I mentioned before in the tour of our porch, that this was what I like to think of as a 'normal person' remodel. Nothing fancy-smancy, just sweat and long nights of work. Practically speaking, Daniel and I replaced the warped Formica counter-tops and installed a farmhouse sink with a new faucet. In addition, travertine flooring was installed. The counter-tops as well as the sink, free-standing island, and shelving above the stove were all purchased from Ikea. They were mind-blowingly affordable and have a modern-yet-earthy look.
In some way, I feel like the kitchen appreciated that one-on-one attention, the fact that we healed it's little wounds and didn't completely rip it all out and discard its eighty years of character. The result is a nostalgic and unique space that blends seamlessly with the rest of our home.
All of the cabinetry is original to the house, just spruced up with a little paint and new knobs and pulls. The cabinet doors were removed to create open shelving, which displays my great-grandmother's china. I make a point to actually use her china in addition to our other dishes; in fact, I feed Selah oatmeal every morning from the delicate tiny bowls. It seems to make her a part of our everyday life, and I love that.
It also makes unloading the dishwasher a breeze, and Daniel loves that!
|the pompom curtains make me happy :)|
My mother's, grandmothers', and great-grandmothers' serving pieces and knick-knacks, live above my stove.They bring love and wisdom, and create a atmosphere filled with the inspiration of women who have nourished my soul.
I etched the glass window looking into our laundry room so guests wouldn't be appalled at my piles of dirty laundry. Purely selfish reasons.. You can purchase the vinyl decal as a custom request from this Etsy shop. Daniel built the dishwasher stand himself, using an extra piece of Ikea counter-top. He's so handy..and I'm so thankful to have a dishwasher!
This mid-century painting of a man pounding yucca is also from my great-grandmother, a memento of the years she spent in Haiti. I cherish it for so many reasons, and I just adore the vibrant pop of color it brings!
Decorate your home with items that are personal to you; I find that it lens intimacy that can't be reproduced. If you look at my kitchen, you can get a little peek of who I am. Make you home a true reflection of you, and don't worry about anything else. I hope that you unpack your china and use it for dinner tonight :)
Lots of love,