When we first went under contract for our new house, the first question people asked me was "So, is the kitchen amazing?" Knowing I love to cook and entertain, it seems logical that we'd only buy a house with an awesome kitchen. However, at the time, the kitchen was actually my least favorite room in the house. As a matter of fact, we almost put an offer on another house purely because I liked the kitchen better (really glad that didn't happen though!). Going from a galley kitchen to a "real" kitchen seemed like it'd be an immediate upgrade, but I wasn't a fan of the new kitchen from a cosmetic standpoint. The wall color was unappealing to me, I didn't like the curtains, I thought the cabinets were really ugly, the light fixtures weren't my style... etc etc.
We took down all the curtains, and while I initially planned to replace them, I kind of like the windows bare for now. It looks clean, and I don't have to worry about toddlers pulling down drapes.
Next we replaced the light fixtures. I am totally head-over-heels in love with this chandelier from Pottery Barn, and I thought it'd look great over the island. When I showed it to Joey, he suggested trying a DIY version (his suggestion had nothing to do with the $400 price tag, I'm sure). Since the pendants were already in place, we simply drilled holes in the lids of mason jars and replaced the shades. SO easy. SO cheap! As an aside, is there any interest in a how-to post for this?
I also used an extra mason jar to keep all of my wooden spoons together. And I ordered this super fun print on seasonal eating from concrete lace on Etsy. It lists what produce is in season for what time of year. This is actually our region, so it's accurate for my area. So neat!
We have another set of cabinets and a small counter on the opposite wall, and the top cabinet is perfect for keeping most of my blogging dishes and props together!
And finally, what is perhaps my favorite part of the kitchen - the dining area! As we were shopping for new living room furniture, we happened upon this farmhouse style table, and I instantly fell in love. We had originally planned on adding some built-in seating to the breakfast area, but when I saw this table, I HAD to have it. I loved the rustic look, but I also loved how minimalist and modern it is at the same time. We opted for 2 benches and 2 chairs, so this monster of a table will seat at least 8 adults (or 12 Carolines). I love the rustic and casual look of the benches - perfect for piling lots of kids at the table!
Behind the table, I had Joey install a long shelf along the top of the wall to house my cookbook collection. Which, I have to add is now considerably smaller - I did a big purge before we moved, and these are my VERY favorites ones. I hemmed and hawed over what to put on the wall below the books, and then I decided to use some photos that I took at the Charleston Farmer's Market when I attended the food photography workshop back in May. I love having a bit of my own photography in the kitchen, and every time I look at the prints I remember what a fabulous weekend that was.
It wasn't initially planned this way, but as bits and pieces started to come together in the kitchen, it took on kind of a "modern farmhouse" theme - from the mason jars, to the seasonal eating print, the farmhouse table, to the farmer's market prints, I think it really embodies my style and my love for cooking, food, and photography. And a bonus: what was once my least favorite room in the house is now my favorite!