Since we looked at BIG houses and BIG rooms last week, I thought it might be good if we went in the other direction this week- not to little houses or little rooms, but to little spaces within a room. It is those little places that have been arranged with accessories that give a home its unique style.
I love to decorate little spots in my home with accessories, but it doesn’t just “happen.” I am always – and I do mean always – looking for ideas. I open up a new magazine or catalog. I look at those details in the rooms, and think….hmmm…I could copy that. Or I go to a store and look at their displays, and think the same thing. It happens all the time… books… blogs… websites… shops… restaurants. I am like a sponge soaking up ideas to copy. You probably do the same thing too. That’s why Pinterest is so addictive! We are all looking for ideas to steal.
Today, I thought we would zoom in on some of these little vignettes and see what ideas we could …um…borrow from them. Since you know I love kitchens, we are just going to focus in on them. What ideas would you take from these?
Martha Stewart obviously has more sets of dishes than all of us combined together, so sometimes copying little ideas is not practical. I think there must be risers in the back of that cabinet to hold that second tier of cups. You could easily do that neat styling of the stacked plates and bowls. The way they did the rolling pins is what I adore here! Super easy and something unique that adds such a special touch to the kitchen.
Lots of ideas to steal from Traci’s little vignette here:
1. the open shelves 2. the accessories limited to greens and white with a floral napkin thrown in for an accent with a little blue. 3. a platter leaning up against the wall. 4. the jar with the label sitting on a cake stand. 5. fresh flowers 6. the pattern on each shelf of “tall in the middle -short on the sides.” Do you see what I am talking about there? On the top shelf, the platter is tall, and the 2 balancing pieces are shorter. On the middle shelf, the canister with the lemons is tall, and the balancing glasses are shorter. Even on the bottom area, the sign acts as the “tall” and is balanced by the shorter flowers and lemonade mix. I always love symmetry!
Next we have Heather Bullard – one of the “queens” of styling. Again we can steal those open shelves, a platter leaning up against the wall, and she has a ton of white here that could easily be mimicked. She has a large quantity of silver standing up in a canister, but if you just had stainless it would still look good. It’s the contrast of the metal against the wood and white that works here. Let’s zoom in more on that bottom part.
What can we copy from this? There’s a large basket for texture holding those beautiful wooden bread boards (more texture) and more white dishes with a bright punch of color in the fruit. And it’s not just one fruit – it’s a mix and they have leaves…more details to note. Am I picky? You bet I am! It’s the details that make such a difference in something looking good and something looking great.
These shelves by the stove above are filled with beautifully packaged foods. Now I doubt that most of us have 4 of every kind of condiment that we stock in our kitchens, but you can steal the idea of displaying foods – especially foods with pretty packaging. Notice the jars with the peas in them and the tall jars of oils, and of course the potted herbs. All of these little details could be easily copied. Oh, and don’t forget the linens hanging on a rod at the end of the island – handy AND beautiful.
Now here is a kitchen that everyone has seen. Yes, it is lovely, but there are many little vignettes that could easily be copied from Joan. If you have cabinets with glass doors, you can display a variety of things like she has. I do think this cabinet is deeper than mine, because I don’t think I could fit that large silver bowl in my upper cabinets. But look specifically at what she is displaying: pitchers, platters, cake stands, glassware, and smaller pitchers holding rattan serving pieces. Even if you don’t have the glass doors, the idea for the jars on the counter with the scoops is a good and inexpensive one to copy. My jars came from Walmart and Target, and the scoops came from Sur La Table – easily affordable.
This is a cabinet by her kitchen fireplace. She has a platter hanging on the wall inside the cabinet. Steal that idea! The door stays open with a painting hung on it. There is a plant, cookbooks displayed, and more stacked serving pieces.
Now don’t let her gorgeous humongo stove distract you. That is not what we are here for.Look at the little vignettes on either side of it. There’s a basket full of oils, sauces, and vinegars with large platters standing up behind it. Easy-peasy to do. On the other side you see crocks full of cooking tools. I don’t have quite as many as she does there, but then again, I’ve got an itty bitty stove.
Finally, let’s zoom in on the details of a kitchen in a house that surprised me by how much I like it. It is not traditional. It has a ton of industrial elements. I don’t have a lot of that here, and yet this house is one I would love to live in. The collage of details in the very top photo is from it. You could copy those chalkboards by the stove, and the scale with the onions, the cookbooks, and the crock with all the wooden cooking tools.
Now look at their sink area. I don’t have any room behind my faucet to put things like they have, but the pretty decanter with the soap wouldn’t be difficult to do…and it would look much better than what most of us have there. A platter with fresh fruit AND flowers wouldn’t take long to pull together, and it would also look great.
That’s all the eye candy I have for you today. Hope you found something you could copy or borrow from some of these! I want to find some more rolling pins and a place to display them like Martha has in her television kitchen set. I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you can use any of these ideas.