Jan 12, 2013

Our Kitchen

As I gathered pictures for my new page Tour My Other House, I realized I didn't have photos of our kitchen here at our rental home.


Our kitchen is one place I would love to take a hammer to and a whole bunch of paint (just because - that is what I do). But this place is temporary and I have to wait out the school year. I am searching  the area to see where we would like our new home to be. Big decision.
I have tried to make the space more my style with new laminate wood floors and some small details around. The floor was vinyl when we moved in (haven't seen vinyl flooring in a long time). I couldn't live with it - so not even two weeks after we moved in - we laid this wood from Sam's Club right over it.
The appliances are almond-ish. I thought about getting a new fridge but this one works. I just covered one side with a section of fence. The island was a freebie that I repainted. I also painted the pantry door and added the chalkboard. You can see that post here.
By hanging signs and wreaths from the cabinets with a thumb tack and twine - it brings in some personal touches to this space. Behind that SIMPLIFY sign is a huge security system monitor - an eye sore. The tote is filled with mail and junk and the greenery mostly hides all that. The tote also hides  phone / electrical cords.
I added some small white furniture pieces to the room to go with the white appliances.
I don't throw any bottles away so I store them above the cabinets. This house doesn't have a basement where I can "hoard" my stuff.
By storing things we use in cute baskets around - it makes the place look lived in and loved.
Wire baskets are my favorite.
Under the table I store games & homework/art project items.
You can see how I made the burlap window panels here.
We will eat healthier food if it is ready to eat and conveniently located right under our noses.
Well, that's our kitchen. It is what it is...
Happy Weekend!

31 comments :

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Holly,
Still lovin' what you did to the fridge...super neat idea. Did the owners ay for the new floor (guess that's not any of my business)? Better get back to my fluffing.

Blessings,
Linda

Heather Carson said...

holly you are so creative!
fence... chalkboard... wine bottles..
love, love, love!!

- heather
www.ThisLifeIsYours.com

Dawn said...

Holly, what a charming kitchen. I can't believe you did floors in a rental. Great choice too, they are beautiful. Love the length of the wire basket it is a unique size. Thanks for the tour:)

Kelly said...

I don't think it's a bad kitchen at all! I love the wood flooring you put in. Do you have to get approval from the owner before making permanent changes like that? I like how you have storage under your table too. Is that the island that you were using in your old house? I think you've done some creative camouflaging in there!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your kitchen is really nice. You have added some white that looks nice. :) I love the games under the table--looks inviting. Very charming kitchen!

Patty Sumner said...

I love what you have done to your rental... Living in parsonages most of my marrige I understand wanting to do things even though you realize the home is not permanent. I always want any where I be to feel more like home with my design and decor. It is all beautiful!!! Love the wood beside fridge... Lots of great ideas.. Blessings!

Lynn Fern said...

Holly - I think you did a great job at making a home for now. I have always felt that it is important for me to have that no matter if we are renting or owning. You are super creative!!
Lynn
fernavenueblog.blogspot.com

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

I love all of your little touches, and the bottles above the cabinets are really cool. The fence next to the fridge is a really neat idea!

Blondie's Journal said...

You have been very creative with your rental! Your kitchen has it's own personality now. I love the touches of white and the small island. I am a big fan of wire baskets, too! :)

XO,
Jane

awal.ny said...

You have done great with what you had to work with. You have a great touch, how to turn nothing into something.

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

What a great job you did in making it your own!!
Ok.. the fence on the side of the 'fridge, that is clever. Might have to use that :-)
Thanks for the tour..
Cheers, Gee

itsstilllife.com said...

Love the touches you gave your kitchen but I love, love, love your table and that you store games and things right there. Awesome.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

You have done a great job making the kitchen your own. Love the floors and how you added signs to hide stuff.

Unknown said...

Your house is absolutely beautiful! I love to see your room tours and they give me so many ideas for my own house! Speaking of which, I love your bedroom and was wondering if you would share where you fund your bedside chests?

chateau chic said...

Wow, you've put so many personal touches in your kitchen even though it's a rental. Looks great, Holly!
Mary Alice

NanaDiana said...

Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful...full of personality and warm and welcoming. Love the water bottle storage! xo Diana

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Holly, I think you're wise to rent for awhile before you buy. It really gives you a chance to scope out the territory before buying something in a neighborhood you know you'll like. You've done a great job making your rental house a home.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Ok... I'm pretty new to reading your blog; so let me just ask, this is a rental? Meaning you are renting? or this is your house, that you'll be renting out once you build and move your next house?

Because...MAN! You've done a great job with this kitchen. All of these things could be done in a kitchen that 'isn't yours' ...if say, ONE was renting. But, if ONE was moving, selling, staging for a sell and you wanted to appeal to buyers (or renters) this is kept so that the next people could envision living here!
I must say again-- you've done a great job with this kitchen. LOL!
Pat

Melanie @ Rustic Farmhouse said...

I LOVE all your personal touches! and I LOVE the curtains! just might put burlap in my dining as well! :)

Bliss said...

My eyes aren't so good... at first I thought those were grapes with pinecones, but I can clearly see you have a bottle habit.

Bliss

kim said...

Holly,
You are so blessed and lucky to have a landlord who allows you to put your own personal touch through out this home! Lady you really DO have 'Down to Earth Style'! Thank you for sharing your talent for loveliness on a blog so I can lurk and copy! {seriously :)}

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

What it is, is precious! I love the floor, and all the little touches that do, indeed, say that it is a home, lived in, and loved.

ImSoVintage said...

Your kitchen is very homey and warm. Thanks for sharing it all with us again.:)
Hugs,
Laura

Carol said...

I think you've done a great job of making your temporary home look anything but "temporary." It looks cozy and inviting -- that's what home is, right?

Amy said...

I am simply blown away. I so love your style. Your kitchen is beautiful.

Pendra said...

What you've done to this kitchen is amazing...but with your style I can see what you would do if you owned the house. You are so creative your ideas are always so fresh and outside the box...love it!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is really a great space!!! ANd you have worked your magic on it so that it is charming and welcoming! I love how you creatively hid and enhanced the areas you did not like!!!
I have a couple of security panels that drive me crazy!!! Great idea to cover them.
I really like you "down to earth" style and sensibility!!!

Christine Vandormolen said...

thanks for sharing your beautiful kitchen, all those little accents on the cabinets make it great...it really inspires me....now that I see all those wine bottles it explains the little basket with all the corks...lol..cheers

Bella said...

The kitchen area is perfect especially with all the white furniture additions. I LOVE the flooring what's it called?

Katarina said...

Your kitchen is lovely. All the personal touches give it a real charm. :-)

Traci said...

Is this little, terrific island on your Pinterest boards anywhere? I love it! Thanks.

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