The Welcoming Kitchen: 10 Favorite Kitchens

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's only natural that my thoughts are increasingly centered around the kitchen. I like kitchens that are warm and welcoming and might be described as 'unfitted.'. 

Looking at the kitchens I have selected for today's post, I have tried to identify what it is that makes them attractive to me. All of the kitchens I am drawn to have an amazing tapestry of interesting textures and materials ~ warm woods, stone, linen, glass, pottery, copper and stainless steel. They give these spaces a warm and welcoming feeling and make you want to pull up a chair and stay awhile. Many offer a farmhouse table and chairs. I think it is a must to have comfortable seating in the kitchen so family and friends can relax and keep me company while I cook. I often have small dinner parties in my kitchen because it is more intimate and homey than the dining room. I like kitchens that have limited upper cabinets, open shelving and are furnished like the rest of the house with old world accessories and beautiful old things that are not just collectibles but are put into use everyday. All of these kitchens have great lighting. Great lighting sets the tone for the space and offers an opportunity to make a style statement. 

{Interior Design Cindy Smith of Circa Interiors from The Welcoming House}

{Architect Ruard Veltman featured in House Beautiful}

{Circa Interiors; The Welcoming House}

{Circa Interiors}

{Designer Mark Williams; Traditional Home}

{Erika Powell, Urban Grace Interiors}
{Interior Design, Phillip Sides}
{Hinkley Lighting}

Love the styling in the kitchen above and would love to have a collection of those vintage cutting boards for my own home.
{Garden Variety Design, Jeannette Whitson}

It is so hard to pick a favorite from all of these images that I have collected but I just love Jeannette Whitson's kitchen.
{discovered on Bungalow Classic Tumblr}

There is a lot to love in this little kitchen vignette. I love the styling and the quirky, industrial island. I also like the way the roman shade is hung at the ceiling level above the french door not to mention the lighting.
{Melanie Pounds Interior Design}

{Ina Garten's famous kitchen}


I love the natural, bleached floors with the soft color of the painted cabinets. This kitchen will never go out of style. I love the addition of the antique table and chairs with their mixed finishes.

I love a kitchen infused with bright natural light. I could stand at that bleached wood cabinet and gaze out that window all day. I love the little silver cabinet knobs and the vintage light.

Do you have a favorite kitchen from this series? I would love to know what you think. 

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