Right off the bat, I have to admit that this room is my least favorite in our home. We are renters of an incredible craftsman home that is almost 100 years old and the biggest downfall of this 100 year old home is the kitchen. Back in the day, kitchens weren't the central hub of the home like they are today so it's a little short on space. Did you happen to notice we are missing a very major appliance? Sadly, we don't have a dishwasher or a garbage disposal which makes doing dishes a lot more of a chore.
In spite of it's shortcomings, I tried to give our kitchen a little character by adding in some fun artwork and my go to pattern, the stripe. The roman shade was a fun DIY project but you can't tell my landlord that it's hot glued to the wall in a couple spots :)
These two posters are my new favorite additions to the kitchen. I detailed how I made them in this post. And I'll be adding the Keep Calm and Eat Bacon one to my shoppe soon. After my hubby got home from being out of town for work, he casually mentioned that he thought the saying on this poster was supposed to be "Envision Whirled Peas." Oops, I knew something wasn't quite right. Either way, I still think it's fun.
Doesn't a label make everything cuter?
Mmmm, red velvet cake!
This chalkboard is actually my favorite part of the room. My favorite saying "Smile more, pray more, complain less" is permanently written at the top and it serves as such a great daily reminder to be a better wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister etc. Plus, the chalkboard entertains Charley while I cook and do the dishes.
Overall, when dealing with imperfect rooms like this kitchen, have fun with the details! No matter how I decorate this room, it will never be my dream kitchen. So instead I added some fun details like the gorgeous Anthropologie hooks for hanging towels (on the left side of the first picture), I transferred my dish soap to an olive oil bottle and set it on a silver tray, and I proudly display my pink Kitchenaid mixer. Someday I'll have my Carrera marble countertops and a fancy Viking range, let's just hope it's sooner rather than later!
I'll revisit the kitchen in a couple weeks to share some fun tips for organizing your pantry and maybe even some free labels to get your pantry looking pretty.