Thankful Kitchen Tour



There just isn’t any other word to describe how I feel about our kitchen.  We’ve worked many hours making it our cozy station, but what matters most to me, is not the the decor.  It has nothing to do with the brick backsplash we just installed.  The Granite?  Ha.  The Granite, is just Granite.  Not even our pretty hutch can hold a candle to this.


The moments shared between family and friends that one day we’ll look back and say…

“Remember when?”

That’s what I am talking about here.

Thankful Kitchen by Redhead Can Decorate

Remember when Valerie use to sit on the island with her bowl of ice-cream watching Sponge Bob?

Remember when Daphne would do her “funny dance” right in the middle of the floor and we almost peed our pants we laughed so hard?

Remember Pop making us popcorn and building a fire?

Remember when Mama taught us how to make Grandma’s homemade noodles?

Remember when Sylvia the cat sat hours on that chair just staring at us?

Pretty Thanksgiving Table

I know you get what I’m trying to say.   It’s more than just a pretty space.

The kitchen has gone from dated orange oak…

fixed callage kitchen before

To rich mahogany wood and deep textures.

It’s gone from plain Jane…

Thankful Kitchen Tour

To sparkling Sophia.


Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour Redhead Can Decorate

{Cranberry Pecan Pie Pie Recipe found below.}

Without my family, none of it would matter.

In fact…with out my family, I don’t even think I could or would decorate.  I just wouldn’t have it in me.

Painted Cabinets Redhead Can Decorate Thanksgiving Fall Tour

So, what that tells me is…I must be feeling some serious LOVE to be able to decorate like this.

Unique DIY Kitchen Makeover

So much love, that sometimes I can’t even believe I’m the one behind the island it.

DIY Brick Backsplash & Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour

I am thankful beyond measure.

Rustic Fall Hutch

Not for the kitchen…

Thankful Kitchen

Not for the cute little Pilgrim salt & pepper shakers…

Thanksgiving Table Ideas (those plates are from the dollar store!)

Not even for that cool brick backsplash…

DIY Brick Wall Tutorial

But for the LOVE I feel.

Pretty Thanksgiving Table

I hope you enjoyed our Thankful Kitchen Tour!  I thought a nice piece of pie at the end might finish it off nicely.  Please feel free to print out my most favorite pie recipe in the whole world…Cranberry Pecan Pie.

It’s perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or next Tuesday.

pecan pie 2

Thankful Kitchen & Cranberry Pecan Pie

Prep Time:

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Thankful Kitchen & Cranberry Pecan Pie


  • 1 cup Karo light syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans -not chopped (6 oz.)
  • 1 cup fresh, raw rinsed cranberries (they are found in the produce section in a bag usually)
  • whipped topping
  • 1 unbaked pie crust (see my recipe HERE)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. After your pie crust is ready (raw pie crust), mix first 5 ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add whole pecans and mix. Add cranberries and mix. Pour into unbaked pie crust. Help some of the cranberries to the top of the filling so they will be seen after it's baked. Bake 70 minutes (cover edges of crust with metal crust protector, or small tinfoil pieces while its cooking), and let cool for 2 hours. Serve with a dollop or 2 of whipped topping. YUMMY!

{I use a pie crust protector when baking my pies}

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Decorating Sources:

Original DIY Kitchen Makeover Information

DIY Brick Backsplash

DIY White Rustic Hutch Makeover

Thanksgiving Tablescape:

Buy Black and White Scarf HERE

Silver Pillar Candle Holders

Burlap Ribbon

Goblet Wine Glasses

Pilgrim Salt & Pepper Shakers

Iron Stainless Steel Flatware

Round Light bulbs

White plates: Dollar Store

Pumpkins, apples, flowers, acorns and leaves are all real.


Click HERE to protect your pie crust from burning.

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16 Responses

  1. carol bittner says:

    Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving Table; it is very lovely. That whole kitchen is absolutely wonderful (just what I would design…..IF I had any design talent). Your sentiments are ex-
    actly what Thanksgiving should be. Love for our families is the ultimate feeling of thankfulness. The pie recipe sounds yummy.
    Very Autumny!!

  2. KitsyKeelSmith says:

    Now that is a lovely kitchen. Thank you for sharing your love for your family.

  3. kristin says:

    Everything is so pretty Julie, you guys did an awesome job on the backsplash!

  4. Suzanne says:

    I am so in love with your kitchen, it invites you in to sit down, have a cup of coffee and stay awhile…truly the heart of your home, beautiful……

  5. Sandy says:

    Julie, this is the most beautiful kitchen makeover I’ve ever seen, you’re so talented and of course love your blog!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours

  6. Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful, Julie, and that pie…oh my goodness it looks delicious!

  7. Joyce Deering says:

    Hi Julie~ I just happened to stumble upon your bedroom redo. I only discovered today. Anyway…I saw in a comment something about granite and radon. I also live in Orion (township). You found radon in your home, and I am not suggesting that thus we must also have radon. Not at all. I’m just SO curious what it has to do with granite? Is it possible to buy countertop material of granite that contains some high (or even detectable) amount of radon???? BTW…your bed totally belongs by the windows and your home is WOW. Thanks in advance. Joyce

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hi Joyce, Great to meet you! We read about radon and decided to have the house tested for it. Come to find out, we have very high levels in our home. Lake Orion is known for high levels, so it is important to have your home tested. You can pay someone, or test it yourself with a kit from Home Depot. We did both. The radon comes from the ground up. It also settles in the basement, but still it is very very toxic and can cause lung cancer. We had a air system installed to rid the house of all radon. It works by removing it from the basement and out the roof. In addition, when we had our granite installed, the installers created a disaster in our home by cutting the granite in the house. That’s a whole other story, but it was during that time that we were testing the house for radon. The man mentioned that granite can contain radon. He tested ours and it was fine. I wouldn’t worry about granite so much, but definitely test your house!! Good luck!

  8. This looks so delicious and you know I love your kitchen!

  9. Ivory says:

    Please cut me a slice. Your pie looks so yummy, as does everything you post. I must add this pie to my thanksgiving dinner table to. Thanks for sharing. I also was deeply touch reading about the love and joy you have for your family. I feel it would be a pleasure to meet you and your family someday. I am greatiful that I found your site. Thanks for all the wonderful post you share with us.

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Dear Ivory, Your comments are the sweetest. Thank you so much for following along. I look forward to your kind words! ~ Julie

  10. Terri says:

    This looks luscious. Do I assume correctly that the sweetness of the pecan pie sweetens the cranberries and the cranberries offset the sweetness of the pecan pie? You don’t bite into the cranberries and get a hit of sour do you? Thanks for all you do. So thankful to have people like you to get ideas from for my home! God bless!

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