Kitchens are the heart center of our sanctuary.
The kitchen is considered the heart of the home for many reasons.
It is where meals are cooked and eaten to nourish yourself, your loved ones, and your family. It is where you gather with friends and family to start and end the day, a place to celebrate, a place to reminisce, a place to be thankful for all that life has to offer. Cooking can be a meditative process for many - a respite from the noise of the world and the day. The kitchen also supports the service of transforming love into nourishing meals. Without good nourishment, we cannot fully step into our wholeness.
We cannot truly rise and shine without having proper nourishment - one of our core needs as humans.
Knowing this to be true begs the question of how to then create a kitchen that speaks to our soul or our family's soul. It all starts with understanding the role that your kitchen plays in your life, how you approach meals, who you plan to share your meals with. We then dive deeper into the role that the kitchen in your home(s) has played for you throughout your life and the role you want it to play moving forward.
Interior Design, Decorating
Indoor outdoor living
When reimaging this kitchen, we extended the dining room to include the outdoors for a year round indoor outdoor kitchen and folding doors.
In this home remodel, we replaced the counters and removed the top cabinets for a fresh farmhouse look.
Kitchen counter organization
Keeping things organized on your counter is a matter of figuring out what needs to actually stay on the counter and where it would be the most useful.
This homeowner wanted to convert a wine bar in her basement into a mini kitchen, so we added storage and electronics that would allow her to have a kitchen away from her kitchen.
From drab to fab (Before)
When I look at this photo, I see a blank canvas. Everything is white, which is a great place to start from. Given this kitchen is in a rental apartment, I had to get creative on how to approach making the kitchen more functional and fabulous based on my needs. Given the limited counter and cupboard space, I had to get creative in terms of where to place the drying rack, how to store spices, and where to hang towels. You don't need to spend a lot of time or money to spruce up a basic kitchen.
From drab to fab (After)
Here you can see the finished product. I added a faux subway tile and marble effect peel and stick backsplash and counter from Amazon that I can attest held up extremely well. I also added an IKEA towel rod and hanging dish rack above the sink to save space. I bought matching spice jars from Amazon and a neon 'love' sign from Nordstrom Rack to complete the look - all for under $100.
Anchoring the stove (Before)
This Marina kitchen in San Francisco came with a standard electric stove, and that's about it. The tiny kitchen lacked proper storage for pots and pans. It also lacked style in a major way. Check out the After photo to see how I made the most of this bland kitchen.
Anchoring the stove (After)
I was able to frame the stove by adding faux peel and stick subway tiles to the backsplash of the stove. I also found a pair of great, weathered floating shelves on Amazon and added a pot rack from IKEA to add a bit of dimension and storage to the space. I played off the rectangles of the stove and backsplash by adding a vertical wall of hand colored menus to the left of the stove to create more visual harmony in this tight space. Accessories add a pop of color to bring up the space's energy.
Organizing and decluttering
There’s something about order and simplicity. It allows you to cut through the chaos and confront life clearly, without unnecessary distractions. Now is the perfect time to create order in your cabinets, and life in general! Let the Marie Kondo-ing begin. If you haven’t watched the show yet on Netflix, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, it’s great to play in the background as you start to tackle one closet or cabinet at a time.
Packing it in - neatly
A few years ago, I decided to give my pantry some love by getting rid of as much packaging as possible and using refillable glass jars. I was able to save space by consolidating duplicative products. There's something about opening the cupboard doors and being greeted by an orderly pantry where you know exactly where everything is located. I bought these chalkboard style jar stickers that I can relabel with chalk, which have also been great to work with.
Designing your dining nook
The first thing you want to think about when designing your eating area is how many people you want to fit around the table and what type of table will optimize for that number in your space. I have had round, oval, square and rectangular tables over the years - each serving their own purpose. Then you'll want to figure out the style and materials for your table. In this case, I designed the dining room around this marble tulip table - round for wholeness and marble for grounding.