Now that we’ve got the layout down, bring on the rooms! We wanted to start with the kitchen, because it’s our favorite place to be. It also happens to be the only room in our house that wine is stored. Coincidence?
Prior to moving in, the kitchen was completely torn out and updated from it’s former state. Most of the layout remains the same, with the addition of a dishwasher. Thanks to Zillow, here is an image of the space when it was posted for sale:
Outdated appliances and the so-old-they’d-barely-open cabinets worked for the former owners, but we’re very excited that our landlord (our aunt) decided to renovate. She purchased amazing cabinets that have the “self close” function with simple hardware, Corian countertops, added a dishwasher (thank goodness) and hung a neutral tile background. We got very lucky to have such a new and nice space!
For renters with older kitchens, our recommendations would be to add pretty (or handsome) drawer liner paper to all drawers and shelves and ask your landlord if painting the cabinets/adding hardware would be an option. Depending on your situation, the landlord may cover the costs, or if you’re planning on staying for a long time, offering to pony up the cash might help your case.
Speaking of weird things you just have to work with when renting. Say hello to the wooden banister. It probably won’t say hi back and will glare at you meanly, so just keep walking and pretend it’s not there. Just like we do. Since this kitchen is not the largest, we chose to put our IKEA table and chairs against it. The frame of the table still keeps the room open and airy, and the wooden banister serves a semi-purpose. We’re still thinking of ways to work with it, but for now, the kitchen table is working just fine.
From left to right…
With a smaller kitchen, we have to use our counter space wisely, and put out things we used on a daily basis but in a decorative way. A bright blue vase holding our utensils and pops of orange and green with fruit provide usable color to the room.
Without a doubt our favorite part is the wine corner. Instead of staging this part I took an as-is picture because as a frequently visited (no judging) part of the kitchen, it always looks like this. With a wine holder and a cute tray, the clutter is managed easily. A great rule to follow for high traffic areas is segmenting or grouping items such as this. Messy entryway or staircase? Add a few baskets. Messy office? Add a file holder to stack papers and mail. Organized chaos is still organized : )
One more way to add a pop of color in a neutral or smaller place is fresh flowers and a simple tablescape. This bouquet came from my favorite man, but I buy them for myself all of the time to make the room a little happier feeling. We stack our placemats under our fun decor for easy access and to create a less cluttered look as well.
Here’s the kitchen in it’s entirety!
And that’s a wrap- on to the next room!