Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Visit to Cathy's

My dear friend Cathy moved about an hour north of me to Delray Beach. She sold her high maintenance house and high maintenance yard for a town house that's a quick walk into the historic downtown area. She can pick up her skinny decaf mocha coffee and be at the beach in two minutes  and drink it while watching the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Very tempting!
Here's a peak into her kitchen and breakfast area.
A large white platter filled with shells makes the perfect centerpiece.
It's sits on her mother's antique mahogany dining table in the breakfast area.
Natural colors are used to set the table for a casual lunch.
A large bold painting of her son as a child. 
It's a painting of Ben painting a painting.
It was painted by her talented artist sister-in-law, Laurie.
Two more beautiful paintings by Laurie hang in the breakfast area.
I love this painting of peonies. 
I'm still trying to find a way to carry this one out under my arm without being noticed. No luck so far.
Cathy found this great antique chest at her local antiques mall.
She's using it as a kitchen island. The top will get a slab of granite. Black or the same as the counters?
Still deciding.
She removed the back for easy shelf access and hung a towel bar on the pull out drawer. 
Charlie thinks that's very clever.
Charlie, Cathy's boogie woogie beagle boy!
No need to get up Charlie, I was just leaving.



  1. How pretty. Love the bold painting. Charlie is a beauty too! Wouldn't it be so much fun to live close enough to a historic area to walk there and look? Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a lovely place. Love the antique chest that she turned into an island ;-)

  3. Wow! Thanks for sharing your friend's home. I love the island. What a great idea.

  4. I have never even thought of taking the back off a piece like that. What a great idea!!!

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  6. Love the idea of a cabinet as an island. very clever. The paintings are lovely, very artistic and well done. Love that is she able to use the antique table. So very perfect.

  7. Your friends home is beautiful and to be sipping coffee on the beach-what a lovely thought:@)

  8. What a wonderful place. Loved the brightness and overall look of her kitchen.

  9. Charlie looks like he's already made himself quite at home. Your friend's new place is lovely...especially the paintings. I'm thinking that you could get the peonies out it a GREAT BIG PURSE. Thank you for sharing the tour. Cherry Kay

  10. Charlie's obviously in charge!

    Those paintings are wonderful. I love the juxtaposition of the bold colors against the neutral tones of the tablescape.

    Your friend's lifestyle does, indeed, sound tempting!

  11. What a pretty space and those paintings are beautiful! Her tablescape is very beachy and inviting. That is a great idea with the antique...I think black granite would blend the two areas nicely (terrific idea for the "kitchen" side modification!!!

  12. Your friends diningroom is so pretty...and sigh, to live near the sea..I only wish.

  13. Your friend has a charming place, and I'll bet she just loves it. The bowl of shells on the table is a nice touch. I like doing it here and we're landlocked...VERY landlocked.

  14. Oh, how I would love to live where Cathy does!!! That sounds like THE most fabulous, and it has such a peaceful look about it!!! Her sister-in-law Laurie is very talented. What a blessing to have an artist in the family! Nice post!!!

  15. Aaaahhh, I can almost smell the ocean breeze with that centerpiece! And all the SaaahWeeet POOCHIES! In LOVE! I am your newest Follower!

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