I'm just in the beginning stages of accessorizing the kitchen. It's difficult for me to pick a day, shop for accessories, and call it finished. The places I shop require repeat visits over several months before the right thing lands in my hands. So the first thing I do is case every room in the house, basement and garage included, for things that could enjoy a new life in a new space. Those things become the placeholders for something that I find later and like better. That thing might pop up at a yard sale, a thrift shop, or even someone else's trash. The second thing I do is head for Arhaus. Yes, you read that right, the awesome furniture store with pretty expensive stuff. Surprised? Don't be. I go there for inspiration. I look at how they layer, the juxtaposition of unrelated items, the grouping of patterns and all those decorating nuances that make their displays so special. I especially take note of what is "not-for sale." A lot of what lines their bookcases, the way they paint the walls in each vignette, and their table displays have ideas that are free to be copied.
For example: This is one I saw this week and knew would make a nice little accessory for my kitchen.
I did not take a picture of their idea because I knew I had what I needed...light bulbs and hot glue.
They arranged their bulbs in a circle and layered them.
And, voila, you have a sparkly re-purposed industrial flower.
I'm checking out the best place to put my Arhaus copycat.
A while back I posted another Arhaus item that I didn't know existed until I saw it in their ad after I had finished mine. Guess if you hang out there enough you absorb more than you think. Interested in what it was? Check here.
I'm not super great on the computer but I am getting a lot better about finding things there vs chasing from store to store. One thing I need is a rug in front of the sink. I thought I had found the runner I wanted at One Kings Lane in a rosy pink and gray. It was PEFECT! Well, almost perfect. (I would show you a picture but it's no longer on their site.) Remember the whole scenario with finding a dishwasher with a door that did not take up more than 29" when open? Well, same issue came into play here. The space in front of the dishwasher is still 29" and this perfect runner was 30" wide.
So for now, I'm getting by with this shorty until I find something closer to the one that made my heart happy. (I want one about 7' long.)
One item I didn't feel like waiting for was a lamp for the sill over the sink. I saw this one at Home Goods and knew it would be fine.
I was not crazy about the color of the shade but that was fixable.
Another area that needed some work was the shelf that runs the full length of the wall over the two doorways and the refrigerator and pantry cabinet.
I had some folded book pages I had experimented with a few years ago so I added those to the mix. Hey, Arhaus is still doing it, so it's still good in my book. =)
This window cannot have much of a window treatment so...
I used the bulk of the fabric on this one.
Another detail that makes me happy is the back plate from my brother, John's, stash. I had the doorknob and added the numeral for fun.
I had completely forgotten about these dried minature rosebuds that were stuck in a jar in the garage.
This is why it's hard to get rid of certain things.
This post touches on the obvious details, but there are thousands more that went into this remodel. This is my 26th post about this project and even with that, I have not noted every detail that I debated, agonized over, submitted to, or rejoiced over the past six months.
The final post on this topic will be published soon. The before and after pictures will be posted together and I will move on to...??..not another room remodel any time soon, but there is a project on the horizon.