Since we’ve been talking a lot about the kitchen and adjoining eating area, I thought I would share a bit more about the direction I’m heading.
Right now, it’s all a little one-note, but that’s intentional. When possible, I like to start with a foundation for a room that’s classic and will have longevity for me. Longevity doesn’t necessarily mean neutral, but in the case of the kitchen, I kept the foundation of the room neutral.
Now it’s time to start adding in more layers and colors and also refining what is already there. I already shared the fabrics I’m brining into the space and I’m planning on using the large scale check on the French dining chairs.
They really are lovely as is, but, as you can imagine, the seats are prone to stains and they aren’t going to look lovely for long! So, I’m going to make skirts out of the buffalo check, so they are washable. I’m also going to reupholster the backs (the back side with the check and the front with grain sack). This is mostly to bring some color and texture to the space. (And because I’m me and I like to put my stamp on things that are in my home.)
I really don’t want to redo my current checked chair, just so it matches the new check fabric, so I’m moving it up to the guest room…
…and I’m brining up the pair of chairs I purchased off craigslist right when we moved here.
I must admit that the red doesn’t look bad in the space, but it does seem a little random and out of place in context. So, this pair will be redone in the check as well. It’ll be nice having these extra chairs, so we can pull them into the living room for extra seating when we host small group.
I’m already gearing myself up for lots of upholstery work. It’s not my favorite, but I know it will be worth it in the end.
I also thought I would share the result of decorating above the kitchen cabinets. I decided to go with a simple row of ironstone pitchers, just on the wall above the range.
I had tried them above the cabinets flanking the sink, but they looked odd from the side, so I took them down.
The row of pitchers is just enough to add some visual interest without competing with the pot rack or looking too cluttered.
I’m also realizing that I need to get a move on with the dining room, so both of these spaces can be ready for Thanksgiving. That’s an ambitious goal that I might not meet, but I’ll give it a try!