Thursday, April 9, 2015

My kitchen inspiration becomes a reality

Kitchens! They are the heart of our homes.
Whether you have a grand space or just a nook,
get inspired to make your kitchen a space you will love.
My kitchen is decorated with purple transferware and pops of granny smith green.
I painted my kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan's Old White Chalk Paint several years
ago.  I love white kitchens and so I had to have white cabinets!  
There was one particular kitchen that I found in a book years ago
by Carolyn Westbrook that struck a chord with me.  It was a creamy white kitchen 
with interesting old bits,  a green bead board backsplash, 
a white farmhouse sink and loads of purple transferware.
This was the kitchen that stole my heart, and it was then that I decided
to start collecting purple transferware.  I also decided I would try to 
make my kitchen into something that resembled this one.
Something as simple as a pretty picture in a book or online can offer
decorating inspiration and lead the way when you are ready.
 My collection grew quickly as I started to hunt down pieces in earnest.
  This is a shot from the new magazine my home is featured in, 
and it was Matthew Mead's idea to assemble
a lot of my collection on top of the piano for a group shot. 
 How marvelous this photo is!
I took some pieces off the wall in the dining room, and some pieces out
of the tiny kitchen display cupboard I created when I redid my kitchen
so we could get that amazing shot.  I would love to know the back story of
Carolyn Westbrook's kitchen and how she came to her vision.
Anyway, my tiny kitchen is a an example of how one can make something
special out of something pretty ordinary.  Its got loads of
personality now, and its very cheerful too.  Some newer accessories
from HomeGoods mix it up with the vintage pieces.  Floral coffee cups
and pretty mixing bowls used to hold fruit all add to the cottage charm.
Create your own brand of magic after finding an inspiration photo.
that gets you motivated!  And just to see how far this little kitchen 
has come, take a peek at my before kitchen.
Need I say more? 

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