My Kitchen- Making it Personal

                                       

When I bought my condo in 2008, the kitchen looked like this.  I loved the granite countertops and the stainless steel appliances.  I was used to a galley kitchen at my old place so this kitchen was a luxury to me.




Honestly, if I were renovating I'd go for white or cream colored cabinets with a vintage feel. This kitchen was like new so of course I left it as is.  I decided it just needed to be personalized to my taste.


I changed out the fruit print curtains to a black and white toile balloon curtain.  I love the view of the neighbor's barn.  Makes me feel like I'm in the country.


 Next to the refrigerator I set up a caffeination station.  I have my large assortment of teas in the cabinet above this area.  Excuse this poor photo I used flash on it.





I put a cat rug in front of the sink.  The kitties love it.  Oscar like to sit by the fire, does he think it's real?  No he's my genius cat and he knows it's fake.


My latte mugs are right at home at the caffeination station.


One of the walls is used for wall art.  I love that Steinlien print of the woman with all the animals.  I first saw a poster of this at my cat's vet's office.  I ordered mine from Ebay.



Another view of my French themed wall.  There's also a watercolor of a boulangerie on another wall which I neglected to photograph.



I found this vintage label at an antiques fair.  I had it matted in a burgundy suede and framed in gold. It hangs over my sink.


Molly like to use this chair as a step stool for looking out the window.  I have grain sack cushions on the chairs.




Here's another view of the barn.  It's so pretty in Winter.


I have two tea racks. This one is right outside the kitchen in the hallway leading to the kitchen.


Here's the second tea rack.  I bought it from Harney and Sons tea.  I use the bistro set as my kitchen table. When I entertain we use the dining room.  The clock is from Target.


 All set for entertaining friends.  This party had a British theme. I love my little plates from Home Goods. Got them years ago.


My chalkboard platter is from Pottery Barn. It always has a message on it.


I use boxes and baskets for my storage.  This biscuit box is from French Garden House.  Again bought at least two years ago.



Oscar loves the grain sack cushions and they hold up well to scratching.





There's Oscar again, now he's looking out at the barn! This seems to be a popular spot.


All decorations are constantly changed or moved. Except for my Keep Calm and Carry On poster that's to the right in this photo.  It is a constant reminder to always keep calm, don't stress, move on.

Now that you've finished my post you can continue your kitchen tour at Sarah's Modern Country Style.
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Comments

Benny and Lily said…
so comfy cozy
Benny & Lily
Liz said…
Whats a cozy kitchen with out a kitty?! :)

~Liz
I love the pictures you've shared. It looks exactly like a lovely kitchen that I'd love to stay and while away the hours chatting in - and that's more important, I think, than the newest, spangliest kitchen in the world!!

All your special touches make it reflect you! Beautiful!

Thank you so much for linking up to Kitchen Favourites!

Sarahx
Snappy Di said…
Love that view out your kitchen window!.... We had a caffienation station in one of our homes that had a little nook area too. I miss having that location in this house. Nice that you took this kitchen and made it your own. :-)

DI
Hi Elaine, your kitchen is beautiful! I love the French touch that you've added and I love caffeination station! The view of the red barn is lovely also!
You have such a nice kitchen, Elaine! I'd love to have a newer kitchen, or at least more modern appliances. Ours are 10+ years old and looking rather worn and dated.

How nice to have a little caffienation station! Everything looks clean and organized. A nice reflection on you.
Chookie said…
I love what you've done. What a warm, comfortable place to be.
(visiting via Modern Country Style's link party)
GLENDA CHILDERS said…
I am popping over from Sarah's Kitchen Favourites party to see your kitchen. Love your latte mugs.

You can see my kitchen in my Chicago Vintage apartment. Can you stay for tea?

Fondly,
Glenda (link # 62)
Robynne's Nest said…
Hi there, thanks for dropping by my blog...love your personal touches in your kitchen...but I have to say that I think the best accessory is your cat(s)...such great company..I miss mine...he's in Australia with my daughter. Robx
p.s. I have seen cat platforms that can be attached to a window sill for Puss to sit on...however they look really ugly!!

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