They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and for my family that couldn’t be more true. It’s the first place we go in the morning when we wake up, it’s where we eat all of our meals and where everyone gathers when we have guests over. Our kitchen is the place where boo-boos are given bandaids, homework is done and where my husband and I sit together in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed, with a glass of wine to finally catch up and reconnect. Needless to say, more memories have been made in the kitchen than anywhere else in our home and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
When we bought our house builders had already “flipped” it, giving it a very generic, industrial feel. Since I know most of our life takes place in the kitchen, when redecorating it I wanted to create a space that was not only family friendly and functional, but also felt bright and welcoming. A blue and white color scheme was obviously a must for me and I also wanted to incorporate pops of green and both woven and natural elements, so one of my go-to sources for furnishing the space was one of my favorites, Serena & Lily.
One of the trickiest parts about our kitchen is that we have bar height countertops. The space is a small one and barstools with backs took up too much room and became an eyesore, but finding stylish backless barstools that where both high quality and affordable was a challenge. I had been eyeing these stools from Serena & Lily for ages and when I finally ordered them, I could not have been more delighted- they are the perfect fresh take on casual dining. Initially, I worried about my three year old having a backless stool but they are so sturdy that they don’t wobble a bit and he hops right up on them with no problem. Both he and my daughter immediately (and spontaneously) declared how comfortable they were before I even had a chance to sit in them, so that was a major win in my book. Mission accomplished.
In addition to the stools, I also added new light fixtures, custom window treatments, this napkin and holder set that I shared over Labor Day weekend, and these placemats to give the room a little more interest and break up the blue and white. The napkins are the perfect size to catch food from falling off little laps and the placemats are durable enough for daily use but timeless enough to be used for entertaining year round.
I often get asked why I don’t share more of my family on the blog and the answer is simple. I feel like we live in a world where there is so much oversharing (largely because of social media) and I’m a strong believer that it’s important not to overshare the things in our life that we cherish the most. However, the reality is that our kitchen simply wouldn’t look or feel like our kitchen without our family and friends in it, so I hope you enjoy this peek of our life around the kitchen counter and that it brings you some inspiration for decorating your own home.
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Thank you to Serena & Lily for inviting me to collaborate on this project and to my photographer extraordinaire (and friend) Lauren Daue, who worked her magic behind the camera and let her darling daughter join in on the photoshoot fun!