Monday, May 21, 2012

My Kitchen

 Yesterday was a big home was 
featured on a house walk in 
our town of Riverside IL...still recuperating 
from all the cleaning, painting, rearranging, etc....

My children were allowed back home after the 
event and were asking 
if they could sit on the couch again....poor things!

I thought I would share some photos of my kitchen....

This kitchen was a turn off when I bought my 
home because it was 
so closed off from the dining and living room.   

As you can see in 
the photo below, I opened up the wall and 
added counter stools on the 
dining room side and 
was able to eliminate that issue. 

I added a drum shade fixture that would not
compete with the dining chandelier.

I purchased this antique bread box...
I think new kitchens need old things.

I used a contemporary vase with some artificial
flowers, vintage platters and potted parsley.

The window treatment is an embroidered linen panel 
that I gathered in the center using 
 flower hair accessory.

I glued buttons to this little lamp shade for a touch of whimsy.
The greens in the tall vase are 
from a tree in my yard and 
added some 
lavender and a fern in 
vintage pottery.

I selected custom cherry shaker style cabinets in walnut stain
because I am not too crazy about the red that shows up in wood.
I thought off adding white cabinets to keep it as open as 
possible being a galley kitchen, 
but wanted to keep true to a brick bungalow style kitchen.

I base a lot of the way I decorate my home
to fit within the style of the home....
want it to feel original, yet updated.

Sometimes this is hard...I love every style...really!
....but I keep asking...
does this fit with a bungalow look?

I also had to think about how the cabinets would look 
visually with my wood dining set...
not at all into matching, 
but like things to flow.

Sometimes it is nice to ground your design 
with the main elements 
(Example here: cabinets and dining set)
being similar
and then mix it up with how you accessorize. 

 I chose these granite counters...giallo ornamental 
to keep the space bright and neutral.

I have an antique wire basket
 for all my potatoes and such...
the open space keeps things from rotting 
and I love the look. 

I get tired of things fast, so I added a 
classic cream crackle
subway tile backsplash
...also true to bungalow decor.

I accented the tile with a travertine
mini subway tile
inset over the stovetop,
It also connects with the floor tile.

Under cabinet puck lighting highlights 
the tile and granite
and is great task lighting.

Then I created a little breakfast nook...
great to have benches for squeezing 
more people in
and I love it with kids.

 I found these plastic vintage flower plaques at a thrift store.
The window treatments are napkins clipped in a row.

I got the bench fabric for $6 a yard...
 just keep recovering and washing
fabric for these foam cushions.

I just wrap them like a present
and use big safety pins.
I added rug grips underneath
the cushions.

I also added vintage doilies under the glass. 

 Found these cool dishes at a thrift the mix of retro with the doilies.

 I stripped the one wall I have to pull the 
colors of the granite and tile.

I placed the stripes over the 
fingerprints of my children
and a mark made where I killed a fly. they are not evenly spaced.
I was too lazy to paint over the top
of the cabinets so 
 this seemed like a good solution. 
 I put the 18x18 floor tile on an 
angle to get away from a runway look.

I also selected a light and bright tile
to keep it as bright as possible and
connect to the colors in granite. 
I wanted a busy
 pattern to keep from having 
to wash the floors too much.

I added some vintage plates in a random way 
to bring your eye up.

 I feel very fortunate to have this kitchen!
I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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