Sunday, January 27, 2008

Kitchens Are For Eating??????

Well, I guess MOST people use their kitchen eating area for, well.....eating, but not me! My husband and I eat in the living room! I used to have a table (actually a couple different ones) in this area, but well, we just weren't using it, and I started envisioning different uses for my space. I started imagining somewhere cozy to sit, to visit, or well, just to enjoy an inviting space.

On Friday, I continued my ongoing mission to declutter my cupboards, closets, etc, etc, and I decided it was time to re-organize this area just a little. Now, I have used this area for quite some time with these pieces of furniture, but I moved them around just a little, and since not many of you had seen my kitchen before, I thought I would share. I always love changing things around. It just gives me a happy feeling.

Yes, I am one of those who fill her walls with things she loves, most of which came from a thrift store. The mahogany table below the plates was bought for $20 at an indoor flea market, as was the lawyer's chair. The library table was my dad's, and I just couldn't part with it. He has been gone for many years, and when I see the table, I think of him. The chair at the library table was a Goodwill find.

The stand next to the library table was bought at a consignment shop. The corner cupboard, I did buy new. Now, a rocking chair, I know, does not normally belong in a kitchen, but it sure gets used a lot. The quilts were made by me. All my plants are silk so I can't kill them, and so I don't have to work at keeping them nice looking. Every so often, I give them a shower, and they are good to go again.
I put a piece of plexiglass on top of my dad's library table, because there is gap that runs down the middle, and since I have a HUGE love of doilies and lace, I placed a lace table topper under the plexiglass. It hides the gap, makes the top smooth, and gives me the look I love. The B, and the keys on the wall were also Goodwill finds, and I just love them.
Opposite the windows, and you can see the windows in the reflection on the glass of the picture frame, is a short wall which was good for nothing. It's the backside of an entry closet. After many attempts of trying to figure what to do with it, and tripping over things, and stubbing toes on objects I tried to set there, my sweet chauffeur husband built me a fence! Oh have I had fun! This picture just give you the orientation of the wall with the rest of the kitchen. You can see one of the hallways beyond the kitchen.

Continuing around the kitchen past the rocking chair...........
Now we are at the end of the counter you just saw, standing in the doorway to the garage and basement, and looking into the kitchen at the other side of the kitchen.
.............and back around to the fence.
Thank you for letting me show you my kitchen spot!
Oh, and do I cook much? HECK NO!


Kristie said...

Michelle your kitchen and surrounding area is beautiful. I love all of your thrift store finds they are great.

We don't eat in our kitchen either. I sew at my kitchen table and we all eat in the living room.

Moneik said...

Wow! Your kitchen is really decorated. Mine feels bare in comparison. We finally put up a quilt which makes it a little more homey.

Cindy (aka Peony the House Elf) said...

I just love your kitchen. It's such a warm and friendly place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

You've made your kitchen so homey and inviting! I'd be in there all the time. You're like a good friend of mine and can decorate so well with all the neat things that you find. Can you come help me? :)

Jen said...

I too just love your kitchen! Your whole house is so homey.

Carol Van Rooy said...

What are you going to do when you run out of walls?

Deb (vtquilter) said...

Love the kitchen tour! We don't eat in ours either - that is what the living room coffee table is for!


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