An Americana-Inspired Home

This charming home highlights a lovely country kitchen where the family converges to cook and eat together

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar

Step into the classic suburban kitchen found in this home and instantly feel inspired—to cook, bake, and even to decorate your own kitchen! The owner, a fine arts graduate and homemaking expert, teaches cooking and presentation classes and doles out homekeeping tips.

The design inspiration for the whole house is best defined in crisp white and classic silhouettes. The owner's preference came in perfect timing especially since she needed a breath of fresh air. From a rustic house defined by wood, the present home highlights while, airy interiors, and sunlight streaming in.

The center stage of the four-bedroom abode? The lovely kitchen – with its blue and crisp white color motif which gives the space a clean look. Natural light bathes the kitchen from the majestic floor-to-ceiling windows. Decorated with touches of whimsy and a distinct homey “New England” Connecticut 60s feel, the kitchen is definitely a design inspiration. Pots and pans are organized on a round metal display while glass jars and containers line up the open shelves. A statuette of a pig in a chef’s ensemble stands on the kitchen island, guarding baking implements, pots and pans, and the stove. A miniature chalkboard stands handy for reminders, recipes, menu for the day or even an inspirational quote. Even the china cabinet, in reality only a simple white shelf, becomes as striking as the rest of the room, with dainty white cups, plates, and teapots displayed artistically.

Some say that the kitchen is the heart of the home and with a charming kitchen such as this, the home was definitely built with a lot of heart. 

Read the original article (“In Full Bloom”) in the August 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.


From the outside, the house looks homey and inviting. The owner -- who is fond of gardening almost as much as she's fond of puttering around the kitchen, wanted a layout that would allow her to see the garden from every angle in the house. 


For a clean, well-organized kitchen, try glass cupboards and open shelves. Everything will be in plain sight, forcing you to organize and keep things clean.

Kitchen Detail

A kitchen island anchors a large, open space while adding an extra work surface and more storage spaces. Jars and containers are on the custom-made open shelves under the island, a perfect fit to place a row of items, eliminating clutter.

Kitchen Organizing Tip

Hang pots and pans. It serves as instant décor and lets you easily choose which item you need at a glance. Here, colorful pots and pans of all shapes and sizes are hung over the kitchen island.

Kitchen Organizing Tip

Organize everyday dinnerware and fancy china in separate shelves. Protect seldom-used pieces like soup tureens, cake stands, and the like in different shelves, while keeping your oft-used pieces in easy-to-reach cupboards. 

Kitchen Organizing Tip

There’s no need for a fancy china cabinet when you have an assortment of beautiful china. This simple white kitchen shelf turned elegant with artistically placed dainty tea sets and decor.

Design Detail

The blue and white palette makes it easy to play with an arrangement of food and drink colors, as shown in this photo. To add a quirky element to the kitchen, grab a miniature chalkboard and write the menu daily, shopping reminders, or even an inspirational quote.

Design Detail

Design unexpected places for an element of surprise. A dainty café décor sits on the side of a white cupboard.

Building Material Tip

Blue and white tea tiles adorn the sink, adding a touch of whimsy. The tiles are decorated with teacups to match the space. Choose materials that go well with the area or theme.


A glass door separates the living room from the lanai laced with plants. The main piece, a white wicker set, reigns over quirky accessories like a pair of stone bird door stoppers and "Bloom where you're planted" tables/stools. 


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