Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kitchen Progress.

I thought I'd show you guys some photos of our kitchen/dining area. We got blinds hung on all the windows in here (there are 7 windows plus a door, so that is quite a feat), and I think Jordan and I could be professional bamboo blinds hangers in the event of a job change need. We're getting good with these things. I hung four within an hour last night. Whereas, on our first go-round, it took us 2 hours to hang 4. bam.

Anyway... we really like the ones we selected, which were from Home Depot. They're a medium brown. They're privacy, but not black-out privacy, so I like that about them.

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so this is what I'm thinking for actual curtains. long panels on either side of that big window, and that's it. with a black rod. what do you guys think? the door/window situation on the left is weird - as in, where the heck would you put curtains? I think they're a no-go for this side, and just do them on that big back wall with the four windows. I'm still searching for the perfect fabric - you know i'll be making them myself when I do find it :) 

I think it'll nice to have something soft in here. The ceilings are so tall in this house (12 feet), that I think curtains will really soften things up, not to mention absorb some of the echoes we constantly hear :) 

I also plan to maybe get some kind of skinny console or table maybe for the left side of the room. this may or may not happen. i had a bar cart there for a few days, but it started to bug me, so it may stay empty. 

Also, I realize our light fixture hangs a little high. i guess the west elm fixtures are made for a certain ceiling height (probably standard), and since our ceilings are so high, it's a little up there. i still love it. any suggestions from my interior designer people as to how to make it lower?!

This is the other side of the old kitchen. My view right now, actually:

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Clearly I didn't stage this photo, or completely clean off my counters. :) The picture hanging to the right on the wall is just an old thrift store gem I found years ago. I plan to switch it out. I'll probably paint something new...Anyway, I like the texture that the blinds bring to the situation

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I also got these striped seat cushions last week. I was actually planning to get white ones, but when I found these, I thought they were way more fun. Plus, they'll work if I decide to paint the chairs back to black. (which I don't plan to - I like them white now) AND, my other thought was that white would eventually (probably quickly) get dirty fast. These I found at this place called american mills outlets. They're super thick so they're comfy on the wire chairs (Which I will admit are not the most comfortable chair).

I bought matching ones for the outdoor chairs, too, actually.

OK, that's all the kitchen progress for now! Off to do some painting. 


  1. I love the dinning table, the suculents, the striped cushions (I have them to ;), the bright stools... Your kitchen is turning out really beautiful :)

    But for me there's something about the way you hung the blinds... Have you seen Design Manifest last post? What if you try to hung them in the middle of the window? This way they would block those beautiful black squares on the upper part of them that I always thought were so charming... And the privacy issues would be also solved!
    Don't know, just my thoughts...

    1. hey! i hadn't seen her blog before, but she's got some great projects! thankfully, the blinds can be pulled to where the cute little black panes do completely show! i'm not a fan of the half-window method, really... for some reason it looks a little 'wonky' to me? i don't know... like something is off, i guess! i'm weird about balance, though! anyway... thanks for the thoughts!

  2. I am IN LOVE with your table, chairs, lights and the rug! You did a great job! I definitely bookmarked this post to use as inspiration down the road. We already have a rustic (homemade) dining room table, but we will expand in coming years.

  3. I love the way your decorating the new house. Great find with the cushions!:)

    1. aw thanks! yeah, i was happy to find them :)

  4. I am no professional when it comes to curtains, but I think it may look strange only dressing the one set of windows with curtains. I think I would just leave the blinds. Try adding a rug with more cushion to it for the sound? A table runner? Heavier chairs? Gosh I don't know about the light. Good Luck with it. Alison

    1. sounds not too bad in the kitchen! it's mainly the living room, i think. we shall see! i think i'll probably end up doing the curtains. or maybe ill leave as-is. i'm weird about balance and symmetry, but i don't think this will bother me? hmm

  5. Heck, just try it then. You can always fill the holes and touch up if you don't like it. Alison

    1. true! thanks for the input - i really appreciate it!! my curtain idea might be a bad one. haha.

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