The other day when we looked at kitchen styling, my dear friend Judy from Gracious Southern Living, commented about the vignettes that I have here in my kitchen. So today, I thought we would look at how well things can be copied. I’m a thief. Yes, I will admit it. The reason I was able to break all of those photos down into their components is because I have to do that in order to steal from them! Yes, sad I know.
We have already looked at this whole kitchen, but it was a quick twirl around the room. (here) We have not zoomed in on the little areas to see the vignettes. Let’s take it a little slower here today to see them. What has been copied in these little spaces?
Well…as you face the sink, this is the cabinet on the upper left. Like many people have previously done, we took the door off of it so that we might have some open cabinetry. You see glassware, stacked cups (from Williams Sonoma), olive oils, and a jar of pasta. All stolen ideas.
This is the cabinet on the other side with its glassware, stacked bowls, olive oils, and jar of pasta. More thievery. Can you tell that we like Italian food?
Below this cabinet is the area with the jars of sugar and flour and a small portion of my cookbooks….all copied ideas. The other cookbooks are in the cabinet in the dining area and in bookshelves in the greatroom. Where do you keep all your cookbooks?
The other end of this little vignette has a basket with cooking magazines, string, and scissors. And then there are the crocks of cooking tools like we looked at in several of the kitchens the other day.
Now let’s take a closer look at the little desk area. I have a difficult time photographing this space because it never gets direct sunlight. This lower part has a chalkboard that I normally keep phone numbers on (took them off for privacy here). You know a zillion folks have chalkboards in their kitchen. It also has a desk organizer (Pottery Barn) that holds a notebook of menus from restaurants we like and coupons…nothing original here.
You can see more cookbooks and assorted bowls and food items in the cabinet above it. You have seen plenty of displays like this I am sure. We even commented on the pretty packaging in one of the kitchens we looked at the other day.
Now moving over to the island. There is a small area below the plate rack with a lamp and more ….jars! These hold scoops and cereal, and there are other items standing ready for breakfast. Lamp in the kitchen, plate rack, white dishes, jars…copied, copied, copied.
Here is a closer look at the area for all you blind people like me.
On the other side of the refrigerator is a different plate rack below a cabinet that has yet another glass door. I have assorted stacked plates, food items, and little pitchers holding silverware. You’ve seen that in other kitchens before haven’t you?
This side of the kitchen is set up for everything you need for coffee. Coffee bars are all over Pinterest. Wanda, a dear reader here, commented on the post the other day asking where the coffee pot and toaster were in these neat little vignettes. I thought that was a very good question. I think the secret to making your coffee pot attractive is to pair it with a tray holding all the things you need to go with it. I like to try to think “practical” and pretty in styling an area….it’s got to work for your everyday life.
And here’s a little closer look for us blind folks again.
And to answer Wanda’s toaster question, if I were doing an area with a toaster I might put a basket with our bread in it beside it, or maybe a pretty butter dish,a beautiful jar of jelly or preserves, and a little pitcher or jar holding a collection of butter knives all on a tray. Perhaps that would make it more attractive.
Now we are back to where we started. If you were real observant you noticed that I moved that tray of coffee accessories in the photographs of this room.
As you can see, I have borrowed styling ideas from other kitchens…the stacks of plates, the jars, the cookbooks, the crocks of cooking tools, the displayed foods, and more. All of these ideas came from something I saw somewhere and decided that it was worth doing in our kitchen here.
So…are you a good
thief borrower of ideas?