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Eleven Gables Home Spring Home Tour, Part 2

Welcome back to Part Two of Eleven Gables Home Spring Home Tour!  I am so happy you are here.  If you would like to start at the beginning (a very good place to start), click HERE for Part One.

Come on in and let's head to the kitchen and keeping room!  

Our home is a collection of things I love... most importantly, boys!  My husband and I have four sons.  Next week, our oldest turns into a teenager. Gasp! Time is flying!!

The island is the place where we gather for breakfast, snacks after school, and homework.  I always keep fresh fruit in arms reach.  Halfway through photographing the kitchen, the oranges dwindled away (all the neighborhood kids were outside playing basketball).  Pretty much my life these days.  Food disappearing as soon as it hits the shelf.  I don't mind.  That's what it's for. :)

These windows open out to the pool area.  From here I can easily serve lunch to all the boys and their friends.  

When we moved into our home ten years ago, the first thing we did was transplant all of the existing landscaping.  There were about 60 overgrown nandinas that we planted in the woods creating a secret garden.  I saw Camilla at our nursery and while I didn't know a thing about them, the thought of them was lovely.  So I planted three.  This is the first year they have ever bloomed.  They bud, but Oklahoma weather freezes them out every year.  These glorious camilla have bloomed for a month straight now.  I am in love.  

Partway through my photoshoot we had a little earthquake and my large Spode platter crashed to the ground.  I wrote about it on here.  A dear reader sent me a link to another platter.  Turns out it is the 200th year anniversary platter (extra large size) and it was on sale!  It has already been shipped and is on its way!  A reminder that life on earth is temporary.  Easter is the perfect time to remember to store up treasures in heaven, for that is what really matters.  

The view from the keeping room into the kitchen.

Flowers from the supermarket in a pretty blue and white pot are my go-to.  Such a pretty punch for low cost. 

The Keeping Room is right off the kitchen.  Our family gathers here.  These are the most used areas of our home.
Blankets are everywhere. They keep us cozy when snuggled up with the boys watching a movie or playing a game.

This year, I purchased pre-planted tulip bulbs in a pleasing color that can easily be transplanted into my flowerbeds.  The entire container was just plopped into a pretty footbath.  Quick and Easy Centerpiece.  See Tour 1 for another quick centerpiece.

I've never shown you this perspective before.  We keep the TV tucked away on the far left.  The far right is my hidden appliance cabinet.

Pussy Willow was a favorite as a child.  My grandma once planted a pussy willow tree for me at one of her homes.  Whenever I see it, it is always a sweet reminder of her precious friendship toward me.  This spring, I added it to the pots on my mantle for a dramatic statement.

The exterior is beginning to bloom out!  I can't wait to add more boxwood and hydrangea to the landscape this year.
Be sure and see my dining and formal living room all dressed up for Spring HERE!

Today, I'm joining with a talented group of friends for a SPRING Home Tour and Design Party. Go visit their blog posts for tons of inspiration! 

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  1. your kitchen is always a favorite- just love it and love the pink floral touches!

  2. Emily your house is amazing! I love how fresh it feels, and with four boys I can only imagine the work behind the scenes. The blue and white porcelain with pink flowers, whether grocery bought or from your own special Camila bushes, they make for such pretty arrangements.

  3. Emily, I always love a peek into your gorgeous kitchen!! The bright white with all of the blue and white is so perfect. So happy to be on the blog tour with you :-) xo

  4. You truly have just the prettiest home and style and I love the blue and white touches!

  5. Your kitchen has to be one of my very favorite kitchens....so love the blue and white and the adjoining room is so casual for your family, yet is has such an elegant feel...the best of both worlds....Wow..an earthquake...so glad you were able to get a replacement of that beautiful platter!.....Happy to party with you today!

  6. Beautiful kitchen, Emily and you can't go wrong with blue and white. I am filling my home with much more blue and the red has been weeded out. That is fabulous that you can hand lunch out the window to your guys. Love that sink with the towel bar. I have not seen one like it before. I'm so glad you got some blooms this year! Have a fabulous weekend and Happy Easter!

  7. Your home is so beautiful, Emily! I love the big lanterns in your kitchen...and of course all the touches of blue and white are my favorites! Enjoying our home tour! Hugs...Debbie

  8. Your kitchen is just so stunning. I love how you sprinkled all of the blue and white throughout your home. I love this home tour! Everyone's home is so stunning!

  9. Emily, I am in love with your home! Absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Emily, I just LOVE your collection of blue and white chinoiserie!! So sad about the platter, but glad you got to replace it... :-) The ginger jars on top of the hidden cabinet are among my favorites, as well the piece used to hold your mixing utensils. I may have to borrow that idea... ;-) Have a wonderful Easter weekend!!

  11. Emily, your home looks so lovely.

  12. Your home is stunning and the blue and white really adds to the spring feel. Thanks for the beautiful tour!

  13. Gorgeous. Your home is stunning and that kitchen is to die for. So happy you found another platter. I hope you have a very Happy and Blessed Easter.

  14. What a gorgeous home!!!! LOVE the blue and white. And what an amazing line-up of bloggers. I'm going to make a little me time today and enjoy all the spring tours. SIGH!

  15. Try museum putty for things you don't want to fall. I don't have earthquakes where I live but do have 4 cats;). Have used it for several years now and have not had any breakage since. It is actually recommended for earthquake areas.

  16. AiI is so pretty and honey. I know what you mean about time flying. My son is 43. Pamela in WV

  17. I'm so in love with this interior, it's so clean and light but also has so many interesting details!

  18. Absolutely lovely! Would you mind sharing your paint choice for the kitchen cabinets? Thank you!


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