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Yesterday on my menu plan, Blaze Danielle asked me how my kitchen was decorated and what color it is, since I love to cook so much. So, I thought I'd share a bit about my kitchen. I do have a kitchen post on Kitchen Comforts as well. However, I don't dwell on the decorating aspect of it there.
We bought this house even though there are a lot of things that we want to change. Our thought was that the house would work well until we got around to the remodeling. There is a LOT of blue in this house, I'm slowly replacing the blue floral wallpapers with paint. The last thing we'll do is replace the blue carpeting throughout the main level with wide plank hardwood flooring. The blue carpet and countertop were both there when I moved in and will be replaced eventually. In the meantime, I've accessorized in the dinette to coordinate.
I love the light cream paint on the walls, it warms it up a touch while keeping it light and airy in the main living area. I have scandinavian lace curtains hanging above the window in the kitchen and dinette to let as much light in as possible. There are blinds, but they are always up. The kitchen itself is blue and cream, so I chose red as my accent color.
I use 3 crocks in the kitchen, two to hold my utensils and I have 1 as a cookie crock. I painted the wood lid on the cookie crock red to match the rest of the kitchen accessories. I have a tine to corral things like vitamins and medications, and I keep the phone, phone book, pad of paper and pen on a tray so when cleaning I can quickly move it out of the way and put it back.
My KitchenAid mixer is a workhorse in my kitchen so I leave it out all the time. Many decluttering sites tell you to put appliances away and pull them out only when used. This makes sense if you a) have a lot of extra storage and b) use these appliances infrequently. I leave my mixer and bread machine out, they get used often. I do have a food processor, but I use a mandoline for most meals for just hubby and I, so that is stowed. Do what works for you!
One thing that I do leave out that is used very infrequently is my coffee maker. It's too tall to stash anywhere, but it will be finding a home in the closet off of the kitchen when we convert half of it into a pantry.
I took the photos below Monday night, you can click on any of them to be taken to my photo album on Flickr for bigger photos and notes.
Counter closest to dinette:
Window above my sink, scandinavian lace curtains and a Swedish paper cut design (intended for Christmas, but I love it and leave it up year round):
The counter between the stove and sink: Utensil crocks, knife block, spoon rest and cookbook holder. Oh and you can see a bit of my gloves, which I think are just adorable:
The counter between the stove and the pantry:
Fridge corner, not visible in older pics:
My everyday dishes are in this cabinet across from the dinette table: