I’ve mentioned this before, but I have always found the kitchen to be quite a decorating challenge. I’ve never wanted my kitchen to look cluttered with too many knick knacks, but I also don’t want it to look sterile and uninviting.
So, instead of being beautiful, my kitchen became a receptacle for junk that didn’t have a home. I know I’m not alone in this, so don’t try to hide behind your computer screen and act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m calling all of the Internets out on this one.
I’ll show you what I mean, if you promise not to judge me.
Here’s the wall of my kitchen that holds my refrigerator, cooktop, and most of the cabinets. It is apparently also the place where tiny R/C airplanes and all the paper in my house goes to die. I was actually warming some soup when this photo was taken, so you may not snicker because there is a pot on the stove. However, you may snicker at the ugliness of said pot.
Next, you’ll see our sink and surrounding counters. Do you see the three elevated bar areas? Junk. Magnets. Just in this photo alone you can see my purse, a camera lens bag, a bowl of “crap” (we’ll get to that in a minute), and some gardening gloves – clearly, all things that belong in the kitchen.
So, when the Nester announced that she was going to have a Mr. Linky party showing 10 minute changes people have made to rooms around their homes, I knew that my kitchen had to be included. She’s been writing a really great series called “Ten Minutes to a Room You’ll Love,” and you should definitely check it out. So far, she’s covered master bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen.
Are you ready for the “after” photos? Yay! Me, too!
Here’s my long stretch of cabinets with the cooktop. It’s still pretty sparse, but I know that DH (i.e. the cook) would seriously freak out if more of the counter space was taken up by pretty things. He had a secret freak out about this already. He thinks I didn’t know, but I could see it all over his face.
Ahhhh, there’s nothing quite as nice as a clean refrigerator.
I decided that our staple bananas would look nice on the server – or better than they looked on their chintzy old banana hammock. I also thought it was a nice place for the beautiful footed coffee mugs my parents sent me for Valentine’s Day (I think they are too pretty to actually use). I also added some odd glass vessels I purchased a while back at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for 5 cents a piece (I bought 5 of them for a grand total of 25 cents!). I stuck another Tuesday Morning tassel on one of them, because I thought it dressed it up a bit.
P.S. Don’t forget you have until Friday night to enter the big giveaway! If you win, you could even use the plates to decorate your kitchen.