midcentury modern kitchen remodel… and simple little me


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 Roses from the garden

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 And the Green!  Can you believe that GREEN?

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Amidst the holiday merry-making of December, my husband gave me the gift of a kitchen remodel. As I made my colorful choices he kept coming back to me and asking, “Now you’re sure you want these green countertops?  And the backsplash?  You want it to go all the way up the wall? This is really what you want?”

Yes!  Absolutely!  And thank you very much.

My kitchen is a small space, right in the heart of the home, and as I decorated her with simple lines and bold accents I realized I was expressing exactly who I am… simple, with bold accents.  

The way I set a table, and the way I make a salad.

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 It’s who I am: Simple, with bold accents… right smack dab in the middle of our home.

Mixed Green Salad – with persimmons, pears, goat cheese, and candied pecans

To make this scrumptious simple salad, buy or candy your own pecans.  I use 1 cup of pecans halves, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 TBS. olive oil, 1 TBS balsamic vinegar.  Simply heat the oil, vinegar and sugar together until bubbly, then toss in the pecans.  Keep them moving over the heat for approximately 7 minutes, then turn them out onto a piece of parchment to dry.  Though tempting, wait for them to cool completely before tasting.

For the salad, place fresh mixed greens into the bottom of your serving bowl, then layer in your candied nuts, pears, goat cheese and persimmons (fresh mango pieces work just as well when persimmons are not in season).  Gently drizzle maple syrup over the fruit and splash a bit of red wine vinaigrette on the surrounding leaves, but not much.

Place the salad on the dinner table without tossing. Once grace has been said, give your simple salad a gentle mix before passing it around the table.




It surprises me how I’ve found my own unique style over the past year, in the most surprising ways.  It all began with that orange couch and our Family rug from CB2.  Then came the creative process of building this blog with graphic designer Alle McCloskey, at Finding Eden Media.  Alle led me through exercises that were paramount in recognizing the color schemes, patterns and themes that inspired me most.  Then last April, when I turned forty, I found myself embracing this unique new colorful me all the more.  Now here I am in this new kitchen, enjoying my green tea kettle, the $3 salt and pepper shakers I found at home goods, and those napkins, just waiting for me on the clearance table at Crate and Barrel.  And so, what’s left to say but this… I’m quite pleased with simple little me.  Simple, though learning to embrace the delightfully bold aspects of who I am.

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  1. O! I’ve been waiting and I am not one bit disappointed. It is so YOU, at least the YOU I’ve come to be acquainted with these recent weeks! And, thank you, and the Lord for the gift of yellow roses today. You’ll have to read this: http://hopehearthome.com/?p=2216 and then I’ll tell you the story behind the yellow roses. Suffice it to say, “A gift.”

    • You are the reason I wrote this post! And I simply love your reason for loving yellow roses. My children will think of me when they see yellow roses years from now. Blessings!

  2. How cool that your blog and your home all have the same color scheme! Your kitchen looks lovely, and the recipe looks delicious. Pinning for later!

    • Haha, you read down at the bottom of the post how I really found my style while building the blog! You should see my little wardrobe, it’s getting ridiculous!

  3. I love your “simple, with bold accents”! And I LOVE the pics you show of your home…so beautiful – yet…simple!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. LOVE ALL OF IT! Seriously I want to come and just sit and look at it! ( I mean that in the most non-creepy way possible) LOL It’s wonderful that you are embracing who you are. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. Thanks for giving us a peak inside your home. We moved from the house we had made perfect to a rental when we moved across the country and some days I wish I could be back in my own kitchen. Learning to be grateful with all God has given me though.

  6. Love the pics! What a beautiful kitchen. And I love a good salad. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  7. The kitchen is lovely! Such a great space and love the accents. I think I would totally enjoy the salad – but I am not sure my kids would go for it. Do your kids eat it and enjoy it? Or is this something you and Matt mostly like?

    • Nicole, I just serve the greens with a little maple syrup on each boy’s plate, then put the pears on the side. One of these days I imagine I’ll mix them all together and everyone in our family will love it! One of these days! Hee hee.

  8. I always forget those candied pecans and I love them – thanks for reminding me!



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