Thursday, March 3, 2011

Welcome to "Bella Rose Cucina"

Greetings Blog friends. The last several weeks have just flown by here in my cottage villa while my dear guy and I have been very busy bees with our kitchen remodel. I have shared the process in past posts, and by now, I am sure you are tired of it already. Believe me, I am tired too and so glad to be finished and enjoying the fruits of our labor.
This project has been lots of work, but so worth the extra efforts to get to the final result. Inspiration for this update came from my childhood and happy days spent in my mother and grandmother's kitchen.

My family and I have always been kitchen people. We spend many wonderful hours around the kitchen table, visiting, dining, having tea and sharing our lives. When I was growing up, my mother's kitchen was the heart of our home and the place everyone wanted to be. That same traditional gathering has stayed with me over the years and it seems everyone congregates in my kitchen too. Great memories have been made right here in my cucina!
Now, this 20 year old, 12 X 22 foot kitchen has a new face and ready to tackle many more years of happy times with family and friends.
Thank you for stopping by as I share with you Bella Rose Cucina~~~~~

The above pic is the working kitchen side. The other side of the bar is the breakfast nook.

The french doors above to the left go out to the formal living area.

Stove area surrounded by a brick hearth. Cabinet above is accented with a gorgeous rose print, grapes, and vintage wine bottles from my grandpa who was a wine maker.
The basket was my grandmothers from childhood and very old. It is filled with vintage rolling pins. To the right hangs a unique wine bottle from Spain. The rose wagon framed over the stove top was an inspiration when I started this project. It is surround by a different framed back splash tile to set it off. I may add a soft teddy bear brown to these tiles later. For now, they are a very light ivory that picks up the ivory in the granite and contrasts with the black specks and light pinky salmon in the granite. The wall inside the stove top area is textured and painted chocolate curl. I am in love with this yummy color. It really anchors the room along with the black island and hood fan cabinet above.

The following pics include the island which I painted black and added little feet at the bottom to look like a free standing furniture piece. The chandelier above fills the space with much needed light. It is on a 3-way dimmer and the light globes are soft ivory petals. The non reveal sink was a must for me with no divided sink. It is about 10 inches deep and is one of my favorites. The cutting board was a gift from my fabricator and I love it by the sink.

Looking over the bar to the breakfast nook.

This area for the table has evolved over the years, but in it's previous life, many years ago, it was a banquette window seat for the backside of the table. Not pretty in our view, so it was the first thing my guy and I removed and finished with dry wall when we moved in. Now there is plenty of room around the table and the bay window overlooks the yard and pool. The french door to the outside is around the corner in the familyroom/library.

The pedestal table is hand painted with my fruit design painted 10 years ago. I inherited this table from my mother. It dates to the late 1800's. I painted and lightly distressed the bottom of the table and chairs with pecan sandie, also used on the built in hutch.

The sheer curtains are a soft ivory with lots of ivory embroidery on the panels. The valance tops are also embroiderd and finished with light pink roses trailing across the hemline.
Same Breakfast nook, two looks!

This dutch door goes to my laundry sewing room. My talented hubby built this many years ago and it is so charming to the kitchen.

I'll end my little remodel tour with a few pics from around the room. As you will notice, I kept the blue willow cobalt blue for my accent along with chocolate curl and a touch of pinky salmon with lots of rose accents.

Thank you for sharing in my remodel project. I am so glad to be finished and now in the studio painting my heart out for Easter with lots of bunnies and pretties on the way soon. But, our redesign journey does not stop here. We are going to update a guest bathroom next and my laundry room. Then I'll be done, I think, for now, maybe, oh~~ then there is the outside, and gardening, more painting and and and~~ okay I am a hopeless decorator. But I am in love with decor and it sure keeps me busy!! LOL

Have a wonderful day and thank you so very much for taking a moment to visit my Bella Rose Cucina. Your comments always warm my heart. Thank you also for all the dear birthday greetings. Love to you all! ~~~~La Dolce Vita!! (to the sweet life)

Blessings and Blue Skies be Yours Always.
Celestina Marie


brenda said...

Celeste, it turned out beautiful. You are a great decorator. Love the area around the stove and the idea to paint the island black. You did a wonderful job and I enjoyed the tour.

Susan said...

Celestina you kitchen is gorgeous sweet one!! What an awesome and incredible job you and your hubby did to remodel you kitchen!!
I am so in awe of your talent, the painted kitchen table is so pretty!! I love the embroidered cream sheers on your windows!! I am still deciding on window treatments in our home. I am not a heavy drapery kind of person. I love the soft look of sheers. I don't like cutsey kitchen curtains either. I love the sheers you chose. I had sheers in my previous home and will proably go with sheers here as well.

Vintage Sandy said...

Celestina...your kitchen is just gorgeous thanks so much for sharing it with us can't wait to see the future redo's.

Julie Marie said...

Hi Celeste... oooh, I am just overwhelmed with all of it!... Bella Rose Cucina turned out so beautiful!... I love that you used so many of your family heirlooms in there too... your breakfast nook looks so inviting, I want to come and visit you there!... it looks like they did a fabulous job with your countertops!... I will need to go back numerous times to make sure I see it all... I especially love your wonderful table you painted that belonged to your mama!...I love spending time in the kitchen too, and yours truly looks like the heart of your home, warm and inviting!... much love to you, going back now for a second look!... xoxo Julie Marie

Betty said...

Everything looks so beautiful. You did a fantastic job. I can see where you put your heart and soul into it. A needed rest indeed.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Girl...that is one gorgeous kitchen. I love the brick above the stove and the laundry door. Fabulous!

BumbleVee said...

Wow, wow, wow..... what a beautiful cucina it is now!! It'll be difficult to wash anything in your lovely sink the fist time.... you won't even want to make any water spots..... and turning on the stove ... worrying about something splashing over..... lol..... but, it's all so amazing.

I can hardly wait to re-do ours.... although, it is fine for the time's pretty nice and I'm not complaining.... needs a facelift and I think I mentioned no tiles behind my sink at the moment....but, I am trying to organize some of the redecorating in my head for next year.
My stove area is totally open at the moment...and my hubby has ideas for building some cabinets and a hood fan... although, I have been balking because I thought it would cut down on my natural light... however, yours looks so great... perhaps more and better lighting would make it just fine..... I'll be showing him your kitchen for sure!

Mari said...



Ginny said...

Celeste, it is beyond gorgeous! I would want to spend all day in the kitchen surrounded by all of that. I especially love the brick and granite. It is so warm and rich in feeling. I love it. What else can I say......sigh.....
Wanna come and re-do my ugly 70's kitchen?...sigh...sigh...

Gone said...

Oh, Celeste! I love your kitchen!! It is gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by and for your prayers.


Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Your Kitchen looks just beautiful, and you can tell it was a labor of love :) Enjoy it!!! You guys did a fabulous job!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

ornamentsbypink said...

Your kitchen turned out beautiful!
All the pictures are great!
I love the table and chairs, what a wonderful treasure!

Anonymous said...

It looks absolutely beautiful and welcoming, Celeste. And....very, very Italian! So it goes without saying that I can smell the peppers and onions frying, the pizza in the oven, the pasta boiling!
All of your labors have definitely been worth it! Gorgeous!
Hugs, Diane

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an amazing kitchen! And it's so wonderful that you got to choose all of the elements that went into it! I enlarged some of the photos...wanted to see the island better! It's beautiful...such a great size! Of course the brick arch is a work of art! It really makes the room unique and special! Well...and the beautiful table you have! I love all of your special touches! How wonderful to get to do a project like this and make it special! I love all of the open shelves and display shelves, too! I'm going back to look some more! You should submit these photos to some magazines! ♥ Very beautiful! ♥

bee'nme said...

Oh Celeste! You two have outdone yourselves! You have created a true haven...a wonderful gathering place indeed (wish I was there right now!!) I love all the touches, the textures, the warm and inviting! And I love your breakfast room too - what a spectacular handpainted table - you did a fabulous job on that...10 years ago, and syill looking awesome!!

Your cucina will truly be the heart of your home - I hope you savor every moment there with those you love!

Enjoy your upcoming projects...can't wait to see your sweet bunnies poking their heads in here and there :o)

Have a great weekend!
Hugs & Blessings,

Cindy Adkins said...

OH MY GOSH--it looks gorgeous!!!! Woo hoo!!!
I love your kitchen--it looks fabulous and you must be sooo excited!!! And I love your breakfast's all just dreamy, Celeste!

Mariette said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

What a great tour and a lovely kitchen you got now. You must feel like in heaven after all the clean up! By the way, the parcel arrived today and I'm working on my blog as a THANK YOU!

Lots of love,


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

You must be so happy to have your fabulous kitchen finished and all the hard work, time and dust has been all so worth it.
Your kitchen is amazing with the granite and all the special touches you have done there.
I really do think the kitchen is the heart of the home, where beautiful food and laughter and love is shared.
thanks for showing us and I wish you a happy weekend


Unknown said...

What a warm and wonderful kitchen!
That table is gorgeous. But I'm gonna hafta get to confession quick
....I am so coveting that Dutch door...;)

Carol said...

Love your kitchen Celestina.........beautiful job and I know you must just love it.


Ruth Welter said...

Celeste, your kitchen is to die for...many congratulations on it being finished...I know you are thrilled.


Unknown said...

To die for, I look and look your photos several times, a wonderful transformation!


Bearly Sane said...

Well all the blood sweat and tears was definitely worth it looks like a beautiful Tuscan kitchen.
Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Ess D'Ess Bears and Bearly Sane Studio

Mary said...

Hello Celeste, I know you are so excited to have your Beautiful kitchen finished:) You and Hubby did such a fantastic job. Love you work space in the middle, that will make a wonderful buffet. I remember sitting at my Mom's Friend's old oak, round table and thinking some day.(they always had a pot of coffee:)Later I could not afford an old one,but did get a round one,it is now 32yrs old:) I like the dutch door,the granite and all your lovely treasures and colors. Enjoy and cook something wonderful with delicious smells to make it yours:)
Sweet Hugs, Mary :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

How very VERY pretty and well worth the wait! You and L did a great job as always. Everything is so tastefully done, so well thought out and elegant. Love how easily the nook can give you two completely different looks, too. Love the lighting (you KNOW I'm all about the lighting!) and all the sweet accent pieces you used to tie it all together!

Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous redo with us all!

Love you,
Angelic Accents

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Happy Birthday dear Celeste!! Hope you had a fabulous celebration.

your new Kitchen is fabulous! So warm and inviting. You and Larry did a great job updating it with charm and personality! Love the area around the stove with the treasures on the top shelf. So sweet Celeste!!

I'm so ready for spring. A little snowdrop is blooming in my front flower bed and I wanted to do a dance!! the pond is finally thawed and the ducks and swans are swimming freely now, such a pleasant sight!

Much love to you both!! Sherry

Rebecca Nelson said...

I'm faint and so envious! Not in a bad way.

Our kitchen will not be anything as grand as is simply the best one I've ever seen! I know you are so excited. I'll be happy if my tiny little space is half as lovely!

You blessed me today with your kind words. God is so good... Thank you for your sweetness and beautiful spirit. I needed to hear it today!

Love to you~


Carol said...

Thank you Celest for your sweet comment. Where in Texas do you live? We live in McKinney, Tx.


Unknown said...

CELESTE!! I am sooo speechless right now, lol! I do not know where to begin!! All I can think right now is stunning!!! You are sooo going to be in a magazine, I can feel it! I absolutely love the brick! That just really fits your Tuscan theme so perfectly. It reminds me of a beautiful restaurant in Italy, even the name does!! You are soooo talented, what an eye you have for perfection. I love the granite you chose too, just beautiful!!! I am going to go back right now and look at the pictures again, just gorgeouws! I know you and Larry are going to have so many good times and gatherings in that beautiful kitchen. I love kitchens too, the heart of the home :)
Love you so much sweetie,

Unknown said...

I had to come back and tell you that I love your use of colors together. I never would have thought to use all the white with the caramels and black but it is just stunning Celeste, I wish I could come and see it in real life. I love the dutch door too, I have always wanted one. STUNNING job, you truly truly have so many gifts, you inspire me :)

Shirl said...

Hi Celeste, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment.Happy belated birthday! Love your post this week! Your kitchen came out just beautiful! I love the table and window area best, it's so pretty and peaceful looking with the tablecover on it. So many pretty things. Your counters are georgous! Just perfect in every way! We are always in the kitchen too. We don't even use our dining room anymore, so I use that as a sitting room. Thank you for sharing your decorating!
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Celeste,
Your kitchen turned out gorgeous! I'm so jealous! lol You got beautiful counter tops. Just like I would love to have. Love your choices. I really like the arch over the stove area.
You have done a great job with the whole room.
I know you are glad the work is done and now are loving being and using the new kitchen.
Tell L. that he did a great job on the door to the laundry room. I've always loved those split doors.
How's your arm doing? Are you painting all the time now?
Take care and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Hugs to you!

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hello Celestina!
Oh goodness gracious what a fabulous kitchen makeover!
I can see your creative spirit and artistic touches in every nook and cranny! It's truly the heart of your home sweet home!
Thank you so much for sharing the results of all the hard work you and your hubby did.
Hugs and Happy Cooking!

Barb said...

This is my first "visit" to your blog, I soooo enjoyed the tour of your awesome kitchen and the story behind some of your decorations!
Thanks for sharing and enjoy! Ü
Barb in Texas

Anonymous said...

Wow Celeste, it's turned out gorgeous and so inviting! Beautiful lampshades too! And the dining area is also so lovely. All with all it matches together so perfectly. It must be a real pleasure to fix dinners in that kitchen, i'm sure! Happy times there!!

Jillayne said...

What a beautiful kitchen you have crafted - I don't think I can decide on just one favourite part!
I adore the dutch door and I think you are right about it adding such charm and character. The backsplash and island are just perfect but the table you painted yourself is the icing on the cake - wow!!
A lovely beautiful room that must be a dream to do another kind of creating in - thank you so much for sharing!

lilybets said...

HI Celestina,your kitchen is very elegant and warm,I love granite and blue plates !You make your creativity in your home like a gorgeus touch !

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..