Our Refuge

A refuge is a place of peace and protection. It’s a place to escape the anxiety and stress of everyday living, and to just “be”. We have found such a place- our kitchen! We not only nourish our bodies, but we energize our souls and refresh our emotions. We have found it to be a place to talk and listen, read and pray, laugh and cry, plan and reflect, cook and eat in our “refuge”.

Our kitchen has welcomed family and friends, and yes, even strangers through the years. And we find such joy in doing so–it is truly “the heart” of our home! Today, we invite you to come in and join us. Please sit back and have a cup of coffee in the room that we share stories of God’s goodness and memories of places visited.  As you see the pictures, you will get even more of a glimpse into our everyday living.  Our “refuge” was previously a two car garage. Eleven years ago we transformed the space into our kitchen and laundry room–very little has changed over the years. Therefore, it is a room full of timeless memories and treasured gifts. Everything– down to the tiniest detail– holds sentimental value and has a story to tell!  But above all, it is our hope that our “refuge ” reflects God’s mercy and his love!

We have, indeed, tasted the goodness of God!

“Oh, taste and see that The Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
Psalm 34:8

The eight foot island is perfect for a buffet

Our favorite place to sit, read, pray, and just spend time together.  Spode “Woodland” plates surround the French painting on the wall. The prints above the lamps are from Old Jerusalem, and between the chairs sits a country French chest.

Another view of our sitting area with the patterned hooked rug

Glazed English tiles make up the backsplash and I found the decorative towel at my most frequented stop, TJ Maxx!
(Decorating tip: this is a very easy and inexpensive way to add a pop of color to your kitchen!) 

Handpainted ceiling with chandeliers ordered from Gadsden Lighting


An original oil painting of the Paris Latin Quarter by Gadsden artist, Craig Reynolds, hangs above an antique writing desk

The first place you can find me each morning– my coffee and espresso nook!

Glazed and distressed island cabinetry and limestone tiled floor

Detailed view of maple cabinetry and farmhouse sink

Vietri bowl and Italian canister setr11Antique hand-painted muffin stand

Double ovens and a warming drawer have become a necessity for holidays and family dinners!  A framed photo of my Mother sits in the space to the right as a reminder of her gift of hospitality and love for cooking.

The antique pine desk is a treasured gift from my friend, Patti.  The juxtaposition of the silver service and the country desk, along with the colorful fruit pattern of the Schumacher fabric and bamboo shades makes for an interesting little corner! The pair of prints (barely visible) are from Tallinn, Estonia.

The four prints were a street find in Paris!

Butch gave me this Italian pottery and plate

A gift from Seth many years ago

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.”
Psalm 5:11

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  1. Vicki Daugherty says:

    What a wonderful kitchen….so warm and welcoming. You must have had a great designer working with you. Vicki in Louisville KY

  2. Anastasia Michas says:

    This space is so warm and beautiful, it seems that YOU people who live there are the same!!!Best Regards Anastasia

  3. FABBY says:

    A gorgeous refuge, I’d be there all the time too if I lived in your house, although I consider my kitchen my refuge too. Looks amazing, with beautiful details on the counters and walls!

  4. I love your kitchen. It is so warm and inviting. The woodwork and cabinetry gleam. The plates and artwork are lovely and hold such important memories for you. I also love the seating nook to enjoy visiting. A refuge, indeed.

    • Thank you, Jane for your kind words and yes, there was a lot of love that went into this space. Thanks for reading and hope you will follow our blog. We are new to the blogging world!

    • Joanne, thank you for your encouragement today! And thank you for the reminder to “awake my soul”. It is so easy to lose sight of God’s goodness when we are dealing with unpleasantness!. Keep up the good work! Blessings, Pam

  5. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh my goodness, your kitchen is stunning. I love all the beautiful details. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me.

  6. Hello cute lady! Everything looks incredible. Pinned. We really appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. It wouldn’t be a party without you. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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