Hi Sharon.. As usual, your pictures are breathtaking! I have to stop for a few minutes and concentrate on them. They are stunning...each one. I love your kitchen, too. I can see that you are right back in the groove again. I didn't know you were posting again until tonight. What delight when I just happened to click on your blog. Thanks, for sharing your glorious photos.

Susannah

Judy said...

The swan is so stately! gliding along fast enough to stir up a wake!!!
I love the second shot, that farm on the point of land! The colours are so sudbued that the whole is balanced!!

Becky said...

As usual, great pics of my favorite place in the world. Is that Wallis Rd by any chance? LOve your kitchen by the way.

Jay Albert said...

WOW Sharon....Except for the hardware and dark paint your kitchen is the exact copy of mine!Exact same layout! Oh....I got a gas stove and SS sink....but it's almost a carbon copy! I gotta show my wife, I like the paint color.

Phyllis said...

Hi Sharon,
As usual, your pictures are so pretty. Your kitchen looks beautiful, and I like the nature pics. I've always liked rainy days, myself.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Saron your kitchen is beautiful . All the photos are. Love the beach . Very pretty