First kitchen gathering in new kitchen!

sanjuangirlSeptember 25, 2013

I had my book club in for the first break in of our new kitchen! I was happy about how it came out and enjoyed trying to decorate in a bit of a new style since this kitchen is way lighter than my old one!

Can't wait to see her in a lot of red at Christmas!

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jellytoast

I want to be in your book club ... what a delicious-looking spread! Everything looks really lovely.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 11:00AM
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robo (z6a)

Your book club looks like it has something in common with my bookclub...snack club!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 11:31AM
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ck_squared

Same here, robo!
sanjuangirl, your kitchen looks beautiful! It must feel great to have that first gathering out of the way. Makes you want to entertain even more, I bet!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 11:38AM
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cat_mom

What fun! And what a beautiful spread in a beautiful kitchen!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 12:01PM
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joaniepoanie

Beautiful....kitchen and food!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 12:07PM
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michoumonster

wow, beautiful kitchen and what a scrumptious feast!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 1:50PM
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deedles

How fun for you! It all looks gorgeous. Say, what is the dish on the far left?

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 3:14PM
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mrspete

Lovely! I 'specially like your backsplash.

Oh, who am I kidding? What I really like is the food! Turning out good food is a mark of a well-designed, functional kitchen.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 4:16PM
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whistle_gw

What was the book? :) And I love the counter.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 4:31PM
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sanjuangirl

Sorry, I posted and then had to travel, just got back to the internet.

Thanks!

Jelly toast- I'd love for you to be in our book club! We're in Southern California!

Deedles- the dish is a Farro and Feta salad. I got the recipe from Trader Joes.

Whistle- we read "The Art Forger" by Barbare A.Shapiro . It was really great!

Thanks for your kind words!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 7:13PM
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Mgoblue85

Yum yum...that's to both the food and the kitchen.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 8:39PM
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kksmama

Oh, so gorgeous, all of it! I haven't seen nearly enough of your kitchen.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 8:46PM
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KBSpider

I'm still loving that backsplash! But now for some strange reason, I'm hungry....

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 9:09PM
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boone_2009

What joaniepoanie said :-)

I'm in Southern CA too ( San Fernando Valley) :-).

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 11:14PM
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sanjuangirl

Here's another shot before the party.

I'm trying to find the style for my new kitchen. It's a "fun" work in progress!

Any suggestions on color or ways to add warmth would be appreciated.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 11:16PM
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sanjuangirl

Here's another look. I keep putting stuff on the counters, changing my mind about colors, style and textures. I keep changing my mind, but enjoying the process. The kitchen is a bit whiter than expected, a blank slate....

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 11:29PM
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a2gemini

Luscious- planning a book club meeting soon but might have to move to California!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 12:36AM
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sanjuangirl

Boone- it might be a bit of a drive, we're in south Orange County. You're welcome though!

You two Gemini!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 11:02AM
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mlweaving_Marji

Your kitchen in gorgeous! I too want to join your bookclub, although it would be a bit of a stretch to travel from the east coast.
Lovely food spread. Looks delicious!
Did you do a reveal where you said what cabinets and backsplash etc you used? I missed it.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 11:36AM
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kksmama

Love it, thank you for posting more pictures! I just love that island slab with the black perimeter and mop backsplash. What are the doors above the cooktop called - the woodwork is fabulous and is that antiqued silver glass? Stunning. Maybe not too late for me to get similar glass, please share details and pics if you can?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 12:41PM
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boone_2009

Aw, shucks. I've actually been looking for a writers' group for the longest time; I read an article in the LA Times some years ago about a group in Orange County that has turned out some really good published authors.
I'm sure your book club members can't wait to meet again at your home! Tulips *and* a feast in a beautiful kitchen?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 1:48PM
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lenzai

Your kitchen is lovely and that spread looks delicious. I especially like what you did with the cabinet above the range.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 2:23PM
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pricklypearcactus

Wow! What a lovely kitchen and delicious looking food. I particularly love the backsplash, cabinet above the range, and island countertop!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 2:48PM
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boone_2009

sanjuangirl: quick question - do you find it easy to keep your MOP backsplash clean? What do you use for a cleaner?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 3:51PM
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jellytoast

"Jelly toast- I'd love for you to be in our book club! We're in Southern California!"

So I take it you are sanjuanCapistranogirl?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 7:39PM
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sanjuangirl

Sorry, traveling again today but I'm back tonight and had to cook a big impromptu dinner for my sons and a girlfriend. I used the convection roast feature on my oven for the first time. I cooked a chicken with a simple recipe. It came out really yummy and both of my boys said it was the best I ever made, thank you new oven!

Jelly toast- Yes I am San Juan Capistrano girl. You're welcome for a visit anytime.

Marji- thanks for your sweet comments. I haven't done a reveal yet. I've just posted a few pics here and there. My bs is mother of pearl and the framed piece behind the range is Artistic tile, Crysanthemum . The. Cabinets were the original maple with new paint and the added crown. The center cabinets over the stove top are new from Show Place. You're just a plane ride away! I always do the Christmas book club meeting! Please join us!

Kksmama-thank you. The cabinets are a double arch mullion from Showplace. Jakuvall gave me the source and I found a dealer near me. The glass is actually antiqued mirror. I'm hiding a soffit that couldn't be moved behind the mirror, so it could not be transparent since you'd see the soffit. The mirror is a bit darker than I expected but I think I'm happy with it. I'll post a close up.

Boone-So far the mop has been easy to keep clean. It is sealed but wipes up easily with a bit of Dawn and water.

Thanks to you all for the kind comments. Makes me happy! :))

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 12:55AM
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Holly- Kay

Oh my gosh SJ, your kitchen is just stunning. I want to be in your book club too!!!

I love your chandy, breakfast table, and your beautiful window seat. I an envious of the brass bird that is overlooking your cook top! You have one of the most lovely kitchens of all time!!!!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 10:50AM
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sanjuangirl

You're too sweet Holly. Your compliment means a lot since I know how hard you worked on your own lovely kitchen. It's good to be finished, isn't it!

Btw, I Love my Kohler Whitehaven sink!

Here's a photo of it. Wish I could get a good photo that shows the depth in the color. It's Cane Sugar and it is one of my favorite things in the kitchen.

Enjoy,

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 12:58PM
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boone_2009

Thanks, sanjuangirl.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 2:54PM
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lcskaisgir

I love your kitchen so much! Especially the mirrored cabinet doors, backsplash, and island counter. What kind of stone is it?

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 5:18PM
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sanjuangirl

Thanks so much Icskaisgir.

The island is a white quartzite called Alpinus. So far it has been bullet proof. The perimeter is Black Galaxy.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 6:16PM
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Mags438

Beautiful kitchen . Would love a reveal!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 9:47AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 9:55AM
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writersblock

What a beautiful kitchen! (and a lovely spread for your lucky book club)

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 10:37AM
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sanjuangirl

Thank you!

Before the remodel my backsplash was black like the peremeter counters, it feels so much bigger without all of the darkness. Every time I see the mother of pearl it makes me smile.

I can only post one pic at a time since I'm apparently techno challenged, so a reveal would require most of the day! ;)

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 11:36AM
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writersblock

>I can only post one pic at a time since I'm apparently techno challenged

No, that's just how it works. One pic per post if you upload directly from your computer/ipad/whatever. If you want to have multiple pics in one post you need to put them someplace online, like photobucket, and link to them.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 11:38AM
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