Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Darling Display

I haven't debuted the kitchen renovation yet, as there are still some large, unfinished items (namely, cabinet doors and backsplash). It's too hot in the shop to work on the doors, and the paint wouldn't have a chance to level properly anyhow. And we have to make some decisions about undercabinet lighting (and wiring) before I can finish the backsplash. So those hold-ups are delaying the big kitchen reveal.

In the meantime, I'm having fun trimming it out with details. The windowseat is painted and in place, I found the perfect fabric for the box cushion to top it, and the cafe curtain and hanging planter are in. It still looks a bit messy and rather visually cluttered, due to the cabinet doors being off. But the open display shelves on the endcaps have never looked better!

Paneled fridge on the left, windowseat under the cafe curtain,
and a glimpse of the (unfinished) beadboard backsplash

This kitchen display is brought to you in part by my marvelous Maryland-based friend. I had made an impulse purchase at Ikea on our long distance shopping trip several months ago. It turned out to be the perfect item, but I only bought one. It was a very pretty, off white pedestal bowl that they were discontinuing. So when I realized it was the perfect shape, size, and color for my display shelves, I searched the country for more! A friend and fellow Ikea lover came to mind and I contacted her. Her store still had them! So she kindly purchased and shipped me several more to round out my collection.

Left of the sink

Right of the sink

End run by the range

I still need two more white "somethings" to fill the shelves completely. I'm not big on tchotchkes, knickknacks, or other purely decorative items, so I'm waiting until I find just the right functional and attractive (and budget-friendly) pieces.


  1. It's looking really good so far! That tea pot is gorgeous, where did you get it?

  2. Thanks Christina! I found the teapot (and matching creamer and sugar bowl on the opposite shelf) at a thrift store a long time ago. It has no maker's mark, and I've looked for matching pieces for years! I've found some pretty ones, like Independence Ironstone, but nothing exactly like mine.