September 26, 2017

Keeping It Simple in the Kitchen

Welcome to my kitchen today.

I have had fall on my mind and what I could do to bring some fall color into the kitchen. After cleaning the countertops and arranging this and that I came up with a simple look. 

We did a mini remodel in the kitchen after we moved in and I chose black granite tops and splashes. I considered white subway tile, but I wanted a clean look. The black gives me easy cleanup and a bit of drama. 

The large Italian bowl stays in the plate holder because it is too large to fit into my I decided to bring my white decorative bowl/planter to play with it. 

Since I do not have an arrangement for the bowl yet I added a simple faux boxwood ball. 

Then one little orange pumpkin hopped into the scene. 

Voila! A simple little still life. 

I played with a couple of other looks but I did not want too much clutter since this is to the left of the range.

These are the original cabinets in the house. They are solid hickory...but with a factory white paint. While they are not my first choice we decided to keep them since they are actually very nice custom made solid wood. 

They are sort of country/farmhouse looking but I think that the black granite lends a more sophisticated style. 

I put the black pulls on the cabinets after the granite install. Now I am thinking I might prefer something different. It is always something. ha ha. Always tweaking this or that. But it is fun. :-)

I collect tea towels...and my mother gave these gorgeous linen ones to me for my birthday. They are from a new shop in Columbia, Ky...called Nanwood. If you are in the area try to visit them for something special for your home, or for a gift. 

Another angle with a previous decor idea that I nixed in favor of the one simple small pumpkin (above.)

The dining area gets spruced up a bit more...with new amber placemats  and a centerpiece of white pitchers. 

With my white kitchen I tend to pick up white cups, serveware, etc. I love country English style...and try to support that with details. 

In the corner under the retriever lamp is a small pine chest. I hope to make my kitchen table look like that finish. My old table needs to be sanded and refreshed after almost twenty years. 

I brought my drapes from previous house.  I could not remember the brand of the fabric...but some of the designers on Instagram told me that the fabric is Scalamandre.

Our kitchen is a modest one...but our dining table with view make it worth a million bucks. We have privacy, trees, and grass. This nook is a wonderful place to hang out. 

We have talked of ripping out the kitchen one day and starting from scratch...but I do not know if I have that strong a desire to change things. :-) 

Another image of our view. The leaves have begun falling so eventually it will be bare back here. boohoo!

I may tweak a few more things in the kitchen this fall, but for some reason I am into keeping my fall decorating simple this year. 

Of course...I could change my mind later. I do that sometimes. ha ha. 

Until the next time...

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Your home looks positively beautiful Sheila! Hope you have a great week.

  2. Good Afternoon Sheila. What a lovely view from Your Dining room window. Drinking a hot cup of Tea or Coffee must be so very relaxing. I absolutely love the Dining room's Curtains, they are perfect. Thank-You always for Sharing. Laters, MJ

  3. Your dining room and its view is so serene. Your restrained decorating with rich colors and accents really lets each component shine. Wonderful!
    Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

  4. Love your kitchen! The choice of black for backsplash and countertops was very smart...adds a little drama as well as being practical. Good backdrop for accessories...

  5. The English country vibe of your home is wonderfully charming! There is a richness within the colors and woods that I love - they say 'home' to me. Seeing your chandelier today reminded me to thank you again for sending me the link to purchase one of my own! I would never have had the vision to place this over my ornate dining room table, yet once I saw yours I knew it was perfect! Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous home AND resources with us!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous fall inspiration!

  7. Congratulations Sheila! Your post was the top viewed of the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween link party 2017!


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