I Wish It Were My Kitchen…

This past week I have been traveling with hubby..Savannah, South Florida, then Northern Georgia…I spent a day in

South Florida helping a very dear friend…then off to North Georgia to visit with my brother and sister in law.

I have been somewhat away from the computer this past week due to my travels..

My brother and sister in law have just built their retirement home…well, they call it that, but it is NOT

…your typical retirement home. They go back and forth from South Fla to Georgia until he actually retires…

…It is over 5,000 square feet…yes, there is a 5 in front of the 3 zeros…

So I decided to take a few pics of their home..They are still in the process of completing the rooms..so I

will focus on the kitchen…yes, the kitchen I wish I had

…Please pardon the colors in the photos…it has been dreary off and on and had to turn on the lights, so the actual colors are distorted…looks bright yellow instead of a softer hue…


One side of the kitchen..


The other side of the kitchen…


Instead of a wine cooler..they installed a beverage cooler..


Beautiful stove with griddle and grill..and my favorite..the pot filler!…To the right of the stove is the food warming drawer..ANOTHER FAVORITE OF MINE…


Faux stacked stone were used as backsplashes as opposed to tile..Tile was used in the stove area…


The island measures 6 x 7 feet…the cabinetry is an almond glaze..


A large walk in pantry with beautiful glass door…


This area is what we call the butler’s pantry. This area was originally the elevator shaft…Not currently wanting the elevator (nor the $20,000 price tag), I suggested to place a butler’s pantry in that area..worked out well as it is the first thing you see when entering the kitchen from the foyer/loggia area…Stacked stone was placed around the archway for texture and definition of the area…They loved the look of the stone surrounding the archway so much, that they continued the look by placing the stone on the backsplash areas..


Directly below the butler’s pantry on the lower level elevator area..that area was turned into a “wine room”..cool huh?…(thank you, I shall pat myself on the back for those ideas)…


Since we are downstairs..I may as well show you the “mini kitchen area”..I do not think my first kitchen was that big!


I am such a fan of trim work..I say, add as much of it early in the building process, for it is so much more expensive after the fact, as everything else…The wall color is looking more true to form…Trim color is Benjamin Moore Huntington Beige. You can see the reflections of the prisms she has on the windows..


My sister-in-law loves collecting beautiful pottery…the following are some of her treasures…



Moving on to the dining room…Table by Pottery Barn…Lighting is Casa by Hinkley…Has a touch of Mission and Asian feel…the feel she was after…




Another favorite of mine is her Family Tree…this dates back to the 1700’s…it is amazing…



This rocking chair is 6 generations old..and look at the complementing accessory that is very important to one of the home’s owners…


And meet a member of their family…His name is Corky..


His “crib” adjacent to the home theater…


My sister-in-law’s little slice of Florida…


The foyer and stairwell..Sorry about the colors..dreary day..and only time to photograph before we left…


Love this mirror..We got it at “The Dump” in Atlanta last year…it is by Uttermost..and was the uttermost low price!


A little alcove leading into one of the many bedrooms..Mirror purchased by Ballard Designs in their store in Atlanta..got it for a great price…Again..had to use the flash and colors are not great…



The Powder Room..




The Main Guest Room…as I stated previously the wall colors are distorted due to the lighting…



The fireplace in the Guest Room!!..TV over the fireplace…a luxurious suite…who would want to leave..It is a double sided fireplace..also faces the lower patio…Both patio/porches have fireplaces in them…



Speaking of porches/patios…The upper porch..Furniture by Lane


Well that is a “little bit” of their “Retirement Home”..A work in progress and off to a great start…

Hope you enjoyed the tour…I will be showing more of their beautiful home in the coming year…

Please give a “shout out” and let them know how much you enjoyed their tour….

Joining the following parties:

At the Picket Fence Inspiration Friday
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French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday
From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursday
Katherine’s Corner Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Mrs. Hines Class Show and Tell
My Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday
No Minimalist Here Open House Party
Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesdays
The Charm of Home..Home Sweet Home

Treasure Hunt Thursday

Thursday Favorites Blog Hop

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  1. I hope when I grow up and finally retire I can have a retirement home like that too. LOL Totally beautiful, and my two fave areas are the areas you suggested. I also LOVE the pantry door. Thats what I have been wanting for years. Well, first I need a real pantry, then the door. Miss you. Hurry home. 🙂

  2. OMGoodness, what a dream home. We are retired, I want to MOVE but getting the Mr. to move is like pulling teeth. This home is just gorgeous. I DREAM of a walk in pantry. The “faux” stacked stone is fabulous. LOVE that. Please do keep us posted on this wondeful house. XO, Pinky

  3. Their home is gorgeous ! I hope they have a big family to fill that house!
    This is my retirement home, but it doesn’t look like that! 🙂

  4. Wow – what a wonderful place to retire! Love the stacked stone backsplash. And yes, you definitely deserve a pat on the back!

  5. Shirley,

    I love everything about that kitchen…..(notice the dots LOL)…..and taking out the elevator was brilliant. I pinned a picture of that column with the molding! Their home is truly beautiful! Thanks for the tour.


  6. Do you know if she made that family tree, or was it purchased: I think it’s great!

    • This family tree was created by her 3rd Great Grandfather an it was displayed in the Opening of the New York City (Manhattan) Library in the Geneology Department for years….

  7. What a gorgeous kitchen…that stove is every cook’s dream! Think they would notice a stranger stow- a way?

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  8. Your brother and sister-in-law have a beautiful home Shirley! I love those ideas you had to use the elevator spaces. Gorgeous kitchen! I’ve always loved a kitchen big enough to have an island {although, I’ve never had one myself}.

  9. Betsy Crittenden says

    Fabulous! You and she have very similar decorating tastes.

  10. Her kitchen is beautiful. A talent for design runs in the family.

  11. Wow!!! As I scrolled down it just kept getting better. That kitchen and porch are insane! Go you for helping them with a few ideas on their home! Looks so beautiful!! 🙂

  12. No wonder you would like to have this kitchen….what a wonderful space in which to work. I’d say for a retirement home, this is a pretty special one!

  13. Love the pantry and the faux stone! How do they keep their stainless appliances so shiny???

  14. Linda Miller says

    Congratulations to Melvin and Pam on their beautiful retirement home. I hope that they enjoy it for many years and make some great memories there. But tell Pam that I’m glad that she’s responsible for keeping it clean and not me LOL.

  15. Thanks so much for all of your kind words about our house tour that Shirley posted on her blog. We had the rare fortune of having a creative and talented designer (Shirley, of course!) guiding our choices from the ground up, and her suggestions influenced the entire look and feel of our home. We are forever grateful for her endless time and energy to create our slice of Heaven. We are a great team: I buy something and she helps me figure out where I can showcase it. The art of placement and balance, feng shui, is Shirley’s expertise. Lucky me. Thanks, Shirley.

  16. That’s exactly what I would have called this post too…the whole house is beautiful, but the kitchen (that island and hood!) is stunning!

  17. Shirley, thanks for taking us on the tour of this fabulous home at Show & Tell.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  18. This home is fantastic! The kitchen is beautiful!!

  19. Shirley, their retirement home is amazing. I really liked the things you suggested. How wonderful that you and your sister-in-law can plan and decorate together. I have a sister-in-law like that, too.

  20. Absolutely gorgeous home! Thanks so much for sharing this, Shirley.

  21. What an amazing home they have! The kitchen is fabulous! That cabinets are beautifully made, the stone looks awesome!
    Every room is so tastefully decorated, and the woodwork/trimwork is so beautifully done! The guest suite is really impressive! The porch looks so inviting! Corky might like to be out there!
    It looks like a fine home one would see in a decorating book or magazine. I’ve never been in a home as exceptional as this one, and I enjoyed seeing it’s many features! The family tree is so wonderful, a priceless heirloom, yet a warm sentimental touch! Thank you for showing us!

  22. What a gorgeous retirement home…outstanding! Thanks for sharing.


  23. Beautiful home!! The kitchen is amazing…I’m dying over the pantry door..LOL! I LOVE it!

  24. What a beautiful and wonderfully personal ‘retirement home’! Thanks for sharing all their beautiful rooms. The kitchen is fabulous and I really like the framed Family Tree.

  25. Absolutely gorgeous. Welcome to retirement!!!

  26. Absolutely beautiful… I love all the rock. We are currently building and I had just posted this week about our kitchen cabinets. We had a bit of a miscommunication and ended up with painted cabinets… something I wasn’t too happy about until I saw those black ones. Ours are black too, and hope they turn out as lovely as those!

  27. Gorgeous! You’re right this isn’t a typical retirement home! The rock is amazing and adds such an interesting touch. It’s a stunning home! Thanks for sharing it. I’m now following on Linky Follower.

  28. WOW! their future retirement home is truly beautiful. The kitchen, the rooms, the details, all so very lovely. Thank you for sharing with us. xo P.S. thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party. Did you get your entry in for the sweetheart giveaway? It ends tomorrow

  29. My sister Pam has always been so very good at decorating. She just has a wonderful eye for putting together things I would never even think of!! Congrats on your beautiful home, Pam and Mel, and thanks Shirley for showing such wonderful pictures of their home. Pam, I really do want your stove!!

  30. Wow-amazing home-I’m your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

  31. Lynn Hafter says

    What a wonderful home to spend your retirement! To beautiful!
    It must have been a lot of fun for both of you too.

  32. What a beautiful home tour! Thanx for sharing and coming to the party!

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