It took me a little longer than usual this year, but I've finally gotten all my winter decor packed up and am slowly freshening up my home for spring. The kitchen is one of the first areas I've focused on because it's so easy to add a few spring touches in here. A few bowls of fresh citrus like lemons, limes, and oranges are perfect for adding a pop of color on your kitchen island or on your countertops. I also like to have lots of fresh flowers everywhere. You don't even have to do a full blown arrangement, as sometimes just a few simple stems in a large jar can be just as effective. Finally I also brightened up my table settings with this amazing macrame runner and some simple white plates.Read More
I loved my Christmas decor in the pantry so much last year, that I kept it the same for the most part this year. I think this crimson tinsel tree was made for this room and the chandelier full of vintage ornaments is likely something I will stick to year after year. I especially love how all the deep colors and metallics pop against the dark walls in here. I kept all the tree ornaments in the white, gold, black, and silver color family and added a few new styles (like those gorgeous black and white marbled ones!). I'm excited to do some baking + Christmas recipe prep in here over the next few days!
You can find the rest of this year's holiday home tour posts here.
Sometimes the best decor comes together without any kind of plan. That was the case for my kitchen Christmas decor this year. When I started sorting through my decorations and trying to divide it between each room of the house, I was stumped when it came to my vision for the kitchen. I just couldn't picture the color scheme or style I wanted in here. Then I spotted this picture on the One King's Lane Instagram, and my vision for this space started coming together.
I wanted to replicate the collection of various fresh wreaths above the fireplace and I also loved the pops of bright blue. I already had some touches of bright colors throughout the kitchen, including in my vintage kitchen rug by the sink, so I thought I could add similar pops of those colors throughout the room. I made all the fresh wreaths above the fireplace by using a small grapevine wreath as the base and then attaching fresh sprigs of greenery all around it using floral wire and greens from Trader Joe's. I then added the bright ribbons at the top for a pop of color.
From here, the rest of my decor came together much easier. I was able to use lots of vintage red Christmas decor, metallic bottle brush trees, and vintage ornaments that I already had in my collection from years before (mostly to style the open shelving in the kitchen). I also purchased a few boxes of new ornaments from Target to fill in the rest of the tree with some more bright colors. One of my favorite elements of the room is the giant metal "fresh holiday greens" bucket that I used as a Christmas tree stand. I first spotted these on Liz Marie's blog last year and was thrilled when I found a few at Stein Mart this year! The old knit vintage stockings I found at the Peddler's mall this year also just happened to be the perfect colors for the room (even though I had no idea when I bought them what my plan was for in here!). As always, I've linked just about everything I could think of at the end of this post for you to shop, but if you have any questions about anything not mentioned, just ask! You can find a before + after summary of our kitchen renovation including details on our lighting, fixtures, flooring, and more here.
Stockings: Vintage via Peddler's Mall Stores
Fresh garland: Trader Joe's
Gold garland: Michael's
Fresh wreaths: handmade with greenery from Trader Joe's
Tree topper: Target
Wood nutcracker: Homegoods
Marble Christmas tree: Homegoods
Gold deer head statue: Target
"Christmas in the Country" wood plate: Vintage
White flocked deer: Vintage (similar here)
Gold trees: Homegoods
Red woven wall hanging: Homegoods
"Gather" table runner: Target | Pinecone garland: Target | Leaf garland: Target | Vintage candlesticks: thrifted (similar here) | Stick wreath: thrifted (similar here)
Our kitchen is the center of our home and where we spend most of our time, so I wanted to be sure the fall decor didn't make it feel cluttered and fit in seamlessly with the style of the space. I added a few wreaths, some garland, and plenty of pumpkins and gourds throughout the space to give it a natural, rustic fall feel. These touches blended perfectly with the industrial farmhouse style of our kitchen while also adding perfect pops of color and texture. Above you can see our fireplace area which features one of my favorite thrifted wreaths, a $5 yard sale find that is super unique and the perfect statement piece for above the fireplace. I also added a couple of layered fall garlands from Target and filled the fireplace with pumpkins and vintage candlesticks (temporarily until we get out fireplaces checked out, sweeped, and ready for winter fires!).
Pumpkins + gourds: Lexington Farmer's Market | Burlap pumpkins: Target | Vintage fall paint-by-number: thrifted (similar here + here)
On our open-shelving wall I simply added some fall touches: pumpkins, gourds, amber and turquoise jars, and a fall paint-by-number at the bottom. The dishes and serving ware that we usually display on this shelf are pretty neutral so I can add just about any pops of color easily.
I updated our giant chalkboard with a fall quote too! I always find chalkboard quote ideas and font inspiration on Pinterest.
Details on all our kitchen fixtures and before + after photos here
I always keep this basket in the center of the island to hold produce, snacks, and this giant jar of fresh flowers. It's the perfect centerpiece and kind of anchors the entire kitchen.
Pinecone garland: Target | Gold wreath: thrifted + spray painted (similar here) | Pumpkins + gourds: Lexington Farmer's Market
I'm slowly adding more wall art, like these vintage brass plates by the fridge, and finishing out the overall decor of the kitchen. I've also added curtains on all the windows and the multi-colored rug by the sink. I still have a few small projects in here but it finally feels more complete and "lived-in." Looking back on my last kitchen post from a few months ago, it's amazing how much it has already evolved! I love the coziness and warmth all the fall decor adds and will be just as excited to transform it again for Christmas in a month or so! I've linked all my fall decor throughout this post and at the bottom of the post too for easy shopping. If you are looking for information on fixtures or renovation details, you can find all of those here. As always, if you have questions about something not mentioned, just ask!
"Gather" table runner: Target
I've been saving this kitchen post for a while for a couple of reasons: 1. I feel so overwhelmed to share this space because of how many details and elements there are to discuss 2. I feel like I still have a lot to do for it to look truly "finished" 3. And finally, it clearly is the biggest project (and best room) of the renovation so I wanted to save the best for last! I finally decided that I have waited long enough and I would go ahead and share some sneak peaks. I have been so busy trying to catch up from the move that I haven't posted any renovation progress in a couple of weeks. While all the big projects are behind us (check out the before pictures here), I still have a ton of decorating work to do in just about every space. The kitchen just keeps evolving as we get settled, find places for everything, and slowly add some decor. I don't feel quite ready to title this the official "before + after," so we will just call it a progress update for now!
If I'm being honest, this whole renovation adventure started with the fireplace. It is what we fell in love with before even seeing the house in person and the reason we even gave the house a chance. I love having a fireplace in the kitchen and if it was up to me, I'd have this beautiful exposed brick all over the house! We removed the outdated trim that was covering the edges and replaced it with reclaimed barnwood trim. I found our new dining table at our local Restore and it is the perfect style and size that I was looking for! It also has leaves on both sides that pull out to make it twice this size if we need it. New dining chairs are something that is still on my to-do list but I have a few options in mind.
Our kitchen island was one of the last items we finished and I love the way it turned out. The island was originally an old workbench that was rusty and covered in dirt when I first found it (also at the local Restore). We had the metal powder-coated to match the kitchen cabinets (thanks to Electrostatic Painting for working their magic!), and then my husband sanded down and resealed the butcher block top. The front side has tons of drawers on each side and is completely open in the middle. We are wanting to eventually create a big shelf or pot rack across the middle space inside the island. I love having all the extra counter space and it ended up being just the perfect size for the room.
One of my favorite focal points of the room is this subway tile/open shelving wall. This wall holds my beloved vintage refrigerator (a $25 garage sale find that now serves as our "drink fridge"), our microwave, toaster, dishes, and more! We also added some industrial-looking sconces at the top for extra lighting. I'm still playing with the shelf arrangements but I feel like I'm getting a little closer to my original vision every day.
My husband threw out the idea of doing the subway tile vertically on this wall and we just went with it. We both really like how it turned out especially with the industrial open shelving on top. Our contractors built the shelving using plumbing fixtures and more reclaimed barnwood.
Here you can see the basic layout of the kitchen: fridge, dishwasher, range, and sink are all on the back wall with cabinets below. The island is in the center with the table behind it. On the left side wall is the open shelving area shown in the previous pictures.
We are using this old baker's rack for more open shelving closer to the back wall. I keep all my drinking glasses, measuring cups, olive oil, vinegar, and anything else I need within reaching distance of the stove and sink. The industrial look of this rack fits perfectly and it has more than enough storage.
When we began this renovation, the kitchen had no floors! The entire kitchen now has new ceramic tile that looks like slate. So far I love this flooring- it's super easy to clean and doesn't show much dirt, dog hair, or paw prints (which is super important in our house)! I'm on the hunt for some rugs to add a little pop of color and pattern. I would like a bright oriental-type runner for in between the sink and island and a more neutral textured rug for under the dining table.
Another thing on my to-do list is window treatments. I'm thinking a little cafe curtain on the windows above the sink and long panels on the other two windows. I would like something simple and neutral- maybe a ticking stripe, burlap, or chambray.
We LOVE everything about our Thermador appliances. They have the refined industrial look we wanted but are also made specifically for chefs, so they have every innovation and feature we could ever want. They were definitely our biggest splurge but so worth it since we both love cooking and entertaining. You can tell just by the weight of the doors and handles that the quality of these is above and beyond anything else on the market.
We went with a stainless farmhouse sink and a super industrial faucet, which I love. I'm a little OCD about keeping my sink clean and the stainless is so much easier to clean than the cast iron sink I had at our old house. I also really like having the large open sink instead of a divided one- it's so much easier to wash larger dishes, pans, and water my plants!
TJ at Kitchen Concepts went above and beyond to make sure our cabinets and countertop were exactly what we wanted. I really love the brass hardware against all the gray and stainless and the quality of the cabinets is SO much better than anything I've had before. The countertop is flamed granite which has a subtle texture and definitely fits the industrial style of the kitchen.
My husband was adamant about his giant range and I was adamant about my tall fridge! Once I saw these fridges in the store, I fell in love and since we had limited space for the fridge, the tall, skinny design ended up working perfectly! I love the sleek simple look of the outside and Kitchen Concepts made sure that the cabinet fit perfectly around the fridge so it wasn't sticking out beyond it at all. My island pendants are from West Elm and I love how they are a mix of modern and industrial styles. The glass shades are milkglass and they have brass accents at the top which ties in with my brass cabinet hardware.
It's still hard to believe that this is REALLY our kitchen some days! It truly is a dream come true and we are having so much fun cooking and eating in here every day. I've added a list of all our sources to the end of the post in case you want to shop any of the items (if you have questions about anything not listed- just ask!). I can't wait to see how it evolves over the next couple of months as I continue to add more finishing touches to warm it up and pull everything together.
As a classic horror movie fanatic, I always have to fit a haunted Halloween room into my fall decor. I love all the creepy cloth, spider webs, moss, crows, skulls, and all things spooky that go into my space! I'm constantly collecting things that might fit in to my various spooky themes and it really is super easy to create haunted decor even if you are on a budget! There are many staple items you can get for cheap that you will use year after year even if you slightly change your style. Creepy cloth, spider webs, and moss are all items that you can add to just about any decor to make it look instantly creepy! I also use my fake crows and skull heads year after year (both are from Michael's and you can get them super cheap off-season or with their weekly coupons!). Other items that are good for building a spooky look are candlesticks, antique portraits, and old books (all of mine are vintage from various thrift stores, garage sales, or peddler malls). I also added some gray and green pumpkins and gourds to my space because I can't get enough fall produce throughout the house. One of my favorite things is the giant twig wreath above my mantle that I found for a couple of dollars at a garage sale this summer- it is the perfect spooky wreath! I added a pop of color with some simple arrangements using Trader Joe's "pumpkin trees" and eucalyptus bunches. Enjoy my spooky + rustic Halloween kitchen!