Guest Post and Great Trays for Gifts

Becca from  Gardners 2 Bergers is featuring our kitchen today.
She asked some good questions
 that I have never really addressed before, such as...
(Now you know where we hide the Champagne glasses, which in my opinion,  do not get used enough).
1.  Did you work with a designer for this space? 
2.  How did you come up with your "want" and "need" lists? 
3.  Is there anything you would change about the design? 
4.  Is there anything you would change about the renovation process?
The answers are HERE.
While you are there, check out Gardners 2 Bergers' amazing
Do It Yourself projects like THIS one...
Becca explains how to do a gallery wall.  She gets inspired by items in stores and creates the look at home for less...like the "B" (Anthropologie look alike) on the console.

Additionally, trays make excellent gifts and help make 
entertaining and organizing fun.
Check out my guest post for Houzz.com:  
Twenty Great Trays HERE 
(all different types and price ranges with links).
Please leave a comment there about your favorite tray. 
...And here's and idea:   Claire bought a tray at a consignment store and had
antiqued mirror glass cut to fit the interior...looks pretty with candles on it.

This is crazy as Style Maniac gave me the idea for the Ina Garten cookbook
give away...and she won it.  How lucky!

Also, congratulations to my brother, Joe on his promotion.
Thanks for visiting.


  1. Hopping over now to pay you a visit at both places Mary Ann! :-)

  2. I love your post guest and the gorgeous kitchen of yours! It's classic, inviting and beautiful! I wish to have a white kitchen of my own some day, too.

    P/S: Come by and enter my current giveaway for a chance to win a $65 gift cert for some pretty pillows if you like, Mary Ann!


  3. This is a new-to-me blog, looking forward to reading your guest post and checking it out.

    If I don't "talk" to you before Thanksgiving I hope it's a wonderful day for you and your family.

  4. Can't wait to go check out your interview. Interesting questions that I'm curious to know answers to. Never tire of looking at your beautiful home!

  5. Can't wait to check out your interview! And happy start to your (short) week!

  6. Going to go look now...she chose a great subject, your kitchen, can't blame her! And thanks sooo much for your kind and super sweet email, your support and friendship means a lot:)

  7. Loving that ampersand on the gallery wall!

  8. Congrats on the feature! Much deserved - your kitchen is gorgeous! And congrats to your brother on the promotion!

  9. Wonderful feature, Mary Ann. Your kitchen is beautiful as well as practical.
    Have a lovely evening,
    ~ Wendi ~

  10. Mary Ann, I just checked out your guest post and am delighted to see new views of your kitchen I haven't seen before! I really love checking it out because when we renovate our kitchen & dining room into one space our layout with be very similar to yours, with the oven/cooktop & hood on the back wall and the sink in a long island, and a beverage center on another wall so guests can help themselves while we cook! I love all the details in your kitchen and I especially enjoyed seeing your drawings and then the reality! So.....maybe my drawings will come to fruition one day! :)

    Looking at your pretty kitchen never gets old!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  11. Looking forward to reading your interview...I love learning new info about a project.

  12. I never get tired of seeing your house, Mary Ann! And I always see something that inspires me--in this case, I think it's time (or it will be in 2012) to update my kitchen sitting area. Everything is just lovely.

  13. I'm going to pop over there now. Your kitchen is beautiful! Her questions intrigued me and I'd love to know the answers.
    Have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving.

  14. That is a great gallery wall! Somehow, my frames always tilt on one side or another!

  15. Great hiding spot for the champagne glasses. In our house, I think they get used a little too much...

  16. I love all of the hidden storage in your home. Such a great way to maximize space! Love it!

  17. I agree with Marianne - loving the clever hidden storage! And couldn't agree with you more - the champagne glasses need to get out more in my house as well!! Hopping over to follow you - well everywhere!!

  18. Wow, what an action-packed post! Thanks so much for sharing Becca's gallery wall - I've been contemplating different layouts for the gallery wall I'm creating, and this is one of the best ones I've seen :-) Heading over to Becca's blog now to check out her how-to and to check out your kitchen.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. Had to come over to your blog to tell you I'm in love with your kitchen! Found you over at Becca's when she featured you. The pantry idea is genius, as I have a walk-in pantry and think creating counter space for larger appliances would solve my limited space in the kitchen! Thanks for inspiring me! I'm your newest follower!!! Hope you stop by for a visit @ www.sweetavakate.blogspot.com

  20. That is crazy, Mary Ann! Especially since I didn't intend my comment as an entry, just a note to tell you how wonderful your Blogs To Books gift to your daughter was, and how appreciative I am that you took it one step further with the giveaway. Good karma all 'round I guess. But, given the above, shouldn't this lovely treat shouldn't go to another reader?
    By the way, Books & Books, the Westhampton Beach independent bookstore that partnered with me on the project, is featuring your pick, along with the others, in a store display (will be shown on my blog soon).


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