Friday, October 25, 2013

Making a House a Home Series: Kitchen & Dining Area

Good afternoon & happy Friday to you! I'm so glad the end of the week is here. I'm looking forward to the weekend. I don't have any plans, but to stay home. And I am BEYOND excited about that! Do you ever feel that way? Home is without a doubt my favorite place to be, but it seems like I don't get to spend nearly enough time there, especially on the weekends. I think what makes home so wonderful for me, aside from who I share it with, is making it a place that reflects my family and our styles, tastes, and needs. One of our favorite spaces in our home is the kitchen & dining area. It reflects both of us so well with bright colors, touches of modern & vintage, and a kitchen space designed by us both.

We finished our actual kitchen a little over a year ago, but have just recently took the time to decorate it. We had an old table and hutch, switched it to new, collected decor pieces, and choose & completed back splash (I even helped with laying that!).  For our decor, our inspiration was our engagement photos with a bright yellow airplane and the fun dishes we selected for our registry. 

Bed Bath & Beyond
Charlie loves bright colors, and I love the mix of the bright with muted and cool colors like khaki & turquoise blue. These dishes were perfect for us, and paired with our engagement photos the space came together perfectly!

Here you can get a better look at our engagement photographs and how well they work with our dinnerware. You probably remember these square IKEA frames from here. We kept them around, but switched out the black and white ones to black and white photos from our wedding. I printed the photos using a 12x12 scrapbook layout in My Digital Studio, so PERFECT for this project. We carried out the squares with the dining table we selected and shelves we made into a buffet like piece (bottom right & see more below).

 Dining Table, Chairs, & Benches: Ashley Furniture
Frames: IKEA
Rug: Target
Pillowcases, Flowers, & Lemons: Hobby Lobby
Place Mats (yellow & turquoise): Bed Bath & Beyond
Vases: Ross
Turquoise Ball Jar: Lovely picked up in New Hampshire last year
Bird Napkin Holder: Already Owned
Coaster Set: Lovely brought home from Africa several years ago

Shelves: IKEA
Frames: Michael's & Hobby Lobby
Cookie Jar, Parfait Dish: Walmart
Cookie Cutters: Vintage (family pieces & others Lovely and I collected)
Flowers, Bird: Hobby Lobby
Doily, Kitchen Scale: Vintage Lovely & I found
Cake Cover: Vintage from my Grandmother
Cook Books: Collected & Gifts
Chevron Pot: Ross

Market Dish: Crate & Barrell
Cookie Stamps & "You Are My Sunshine" Print: Stampin' Up!/My Digital Studio
Vinyl Signs: House of Shep

I created the "You are my sunshine" print in My Digital Studio to incorporate the colors of the space and something to go along with our pictures. I set it up in a 5x7 postcard format, and printed it from Stampin' Up! It's perfect for the space!

Back Splash: Home Depot
Canisters: Ross
Scoops: Canton First Monday
Red Dish (Pen Holder): Vintage from my Grandmother
Dessert Dish: Walmart
Light/Wax Warmer: Scentsy
White Dish & Stand: Pampered Chef

"If You Live..." Sign & Cast Iron Bird Bath: Canton First Monday
Wooden Peppers, "With this day..." Pan, Flower Frogs, Owl, Flower Frame, Turquoise Jar with Marbles: Collected or already owned by us
Red Dishes: Vintage from my Grandmother
Letterpress Blocks: Spice Village
Bird Salt & Pepper Shakers: The Veranda

I love how well we have taken things we already had, collected a few new or new to us pieces, and meshed everything together to suit us both. This is definitely one of our favorite spaces with the fun colors and trinkets we love. Charlie enjoys cooking and I enjoy baking so it is important for us both to enjoy this space, and we most definitely do!
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