One of the fun things for me about this blog is capturing the look and feel of our home and our life.
Our kitchen is one of the central places where those two converge most actively
and, therefore, it's one of the toughest for me to capture.
The pictures above depict the look of our kitchen, but they aren't very true to life.
This one is more the feel and the life part.
So today I'm just going with the look of the kitchen,
on a rare very clean (for me) day.
Most of the kitchen was like this when we moved in.
The main changes we've made have been to add more storage and counter space,
and to provide some authentic "distressing" (as seen above).
Oh yes, and I "mistreated" the window. Nothing but pins holding that together.
I'm not even sure the Nester would be proud.
I love the wide farmhouse sink. It's great for soaking linens,
bathing babies, and holding lots of dirty dishes.
The open shelves are wonderful. It's so easy to put things away and to find what I'm looking for.
The subway tiles help to complete the plain, vintage style.
Even with open shelves it doesn't end up looking too cluttered ~
partly because the colors and design are so simple,
and partly because I've tried to limit the dishes to mostly white bone china and glass,
with a little bit of warmth thrown in.
It's oddly satisfying to see the china stacked and hung so neatly.
On the single long shelf I keep a little collection of milk glass vases,
exclusively acquired from my local Goodwill store.
The turquoise towels were a discount buy from One King's Lane.
We had these storage cubbies built in the space above the washer and dryer
in the service porch area which leads out to the backyard.
The baskets house bulky items, dry goods, and paper products.
I made the little chalkboard signs with wooden tags I found at Michael's,
painted with chalkboard paint and tied to the baskets with twine.
I also designed and we had built the corner counter, shelf, and pantry cupboard.
I matched the style of the existing cabinets and ordered identical hardware.
The wine rack was a discount buy from Anthropologie.
The pendant lights are in keeping with the arts and crafts era in which the house was built.
And there you have it.
Our kitchen ~ the look.