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March 21, 2017

Kitchen Update and a Grandson Visit!

We recently made a trip to visit to see our son, daughter in-law and grandson in Pennsylvania.

While there I got a chance to do some shopping.  They have some larger malls and lots of stores that I don't have near me and one place I enjoyed visiting was Crate & Barrel.  I saw this cute server piece and decided to bring it home with me.

 It has two natural marble trays with little rubber feet underneath so you can also use them as serving trays on a table separately.  They call it the French Kitchen Marble 2-Tier Server.

They had three of them on display which gave me the opportunity to chose which one I liked best.  

 I also picked this small striped bowl from C & B and incorporated it into my little vignette on the tiered tray.

  I found these two Polish Pottery pieces on another shopping venture that I figured would go well with my arrangement too.  I have a coffee mug that looks just like the little creamer.  I'll have to set an Easter egg on the egg cup soon!

 Last year my sister sent me the two little pig salt and paper shakers which I adore and they are also from  C & B.  The cow creamer is another Polish Pottery piece I already had. The metal measuring spoons were hanging on a little rack on the wall but I removed it.  I'm gearing up to paint the kitchen a new color that I still have to decide on.  

Though this is a serving piece I will also be using it as a decorative display piece!

I had to rearrange the whole counter and removed a couple of pieces.  I'm now using the basket to hold potatoes and onions.  The metal platter is from one of our Pennsylvania trips a while back made by Wendell August.  They are hand forged and you can watch them hand embossing them in their work shop.  The basket came from Juliska's website on one of their sales a while back but last I knew it is still available.  

 The blue vase was found at Pottery Barn.  It's called the Pamela vase Medium Blue but I can't find it on their website so I think it's an older piece that just happened to still be on the shelf.  It's going to look great with flowers from my gardens in it!

 I also moved the coffee station over to this counter area and it's working out nicely there.

 I found this nice compact metal cooling rack at the same store with the Polish Pottery.  I'm keeping it by the stove to set hot things on and I've used it many times already!  It's made well and heavy duty so it's going to be a workhorse piece in my kitchen.

I set this salad plate on it to give you an idea of it's size.  

Last week I changed out all the door/drawer pulls to satin nickel.  We started out with bright brass when we remodeled the kitchen in 1996.  Then in around 2010 I changed them to dark bronze which looked great with the wood but recently I decided to change to the satin nickel to go with the stainless appliances.  

Last but not least the star of our visit!
Our little grandson is such a sweetheart and this is his favorite spot to play.  He can tap his feet against the end where there is a keyboard which plays music and grab the toys above him.  It's a great interactive toy encouraging the development of various skills and muscles too!  When he rolls over they have more toys for him to work at getting.  He's also starting to scoot so before long he'll be on the move!

This was just after our arrival after an 8 hr. drive.  Joey was tired and ready for bed.  He's cutting his first teeth right now and we all know how rough it can be for him and the parents!

Dan is enjoying being a Grandpa.  Good times!

Can't wait to see him again!


  1. Liz, I know you enjoyed seeing that precious little one. They grow so quickly between visits at that age. How nice to find pieces for your kitchen while visiting. I really like how you have styled the serving piece with your Polish pieces. I have a thing for bowls and the blue and white striped one is a beauty. And your new hardware looks very nice on your cabinetry. The metal platter is so unique and so pretty on your wall. ♥

  2. Super finds Liz. I adore the metal tray and the marble from t he tray you bought would be great to serve cheese on and things.

    The baby is adorable. Love his toy and can imagine his feet going on the keyboard.


  3. Hi Liz, Oh my what a darling bundle of joy your grandson is. He is really growing and so cute. I know you enjoyed a great time visiting in PA.
    I love your kitchen and the addition of the serving marble piece is awesome. I love how you have styled it with your pretty collectibles. I change my counter around all the time so I can relate to doing this. The cabinet hardware is beautiful in the chrome. I just changed my kitchen drawers to the farmhouse cup pulls in rubbed oil bronze. With the light cabinets, it looks great.
    Your blue pottery from PB is beautiful and I can see that filled with your garden blooms too. Love the Polish pottery.
    Have a great week and Happy Spring!

  4. You have been movin' and groovin', not the least of which includes doing the Boot Scootin' Boogie with your cutie pie new grandson! Congratulations once again!!! I am LOVING the changes in your kitchen, especially the satin nickel hardware! Along with the stainless appliances, it looks like an entirely new kitchen!!! Great transformation!!!

  5. You have a sweetheart as a grandbaby! He's so adorable! Isn't it great to be able to shop at wonderful spots while visiting? Love your haul and your newly arranged kitchen! Never a dull moment when it comes to d├ęcorative changes!

  6. OMGOSH- He is just adorable, Liz! You waited a long time for him...and isn't it wonderful how your heart just grows with love every time you see him? He looks like he is good natured, too.

    It looks like you cleaned house (or store) while you were there shopping. Love everything you got. I need to find another little cooling rack like that. I forgot how handy they are. I lost mine that was that size in a move somewhere.

    Have a great night- xo Diana

  7. What an adorable little fella, your grandson is, Liz! I know you're over the moon in love with him.
    You sure found some great buys while in PA. I love the tiered marble piece, and how you've decorated and displayed it. The cooling rack looks so handy. I'm looking forward to what color you'll paint the kitchen.

  8. I really like your new shelf, Liz! It looks so pretty in your kitchen but will also be handy for serving appetizers or desserts. Your grandson is precious! It looks like you and your hubby had a graet time spoiling him!! Zenda

  9. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, I know you loved to visit that cute lil boy. Love the shelf too. Marble is great to use and wears well with age.

  10. What a gorgeous baby! It's always fun to be with the grandchildren. I love your new goodies. The serving piece looks great as a display piece. Your kitchen is pretty, like the new knobs. Have a great day!!

  11. Hi Liz,
    How sweet to see you with your grandson. Grandbabies are the best! Love all your pretty stuff for the kitchen. The little creamer is so adorable. Love the new knobs.

  12. Hi Liz,

    I loved seeing your cozy kitchen and the pretty, decorative changes you have made to it, including the new nickel knobs! Your grandson is adorable and you and your hubby must be so grateful to have such quality time with him and his parents. Enjoy, my friend and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


  13. Your grandson is a cutie pie Liz! They make so many wonderful developmental toys these days. I love your marble server in the kitchen! It would be fun to serve pastries on for brunch like a mini French bistro. :)


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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