Vision for the Kitchen – Part One {My New House}

Vision for the Kitchen - Part One {My New House}

******UPDATE****** October 2016 This post features the before photos of our kitchen and our initial design thoughts when we first moved in. We’re currently in the process of remodeling, so be sure to scroll through and follow along with my new posts to see the progress here.

Greetings, friends! Hope you all are having a great week so far!

If you are new here or just catching up, you may be surprised to find out we moved from the house that we’ve lived in for the past six years, the house that is in my newest book! We loved so much about our house and leaving it was hard. We’ve only been away from it for a couple of months and there are so many things we miss.

But while it’s always hard to close a chapter of your story, there’s really so much to look forward as you turn the next page. Even if your home isn’t your dream house, you just have to remember how blessed you are to be where you are and even though there may be work to be done or things you don’t like, there’s potential in every house! I’m excited about my adventure here and I’m glad you guys are along for the ride.

You can catch up on our story by scrolling back in these posts, and see the preview video tour of our new house here. *UPDATE 2016* scroll through these posts for the latest updates to this house!

So today I thought we would finally talk a little more about our galley kitchen in our little 1950’s ranch. It’s ready for some updates. I know the kitchen is the room so many of my readers always love to dream about. It’s the room that I have been the most passionate about and love working on the most.

I’ll share some before pics and some inspiration pics, but keep in mind that the inspiration pics aren’t necessarily exactly right. The layout, style or colors or size might be different than what we have or will choose, but they do help us to visualize possibilities.

Vision for the Kitchen - Part One {My New House}

I’ve had a couple of tiny kitchens in houses before so even though this one is little, I’m just excited about the opportunity to work on another small kitchen! Sometimes little is the best of all. Yes, I miss my old kitchen. I loved the colors and choices we made. But it served us well for several years and I’m ready for a new challenge.

I gave a little preview of a project we are planning in this kitchen when I shared about the Dutch door. You might want to take a moment and read that post if you missed it. You will see in that post that our house really wants to be more of a cottage. She has big dreams of being spiffed up a bit, she doesn’t want to be a time capsule house. I’m OK with that because I’m kind of an eclectic modern cottage girl myself so, we will get along pretty well. :)

Vision for the Kitchen - Part One {My New House}

Even though this is a pretty small kitchen, I have a lot to say about it. I know, right now you are probably sarcastically thinking “What? You? Have a lot to say?” because when do I not have anything to say? Right? I DO HAVE LOTS TO SAY. That’s why I’m still blogging. I’m not done yet. Ha. Anyway, that’s a rabbit trail. What I wanted to say is that even though it’s a small kitchen, kitchens are something you want to ponder and get right. You don’t want to just slap one together and hope it turns out right and on budget. I want to create a kitchen my family will enjoy and any new owners down the road will have a crush on, too!

But in order to fit in all my ideas, talk about all the options and inspiration pics for the kitchen, we’ll have to just take this one side of the room at a time. I’ll show you my ideas and then we can ponder all the thoughts about other things in this kitchen over time.

You already know about the Dutch door, so now we are going to go to to the other side of the kitchen and talk about the view side. I can hardly believe I got a house with a view of Puget Sound! I’m still surprised, that was such an unexpected gift.

Vision for the Kitchen - Part One {My New House}

We have a nice large window looking out to the backyard, the water and the most glorious sky and sunset views. That’s a big plus in this house, it has really lovely views all across the back of the house, which is where the living room, dining room and kitchen are located.

There is a lot of light coming from that kitchen window, the big corner window gives you a sense of being more open to the outside (which in a galley kitchen is a big deal) and of course there’s the view! But, you don’t have wall space when you have a window. And below that window is a counter that isn’t the same height as the rest of the kitchen because of the placement of the window. The window is in the right spot, it matches the rest across the back of the house. It’s just lower than the counters.

Vision for the Kitchen - Part One {My New House}

So essentially that counter in question is like a desk, too low to really work at unless you are sitting. As we’ve lived in the house for the past two months, we know something about that space now. It’s a clutter magnet. Dog food, recycling, stuff that doesn’t have a home, all the things end up there…on the counter and below. Remember what happens to clutter magnets at our house? We took out a breakfast bar in our old house because that’s what it became.

The question in this house is, do we leave that shorter counter because it offers more counter space (perhaps redesigned to have built in storage below, so we don’t see all the things under it), or do we do something else with that space, like add a bench seat with drawers below? Or do we just remove it entirely? It’s not a big enough space to add a table, nor would we need that because we have a table right outside that dining room door.

We for sure will be removing the cabinet that is hanging on the wall to the left, and replacing it with some sort of useful built in cabinet and/or counter where the microwave is set (currently on a chair). Walls will be painted, floors changed, lighting, cabinets and counters all updated. And yes, we’ll discuss the fate of the appliances in a future post. :)

Vision for the Kitchen - Part One {My New House}

Whatever is in that corner under the window will be seen from the dining room (I’ll come back and share the grand idea for the doorway and dining room that I alluded to in this post), so we definitely want it to look nice and be as streamlined and clutter-free as possible. Counter space in a galley kitchen isn’t generally something to take away, but I just don’t have a lot of patience for clutter magnets. I’d have to be convinced it was worth keeping because so far we haven’t once used it as an actual space to prepare food. It’s just another surface, I guess because it’s too low to feel comfortable.

Vision for the Kitchen - Part One {My New House}

Vision for the Kitchen - Part One {My New House}
 
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Ultimately what we will do comes down to how we feel to live in it. You’ve got to take the time to live in your space to really know what will work best. I’m glad we haven’t rushed into anything in the 8 weeks we’ve lived here because we have changed our mind a few times already! But I think we are zeroing in on a good direction and that is starting to make us so excited about making this house our home!

I’ll be sharing more about the kitchen in another post, and we’ll go back to the dining room next so I can tell you my idea :).

*UPDATE 2016* scroll through these posts for the latest updates to this house!

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Happy November! Welcome to the Thanksgiving Tablescape edition of the ! I was so honored to be invited to join up with these fine ladies to show our Thanksgiving tables.

At first, I’ll admit, I was a little sad because we moved in our new house and I don’t have a pretty dining room to share yet. I MISS MY OLD DINING ROOM! But after a moment of sorrow, I realized how silly I was being. We have a table and I can set it. If we can’t invite friends over until we have everything done or all perfect, we are focused on all the wrong things.

So, WELCOME, friends! :) Come in. Our room is pretty bare but my table is NOT! :) I had fun with it. We made you a little video so you can feel a bit more like you got to see the table in real life. Just hit play or you can click on it on You Tube and watch it bigger if you want to! :)

I really like to mix unexpected things together to create a unique tablescape. It’s just more fun for me to try something a little different. We decided to go with an organic rustic casual vibe for our Thanksgiving table, with a little splash of gold to jazz it up.

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

We already had plum cloth napkins, a green runner, a set of blue Denby salad plates and a set of gold rimmed dinner plates, so we thought we’d just use what we had to start out. It was a random mix, but we thought it would be fun to pull all the colors and textures together with organic elements, so we just went for it!

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

We wouldn’t have thought to use those salad plates with the gold ones, but with the plum napkins, it worked because of the plum edge to the plates! We layered the deep green runner across a Turkish towel (that happens to have green stripes). The criss cross layering of the linens brought some great textures and softness as well as setting a more informal look to the table.

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

For the centerpiece, we picked up an assortment of fall vegetables and flowers in our color scheme of plum, green, white and from our local market, plus a couple of things we had around the house like pine cones, antlers, plush pumpkins and birch candlesticks to make the table feel lush, festive, lively and mostly organic.

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Once the Thanksgiving dinner is ready, the serving dishes could be passed and then set on a console table behind the dining table so there would be plenty of room on the main table for the place settings and the centerpieces.

Our kitchen is so small that extra people around the stove makes cooking challenging, so
we thought providing some appetizers right at the table would draw guests to gather around the table rather than right in the kitchen, while Thanksgiving dinner is being prepared and served just steps away so the chef can still participate in conversation.

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

We decided that in addition to the organic centerpieces that would decorate the table, we would let the appetizer plates be part of the experience, too. So yeah, I guess you could say we are those people who pick our menu based on the color scheme of our table. But, it works out. The blocks of colorful cheese, the crusty round bread loaf, the pumpkin seed crackers, the olives, peppers and jelly were so pretty on the table, besides being tasty.

It makes a visual feast, as well as a tasty one!

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

My husband has been known to grab a big artichoke or cabbage up from the table and put it on his plate (even though he knows it is just a part of the centerpiece). You know, just to make everyone feel awkward and embarrassed for him, assuming he didn’t know it was the centerpiece. :)

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

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Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Thanks again to all of your who have been so supportive of , I’m so excited that as of TODAY it has officially been published and launched into the world! You should be able to find it at your local Barnes & Noble, too! Let me know if you see it in a store near you?

*For those of you who are saying tablescape smablescape that’s all great but when are you going to tell me what is going on with the painter’s tape around the door in the dining room? :) I’ll be back with the tale of the dining room this week, I promise. :) The mystery will soon be revealed.

**Before you go, make sure you’ve check out Lindsay’s beautiful Thanksgiving table at  (our hostess for the tour) and then you can head on over to the next LOVELY table on our Blogger Stylin’ Tours, via a new to me blog UK blog called ! And then follow along at The White Buffalo Styling Co. the rest of the week to check out all the links to all the participants. Enjoy!**

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