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After two cold and windy storms right in a row, I can imagine curtaining myself off from the draft in this bed.  Light would transform at dusk and dawn in this room.  Don’t you feel better just looking at it?

 I do!

Enjoy the weekend and I hope the weather is nice to you wherever you are     : )

-A.

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I don’t know about where you are, but Connecticut has rushed headlong into fall.  I woke up on Monday and the drive was covered in leaves.  It smelled like fall and I needed real shoes and another layer of clothing.  Immediately I thought, “Ok, its time to re-decorate!”  The grocery must have been studying their almanac because they set up a table of those tiny pumpkins and clusters of dried cornstalks at just the right time.

Autumn is the time of year that I don’t remember that I love until its here again.  I dislike that it is the end of warm and wonderful summer, but then again, it is something of a relief to turn off the AC and snuggle under the covers with the windows open at night.  Plus, it is so beautiful.  Vibrant, saturated ruby and mustard colored leaves are shockingly surreal.  (They were just green!!!)  

Of course, the weather will break for at least another week and we will again be in summer, but it will be short lived and Autumn will fully encompass us all.   It isn’t too far now.  Are you ready?

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 It is nearly time for apple orchards and decorative gourds and Hot Toddies.

fall apples and a bird.

Falling leaves and rosy cheeks,  football and tailgating.

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young black dog with a leaf in its mouth.

Flannel blankets and plaid shirts, thermoses and apple pie.

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autumn picnic.

Sweaters and scarves and boots and wool socks.

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sweater weather.

Earth tones and natural wonders.

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Kent, Connecticut in the Fall, by Randy O'Rourke.

I’m ready, if a little sad to see this summer go.  Maybe an extra Hot Toddy to push this bittersweet feeling away.

Yes.  That’s exactly what I need.

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My Favorite Hot Toddy:

1 good sized mug

1-1/2 oz. Jameson

1 bag of Lipton black tea

Top with hot water

2-3 lemon slices

honey to taste

Sip for about 10 minutes then feel the warmth that reaches all the way to your toes.

MMMmmmm…..mmmmm….mmmmm

-A.

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So, I lied to you last week.

 This sale is WAY better than just Up To 50% off.  We have really gorgeous/expensive merchandise marked OVER 75% off!!

We realized just a little too late that we should have had a Private Preview Sale for interior design professionals, but since we didn’t think of it EVERYONE gets to benefit.  Get here just as fast as you can, because I have to tell you this stuff is so totally affordable I can’t stand it.

-A.

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The RESCHEDULED 2nd annual Kent Children’s Center Beer Tasting fundraiser is July 28th here at Kent Kitchen Works.  The final list of breweries isn’t available quite yet, but here are some possibilities...

The tasting will be from 4 – 7 pm.  Space is limited, and last year we sold out, so make sure to buy your $27.50 early-bird ticket to reserve a spot.  You can do that by calling 860.488.9218, emailing kccbeertasting@gmail.com, or visiting Eventbrite.  However, if you are the spontaneous, fly by the seat of your pants sort, tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event for $30, space permitting.  We are located at 6 Kent Green Blvd. in Kent, CT.
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Its great fun and a wonderful opportunity to help a really wonderful organization.  Hope to see you here!
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The Kent Children’s Center is a Non-Profit Early Childhood Program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
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In conjunction with Kent Wine & Spirit.

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Hello, and welcome to my own little photo shoot of the OH’s kitchen in Sharon, Connecticut.

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There was a professional photographer there with all of the proper photographer paraphernalia like lights and a tripod.  It wasn’t just me with my hand-held Canon (SX100IS, which I love).  Randy O’Rourke is the photographer that Kent Kitchen Works has loved working with since before we officially became Kent Kitchen Works.  He does amazing work!  See his website here.

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Two weekends ago the OH’s opened their home for a kitchen tour and took advantage of having a fully styled space to host a Barbecue Chicken Pizza dinner.  All of the people involved in renovating their century old home were invited.  They sipped wine and made pizza and a good time was had by all.

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This farmhouse is not only home to the OH’s and their two boys, but a few sheep, a donkey, and a few thousand bees, as well.  Mr. OH is an artist and did the three bee-themed pieces you see in the photo above, as well as others throughout the home.  Seeing his work was an unexpected perk that morning – I really enjoy it!

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Mrs. OH sheers, cleans, cards, spins, and dyes her own yarn.  She’s also a world traveler, educator, and makes a mean marinara, from what I understand.

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The one thing Trish came back to work raving about was the range. It’s a 36″ 6-burner gas BlueStar.  Simmering marinara and baking pizzas gave her a nice little introduction and it was love at first sight with the BlueStar brand of professional style ranges.

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Usually plumbing is what gets her engines running hot, but not anymore!  She even likes the 21″ high shelf along the back (!!).

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A quintessentially New England landscape stretches on to the horizon from the back door.  Mrs. OH loves that view and had the breakfast nook set into two walls of windows.  What a fabulously open, airy space to work in everyday, isn’t it?

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French doors open into the nook from a screened in porch.  A trestle table recently replaced their existing one, and custom cushions along the banquette make this one inviting place to sit and visit for hours.

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The light fixture was handmade by a company in Brooklyn with glass shades from Merano, Italy.

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And because I’m nosy, and I LOVE old homes, I had to show you their main staircase.  Paneling like this is unbelievably beautiful to me.  The architectural detail, chiaroscuro, and feeling of refinement take my breath away.  One day I’ll have my own wall of wainscot paneling just like this, and I’ll paint it white and be the happiest little girl.

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Details of the kitchen:

  • Cabinetry by Quality Custom Cabinetry in Lancaster, PA
  • Someone guessed right – the faucet is a Franke in the Old World Bronze finish.  I agree with them, too, it’s a gorgeous finish!
  • Kitchenaide Refrigerator
  • Bosch Dishwasher
  • Sharp Undercounter Microwave
  • Trestle Table is from Hunt Country Furniture
  • Pendants are from Rejuvination
  • Countertop on sink wall and island is Caesarstone, Baking Cabinet is honed Danby Imperial
  • Patrick Mulberry is the Architect; Cornwall Bridge, CT
  • Trish Namm is the Kitchen Designer; Kent, CT
  • Denis Langlois is the Builder; Kent, CT
If I missed something you want to know about, email me & I’ll do my best to find out where it came from.
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All photos were taken by me for your inspiration.  Please don’t steal them for your own use.
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Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!

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