Just moving our things in helped. In the kitchen, I want to see a lot of nature and food. I want to think about eating when I am in there, and be inspired by the ingredients. Most of what we eat is perishable, and I always love seeing an ever-changing display of produce out on the counter. Today was a market day, so there is plenty! What could be more beautiful?
One of my personal quirks is that I really don’t like to see lots of words everywhere. In the kitchen, especially, everything tends to come with labels and visually irritating packaging. I try to buy in bulk or fresh, and then the things that do come home in packages I usually put into clear jars. Once again, what could be more attractive than actual food? I love seeing the spices like this.
My other kitchen quirk is that I really, really hate seeing appliances in the kitchen! There are some cool looking ones out there, but in general, I’d just rather keep them hidden. We can’t quite do that, but I have gathered our espresso machine, electric kettle, and water filter over into one isolated station– which is super convenient, since we use all three when we make our morning coffee.
One big improvement we made was to put up this little shelf and the rack on an otherwise blank and unused wall. This really warmed things up, and I love displaying little objects there– so cheery!
I painted these strawberries one afternoon when I was pregnant, and when Jeff came home I lied and told him they were from a friend, since I really wanted him to be honest about whether or not he liked them! (Yes, I have some issues with sharing what I have made!!) He did like them, and ever since then, they have been tacked onto my kitchen walls.
There are these funny cubbies here, perfect for displaying dishes and teapots…
And this is the last thing I did to try to cover up the washing machine. I actually did this just now, while I was looking at pictures of the kitchen. Hopefully it won’t be super inconvenient.