Finishing up the history of our kitchen leads us to the eat-in part of the kitchen. When we moved in there was a chandelier (the one threatening to decapitate G) in the center of the space and vertical blinds on the sliding doors leading out to the deck (pictured above). Both had to go. The chandelier was moved to the dining room, and later to Craigslist. The vertical blinds found their new home in the trash and were replaced with inexpensive tab-top panels from Wal-Mart.
We actually lived without a kitchen table for about a year. We had a breakfast bar island in the kitchen so we usually ate there. Or we just ate in the living room, but only when American Idol, Biggest Loser, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, The Bachelor, Prison Break, Desperate Housewives, October Road, America’s Next Top Model, the State of the Union Address and yesterday’s news was on. We got so used to having that space open that when we got a table we agreed we didn’t want it centered in the middle, and instead angled it in a corner leaving plenty of room to walk through. I love this table—it’s counter-height and has a butterfly leaf in the center so it opens to seat 6. We went with counter height instead of pub height so we could pull up the counter-height stools at the island when needed. And we went with counter-height instead of standard table height so we could still see the TV over the loveseat. True story.
I was trying to decide between the matching wood chairs or these woven chairs when G informed me he hated the woven chairs. G trusts my tastes and usually lets me do whatever I want decor-wise, however, he does have veto power. There have been a few times when he’s not crazy about something I picked out or did but he agrees he can live with it or it’ll grow on him. And then there are the rare occasions when he flat-out hates something. The woven chairs fell into the flat-out hate category and were promptly returned.
I came across these grommet-top ivory and chocolate linen panels in a West Elm catalog and had to have them. They bring color and texture into the space and I just love them.
Next up—the tablescape. Since all the flat surfaces in the kitchen were now counter-height I decided to do a really tall centerpiece to bring the eye upward. I found these Nate Berkus vases on clearance at Linens & Things which were perfect. They have a chocolate brown band at the bottom which mimics the curtain panels. The curly willow filler is from Pier 1. Since we eat here daily I decided I wanted to keep chargers on the table to protect it from getting scratched. I got these neat wooden chargers at Target—I love the pattern on them.
My current headache spot in the kitchen is this wall, which is opposite the kitchen table. It’s so hard to find something that looks nice here because the thermostat and light switch are in the way (damn heat and illumination). I bought these tin tile wall hangings at an At Home America show. They came in a set of 4, but only 3 would fit. I had them here for a few months before I decided they’re a little too traditional for my tastes. Next, I jumped on the Empire West ceiling tile craze that swept The Nest a few months ago. I got these 3 tiles in white. I love the style and size of them, but wasn’t feeling the white. So I painted them the same brown as the arch in the living room/dining room, but they were still missing the mark. In a last-ditch attempt to make them work I topped them with a coat of bronze paint. Nope, didn’t do it. I still love the tiles, but didn’t have another spot in our home for them so I gave them to my friend Jill and they now look gorgeous in her fabulous new blue and brown master bedroom. So for now this wall is blank, but I’m on the lookout—let me know if you have any great ideas!
Our kitchen today:
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