I wonder how many 'parts' this kitchen re-style series will have?
Maybe like... 10? 20?
I guess most bloggers would do a re-style post in the typical 1,2,3 part fashion... but HEY, this is real life people, and our remodels and re-styles don't happen in 1,2,3's, mkay? There are a LOT of components to completely making over a space! The two biggest that I can think of are money and TIME. I'm sure a bunch of you can relate when I tell you that I could literally pick ONE thing on my to-do list of hundreds, and JUST work on that ONE thing, all day. Whether it's being a Mom, doing laundry, preparing meals for the week, focusing on weight loss, blogging or redecorating; but guess what? That ain't NEVER gonna happen (for me anyway). Around these parts, we've always got a million plates spinning around in the air. The trick is to just keep as many going as possible, without losing your cool.
That being said, there ARE those times, at the end of a long week when you suddenly realize that one or two of those spinning plates has disappeared; and it feels GREAT! For us, this happened about 2 weeks ago when we added in the LAST big piece of the puzzle into the eating nook in our kitchen. It was a busy Thursday morning when we finally got the call from Black Goose Design that our new, special order settee for our kitchen was here and ready for pickup!
I'm not sure if you remember, but we shared a little peek at a few of the finishes we had picked out for our kitchen early on, and that gray and white ikat- style fabric had been playing a big part in the whole "look" of our eating nook. The only problem was, that this specific fabric was on back order for about 2 months! Both Cason and I tried to convince ourselves that we should just pick something else, but we were dead-set on getting THAT fabric, with a very specific style of settee for our table; and here's why...
Oh yeah, that's right, it's an armless, wheelable, washable settee people!!!
Life CAN be pretty and stylish, even WITH KIDS! You just have to make sure that all of your world is washable, that's all. (you can quote me on that one)
I honestly can't tell you HOW happy we are with this plush, durable, gorgeous settee. It's easy to get in and out of, it can easily sit three adults and it's comfy to the MAX! One of the biggest goals for our little home is to make it as functional as possible, regardless of the size. We wanted to fit as many people as we could around the largest table that we had space for, and with our final number now reaching a whopping 8, we've accomplished just that... counting the bar stools, we're at a total of 11 seats all together!
It may seem a bit silly to name a space, but Cason and I have dubbed this area:
"The Teeny-Tiny Kitchen that Could."
Another big change that happened in this space a few weeks before we got our settee was our new window coverings! When we moved into the house we bought Faux wood blinds for all of our windows, but found out quickly they weren't cut out for the job they needed to preform. The back part of our house (where the eating area, kitchen and family room is) heats up like you wouldn't believe in the evening; making it almost unbearable in the Summertime to cook a hot meal in the kitchen after about 6:00pm. We knew we needed more protection from the heat and sun, but weren't quite sure what to do. Thank goodness for Brooke, who suggested these woven wood shades. They keep the sun and heat out so much better, because they've got a protective lining on the back. Plus, I love the natural vibe that the wood material brings to the space; meshing really well with the earthy, raw feel of our tables finish.
We fell in love with the roman shades over in our bay window so much, that we decided to take the same look over to our window by the sink, but this time with a fun, floral fabric, to soften all the hard lines of the tile and wood planked walls a bit.
We had originally started out with a blue floral fabric to begin with, but in the end decided to go with a lighter variation, with lots of pops of color instead, to keep the space from getting too dark. I wanted the maximum amount of light to still be able to shine through my roman shade, but also provide us with the privacy we needed.
... and of course, you can't forget all the finishing touches. We're still working on a few things (like getting rid of all the Valentine's decor and maybe finding a fun table runner) so we'll keep you updated with those changes, but while I was at The Black Goose Design shop a few days ago, I spotted these great pieces that I knew would look awesome on my blue tray in the middle of our table... aaaand, since I know you guys are always asking about WHERE I buy all of our cute decor, Brooke and I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway for a few of the exact same things that we're using in OUR house, right now!
What's up for grabs:
Round Scalloped-Design Frame
Chalkboard Place Cards (as seen in our Christmas post) + Chalk Pen!
Here's how to Enter:
Brooke and I thought about this a bit and we've decided that we want to know: "What sort of items does YOUR kitchen nook/dining room need?" Window coverings, decor, a great piece of statement furniture? If you could pick a few things to add to your space that would personalize it a bit more for you and your family, what would they be?
Simply leave a comment and use the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entry. We've also included a few additional ways to to gain more entries, for a better chance to win these goodies, so make sure to take advantage of those too