2nd Annual Kitchen Reveal

November 16th, 2010
Peek into my kitchen.  Do you want to see more?  I know I do when I look at all of your blogs.  When I walk around the neighborhood here in Florida in the evenings, I am always gazing in windows to see what I can see.  If someone stood on our lanai, this is what they would see; heaven forbid that anyone would get this close, but I have been known to try this at other peoples’ houses.  Please forgive me strangers.  I was once caught at a new house under construction that was done by the luxury home builders Sydney on Lake Lure gazing into the windows, totally ignoring the NO TRESPASSING signs.  The owner who lived next door and could see what I was doing yelled at me and the only defense I could give him was “I’m a decorator and I  just couldn’t help myself.”  That has become my standing defense for everything.  “I’m a decorator”.  But I am also a cook and kitchens fascinate me.
Last year I did the First Annual Kitchen Reveal and I couldn’t have been happier to see all of your kitchens.  To see the wonderful bloggers who participated go here.  My thanks to all of you.  Kitchens are very personal spaces and they range from small and charming to large and imposing.  It amazes me how easy it is to turn out wonderful meals in even the most humble of spaces.  One of my favorite kitchens is the one in our rental apartment which is behind our Lake Lure cottage.  I cooked here for two years while we were working on the renovations to the cottage.
It was hard to cook on the left side of the stove because I had no splatter proof surfaces to protect the walls from grease.  But at least it was cozy and I had tall ceilings to make the small space seem larger.

Another view of the kitchen from the living and dining area.  At one point I told David that I would be completely happy to live here forever and he grumbled that he wished he had known that before we started to add 1200 Sq. feet to the lakefront cottage.  Sometimes it is better to keep your mouth shut.

So here is the deal.  I would love to see the spaces where all of you turn out your wonderful meals.  I have declared Wednesday December 1st as the 2nd Annual Kitchen Reveal Day to blog about your kitchen.  It can be as detailed as you want it to be or just a picture or two.  It could be just the space in your kitchen where all of the pictures are taken for your blog or the view from your kitchen window.  All you have to do to be a part of the Kitchen Reveal is leave a comment on this post to let me know that you will blog about your kitchen on December 1st and on that day I will link to all of your blogs here so that everyone can view the community of kitchens participating in the reveal.  I look forward to seeing your kitchens.  I am such an unrepentant voyeur.  But I have a feeling all of you are too.  Let’s share.

15 responses to “2nd Annual Kitchen Reveal”

  1. Donnie says:

    I really enjoyed seeing your kitchen but i just put up mine the other day so I won’t be joining in. I’ll definitely be back to see the others.

  2. Big Dude says:

    Great timing as I happen to have a post written up about our kitchen, just waiting for the photos, so now I’ll wait to post it on Dec 1.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Love this! I’ll do it. I am also a “Peeping Jane”. I make my husband drive slow when we pass nice houses at night so I can catch a glimpse inside of the rich folks homes. Always makes you wonder what their life is like. Is that the room they read in, watch tv, do homework with their kids or is just a fancy sitting room? Can’t wait to see all the blogger kitchens.

  4. JoAnn says:

    Glad I’m not the only nosey one walking around neighborhoods, peering into homes 🙂 I posted my kitchen on your blog last year, and it pretty much looks the same, except I added some “Mexicana” red paint to a few walls to warm things up. I can’t wait to see the kitchens you post this year!

  5. Pondside says:

    “Unrepentant voyeur”…well count me in! I’ll post on the 1st.

  6. Barbara says:

    You know when it’s fun to walk? Christmas morning…when it’s still dark and my family is still asleep. You can see all the Christmas trees, still lit up inside the houses.

    I’ll try to remember to do this on the first….Hope it can be along with a recipe!

  7. December 1st it is…

    Count me in!

  8. Kate says:

    Fun…Christmas Kitchens, maybe?

  9. Bonnie says:

    I’d love to share my kitchens with you. I cook and bake in two. One in the country and one in the city. Guess which one is biiger?

  10. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You 🙂


  11. I am in & I love this idea! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. Karen says:

    This is so much fun, Penny. I’ll have my kitchen reveal up on the 1st!

  13. Susan says:

    Penny, I jumped the gun and put up my reveal this afternoon. I hope there will be many participants. Thanks.

  14. Your kitchen is beautiful, our’s is still unfinished – I finally ordered tile for my back-splash, it only took three years to find it! You’d die if you saw my former kitchen . . . I’ll keep your challenge in mind! This is my 1st visit to your blog and I enjoyed it very much. I came over vis Susan @ Schnitzel and the Trout!

  15. Mrsblocko says:

    I could have sworn I posted a comment on here. I don’t know what happened. I’ve got a post on my blog with pics of my kitchen

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