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Peonies in the Kitchen

It's no secret...


I love Peonies...
The layers and layers of ruffly petals.
The shabby colors and absolutely luscious scent.
Yes... I love them.


The other day at the grocery store,
I walked towards the flower aisle to take a peek at what they might have when I saw them. 
Those little balled up buds that look nothing like the flower when it blooms.
My heart started to race just a bit- I was so excited that they were in.
There were several wrapped bunches of them in beautiful 
soft pink, bold raspberry pink, red and whites as well.


 I wanted to bring every last one of them home with me
but I restrained myself... well...kind of.
 ;)


I would love to have a beautiful bouquet of peonies in every room
but this bunch of them went into the kitchen.
 Their shades of pretty pink were perfect on the breakfast table
 with white china and pale linen walls


I recently found several gorgeous white plates and platters at my favorite treasure hunting spot
~ Home Goods ~ and they inspired a little change for the Summer in the kitchen.
Mixed with a couple vintage plates, the new dishes are 
  perfect and I am loving the crisp fresh white look.


With a new saying for the vintage chalkboard and the peonies~
they are perfect.


Hitting the ground running this week~ it's a busy one over here...
We are working on fairly time consuming project that I really hope to get wrapped up this week
 and shared very soon and my daughter is graduating 8th grade on Tuesday.
I am helping with decorating for the graduation ceremony
and the next day we will go to the 'stepping up' ceremony at the school that 
she has attended since Kindergarten...
of course will be packing my tissues and taking lots of photos.
It always amazes me when I think about how big my teeny tiny babies have gotten already!
Sometimes I look at them and wonder how did this happen already?



Oh and I almost forgot!
 The winners in the book giveaway!
Congratulations to:

1. Housepitality Designs
2. Fleur Cottage
3. Heavens Walk

Please email me your mailing address and I will get your books out to you!
Stay tuned for another fantastic giveaway  coming up shortly!


Happy Monday everyone!!

57 comments

  1. Next to Hydrangeas (of course) - Peonies are my second favorite. Those are gorgeous! Congrats on your graduate. I too have an 8th grader moving up to HS. Seemed like yesterday he was running from the school bus on the first day of kindergarten! Enjoy!

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  2. no one decorated with flowers like you Courtney! gorgeous...
    Karen

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  3. The peony's are beautiful in the varied shades. I love the plates too. I have some old white soup bowls that were my Grandmother's and I just love them. I hope you have a nice Monday and week.

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  4. Yes, perfect pink peonies !!! Beautiful ~~

    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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  5. peonies are my FAVORITE and that chalk board is a riot...I love it!

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  6. Peonies are so pretty! I love yours and your chalkboard is too, too cute!!! Congrats to your winners.

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  7. Love those peony shades. I also like it as they shed petals, instant extra styling!

    Paul

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  8. Peonies are my favorite too! My house is full of them right now. Wish the season for them was longer!

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  9. I love peonies too. I have some "fake" ones in my home because I'm too cheap to keep buying real ones. Ha! I just have to tell you that the way you style your photos is unlike any I've seen. Are you sure you're not a professional stylist? It's always a pleasure looking at your blog and seeing your gorgeous photos. They are just like out of a magazine. Love that little breakfast nook in your kitchen. Your chalkboard measage is so cute too. Those messages are good reminders to the kids. Ha!

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  10. Awwww....This is so lovely! Thanks for such beautiful inspiration on a Monday morning! May yours be full of bliss~

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  11. I would have peonies in every room too if I could. Love the look.

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  12. Fresh flowers in a room make me happy and these look GORGEOUS!!

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  13. They are beautiful and are my favourite also....My mom and grandmother grew the most gorgeous ones but though I've tried several varieties I can't get them to grow here in the south east Ga.

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  14. What a pretty breakfast spot with the white plates and Peonies!! I have a white Peony and a pink Peony and for a very short time I have enough for all the rooms in my very small beach cottage:) Chalk board is super cute!

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  15. Oh how lovely! Just an exquisite little corner!

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  16. Lovely display of the peonies. I love them the color is magnicant. I also like all the other little touches in the room love the blackboard.

    Cynthia

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  17. Your peonies are gorgeous! They are one of my favorites!

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  18. There is just no flower as beautiful as the peonie, is there!!! Yours are gorgeous, Courtney!!

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  19. Hi Courtney!!

    How I love to receive your emails!! I love the peonies!! Especially the color, my favorite, PINK!! I guess these would be third in line of my flower likes, after lilacs and hydrangeas, but, any flowers in a room makes it that more beautiful as yours always are.

    I love the white plates!! What a find!! They do brighten up a room in summer.
    Thank you for the beautiful pictures!!

    Pam
    Pamluvspink

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  20. Ahhhhh......you and I WERE separated at birth, Courtney! Heaven's Walk is filled to the brim with peonies right now, too. :) Their fragrance almost puts me in a catatonic state. lol! Even when they start wilting, their ruffles just get rufflier. (don't know if that's word or not....hehehe!). I have to agree with everyone else. You have a GIFT of styling and creating and design, dear girl. A serious gift. I am so glad that you're willing to share your ideas and your gorgeous home with us each week!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for drawing my name for Nina's book, Courtney!!! I am SO geeked right now - and can hardly wait to fall right into those glorious pages. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! ♥

    xoxo laurie

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  21. I love peonies too! I just planted 2 white ones this spring so hopefully next year I will have a bunch of blooms to cut!

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  22. Those peonies are gorgeous, Courtney! Love the colors. I like how you did that picture in a black and white look, but the flowers have color. I've got lots to do here this week ~ hoping hubby is not working from home again tomorrow!

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  23. Hi Courtney!!

    I love the peonies. They are third in line of my love of flowers. Next to Lilacs and hydrangeas...Oh wait...I missed one, the pink roses, how could I forget!! The full abundance of petals in the peonies is amazing!!

    I love the white plates. What finds!! On a sunny day they sure add to the brightness in a room and I also use a chalk board in my "French Quarter". These touches make a room so unique.

    Have a great week!!
    Pam
    Pamluvspink

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  24. Courtney,

    I have the EXACT same color peonies on my kitchen counter! My absolute FAVORITE flower and they continue to look lovely even as they are spent. That's a beautiful bouquet and I'm sure your kitchen smells amazing!

    leslie

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  25. Hi Courtney, sorry for the repeat comment. It kept deleting on me, so, I had to retype it over and over.

    Pam

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  26. I was reading and truly enjoying the pictures of the beautiful peonies and reading all of your cute sayings on the chalkboard...admiring the changes you made in the kitchen with the terrific white plates...then I come upon my name...I had to look twice!!...I won!!...that is so very fantastic, I am just so excited!!!...Thank you so much!!! Truly my lucky day!!...

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  27. Hi Courtney: OH, gorgeously beautiful!! I love your new white platters on the walls too. Have a good and fun graduation with your daughter and......do they really follow all the rules?!..Happy Monday..Judy

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  28. I love how you decorate and those peonies are just perfect for that pop of color!!
    Blessings~

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  29. How unbelievably BEAUTIFUL! I love them, too! Have a wonderful graduation with your sweet girl! XO, Aimee

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  30. Gorgeous photos!! I cannot wait for my peonies to bloom!

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  31. The peonies are beautiful! The colors luscious. I wish we had a Home Goods in Tulsa.
    Brenda

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  32. So beautiful! I have always loved those flowers!
    -Shelley

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  33. just gorgeous, courtney:) congrats, ladies:)

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  34. Beautiful flowers Courtney!! Congrats to all the winners.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  35. Les pivoines et leur léger parfum tellement subtil sont des fleurs que j'adore... Je les ai peint avec beaucoup de bonheur.
    C'est une fleur d'une grande noblesse.
    Votre publication a cette même note de générosité...
    Gros bisous à vous.

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  36. absolutely lovely. i love your flower arrangements! so beautiful.

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  37. Love your peonies and how you place them is perfect. I always love to see your photos. I have been bringing mine in and placing they around the house, I am so sad they are almost done blooming! I love Homegoods as well, always something to be found in that store.

    ~Shanon

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  38. Hi Courtney,
    Your peonies are GORgeous... lovely photos too! But the new saying on the board... LOVE them, so cute!
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  39. Beautiful as always. Love the plates. I decided to add plates in my breakfast room, too.

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  40. I love the stuff you said on the chalkboard, especially "just eat your dinner and be thankful"! My kids didn't appreciate my cooking so much when they lived with me, now they would kill for a home cooked dinner! The peonies are heavenly, and your house always charms the pants right off me!

    Cindy

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  41. I have peonies in my garden and the scent is SO heavenly! I love them too! I don't see plate hangers on those white platters! How did you hang them? I have some that I can't use hangers with and would love to display them too!
    Beautiful post!
    Blessings, Lorraine

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  42. I've always thought the height of luxury would be freshly cut flowers in every room everyday. These peonies are exquisite.

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  43. Wow Courtney, absolutely breathtaking!!~
    I love your little nook area and how you've decorated it, it's so beautiful!
    Have a lovely day.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  44. GO-jus, Courtney ... simply go-jus! I love how they pop against your beautiful creamy white palette! Always full of inspiration!

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  45. Courtney, that corner of your kitchen is so beautiful and charming!
    Mary Alice

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  46. Congrats to the winners and thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers with us!

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  47. what?! i won?! WOWSERS...i'm always happily amazed when that happens! Esther

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  48. Oh I love your pictures...like right out of a magazine beautiful!!

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  49. My Favorite Flower too very pretty post!

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  51. Peonies are my favorite and I love your kitchen!! I'm so inspired by the plates, chalkboard, and blooms. SO lovely!!! Thank you for sharing - just started following your beautiful blog!! ~ Jennifer

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  52. I love this corner of your kitchen Courtney! Just beautiful!
    Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  53. I featured this today at Mod Mix Monday!

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  54. I think I love everything about this room--completely beautiful! The white platters on the wall are especially divine. Have fun this week!

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