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Disney Magic: Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney Wilderness Lodge waterfallThere are many things to enjoy at Walt Disney World…the rides, the shows, the atmosphere.  One of the main reasons our oldest child goes to Disney is to enjoy… the food!   You are probably thinking…What??  That counter service stuff in the parks?? That’s just ordinary fast food! And you might be right about some of it, but not all of it is ordinary.  Some of the park food is tasty – especially at Epcot.

Disney Wilderness Lodge exteriorWhere our family really likes to go for the food is the resorts. So on Saturday, after we made sure there was no way to get into Be Our Guest for lunch, we hopped on one of the Disney buses and made our way from the Magic Kingdom over to Wilderness Lodge.

Disney Wilderness Lodge lobbyI had never been in it before, so this was a fun little excursion for me. The lodge is designed to look like a National Park lodge in the Northwest at the turn of the century.

Disney Wilderness Lodge lobby seatingIt reminded me of the Ahwahnee, a lodge we visited in Yosemite National Park a few years ago.

Disney Wilderness Lodge totem poleSaturday was cloudy and cool in Orlando, so I was glad to see that fire burning in the fireplace.:)

Disney Wilderness Lodge lobby fireplaceNeedless to say, that huge lobby with the towering logs and overscale furniture was quite impressive!

Water was even flowing in the interior!

Disney wilderness lodge interior riverOne of the highest rated restaurants in all of Walt Disney World is Artist Point there in Wilderness Lodge.

Unfortunately, they do not serve lunch, but I did wander inside to get a photo of it for you.:)

Disney Wilderness Lodge Artists Point restaurantWe chose to dine at Whispering Canyon Cafe instead. It is a fun spot to enjoy what I call “cowboy food.”

(Just don’t ask for ketchup…They will bring you 12 bottles…truly.:()

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I didn’t get good photos of everyone’s meal because we were hungry and ready to dig in, but I did get a shot of our daughter’s pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries…

Disney Wilderness Lodge barbequeAnd my barbecued rib plate.  It was very meaty!

Disney Wilderness Lodge ribs

After lunch, we took the bus back to the Magic Kingdom, watched a couple of shows, and rode a few more rides.  Then it was time for another meal.:)

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Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge

Because this trip was to celebrate our son’s birthday, we had made reservations at Boma, one of the best restaurants in WDW.  To get there, we caught a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Disney Animal Kingdom lodge animalsAnd yes, there are really animals on the grounds around the lodge!

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby ceilingI had also never visited this lodge before, so this was another treat for me! Animal Kingdom lodge was designed to include elements of African architecture, and it houses one of the largest collections of African art in the United States.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge seatingBoma is an interesting restaurant designed to look like an African market.

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The African inspired food is served buffet style (all you can eat) from multiple stations – a few carving stations with meats that have been cooked over an open fire, a vegetable station with a variety of African (and American) vegetables, a soup station (with some unusual flavored soups), a salad bar, a station with a choice of breads, and…

Disney Boma buffettwo dessert stations.:)

Everyone raves about the zebra domes, but they had a tiny coffee flavored tart in a chocolate shell that I could have eaten 20 of!

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Boma dessert buffetThis was my dessert plate.  The zebra domes are at the top, followed by a guava something.  I am not sure what that next fruit dessert was, but it resembled an apple cobbler in flavor. Then you see those luscious coffee flavored tarts and finally 2 key lime cheesecake bites.  (They were very rich!) And yes, I ate it all (even though I am not supposed to be eating any chocolate right now.:()  Sorry, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Disney Boma dessert plateOur sons really loved all the African foods – especially the soups.  My husband loved the beef and mashed potatoes, and my daughter and I both thought the desserts were the best. Something for everyone, right? Have any of you dined at Boma? It was all tasty and a unique experience, but I think I enjoyed the food at Fulton’s Crab House from our recent Disney trip more. Probably because I am more of a riverboat girl than an African safari girl.:)

Would you believe I am still not finished sharing our Disney trip with you?  We’ve looked at the Yacht Club, the Beach Club, Wilderness Lodge, and Animal Kingdom Lodge so far.  Next time, we have some gorgeous gorgeous gardens to see!

I hope you will be back.:)

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L J - March 10, 2015 - 6:59 pm

Keep ‘em coming, Kelly. It’s like a visit to WDW without leaving home. :-))
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Too funny! There are more coming. :) Glad I could take you along.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 10, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Kelly,
I really must get to Disney World. Due to real estate constraints, our Disneyland in Anaheim doesn’t offer the scope of what you’ve shared. There are some really great restaurants on “Downtown Disney” which is outside of the gates of both theme parks [Disneyland and California Adventure].
Those desserts looked delicious and I would have cleaned my plate as well!
I’m still thinking about the incredible bathroom in that Yacht Club.
I love this tour, thanks for sharing.
xo,
Karen
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Yes, you must Karen! And bring your grandkids. At least your Disney has claim to being the first. :) I am glad to know I am not alone in the clean my dessert plate club. (That gelato was oh my goodness delicious!)
Kelly

Jackie M. - March 10, 2015 - 7:26 pm

I’m loving all of your Disney posts — one of our favorite places to visit! Boma is one of our must-dos on every trip — I am dying for some Zebra Domes now — lol! We’ve never ventured over to Wilderness Lodge, though — now I am putting it on our next-time list. :)
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I’m so glad you are enjoying the posts Jackie. Boma certainly has a wide variety of foods from which to choose. Those zebra domes were very good, but I will still prefer the coffee tarts over them. Definitely make a visit over to Wilderness Lodge next time. It is a short bus ride from the Magic Kingdom.
Kelly

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - March 10, 2015 - 7:54 pm

I have wanted to go to the Wilderness Lodge for YEARS!!! Hopefully one day I will get there. I love African art! The food sounds great too. Thanks so much for taking us along on this journey with you!
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I had wanted to go for years, too, Pinky. Since we could not get reservations there, I knew it was going to have to be a visit for lunch…not a bad time to check it out. :) I hope you get to visit it on your next trip.
Kelly

Town and Country House - March 10, 2015 - 9:08 pm

Great post, Kelly! We love Artist’s Point–it is really beautiful at night. I’ve never been to AK Lodge, so I will have to add that to our list. I’m impressed with how much you fit into one weekend! It makes me want to go back already. :)
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My husband and son have dined at Artist Point, and they are going to have to take me the next time we are there. :) We really try to pack a lot in when we go…which was quite exhausting when you consider it was the weekend we lost an hour with the change to Daylight Savings time. :(
Kelly

Louvina - March 10, 2015 - 9:37 pm

My, my! My daughter has been holding out on me! She has been to these resorts, I’m sure but I haven’t!! So the next time she asks me where I want to go for Mother’s Day or my birthday, I will be ready to rattle this list off and she will wonder how I know about all of these!! Every place is so wonderful!! It would be hard to decide!! She took me to Bonnet Creek Resort when she was having a conference and I had never heard of that!! WDW is certainly a big, BIG World and to think we can enjoy all this and never have to leave the USA!! Or for me just stay in FLA!! Bring on more pictures!! This is FUN!
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Whoa…she HAS been holding out on you Louvina. Shame on her! I hope she has taken you to some of the nicer dining spots in Epcot…such wonderful food there!
Kelly

Ruth - March 10, 2015 - 10:23 pm

This IS fun!!! I’m so enjoying the vicarious vacation! And you’re hitting all the hotels that we haven’t visited. Had no idea they’d be so large and over-the-top in their decor. My guide books didn’t give them enough credit, because I can see from your photos that it’s worth a visit to WDW just to take a complete tour of all the hotels — nevermind the rides and shows! Wishing y’all a GREAT rest of your trip. Thanks for the “Calgon, take me away!”…
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They are HUGE, and so are just the lobbies. You know Disney pays attention to all the details. A hotel tour is a very fun thing to do at Disney World. We have stayed at the Polynesian and the Boardwalk in the past. We have visited the Grand Floridian but not stayed there. For architecture and interior design lovers, you can’t beat all their resorts.
Kelly

Donnamae - March 10, 2015 - 10:59 pm

I’ve never had a meal at WDW I didn’t love! Those desserts look scrumptious! ;)
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I agree. I used to love the Crystal Palace, but my children all tell me that I would not like it now. I can’t imagine it not being good, and one day I am going to persuade them to give it a try with me.
Kelly

cindy hattersley - March 11, 2015 - 11:20 am

This looks like so much fun! Disney World is so much better than Disneyland! Wish it were closer!!
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Just catch a flight to Florida, and you can enjoy it too Cindy!
Kelly

Ellen Martin - March 11, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Have loved your Disney posts, including the food reviews. My family ate at Boma a couple of years ago, and loved it!! We were with our daughter’s family and had a meal plan, which made the evening meal there very affordable.

What fun that your daughter is having the opportunity to intern at Disney, and that your son flew in to join you for a birthday celebration!
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It was a very fun weekend for sure! Glad you have also enjoyed Boma. It is always fun for everyone to taste and compare all the different foods.
Kelly

Susan - March 12, 2015 - 8:34 am

Thanks for sharing your fun vacation! The Wilderness Lodge is also reminiscent of the Yellowstone Lodge.

Too bad you couldn’t eat at Artist Point. My husband and I went for our 20th anniversary in December. Artist Point was my favorite restaurant on that trip service and food-wise. The Smoky Portobello Mushroom Soup still sends me into reverie; they graciously provided me with the recipe. I also discovered black lava salt which topped the butter for the bread. (World Market sells it.)

We have also dined at California Grill 3 times; the food is always good, service is OK; always very busy.

We have never eaten at Boma but did enjoy the other one (Jika?) a few years ago.
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I hope to get to dine at Artist Point on our next trip. What a great place to celebrate your anniversary! That soup sounds delicious, and I will have to look for the black lava salt the next time we are in World Market. Thanks for the suggestion. Our daughter dined with her boyfriend at Jiko on Sunday night. She had a lamb dish that she said was absolutely delicious.
Kelly

Debra - March 19, 2015 - 9:05 am

Catching up on all your Disney posts. The Wilderness Lodge would be the ticket for me. How fun. Disney World is just amazing, isn’t it? That food looked wonderful Kelly. Thank goodness Disney involves a lot of walking. It helps to work off the calories consumed! :)
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You do walk off a lot of it, but not all – considering how much we ate! I loved seeing Wilderness Lodge, but I do think I like the beachy ones better – especially if you go in the spring and summer. If we made a winter trip though, I think Wilderness Lodge would be my choice then. The Polynesian is also wonderful, but they were doing a ton of construction on it when we were there, so we avoided it.
Kelly

Disney Magic: The Yacht and Beach Clubs

 

IMG_1972Like many of your families, our children grew up on Disney, and it would be a serious understatement just to say they love Disney. If you have been reading here recently, you know that our daughter is currently working in an internship at one of the resorts at Walt Disney World.  (It has been a dream come true for her.:)) Additionally, a number of years ago, my husband and our son flew to the Pixar studios in California for the premiere of Toy Story because our son wanted to see the studios, meet some of the artists, and see the movie. Our children must have some sort of Disney gene in them!

Disney yacht club lobby

When our son (the one who moved to Seattle) realized that his sister gets discounts with everything and that his birthday would fall on a Saturday this year, he knew what he wanted for that birthday…a trip to Walt Disney World.:)So this weekend he flew into Orlando from Seattle. (We had not seen him in 6 months.)  His sister got a couple of days off from work, and we drove to meet them so that we could all be together to celebrate that birthday. It was sooo much fun!

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We stayed at The Yacht Club Resort.  I am not going to bore you with photos of our family at the park, but since this blog is about houses, interiors, and entertaining, I thought you might enjoy seeing what the resort looked like.  You can see the lobby above.

Here is a better view of the model ship in the case there.

model ship

It all had the feel of the Titanic to me (but much safer!)   They even had a model cruise ship in one of the hallways.

Disney boat display

When we arrived late Friday night, our room looked like this with the Mickey towels left by housekeeping:

mickey towels on the bed

 

guest roomThere is also a smaller daybed that I did not get a photo of because our daughter had checked in earlier in the day and had already staked it out with all her belongings.:) Here are the bathroom areas.  I liked the light fixtures there by the sinks.

dressing area

bathroomAnd here is the view from our balcony the next morning.

view

On Sunday afternoon our daughter and I took a peek inside Beach Club, the resort next door.  Of course there had to be some sort of old ship between the two resorts.:)

Yacht and Beach Club resorts ship

The design of the Beach Club is very similar to that of the Yacht Club.Beach Club resort exterior

Disney Beach Club Resort

Even the lobbies are similar, but the colors are brighter in the beach club, and it has a more feminine feel to it.

Beach Club resort lobby flowers

Beach Club resort lobby

Obviously, both resorts were beautifully done.  Unfortunately, that’s all I have time to share with you today, but I have a zillion more photos and will be back next time with more resorts for you to see and a little of our delicious food.:)

yacht club resort bridge  Hope to see you then!

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p.s.  Another blogger celebrated her child’s birthday at Disney this weekend too. (Must be spring fever in the air or something!)  You can read her fun story at Town and Country House.

   
Shirley@Housepitality Designsi - March 9, 2015 - 5:47 pm

I so love Disney World….I have never stayed at this venue, but it certainly is gorgeous as the entire Disney network of hotels are…The Floridian is one of my favorites, but I will need to check this one out….How wonderful that you were able to see your son after so many months….Your daughter must feel like she has a dream internship…My daughter in law interned at Disney too!
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My daughter really loves the Grand Floridian too, Shirley. We like to stay around the Boardwalk area with its easy access to Epcot. It is like you have a private entrance there! I think you would like both the Yacht Club and the Beach Club resorts. I bet your daughter in law still loves Disney. :)
Kelly

Donnamae - March 9, 2015 - 5:50 pm

I love the Disney resorts….always feel so pampered! How wonderful that you could all get together even for a short time! ;)
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They do go out of their way to make your trip magical, don’t they? It was a very fun time…just wish we had not “lost” an hour with the change to daylight savings time. Next year, we will have to think about that.
Kelly

Nan - March 9, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Great photos and story! I would love to know more about your daughter’s internship too. My daughter is majoring in recreation and looking around for an internship in a year or so. Thanks again.
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Thank you Nan. There are a lot of “hoops” you jump through with Disney…applications, interviews, and even auditions for some of the positions. Then after our daughter made it through all of that and was accepted by Disney, she still had to go through her own college to have the internship approved for her college internship credit with her business degree. Your daughter should check with the Disney College and then her own college if she wants to do it.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 9, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Kelly,
Disney does know how to do things well. I loved the details throughout and that bathroom, oh my!
What a fun trip for your family. Thanks for sharing.
Karen
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Yes they most certainly do, Karen. It was a very good trip for all of us (but exhausting!) Did it make you wish you were back working in Disneyland? :)
Kelly

Teresa W. - March 9, 2015 - 6:01 pm

Can I adopt your daughter for the Disney discount? Funny thing happened when we stayed at the Yacht Club several years ago. Our daughter was four at the time, we’d spent a really long day in the park, walked into the lobby and a group of teens were hanging out by the giant globe searching for the hidden Mickey. They’d apparently been looking for a long time. Our daughter walked right up to it, pointed to the hidden Mickey and said, “There it is!” It was at the perfect height for her to see. We LOVE going to Disney!!! So glad you could get together to celebrate your son’s birthday. Have a great week!
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Ha ha! I don’t think I could give up my girl! (or any of my guys either for that matter. :) ) What a cute story about your daughter and the huge globe. I bet those teenagers couldn’t believe she could find it that quickly!
You have a good week too Teresa.
Kelly

Paula - March 9, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Kelly,

I can’t believe I missed you! We, too, were at WDW this weekend, celebrating our daughter’s birthday. I was actually writing a post about it when yours popped up. We had dinner at Captain’s Grille one night, and I told my husband that next time I definitely wanted to stay at Y&B. (His favorite has always been Wilderness Lodge, which also is amazing.) I just love that whole boardwalk area and the easy access to Epcot from Y&B, tho. Your photos are wonderful, and I’m so glad your family was able to meet up for a celebration!
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Paula,
How funny that we were both there celebrating our children’s birthdays! It was such a great place to do that. We had wanted to stay at Wilderness Lodge but none of the rooms were available with our daughter’s discount. I really did like staying at the Yacht Club, though. I think we will try out the rooms in the Beach Club the next time we go. Loved your story in your post about how the Disney trip kind of grew! I am afraid that same thing would happen here if our daughter asked all of that of her dad. :)
Kelly

Louvina - March 9, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Always enjoy seeing Disney World resorts and the details they always lavish on them. Just know your daughter is having the time of her life! What a great place to intern! I remember my first trip there many years ago and I was enthralled. I especially was fascinated with the topiaries. I get to visit many of these places very often since my SIL ( works there) and daughter live only 15 minutes away. Can see the fireworks every night from their upstairs loft! So happy you got to have a nice visit with your family. Looking forward to seeing more photos!
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Our daughter IS having the time of her life. I keep seeing her photos on Facebook of all the fun she is having in the parks, and I have asked her if she is working at all. She assures me that she is – every day! :) If you like topiaries Louvina, then I know you have to love Epcot. I would want to watch those fireworks every night if I lived where your daughter does. :)
Kelly

Katrina - March 9, 2015 - 7:55 pm

Oh I am so happy you and your family had such a magical time together!!! Can’t wait to see more fun pics!
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Thank you Katrina. It was so good to have all of our children together having fun! More photos coming soon. :)
Kelly

Benita Roberts - March 9, 2015 - 9:22 pm

We stayed at the Yacht Club the last time we were visiting Disney. It was such a fun time! My kids loved it! I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your photos.
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I wish the weather had been warm enough and we had had time enough to really enjoy the great pool area of the Yacht Club. We will need to go back once warm weather is here to stay for awhile (although Sunday was VERY warm.) I know you and your family loved the resort!
Thanks for stopping by Benita.
Kelly

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - March 10, 2015 - 7:59 pm

These 2 places look great too. I love this series you are doing.
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Thank you Pinky. Glad you are enjoying them!
Kelly

Christi in MA - March 13, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Thanks for sharing all these great photos.
The Yacht and Beach Clubs were high on our list when my DH and I went to WDW in November. Maybe next time!
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You are quite welcome, Christi! I am so glad you enjoyed them. I hope you get to stay in the Yacht Club on your next trip to WDW. :)
Kelly

Debra - March 19, 2015 - 9:14 am

Of course you would stay at the Yacht Club. Oh, we Coastal Dream girls! It looks wonderful. Love the sweet view from your balcony. Your family are such good sports to be included in your blog shares. Sweet Family and more memories made. :)
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Yacht Club really was nice, and the view was really good too. Yes, more memories made. I was just thrilled to be able to see our Seattle son and our Orlando daughter on the trip!:)
Kelly

A Feast of Kitchens

Indian Hills kitchen Casa Verde Design

If you are like me, you love looking at kitchens.  I think they are my favorite rooms and always give me inspiration.  The photo on the right above caught my eye when I saw it awhile back, and it was what led me to Casa Verde Design. And oh my goodness what kitchen heaven I found there!  Just look at that refrigerator door below.  Oh how I would love to have one like that!:)

Indian Hills kitchen refrigerator door Casa Verde Design

Casa Verde Design is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  There are 3 women partners who started the firm back in 2007.  They have won numerous- and I do mean numerous- awards for their amazingly detailed kitchens and baths.

Lexington kitchen Casa Verde DesignThe architectural details are part of what makes their rooms so beautiful to me.  Just look at the cabinetry below.  Notice how the cabinet doors are paneled with a smaller square at the top and the area over the range repeats that same panel design.

Lexington white kitchen Casa Verde DesignIn the next kitchen they used glass in a small door above the traditional cabinet door.  The island designed with a curved countertop is different – giving it more the feeling of a table.

Victoria kitchen Casa Verde DesignIf I had a Victorian style home, I would want a kitchen with these glass doors.

River View kitchen details Casa Verde designAnd addicted-to-light girl here is majorly in love with the sconces on the cabinets there! (My husband is probably worried that will be the next thing I dream up for our kitchen here!:))

River View kitchen Casa Verde design  sconces on cabinetsHere is another unique door design.  So pretty!

Lake Harriet kitchen Casa Verde Design glass door cabinetThose massive corbels are gorgeous as well.

Lake Harriet kitchen range Casa Verde Design

Lake Harriet kitchen Casa Verde DesignAnd wouldn’t it be great to have a cabinet like this one in your kitchen?  I would quickly fill it up with dishes!

(And leave the light on inside it all the time.:))

Cape Cod kitchen Casa Verde DesignJust so you will know that Casa Verde designs more than kitchens, I had to include one photo of a bathroom from their portfolio.:) I had this photo in a post on furniture in the bathroom years ago because I just love that storage piece.

bathroom cabinet Casa Verde Design

I told you that their kitchens and baths have won many awards, but their showroom there in Minneapolis has also done the same.  It was the first winner of the Sub-Zero|Wolf Best Sustainable Green Kitchen design award. Additionally, Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine named it The Showroom of the Year.  (It must really be a pretty place to shop and plan your next building project!)

Showroom for Casa Verde DesignsIf you live in that area I hope you will go by and check it out! (But if you are like me and live nowhere near Minneapolis, you can see more of their wonderful work on their website by clicking here.)  They really are meticulous in their attention to detail!  Hope you have enjoyed all the kitchen eye candy.:)

Until next time…

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L J - March 6, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Hi Kelly
OK–I’m near drooling–I can see myself in every kitchen here–will remember the name Casa Verde. Just love all these kitchens and that’s probably because mine is in need of serious updating (1940 CA ranch-style w/original cabs and grey/blue tile counters); I have an extremely limited budget and so intend to keep counters and cabinets. It is nice to dream and be inspired–Thanks and have a great weekend–time to change clocks–yes?
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I agree. They are certainly drool-worthy kitchens! An original 1940’s kitchen might come back in style again. You never know. Fashion and design tend to repeat themselves. :) Yes, it is time to change the clocks. I love the extra light in the evenings, but goodness Monday morning is going to be hard to get up for work!
You have a good weekend too!
Kelly

Louvina - March 6, 2015 - 9:51 pm

Lovely!! I so love a white kitchen! These are exceptionally lovely. The only thing is keeping the cabinets clean near the handles. What do you use? Weather has turned cool here at the beach. Can you believe it? I’m getting to stay the whole month of March?! Bike Week began today and will last 2 weeks! So glad we are north of all that “zoom zoom!” :) Spring Break has begun, too! Water temp is 63 degrees! Mercy– too cold for us Floridians– but some kiddos are in that surf! brr! Happy Spring Ahead time!! Does it bother your students having to get up earlier?
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I do too. I used to repaint the area near the handles with the white paint that I used on the cabinet doors, but now I use Magic Erasers. Love them!
The few warm days we had fooled us into spring time didn’t it? I don’t know how they are braving that cold water! And yes, the time change will have our students dragging on Monday (and their teachers too!) Enjoy your month at the beach. (We are all jealous!)
Kelly

Ruth - March 6, 2015 - 10:28 pm

An inspiring and uplifting start to the weekend! Thanks, Miss K.!
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You are quite welcome Ruth! Happy to provide the inspiration. :)
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - March 6, 2015 - 10:39 pm

I love kitchens too. My sis in law just had her kitchen updated and i have to say that I was lusting after it.lol…She has all drawers and only a few upper cabinets as well as a butlers pantry and a BIG pantry. All done in white as is the trend right now. But I have to say as much as I like it, it seems a bit cold to me in her cozy 1950s rancher. I would have added a bit more color but to each his/her own.
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I like having mostly drawers too, and a butler’s pantry would be wonderful. Perhaps you sister in law will add color with accessories and drapes. White allows you to do most anything colorwise.
Happy weekend!
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - March 6, 2015 - 11:51 pm

You know how to pick them! My favorite kitchen I’ve ever had was red walls with white cabinets. Loved it, and of course, the people who bought the house painted the walls white. – Broken heart.

Loved seeing these beauties.
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Of course. :( I had a lipstick red dining room with white trim in the first house we built. A red kitchen with white cabinets would be among my favorites too if we had ever had that.
Kelly

kathy - March 6, 2015 - 11:54 pm

I love, love, love all of the white kitchens, especially with the oil rubbed bronze hardware. (The eighth photo is my favorite.) Our kitchen cabinets are cherry so I could never paint over them. I still love them but IF we ever built another house I would go with white cabinets. I love those massive faucets in the photos too. My wonderfully talented daddy built an island for my kitchen several years ago using white beadboard and beautiful corbels, then we installed black granite on top…so I do have some white in my kitchen. We have the same granite on the counters so I think it ties together. (Another IF…if we built another house, the island would have to go with me. I treasure it.) Thanks for the eye candy. (Next year when you are retired, let’s go visit Louvina.)
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Your island sounds wonderful Kathy! White cabinets, beadboard, and corbels. :) Love your idea of taking advantage of Louvina’s beach place! I don’t know why she doesn’t just live there year round. Ahhh for a place at the beach!
Kelly

classic • casual • home - March 7, 2015 - 11:48 am

Definitely pleasant on the eyes!!! I am working on a white kitchen facelift now. Thanks!
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How fun! I just love white kitchens. :)
Kelly

Dawn - March 7, 2015 - 7:42 pm

Kelly,
All of these kitchens are so clean and neat. I just love the details in each and every one of them. Thanks for sharing them with us. Take care.
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I think they are masters with details for kitchens – both in storage and utilization and also in appearance. Glad you enjoyed reading about them.
Thank you for your comment Dawn!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 7, 2015 - 8:06 pm

Hi Kelly,
I never thought I say this, but wow, I wish I lived in MN so I could use their talents to do a kitchen. What amazing design originality and style.
I’d be happy with any of the kitchens you shared. I also loved the bathroom design…it looks like they are mindful of storage issues in both essential rooms of any home.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
xo,
Karen
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I am not sure the pretty kitchen is enough of a trade off to deal with the weather there in the winter for me, but that group does do amazing work, doesn’t it? We have had a wonderful weekend. Hope you have as well, Karen!
Kelly

Victoria - March 7, 2015 - 9:02 pm

These are a talented group of ladies. I am familiar with most of these photos cause I love white kitchens!!! When I moved to Greenville in 1988 white kitchens were becoming the rage in Atlanta. I am very conservative so I debated doing raised paneled oak and tile floors or white cabinets and wood floors. I went with the oak and tile my biggest mistake ever. White is still the rage almost 30 years later and wood floors will never date. I no longer reside in the same home and I had my cherry cabinets in this one painted BM white dove and love them. I have wood flooring now as well. Classic,classic, classic.
I love “falling back” but “springing forward” maybe not so much. Lol!
On another note I just got around to reading ” Somewhere safe with somebody
good”…Jan Karon has an amazing gift – I truly did not want it to end.
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Your kitchen does sound classic classic classic! I am glad you were able to get your white cabinets on your latest home Victoria. Like you, I love falling back in the fall, but tomorrow morning is going to be super hard for getting up. (But I will love the extra light in the evening.)
I did not want Jan Karon’s latest book to end. I’ve said it before…it was just like being with old friends!
Kelly

Dana - March 7, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Love the darling dogs!
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I thought so too, Dana! And they used different dogs in many of their kitchen photos.
Kelly

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