You know how you’re so excited to finish renovating a room (or a major kitchen/ living space renovation) that you settle with it being DONE and not lived in? It’s still done and awesomely better than it was, but it might be lacking the personality that you know your home deserves. That was our kitchen. I totally LOVE all the work we’ve done to our kitchen and the bright, white and grey space we created but I always knew I wanted to add some fun touches of colour to bring it to life. Today I thought I’d share some of the small touches we’ve added that help give an all white kitchen some personality.
You can see our original kitchen before and afters right over here. It’s pretty shocking how far we’d already come, so this is just the icing on top for me. And I’ll probably make some more changes because I can’t seem to sit still for too long. Can you see the biggest change? Yep, that gorgeous roman shade! Can I tell you about why this makes me so happy? Since we opened up the wall between the kitchen and living room, this window is in direct sightline from the couch when you’re watching TV (trash TV to be exact). And when the sun starts to get low as you’re trying to see who’s winning that competition on your favourite reality TV show- the sun hits you directly in the eyes and you can’t see a thing. You know you can’t possibly live like that. Well- we did. For a whole year (and a bit!). So I’m thrilled that now I can see my TV when I’m needing to do something completely brainless. And it brings a fun punch of pattern and colour into the room as well. It’s really a win/win/win.
Speaking of that roman shade… it’s a DIY (of course!). I’ll be sharing the DIY instructions for that soon because even though there are a bunch of tutorials out there and I like to think I’m pretty handy… this took me way longer than I’d like to admit to get it right. So I’ve got some tips for you (specifically if you want the blind to look nice from the outside!).
Other than the roman shade, we’ve added some colour to our open shelving with a graphic plate and a dutch mints tin (we seem to collect these!). We also swapped the plant on the top shelf for some mugs we use when we have guests because it would seem that I can’t keep plants alive. Instead of growing plants, I’m enjoying glasses full of fresh cut basil by my stove (thanks to neighbours with a much greener thumb than I) and cuts of flowers and greens from our garden collected on our island. We’re pretty lucky to have neighbours and families that never let us run out of herbs and garden flowers. In the winter, I have to settle for grocery store versions and that breaks my heart.
I also have my little moss chalkboard that I love so dearly on the counter. I like to switch up what it says every once in a while and have a pack of clipped photos beside because I feel the need to have photos every single space in my house (and don’t love the look of a cluttered fridge which is currently the case). That leather and bamboo cutting board we have on the counter adds some warmth to the space and the pop of neon edging is just too fun to hide in a cupboard. Last but not least… and this one seems really silly, but we swapped out our all white soap pump for ones that show the colour of the soap. So I can have hand soap and dish soap on the counter and I actually like the bright blue. That’s super lame, but we’ve had more compliments on our four dollar soap dispensers than I ever expected. Oh… and tea towels, always invest in tea towels that make your space better (and toss your stained and worn ones!).
What are the things that make your kitchen feel lived in and full of personality? Is it the sink full of dishes (it’s rare to see our sinks completely emptied, usually we at least have clean dishes drying in one) or the bowl full of fresh fruit? Maybe it’s a giant menu plan or some bold mugs you have near your coffee station… either way, I’d love to hear! But be warned… if you’re going to share your secrets, I might just take them and try them out ;)