At Home With Diana La Counte

At Home With Diana La CounteWe have been long-time admirers of Diana's pink kitchen, so we are very excited to have her sharing this lovely space today!

Diana La Counte's pink kitchen via A Beautiful Mess"We live in an older historical home, from 1907! Our old dining room was the master bedroom, and our pantry was the closet. The cabinets were added in the 90's, and we've kept them but upgraded the paint, the backsplash tile, the counters and the flooring. We wanted to keep the historical value of the house without compromising the foundation."

Love the bright detailsLovely pink chalkboard door"I love our old stove. It came with the house, and it was rusted, leaked gas, and unusable. But the owners didn't want to move it. We had it professionally restored from a local business that restores vintage appliances exclusively. Just to be safe, we had it checked out from the gas company, and they said it worked better than most industrial restaurant stoves. It's been our favorite investment for this space."

Darling pink kitchen via A Beautiful MessSweetest pup in a fun hello kitty:pink kitchen"The pantry is my favorite project. It used to be a closet, but turned into an awkward nook. We hired a carpenter to check out the space and told him our dilemma. If one day we needed the space for a play room, family area, we can easily use the pantry as storage."PInk credenza & Marilyn"We've lived here for 2 years in August. The kitchen was useable but the dining room slowly became a dumping ground in between renovations. It connects the house right in the middle, and I was so embarrassed walking through. There was nothing pretty about it. After finally getting it cleaned up, opening up the curtains, and hanging my favorite prints, it's become our brightest room."

Beautiful dining area-- love those ghost chairsHouse Tour 6"This is the heart of the house. I can wait for laundry down the hallway, listen to music (music is always on in this part of the house), and bring our laptops to work. We're loving this space more and more. And even though it's used for two, I can't wait to see what it evolves to when we welcome our third family member."

House Tour 2Thank you so much for sharing your kitchen/dining space with us, Diana!  You can say hello to Diana over at her blog Our City Lights. xo.

  • This kitchen is absolutely fabulous!! Love everything about it,  thanks for sharing with us

  • Thanks for these outstanding pictures . These are really beautiful. thanks for sharing with us

  • I love my wife more than I hate pink …… what a guy!!!

    It’s not a kitchen for me but 10/10 for effort

  • My goodness, what a pretty kitchen! I know my boyfriend would never go for it, but that’s what my office is for 😉

  • I love the Tenenbaum prints everywhere!! (Favorite movie ever.) I want them all! Beautiful and such a personal space.

  • Wow! That is one secure man sitting there! 😉 I don’t think I could stand having a pink kitchen. Congrats to her on having the guts! Just so you know, these “at home with” posts are one of my favorite features on ABM!!


  • I gasped when I saw this! PINK! And a beautiful kitchen! Best combo ever!

  • OH MY WORD! This is literally the best kitchen EVER!!! I’m a bit of a Hello Kitty geek so I love the accessories!

  • This is awesome! I’m a pink maniac myself and really impressed that she pulled off getting her boyfriend into the pink – hallo kitty – inspired kitchen. I love how hallo kitty is absolutely adored in Asia – there are stores with hallo kitty merchandise including anything from garments to toilet ring covers. And I promise you, it’s not kids that visits these shops 😉

    Via la Pink. Check out my blog where I have plenty of pink inspiration.
    Ciao / Bella from Hong Kong

  • As soon as I found this web site I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

  • To be quite honest, I’m not a fan of a lot of pink but it works in this space! I especially like the shade of pink she used!

    Also the dining area is very, very pretty!

  • I think it’s sexy how confident a man must be to sit in a pink room! My husband wouldn’t mind! Love it!!!

  • this is my dream kitchen color! love all of the touches of hello kitty too 🙂 I’ve been wanting to do that for years.

  • Oh my goodness! Dream kitchen right there including all the Hello Kitty bits! 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • I liked lookin at it but I cannot possibly live there. Too pink. Haha.

  • Trying to slowly coach my man into getting a pink bathroom. Someday I will have one!


  • I love this kitchen and the amazing collection of The Royal Tenenbaums art! Nice job!

  • Awesome! I love how the pink is used to complement the white… and Hello Kitty! I stopped by Diana’s blog and I found out how she got her husband to agree to all that pink– it’s really sweet. 😉

  • I had to beg my husband to let me put up a coral headboard in our room.. he would never let me do pink!! I love your kitchen.. especially the stove!!

  • Wow!! The kitchen s breathtaking! Its like its out of a magazine!
    I like the fact that it adds makes cooking fun.

  • i love these “at home with…” posts. it’s so cool to see into other people’s kitchens, creative kitchen’s at that! 🙂

  • This is AH-MAZING! I’d move right in. And I love the ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ prints. That girl really has some great style.
    Speaking of style: are you going to bring your Makeover Storie back? I love how you made all these pretty girls even prettier!

  • Wow what a creative home! They’ve got so many amazing details in there!


  • Somehow I don’t think I’ll ever get my husband to compromise on pink (especially such a vibrant pink!) but the idea behind this is just fantastic. It amazes me that it’s not too much, but it’s just perfect.

  • I have always said that I want my kitchen to be pink with Audrey Hepburn prints all over it! Now, I’m even more inspired to make this a reality!


  • SENSATIONAL. I had a “Hello Kitty” themed kitchen in college! LOVE LOVE


  • This is so refreshing and beautiful. It’s funny I didn’t find it girly until after reading all the husband comments!

  • Ugh! All these women, “My husband/boyfriend wouldn’t LET me!” I hate hearing that!

  • wow, I’m not sure if I’d ever want such a bright kitchen but it certainly looks super pretty!

  • takes a strong man to endure such a pink kitchen! hug and kiss him often! 🙂

  • I would love to know where you bought those prints above the pink door in the last photo? I’ve seen some of the others, but never those! They are amazing!

  • Fabulous! I love Diana’s blog, so it was great to see her wonderful space on A Beautiful Mess today. Her kitchen shows that the spaced can be glamorous and practical, and packed full of personality.

  • I wish I had that kitchen! I love everything from the royal tenabaums tribute to the old stove to the pink!!! =)

  • I forgot to mention, who am I 😀
    good luck, girls!! 🙂

  • I am SO jealous of this kitchen! Pink seems to be a colour that people are afraid to use when decorating anything other than a little girl’s room, and I can never understand why. It’s such a beautiful, cheery colour. How can you possibly have a bad day when you eat breakfast in a room like that?!

  • I love the ‘at home with…’ posts, even tho I would never have a bright pink kitchen I still love it. snooping round peoples houses is the best!

  • absolutely lovely kitchen!!! the kitchen of my dreams.. or of every barbie´s dreams! 😛

  • Someone loves The Royal Tenenbaums 😉 It was a really nice and cosy kitchen. Hugs from Norway!

  • there’s certainly nice details there, like those paintings and decorations, but pink hello kitty kitchen 🙂 sorry, not my thing. although I have hello kitty guitar belt, so it makes me a hypocrite I know, but still.. 😉

  • OMG ITS MY DREAM KITCHEN! (sorry ahead of time for yelling this comment at you, but when it comes to HK, that’s how I roll )xx

  • Amazing!! Such a happy space. I love bright colours, and the mix of the lovely pink and airy white is fabulous!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • I’m not a big fan of pink, but this looks so lovely! The hello kitty decorations are a little scary though.

  • I know Diana’s home from her blog and her instagram. It’s a little intense but very bright and and welcoming!

  • I LOVE the prints from The Royal Tenenbaums!! Could you possibly give the source? I should probably just check Etsy 🙂

  • THE girly apartment! It look really cute, but I somehow cant’ imagine a man living there 😛

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  • What an awesome kitchen. My boyfriend won’t even let me put floral pillows in our apartment because its too “girly” what a cool hubbie to be cool with this! He needs to talk to my boyfriend!

    Summer x

  • “OH…MY! THIS! PINK! Kitty Cat? PEEESE?” – Is what my two year old thinks of this post. 🙂 Think it was a hit.

  • That her boyfriend approved this! SO pink! Very pretty but a little too much for me I’m afraid 😉 xx

  • I LOVE that dog! seriously he/she fits so perfectly in that adorable pink kitchen!

  • SOO MUCH PINK!!! I love it:)

    xo Melanie

  • I think this would wear on me. What about the mornings when you don’t feel like being cheery? Or the days when you really just want to be a black/grey/navy blue girl? We all have em’, right? Right…?

  • omg thats sooo cute!

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  • I’m insanely jealous! I live in an apartment, so we can’t make all those changes, but please believe I’m making my apartment pink too! Pink sofas, pink bathroom, pink dining room table. But now, I want to hurry and graduate so I can buy a house and do a pink kitchen! She is my new role model!! Thanks for sharing.

  • It takes a very special man to be able to sit in a kitchen that pink. Beautiful kitchen!

  • So excited to read your locals only section. We are in South OC but get up that way often. We usually eat at Zanku chicken after Disneyland 🙂 Our new favorite place down south is Urban Grill in Foothill Ranch.
    ps-Love the Pink Kitchen!!

  • This is so beautiful! I love that’s it is such a girly color, but still modern looking. And we have the same toaster!


  • I LOVE it! My husband told me I could have a pink bedroom.. but I don’t think he’d let me have a pink kitchen 😉

  • My 7 year old cousin would die over this Hello Kitty themed style lol

    xo Jennifer

  • Wow looove this!!! I would love it even more if it were purple (my favorite color).

  • It sure does have a wow factor! I can’t believe her hubs is cool with that though.

  • My head exploded with how awesome this kitchen is. I would like to ask what company she used to restore the stove/oven and what she reccomends in looking for someone who does that. I found a stove similar to hers for dirt cheap and am planning on using it in my place.


  • Love this SOOOOOooo girly kitchen !

  • haha like everyone else it seems, i wonder how the husband/boyfriend feels about such a pink kitchen! it’s truly beautiful, though.

  • I love the pink cabinets. I now my husband as a fear that one day I will do this.

  • So kawaii! I guess, my boyfriend would kill me if I suggested a color like that lol. I have the same toaster though <3

  • The pink is crazy awesome, but I’m totally digging the Royal Tenenbaums everywhere!! YAY Wes Anderson! Such a super fun and cheerful space 🙂

  • That is the prettiest most perfect kitchen i have ever seen… EVER!!!!

  • It’s gorgeous! My fiance would FREAK if I said pink to him… I love the idea of it in blue though…

    Thanks for sharing!


  • I am in looove with this kitchen and dining area! So refreshing to see a bright pink anything really (other then a girls room). It seems like the kind of place you just want to stay in forever! Thanks for sharing 🙂 p.s these are now one of my favourite posts from you guys!

  • Oh my gosh I love the pink! But my husband would never allow it!!!! PS Have fun on your vacation 🙂

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    Have an awesome weekend dear

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  • My husband won’t even let me paint our back door pink. :[
    Love the kitchen though, so unique.

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