A Snippet Of Our Kitchen

While we were building this home, our 17th home, I continually asked myself during the selection process – will there be enough light? Will our space look crisp and airy?  Will it have a clean disposition (even during the messy times, which is more often than I care to admit)? Most of all I wanted it to feel livable, comfortable, and unfussy.

With that in mind, this is a small section of our kitchen..

We have a very light and open kitchen space. I chose Alpine White cabinetry, white subway tiles, simple hardware, a bright, shiny faucet and the beautiful Kohler farmhouse sink to keep the look clean.

This space is the hardest working spot in the home. It’s not easy to keep it tidy. The Barefoot Ranger (my love of 31 years and retired Army Hero of 34 years) hangs out here- a lot. He loves doing dishes and putzing around doing who knows what– right in this very space. This is what works for our family….

A rug is a must, to keep our flooring in good shape. Over the course of 4 years we have been through several rugs. The last rug was a Ballard Design. However…I adore this rug even more. A reasonably priced, Target Woodland by Threshold made for the outdoors. The beauty of this, it can be hosed off. With all the drips and drools (that would be Libby) easy clean up is a dream! It matches our kitchen space with a bit of whimsy. A splash of cuteness and toile!

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Having our soaps within reach is practical, keeping them on a cute tray and ready for use, stylish. I found this adorable tray in a trio by Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. For $6.99 I got a pack of three.

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We love our traditional coffee maker. We tried a Keurig for a time. It just wasn’t for us. I thought I would like the clean look of a Keurig and having different coffee options. I learned that I am a traditional girl and really just need my traditional coffee that’s brewed traditionally first thing in the morning. Besides, I’m a three cup girl. I set up our simple coffee station with a wicker tray, a small cutting board layered with one of the Magnolia plates as a spoon rest. It’s clean and functional.

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Another functional addition is this hook, attached to the upper cabinet.  I know, it’s an odd spot for a hook. This hook holds our dishtowel. A dishtowel draped over the sink, oven handle, or dishwasher handle seems more practical and normal….sadly, those places were not an option for us. Why…….?

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One word…..LIBBY! Our girl Libby loves all things made of cloth. When we turn our backs, she takes off with the dishtowel, oven mitts, and anything else within her reach.

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When she stands up on her back to legs, she is tall! She is smart and naughty. So, keeping with clean, functional, and pretty style…we have our lovely hook with crystal ends and stylish cotton dishtowel up high out of her grasp.

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Those are the little things that help keep our kitchen functional, crisp and clean.

Thank you for stopping by….

Be Blessed~

Just-Beth

No Wasted Spaces

This is house number 17 for our family. We built this home after moving 4 times in 6 years. It had been exactly ten years prior that we had built the previous home. We had no intentions of building another home…but…we didn’t have a lot of choice. We moved to Florida from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Last minute orders for us. Not much was available for rent. We found a beautiful home on-line, filled out the rental application ASAP, paid the deposit, all sight unseen. I prayed it looked as nice in the photos and it did. We were living there for less than 6 months when the owner let us know she wanted to sell her home. We immediately started looking to buy knowing we had several years left in Florida. We could not find anything that really worked for us. We fell in love with the neighborhood,  our adorable soon to be neighbors and bought one of the few lots left. So, here we are…almost 4 years later. The longest we have lived anywhere…..ever….

We have a traditional floor plan. An open living room/dining room in the front of the house. A staircase that takes us up to the Master bedroom including 3 other bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms plus a bonus room. On the main floor we have an open kitchen and a 3rd living space as well as a guestroom and full bathroom.

When our twins left for college, we made one of the bedrooms an office that Ron and I could share. We had not factored in our very curious, energetic, Standard Schnauzer Puppy, Libby. I could not be upstairs with Libby downstairs. I was putting thousands upon thousands of steps on my Fitbit by just running the stairs every time I heard the bell ring. Libby rings a bell every time she needs to go potty. Being the smart puppy she is…she was ringing it when she was lonely too. She was training me! So…..

We created an office for me in our beautiful dining space. Who needs a dining room? Right? I loved the way it looked when we walked through the front door. But that’s not practical. We had plenty of space in our kitchen for our large dining room table. We moved our French Provincial antique table to the dining room and made it my office desk.

My view from my desk…looks into our living room. We find ourselves in here a lot. On the weekends…Ron grabs his cup of coffee and sits on the couch as we discuss up coming events and ideas. Its cozy. Our puppy comes in every so often to practice being civil. Or,  she is behind the gate to the right of my desk. She can still see us which makes her very happy.

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My view from the living room. I grab a book and a cup of tea and sit and read. We bought this very cozy Toile couch way back in Kansas…5 moves ago. It has held up well and I still love it.

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I lack storage space. The buffalo check bench is very deep. I have binders, stationery and office supplies tucked down inside. I’m still working on the bar cart…it still has, well, bar items on it. If going through paper work every gets stressful…I can just reach to the left. (giggle)

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My next project is to clean out this old hutch filled with Lenox china and add carefully selected memorabilia we want to save. We have a lot of organizing to do this year which makes for a more peaceful way of living.

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Our dining space in the kitchen is large. Our table fits great with room to spare. If I need to expand the table, I can. This sucker seats 12 with ease.

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It’s open to the living space as well.

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Be Blessed~

Just-Beth

Just-Beth

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Hi! I’m, Just-Beth, and welcome to my blog. I’m wife to my best friend of 27 years and Mom to 4 amazing kids. Three handsome boys and one sweet girl! We’ve moved 17 times in our 27 years together as a military family. My goal with each move — to unpack completely even if our tour was only for one year. We always painted the rooms, decorated and made our space personal (even in the most bland, utilitarian base quarters) . I wanted the kids to feel settled, cozy and loved. Moving is not always easy– however; a home filled with faith, grace and a little bit of simple style has always been my go-to “feel.” I hope to share with you some of my secrets in making a house a home even if it’s temporary. Keeping our family organized and stress-free has always been a staple of mine. With a family of 6 and a lot of moving parts it can get a little nutcakes at times…

And why am I Just-Beth you ask? My Dad named me. He fell in love with the name when an older cousin had named her daughter, Beth. My Mom loved it too and the character in the book, Little Women. She did not name me Elizabeth. She was worried people would call me all sorts of nick-names so just Beth went on the birth certificate. From that day forward, anytime someone asks me for my name for an important document, I’m always asked, “Is that your full name?” I always answer, “Yes, I’m just Beth.” I’m quite alright with that.  It goes a long with my personality. Low maintenance, fair, a keeper of all things simple and timeless. No fuss.

Thank you for stopping by today and getting to know me.

Be Blessed~

Just-Beth