Tuesday, January 17, 2012

scenes from a country cottage: kitchen edition


 
 
 
winter is finally easing out of its heavy boots. it's no longer dark now when i leave the office. when i make the drive home on my favorite backroads. past that little country store and hamburger joint. the little vinyl siding house with the white dog out front, the one who's always sniffing the begonias. that farmhouse tucked behind the woods, with the old white shutters and the ford truck for sale in the field.

when i make it back here, back to this place, there's a pocket of time, about 10 minutes, when it's just me. before robert and pablo bound through the door and the evening begins.

i prop myself up on this old kitchen counter. and watch the sun sink back into the ground. watch the sliver of light dance on the ceiling, then the cabinets, across my shins, then finally onto the metal sink, where it disappears down the drain.

this is my favorite room. my cocoon of sunshine. where i can stretch, still asleep, over coffee and look out onto the road as children on four-wheelers ride by at dusk. where my parents snuck in after our trip to new england. watering our plants and leaving love notes on our chalkboard.

there are old, framed hymns in the den. an engagement portrait in our bedroom. my favorite books stacked up against the toilet tank in the bathroom. little pieces of me, scattered between the bones of these walls. but my spirit is mostly poured into this kitchen. this place of meeting and feasting. of praying. holding hands and making messes. of calendars and photo magnets. cookie jars and coffee mugs.

of five-thirty reflections. of breath between afternoon and night. all from a countertop vantage point, the best view in the house.

16 comments:

Miss Kitty said...

I love your kitchen :) and beautifully written!

Amanda said...

Your kitchen is so charming! I love that you are able to have that time to yourself to think about why you love it so much.

Just think, when there are little babes bouncing down the hallway, this might still be your favorite spot in the house. All those calendars reminders to fill, and those mouths to feed. :)

Lottie said...

I love this room it feels so warm and inviting and I love the blackboard--I am a sucker for blackboards!

adesertgirl said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your 5:30 haven.

Gwen@Saturdays with Maggy said...

such sweet details in your home. wish i could come have a cup of coffee with you in your kitchen:)

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Kira said...

I love all of the accessories and artwork in that kitchen, beautiful!

Claire said...

your kitchen looks so homely and wecoming, i would love to sit and have a cup of tea there :)

Polly Bland said...

these photos are beautiful. I love the plates hanging on the wall! :D you picked the most lovely colors! I hope we can be friends! I just found your blog and it's so lovely!

love, polly
the littlest polly
Paulie Antiques

chambanachik said...

:) Love it.

Shalyn said...

Your home is as beautiful as your words!

ginanorma said...

i bet you find yourself right at home in there, i'd love to have a cup of coffee with you sister.
and those plates on the wall, and those white milk glass vases; my assortment in my bedroom is similar. what a surprise.
thank you for sharing your kitchen haven with us, what a treat.

Bon Bon said...

le sigh. so peaceful. time stands still in the early morning hours spent in a cozy kitchen:-) xoxo

Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life In...Australia said...

The way I imagined country kitchens looking. Your home looks and sounds so beautiful <3

Anna Kristianne said...

Dearest Courtney,

Being able to see glimpses of your life through your blog is such an immense blessing.

Much love,

Anna

Cara-Mia said...

So lovely. You have the cutest kitchen.

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