Kitchen Eat-in Area – Changes Are A Coming…

Do you guys sometimes wonder if I’m missing some pretty standard rooms in my home? Where does this girl sleep? I’ve never seen even a peek of her bedroom. And where does her family eat? There’s no kitchen table in sight. Do they have a family room to hang out and watch tv in or do they just sit in the living room at night and stare at each other?

I figured I’d share one of those not-yet-done, rarely-seen-on-the-blog spaces today since it’s moved its way up near the top of my to-do list: our kitchen eat-in area. I’d love to be able to tell you it looks like this (Kristin has amazing style!):

But it’s a much more unfinished (ok, let’s be honest…boring) space:

Kitchen eat-in area

So here’s what I’m thinking to whip this space into shape:

#1 – Strip and refinish our kitchen table back to it’s original state. I bought it already painted and it does have an attractive distressed finish:

Painted and distressed kitchen table

but in a room with white walls, the color just dies (and I love my white walls – I have no plans to change that!). My friend Jennifer has an identical table and look how beautiful it looks unpainted:

Plan #2 – Build a corner banquette. I miss the banquette we had in our old house and love to relax and curl up while eating rather than sitting upright in a chair. I have something like this with cushions and pillows in mind:

except that we have baseboard heating so the bottom of the banquette would have to be entirely open. It’s going to be a a little tricky to design.

#3 – Once I know where our kitchen table’s final resting spot will be, I’d like to install a chandelier rather than just relying on can lights for lighting. I haven’t done a lot of looking for light fixtures yet, but something unique and with great texture like this beaded chandelier is totally up my alley:

#4 – Add art to the big blank wall above the future banquette:

Painted kitchen table

I’ll most likely add a gallery wall of oil paintings because I’ve picked up a ton of them at flea markets and thrift shops since moving to CT. Everything is more expensive in CT except oil paintings – I didn’t pay more than $20 for any of these:

Oil paintings for art wall

So that’s the plan – what do you guys think?  By the way, you were all were so helpful with suggestions for our kitchen seating area – I haven’t made any definite decisions on chairs yet but I’m getting closer thanks to all of your input – you’re the best!


February’s Best of the Nest

Vintage modern rustic dining room

Bye-bye, see you later, good riddance February! I can’t wait to welcome March on Sunday – even though she can start out a little crabby, by the end of March she’s usually giving us a few lovely teases of spring. And along with simply wanting to be outside without ten layers of clothing on, there’s a growing list of outdoor spray painting projects that this girl needs to knock out. #diybloggerproblems Let’s close out the month with some beautiful inspiration by sharing some favorite February projects, starting with our amazing Guest of the Nest this month – Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof. Jenna’s blog is […]

A Fireplace Plan (Finally), A New Fashion Line, & Target Finds

Walker Zanger Sterling Row tile

I’ve been talking about remodeling our living room fireplace for who knows how long. Every time I think I have a good plan, it falls apart for one reason or another. Most recently I was loving the idea of totally replacing my mantelpiece with a salvaged farmhouse one that I found locally but later realized that it was too tall. As is pretty much every other cool mantelpiece out there since I’m working with ceilings that are only 7 1/2 foot tall and an average height mantelpiece leaves only a small, crammed amount of wall space above it. But I think I actually have […]

My Home’s Paint Colors

Our Home's Paint Colors (Driven by Decor)

I’ve been juggling a bunch of projects the past few weeks including FINALLY being on the home stretch of painting our foyer. If all it involved was slapping on a coat of paint, I would have been done weeks ago but our walls and trim were a mess. It’s been days of endless prep work – nail filling, sanding, caulking, and sealing the residual wallpaper paste. Yuck. And I totally changed my mind about the color – I’m anxious to see what you guys think! In the meantime, I’d love to share the paint colors from the rest of our home with you. Good paint […]

Decorating Inspiration: Flowering Branches

House Beautiful

I’ve definitely had too much of winter at this point (you too?) so it’s no surprise that I’m finding myself drawn to these gorgeous spaces with colorful flowering branches. Can you imagine how much less life these rooms would have without them? And I love that even the most inexperienced of decorators can throw a few flowering branches into a vase (which can be as simple as a glass wine jug) and turn a ho-hum space into something stunning.  If you’re not sure where to look for flowering branches, I’ve had luck at florists and smaller, high-end grocery stores. Also, they have some beautiful ones at Terrain that are […]

Hanging In the Kitchen (& Some Great Pillows)

Kitchen with butcher block countertops || coffee station || upholstered bench seat

Welcome back from the long weekend – did you guys do anything fun? We headed to Massachusetts for a few days of skiing which actually ended up in only one day of skiing because of the wicked windchill temps after the first day.  Yep, we’re wimpy like that. We still had fun hanging out in MA – I didn’t have to make any beds, clean any bathrooms, or cook any meals so that’s a good time by me. #easytoplease After getting home I jumped into working on a few projects and giving some thought to some future ones including what I’m going to do […]