Welcome to the latest installment of Project Design. Mary Ann, Annie, and I are joining some new friends and old friends for some kitchen styling. Just like styling your coffee table or your bookshelves, styling your kitchen requires some effort. Keep in mind what types of things you enjoy in the rest of your home and incorporate some of those elements in your kitchen. Then your home will flow from room to room. Keep it simple, and keep it natural. Less is more. Don’t clutter your counter with every kitchen gadget known to man or too many knick-knacks that serve no purpose. Do incorporate organic elements, texture, and vintage to make your kitchen your own. Let’s take a look at five simple steps to style your kitchen like a pro.
Tip #1 Use Trays to Corral Kitchen Essentials
Here is an old nursery tray that holds our “coffee bar”. The tulips are housed in a vintage redware pitcher, water buffalo horn spoons are in an empty candle holder, and raw sugar is in a small antique redware jar. The candle is my longtime favorite Votivo Red Currant. It is a good year-round scent that is always fresh and pleasant. I had it burning in the kitchen yesterday when I was photographing. It is so uplifting and so much more reasonable than most candles. Haven’t candles gotten ridiculously expensive?
Next to my sink, I have a small kouboo tray that’s home to my handy dandy brushes, hand soap, dish soap, and hand lotion. I have these same trays all over my house.
Tip #2 Add Organic details such as flowers, plants, or herbs
This is where everyone enters my kitchen from the back door. In the basket are herbs and lemons from the garden. We use the blackboard for reminders. It has been in this same spot since we built the house over 30 years ago. The cute apron on the left my daughter purchased for me on her honeymoon in Positano. Wouldn’t we all love to be there right now?
Tip #3 Add Texture
I love adding rattan and wicker items to warm up the cool surface of the countertops. Here I have an old trencher (bowl) and simple woven chargers to warm up the counter. The block print napkins I found on Etsy. I linked similar at the bottom of the post or you can find all different ones here.
Tip #4 Add Something Vintage
An old breadboard and vintage wicker covered bottles add character to the Tabarka tile backsplash. I really love this tile, if I lived in a similar home I would do it again.
#5 Add Pretty Dishtowels
Trish from Cottage by Design did these towels several years ago. She has done all of the monogramming in my home. Many people ask about the lantern. It was made in Mexico many years ago. The faucet is Newport Brass worn down to its original unlacquered brass. The table top Olive Standards are from Bokay nursery if you are local
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