Monday, June 20, 2011

Goin' Southern!

Hey Y'All!   Every once in a while I like to embarrass my kids by pulling up to the drive thru and ordering in a different accent.  My little one gets a kick out of it, the teenager, not so much.  I've done it enough that I've perfected my Southern accent - a la Paula Deen.  LOVE her!  I just love how she adds "Y'all" after every other word.

Another thing I love about Paula is her decorating style.  Most people probably refer to it as French Country, but I like to call it Southern, because that's where I've seen it most often in blogland.  My Southern girlfriends have a certain panache for decorating.  Lot's of "stuff" in every nook and cranny.  Good stuff, like roosters, tassels, rooster tassels, gorgeous patterned fabrics, fabrics with roosters, lamps, rooster lamps, well you get the picture (y'all).  In fact, I love Southern decorating so much, that I've tried to implement more of it into my own home.  So butter my butt and call me a biscuit, cause here we go!

My kitchen is where I've gone Southern the most (y'all).  I watch Paula's Home Cookin' all the time and I love how she's always switching out the vignettes around the kitchen.  So pretty!

Here's how my kitchen hutch looked before it went all Southern-like:

Not so bad, but I like it better now (y'all).

I added lots more goodies!

Lots a color!

This sweet little rooster was $2 at a yard sale and I added some stain to darken it a little bit (y'all).

The pretty floral dishes add a splash of color too.  They were from a yardsale I stumbled upon on my way to Walmart last week.  They were $1 for both!

The candle was also $1 at a church flea market.  All of the flatware I got at various yardsales.  They got too heavy for the drawer so I put them here.  The cute reed diffuser was from Walmart a few years ago.

I love this tray from Marshalls.  The sugar and creamer are from Home Interiors and I added a napkin from Bed, Bath and Beyond for an additional pop of color.  Glasses are from Sam's Club.

Another rooster!  This one I got at Ross for $12.99.  The tart warmer is a recent Walmart purchase and I can't tell you how many people comment on the scent this thing puts out.  Right now I've got Ginger Spice warming in there.  Yumm!

I love these ceramic jugs from Michaels.

Up on top is my fave frame from Kristen's Creations.  The colors go perfectly with the rest of the hutch.

Some lemons and limes add more color in this vase from Walmart.

Here's another look at the hutch:

I spy a rooster tassel (y'all)!

On my new favorite little table.

I just picked up this American Family scale for $21 at a thrift store in PA a few weeks ago.  I just love it!

It's more than I would normally spend, but I love how it blends in with the rest of the decor in this part of the kitchen.

This wicker bottle was $2 at a yard sale and I added some Dark Walnut stain to make it a little bit darker.
I've been going crazy with the stain lately.

Also added it to this wicker oil dispenser on the other side of the stove.

I found this rooster print at Tuesday Morning recently and had to have it!

It sits on top of my pantry door.

And what's a Southern kitchen without a little greenery?

These prints were on clearance from Kirklands several years ago and they sat on the Island of Misfit Decor until I sprung them a few weeks ago.

Aren't they sweet (y'all)?

I love the scrollies on the wooden frames.  They are on the wall between the kitchen and the foy-ay.

Well that's the end of the tour of my Southern kitchen here in New Jersey.  So how'd I do?  Did I add a little bit of Southern hospitality y'all?  Ya know, I do have family down in the South.  My mother's family has a gorgeous farm in Florida.

Well, have a great week and y'all come back now, ya here!



Judy said...

Yes, Paula does use the word "ya'll" an awful lot, sometimes I think it's for effect more than anything else. Take it from a Southern girl who's born and raised in the South, I don't know anyone who uses it that much!


Ruby Jean said...

Oh...That is too funny... : ) I Love throwing out a SOUTHERN accent every now and again.. : ) We like to travel to Tn. and I remember are first trip there...We stopped at a Cracker Barrel and the waitress came to our table to take our order and out of her mouth came the SWEETEST accent and I asked her if that was on the Menu..Because I will certainly be ordering that... : )

Love what you have done to your kitchen...The vintage scale is my Favorite and I love how you added the Napkin holder on top...

Kimberly said...

You have such cute things and do a great job decorating.

Lee said...

Love your southern twang-"butter my butt and call me a biscuit"! Too cute!
Also love your southern decor and the fact that you remember where you found everything! I must be much older than you-I sure can't remember all those details! LOL
Thanks for sharing!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Well, I don't have a southern bone in my body...but I think you did Paula proud. LOVE the scale!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That's a beautiful hutch, Kim! I don't think you could go wrong whether you decorate Southern or Northern; I'll bet everything looks good displayed on it! : )

Comeca Jones said...

I love that bakers rack! seems its more fun to decorate than a mantle!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I do like your kitchen - pretty. I also have a bottle like that with the green and black beans in it.
More often than not, I will change the channel when Paula or the Neely's come on (did it this morning). I am a true Southern girl and I say ya'll, but theirs is an "overkill".

Nancy said...

Great southern touches, Kim! I love the scale; and I like how you're not afraid to use stain to change something to fit your tastes. Awesome kitchen!


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

So you know how to address more than one person in the south? It's "all y'all" - :-)

Love your new southern looks!

Jemsmom said...

LOVE IT!!!! Girl, you would crack up at my accent! I have a definite twang while Paula has the drawl!!! Too funny! Don't forget... if you have something not quite so nice to say about someone or something, you can start or end with "Bless her heart" and it negates all the bad. Trust me!!! Your hutch is gorgeous!

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

It is just precious. (another southern saying) Being a native from NC I would know southern and you got it. Beautiful! I love your hutch. I recently passed one very similar up at a thrift store for $60 (can't get over that loss) Yours is every bit as beautiful as Paulas.

Love Of Quilts said...

You have many pretty pieces....I love the small rooster you got at a yard sale...I like all roosters. I'm sure that Paula can afford to have someone else make all thoses changes for her.It just maybe that she enjoys it so much she does it herself. Trish

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Kim...

Girlfriend, I love, love, LOVE all the "southern-ized" changes that you've made to your beautiful kitchen! Ohhh my...and I have always loved your hutch! Love the mix of the metal shelving and that gorgeous wood base...sooo pretty! Now, I have to tell you that I am a "more is better" kind of gal! you think it might be due to the fact that I lived in Texas for 30 yrs.? Hehe! Anyway, I'm just lovin' all of your pretties that you added to your hutch! It looks so inviting...and sooo colorful! I love all the added color...but then you knew I would, right? Hehe! I also love all of the other new pretties that you added to your kitchen to! You did GOOD, Girlfriend! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us today!

I also wanted to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my Tea Rose bedroom. I always enjoy your visits and sweet notes, dear friend!

Warmest wishes,

Blondie's Journal said...

You really did a great job "Southernizing" your kitchen!! Paula would be proud!


Traci said...

I think it looks great! I live in Louisiana & I never realized until I started blogging & reading blogs how much I say y'all!

Ms. Bake-it said...

You are too cute! Loved the "butter my butt and call me a biscuit"! I agree with Judy that it is more for effect. I am a Southerner and live in Florida and have never heard any of my Southern friends use it as much as Paula Deen does.

I love your kitchen hutch! It looked great before but I like the country charm you have added to it.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Yes ma'am! You've got it going on girl! Love your decor with the "southern accents".

southerninspiration said...

Love the pops of red!!
Looks great!


Liz said...

Well! It is a beautiful piece and I love it both ways! You have some wonderful accessories to work with. :)


bj said...

Well, since I am from the South and live in Texas, "ya'll" is not an uncommon word around here. :))

I LOVE your southern hutch. Just as cute as can be....just like you.:)
xoxo bj

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I totally love your hutch and your new display is fabulous. I drooled over every piece. Beautifully done. Your scales is wonderful and I also really like the rafia wrapped carafe and oil bottle. So pretty. Your entire area is gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Tiff said...

Love your makeover! It all looks amazing! x

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Love what you did with your kitchen! I am you newest follower. :)

Michele Smith said...

Your hutch pretties look awesome! I love me a touch of southern yall! Love that rooster picture and your scale! I have 3 scales but nowhere to put them YET!

Sue said...

You are getting that southern thing Kim. I am not southern, but I live there and I have a way to go! Your kitchen is looking so warm and cozy. Great job!

Pamela said...

Kim I love all of your kitchen decor! It looks fabulous! Also Cole is getting sooo big!! Such a cutie! Hope all is well!

Country Dreaming said...

Y'all this was too funny. Love your decor and I think you did great!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

You have done a fabulous job, I love all the colors, Shoot, I wish I had thought to embarrass my son like that when he was a teenager! I guess it's never to late to embarrass you children!

My, I opened a can of worms with the Casey Anthony trial, the comments have been fascinating!!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love all the southern charm. Beautiful decorating. Of course that frenchy stand jumped out at me. Very inviting space Kim.

Poppy said...

I like all your southern touches as well as your southern accent.... and I love them both. I love southern decorating style and I think it has so much finesse and elegance to it. And I see all that elegance oozing in all your vignettes... loved each and everyone of them... especially that rooster tassel is simply adorable and that little table is so gorgeous... I love how you transform furniture! And I must say I loved all the beautiful groupings in your hutch... and those Kirkland frames are simply gorgeous ... looks so pretty on your sage green wall color... Very beautiful post, lovely lady!~Poppy

Darlene said...

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit! Those pictures make me happier than a June bride on her wedding night! (Another Paula-ism!)

Victorian1885 said...

Beautiful post! Thank you for stopping in today for a visit. I am your newest follower! Have a great rest of the week.


Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Your post really had me laughing! I love Paula Deen! I could just hear her talking in your post. I loved all the redo's you have shown us and your children are beautiful.


Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I love this are great at finding a deal! My favorite thing is your M in a frame. Brilliant. Thanks for visiting my blog...I appreciate it!

CAS said...

You are too funny, Kim! I love your Southern accents, & I've been leaning more toward roosters & more roosters. I was born & raised in LA, then moved to OR/WA, then back south as far as AZ. Although normally there is not a hint of southern accent, when I'm exposed to it for even a few minutes, it comes spewing out of my mouth. Even just reading posts by my southern bog friends, I find myself reading it with an accent -- I know, crazy! I do like adding a bit of southern charm with "Ya'll" and "Well, bess your heart" whenever I can tuck it in without it sounding like I'm making fun. I do just think they are endearing words. So, ya'll have a terrific weekend, & bless your heart for sharing this post!
xo, CAS

A Perfect Setting said...

You have quite the personality :) I smiled the entire time. "Yall" is part of my vocabulary, as well as Darlin', Suga, and Honey. "Bless his/her heart" is another saying I use quite often lol! Your hutch looks great, and I love the litte table! Your eye for detail is awesome, every little thing looks just amazing, bless your heart!! Hope you are having a great summer, and I'll visit with you again soon, Darlin!

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

I love your french style. NJ really does not decorate French. I think we decorate more with bling. lol

As another Jersey Girl you rocked your southern accent. lol

My dad use to like to have fun pretending he was from the south. My answering machine was full of his favorite sayings. He finally did move south but has since passed.