Since Christmas we’ve totally changed around the kitchen area. Then I never shared it because it wasn’t done… there were too many hand-me-down pieces of furniture with no makeovers yet… you know the drill and the whole gamut of excuses. Then I realized, based off a recent Instagram photo that I shared, that a lot of you probably don’t have completely done spaces yet either, or even spaces that are in a progress of a makeover. Maybe you bought a house like us and you plan on putting your stamp on every room, but you haven’t yet. Maybe, no matter what your situation, you are attempting to practice the art of being grateful for whatever you have.
Even though I see gorgeous home and gorgeous finished home on Instagram I have to remember that’s because I’ve specifically chosen to follow those accounts for inspiration and my guess is that, for example, many of you have couches you don’t love but that you keep because they are super comfortable, you have little kids who will draw on the couch (been there, done that) or there is no budget for a nicer couch yet. And I also have to remember that people typically don’t share the not to pretty images on Instagram. It can be more of an art gallery with magazine worthy photos rather than a real life gallery.
There are many of you who probably have decorating paralysis and have no idea where to go with a room. I get that. Lastly, I bet many of you have the photos pinned of your dream rooms with no the dream budget to make them happen… at least not yet. And that’s where you find me. Right there with you sitting on a couch that was graciously given to us by the previous owners. I don’t love the fabric but it’s oh so comfy and the kids adore jumping on them (very few things in our house are sacred. :)). Our couches got moved the other side of the long room so that they were farther from our fabulous tenant’s door. We arranged them with our TV to create a little sitting area that is cozy and creates a nook in a large room. The kids typically will watch a show here in the morning while I get AJ’s breakfast and lunch ready and I can keep my eye on them while I cook dinner (you don’t see pictured all the toys in between the actual kitchen and the two love seats. :)) The dresser holding the TV is one that I purchased for $20 intending to make it over and pop some working pulls on it. Hasn’t happened yet… even though it’s been sitting in our garage for about four months.
I have a kitchen table half painted with chairs that have a ridiculous amount of stains on them despite bleaching. I rarely shared this space because previously there had been the decorating paralysis in this area of my home. But once the Christmas decor got packed up we set about creating a space that really worked for us as a family.
To further make the space feel cozy and warm we moved the fireplace in from the office and set it up next to the kitchen table. I’d love to get some new chairs for this table in a dark upholstery and then make some slipcovers out of plastic to put over the kids chairs for meals. I’m seriously considering THESE CHAIRS (two for $219!). The nice thing about the kitchen is that I can look out over the kids at the kitchen table or in the playroom and watch what they are doing or when the weather gets nicer just send them into the yard or onto the back deck. Last night I had pulled out all the ingredients for butternut squash soup and was going to start making it right after taking the photos. I had a showing with some real estate clients right before dinner time and wanted to make sure dinner was ready when I left the house for the showing. It wasn’t. 🙂
Even if you home isn’t exactly what you envision or anything like the images you long for you can still make your space your own. I love making our kitchen both a a usable and beautiful space. Those canisters look pretty but I use them nearly daily. They hold our cereal and baking essentials.
After Christmas I always find myself instantly wishing for spring. If I can’t have a Christmas tree I want all the flowers Trader Joe’s can give me. The kitchen cabinets and appliances are on the darker side (compared to our previous kitchen) so I’ve attempted to lighten up the room with our mug rack right below where we keep our coffee supplies and glass canisters or vases everywhere. The kids and I love baking so generally we have a somewhat full cookie jar here. The recipe I use most often is HERE, they are the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever.
Sometimes we all need a dose of reality, myself included, and it’s nice to remind myself that even if half (okay, 80%) of the furniture in my space is either a hand-me-down or a thrift store find… or even a side of the road find, it’s okay if you are formulating a space that meets your needs. For now, this space is meeting our needs as it works as an artist’s studio, a bakery, a nightly restaurant, a movie theater and a play space.
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