Hello friends, I’m sharing another area of our home that I have shared before in some seasonal tours – the kitchen. It’s definitely the heart of the home and since we’ve been here a little over a year, I thought I would share some updates (as in decor mainly, since we are in a rental). I also shared the front porch a few days ago which you can tour here.
So we have a very brown kitchen, contrary to popular demand and all that white that’s going around. From the laminate flooring to the cabinets, nothing’s white and bright or high contrasted with (navy or black) as is the trend these days. But that is not a very good reason to not show it right? Since we are in a rental, there is nothing much we could do about changing colors and style, though. I’m just happy that the kitchen is big enough, has lots of cabinet storage, is not rundown, and is not dark as far as lighting. Most of all, we could happily prepare and eat meals in it! I’m sharing it as part of the updates since our move last year. You can tour the front porch here which I shared a few days ago.
This tour shows how the kitchen looked earlier this summer and now. The BEFORE photos were taken very early in the summer when I was figuring out what to keep on the counters. Generally, I tend not to keep too many big appliances on the counter – a coffee maker is good enough for me. While the setup and colours of the kitchen you see is the same, I have changed around and re-arranged the decor on the counter top since I took these photos. It took me a while to figure out how to set it up because there are so many options and ways to add a bit of style to the counters tops. But one trip to a favorite store solved a lot of my issues. Recently, I popped into Home Goods and got some cutting boards and a couple other kitchen stuff that I think look much better on the counter. They have already toned down the cute-sy stuff and brought out that kitchen feel (if there is such a thing). Sometimes it helps to spend focused time shopping to find what you need. These items shown i n the AFTER Photos and what the kitchen looks like now.
BEFORE And AFTER Looks of the Kitchen Decor
(While the after looks clean and minimal, I admit, I love the pops of colour more in the before photos – will need to add some).
As an example, this is the angle where I prep veges and fruits so it makes sense to keep cutting items here. But it just looked too cluttered in my opinion so I have switched things up a bit already.
All the beautiful flowers were part of our little kindergartner’s graduation so I decked out with some of them. How multi-colored is this one?
This is the other side of the kitchen with storage on top that I just started using. I had some wall decor sitting on the floor in the dining room and I figured these shelves were empty so I might as well use them. You can get a tiny peek of the dining room from this angle. When I took the photos, the room was set up with left over decor and table things from our daughter’s Kindergarten party so I opted not to show it. It needed to be organized:)
These bar stools are a recent addition. We bought some last year but they turned out a bit too tall and a little unsafe for the kids, so I returned them and got these ones. While I would have loved the fancy two colored ones (ya know), those things are not the cheapest. I had to tell myself, these are cute enough to fill the space. It’s not about who has the fanciest bar stools. My husband and kids love to sit on these and chat while I am in the kitchen. The kids also love to snack on them but because we only have two to go around 3 kids, sometimes they have to take turns or just sit on the table. The stools are adjustable but we find them too a little too high when we extend the legs.
This little corner has become a catch all for all things paper, keys, and nick-nacks! I have been trying to figure out how to control this corner but it seems to be a favorite for all. Even the kids like to sit there and draw or make crafts.
So this is the kitchen in a nutshell. You can catch more about the breakfast area in this post. I’m still working on how to set up everything (desk area included) but you know, things take time. I’m re-learning that a home does not get built in a day and the kitchen will come together in a way that we enjoy it most.
- Bar Stools – The Mine (Formerly ATG Stores)
- Breakfast Table and Chair Set – Amazon
- Desk Chair – At Home Stores
- Rug – At Home Stores
- Food Storage Jars – Walmart
- Utensil Holder – Marshalls
- Keurig – Amazon
If you are interested, I’ve linked to several similar items below. You can check them out by clicking on each one.
Thanks for touring around. I had more images of each angle but had to cut some out due to poor image quality. I’m working on one more room for this series of tours. Hopefully, I’ll get it done soon and share some of our thoughts about renting.