Hey, everyone! Today I’m finally sharing pictures of our kitchen’s mini-makeover, started many moons ago back in January. This kitchen is a great example of how much difference the right lighting and hardware can make. Let’s go way back to last Christmas, which was the last time the kitchen was photographed in its original state.
This is seriously the least compelling “before” photo of all time. The kitchen was already amazing and a dream come true, so I only had a few minor adjustments to make. This was my inspiration collage:
My goal was to select elements that worked with the granite, not against it. While I would love honed soapstone or Carrara marble, we can’t afford to tear out perfectly good countertops. And while I toyed with the idea of painting the island, laziness won out and I left it as is. Plus, I was heavily influenced by this image:
Gold against dark wood is so beautiful and fits firmly in my decorating wheelhouse, so I ordered this hardware after giving up on the never-ending backorder at Pottery Barn. The hardware I chose was $70.00 (total!!) and while it’s not solid brass, it has a very substantial feel to it and the finish is just about perfect. The hardware comes in numerous finishes and the customer service I received was excellent. Two thumbs up.
The chrome pendants looked too modern with the cabinetry, plus the scale was inappropriate. I chose two large gold lanterns and hired an electrician to remove the middle electrical box and had the drywall patched.
While I’m not in love with the bar stools, they look much better now that they’ve been painted and reupholstered. I found the fabric on clearance at JoAnn’s and tried in vain to find the name and manufacturer for you. I purchased what was left on the bolt for under $20.00 and still have quite a bit left, which I intend to use to make welting for the cushions. (That gap drives me to distraction.)
The final addition was the bargain rug. It’s no longer available because there was only one for sale, which I scooped up for $130.00, including the rug pad. #score This is my favorite decorating bargain of all time. We all love the rug–it adds so much color and pattern and feels great under foot when cooking.
I kept the styling simple and filled my dough bowl with cabbages and artichokes. Those of you who aren’t into floral arranging, using fruits and vegetables in a bowl is a great way to add some color. (Get more simple kitchen styling tricks here.)
I picked up my monogrammed napkins yesterday, just in time for fall tablescape season.
The little changes make the kitchen feel cozier and reflect my style much better. It truly is a dream kitchen for me and I’m grateful I get to cook in such a lovely space. What’s next on my radar? Here’s a hint…
In case you missed Erin’s update from last week’s Decorating Dilemma, she’s already purchased a mirror with my blessing and has ordered one of the rugs I suggested. I have a feeling she’s going to pick my favorite and bring a little more blue into her foyer.
August’s subscriber giveaway winner was Stephanie, who has been emailed a gift certificate to Etsy to purchase her pillows. This month’s subscriber giveaway is Vern Yip’s latest book, Design Wise. You may remember Vern from his Trading Spaces days. He’s a truly gifted designer and you’ll love this book. It’s a practical guide to decorating a room from start to finish and includes measurement guides.
Finally, apologies for my sporadic posting schedule the past two weeks. Coaching cheer and Michael’s travel schedule have hit me hard. I hope to get back to at least two posts a week soon! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!