January 30, 2014

Kitchen Improvements


I seem to be spending a lot of time in my kitchen lately. With this cold weather, it seems natural to want to cook and bake more. This serves a dual purpose since our kitchen doesn't seem to be insulated and our stove puts out a lot of heat.

I've made some additions in here that are making me smile. I'm so in love with this big calendar and I look forward to flipping the page every month. This spot has been empty for a year waiting for just the right thing. Patience pays again. And double score because I got in on super crazy sale because I had been eye balling it for months but could not pull the trigger at full price. I am just not a full price kind of girl.


The big K was a Christmas present from my guy. Before you get all filled with husband envy, he was directed by Maddie to buy it from the shop she works in. She is very good at gift direction. He is very good at taking gift direction. Win. Win.


I have what might seem to many, as a crazy number of measuring spoons. I actually have another set in a drawer. I really regularly have need for 3 sets. I'm pretty sure that means I'm doing too much of that cooking and baking I mentioned earlier. I didn't really need a 4th set but my hubby picked the newest set out all by himself and who was I to turn them down? Then I thought it seemed kind of criminal to have all those pretty spoons in a drawer so I thought hooks to display them seemed like just the right thing.


Sometimes just moving things around makes them feel new and I've been doing a bit of that this winter too. I'll be honest, I don't love my kitchen. Well, I love it from the waist up. I try really hard to focus on those parts but sometimes I get so bogged down in the 30 year old icky tile counters, even older cabinets that aren't even usable, linoleum floors and appliances that need to be replaced, that I need a little reminder to look up and smile. It may not be my dream kitchen yet, but it has sure come a long way.

27 comments:

  1. I LOVE that big calendar, Jen. It is perfect for that spot. I have 3 sets of measuring spoons, too! lol AND lots of measuring CUPS, too. Hey- when you need them-you need them, right? Hope you are doing great in this weather! xo Diana

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  2. Love your big calendar! Are you able to share where you bought it? Janice

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  3. the calendar - swoon . . . the measuring spoons - adorable . . . baking - if only my family would eat the sweets instead of me.

    stay warm!

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  4. Love the calendar and the way you have those adorable spoons displayed. It is always fun to watch you rearrange all your pretty things.

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  5. That calendar is great! Suits that spot magnificently. You have a cozy kitchen.
    Brenda

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  6. I think your kitchen looks fabulous! love the way you've displayed all your kitchen treasures & the big calendar is fantastic ♥

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  7. Your kitchen is adorable! Please share where the calendar is from.
    Stay warm!

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  8. Love your kitchen... Please come help me with mine. :)

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  9. Your kitchens very welcoming! love the calendar!

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  10. jen... i think your kitchen is so cute and inviting... when we moved into our house i thought the kitchen was fine... it's the size of a cubicle... haha... and yet it still seems to be the room that people end up in when we have a party or friends over... i can relate to your love from the waist up... our countertops are a not so attractive laminate and so are the cabinets... she's in desperate need of a makeover but i try to cozy it up a little bit at a time... yours is coming along beautifully and i love all of the special touches you've added : )

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  11. I love all the cheerful touches in your kitchen! And now I think I need another set of measuring spoons! But cute ones like ours!
    I totally understand how you feel about the bottom half of your kitchen. We lived in our home 7 years before we tackled our kitchen remodel. But you sure are making it pretty with what you have! Happy baking!

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  12. Ah your kitchen= one of the best places on earth to be!!

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  13. I have easily 3 sets of measuring spoons and often think I need another set (or two). If you cook and bake on a regular basis, it's easy to find that all your sets are in the dishwasher! I think your kitchen is beautiful. I know we all see the things we want to change about our homes, I do the same thing. But what we see when you share your kitchen is a pretty family home that you have filled with lovely things.

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  14. That calendar is awesomesauce! And the spaces you've shown here are certainly happy....good for you for looking on the bright side :)

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  16. Your kitchen is beautiful....just like the rest of your home.
    Love your candle and paper straws....I LOVE paper straws! Everything taste better when paper straws are involved. :)

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  17. Sorry that should say love your calendar .....:)

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  18. Love the shelves, and your recent lampshade is super cute!

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  19. I love your open shelving and all of your TURQUOISE (surprise, surprise ;)) ) accents. I can't believe you don't love your kitchen!! You know I think it looks amazing!! If we had every "want" there would be nothing left to do and I wouldn't like that.

    ~Shanon

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  20. just gorgeous (especially as i remember the "before" pics of this kitchen). i love how you have such a clear view of the way you want to live your life and how that view is reflected in your home, your blog and even in your cooking :)!

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  21. There is so much to love about your kitchen Jen. I need more measuring spoons, you have given me permission to own more than one set, and anyway, the teaspoon measure has gone missing! I spy the Ikea milkshake cups, got some of those too. Our kitchen is great since we renovated it about 5 years ago. It's my poor old bathroom that is really needing some love. Oh, and I love the big calendar too!!! happy week ahead for you. Jane x

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  22. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy visiting your blog. I just love your design sense and outlook on life. It gives me a lift when Im feeling down. Thank you!

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  23. i have a thing for measuring spoons too...but none of mine are as cute as yours! and i think we have the same paper towel holder! and i spy a couple other things in common too. love that. :)

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  24. Love all your posts . . . especially love the mug rack in your kitchen! Is that a "one of a kind" from an antique store or is it available for purchase?

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    1. I found mine at Wisteria but I don't think they sell them anymore. I'm sure you could search online and find them though.

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  25. love the kitchen and that calendar!

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