I don't have a really large kitchen so the decorating space it limited to an area that is over the stairs leading to the basement. We have slowly been working on giving our kitchen a face lift. We decided not to totally gut it, but work with what we have. The house was built in the late 50's so it does have some charm, and we wanted to keep that. Also we are working on a budget, so we kept the painted maple cabinets and repainted them. We also painted the walls a sunny yellow called Spiced Butternut by BEHR. We replaced lighting, and decorated a bit. During the winter months my husband plans to tile the counter tops and back splash, and change the flooring. These pictures show some of the decorating that we have done. There was a house shaped shelf structure already existing on the wall. We thought about removing it, but it is actually built into the wall, so we decided to paint it the same color as the wall to minimize the look of it. The previous owners had painted it a contrasting color and it really stuck out. I wanted downplay it. I decided to use it to display some of my favorite stuff. Our accent colors are red and black so a lot of the decor reflects that. I recently found the cast iron owl trivets at a local thrift store and placed them on a ledge with in the "house." I am still not sure about them, but I think they add to the vintage feel of the home. So I think I will let them roost for awhile. The two frames that flank the "house" contain old recipes from a cookbook published in 1966. They are a great economical do-it-yourself form of art . On an adjoining wall I have four photographs framed. My Mom and sister recently visited Europe together. These are photos that they took while they were there. When I was young I lived in Europe for five years. Their photos brought back so many good memories for me, so I had to frame some to put on my wall.
I'll show the rest of the kitchen when we get the renovations done on it. Right now it is not especially pretty;)
I apologize for the quality of the photos, we don't get a lot of natural light in this area and even the flash didn't help much except to throw spots of glare off the glass from the frames.