Thursday, July 12, 2012

Adding a Little Color

Hey my friends!

Let me just first say that I praise the Lord today for rain!  It has rained all day long and we needed it so badly.  Rain glorious rain!!

Lots of words today, friends.  Hope you don’t mind.

Now, onto my color addition.

You know I have talked to you quite a bit  about my quest to figure out how to handle all the oak in my kitchen.  Well, this is what I have decided to do…

EMBRACE IT!!  Love it!!  Make it work!!

I have a pretty big kitchen and one side has all of the oak..oak cabinets, oak island, oak drawers. 

The other side of the kitchen has my table and chairs, a white rusty set of locker like cabinets, and a set of chippy white shelves.    And, big windows. 

I have been trying so hard to fill my kitchen with white, white and more white and I do love the white, but I also had to incorporate some darker pieces into the side of the kitchen with the table.  I needed to spread the oak around a little to make sure it looked balanced. 

Does any of that make sense at all?

I also wanted to add a little bit of color to my kitchen because it just seemed like it needed it.   I needed it.

I  also needed to add a little personality to my kitchen.

  I truly want to make sure that our home reflects us.  I want to make sure that I don’t  assume someone else’s home as mine.  Again..do I make sense?

Does it sound mean to say that I don’t want our home to look like everyone else’s?  I think you get what I am saying. 

Forgive me for rambling.  I am not usually this wordy.

Okay, I was telling you about adding oak to the other side of the kitchen.

This is what it looked like before. I did like it but it needed a little something….

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This is after adding some darker and more colorful things…

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Dexin was evidently an excellent source of energy for all members of the family.  So this gorgeous can says.

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Love this little wood and metal piece.  I found it at the flea market with plastic grapes all over it.  I looked beyond the artificial fruit and saw a gem.

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I found the old pictures at Goodwill.    Love that old farmhouse in the bottom picture.  And, I really love the color that those pictures brought to this spot.  That’s the personality that I was telling you that I wanted.

I have also decided that I love copper.  I think it brings another great pop of color to my kitchen and also helps make the oak cabinets work.

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I found this beautiful pitcher and bowl at the flea market along with another few pieces that I hung up here…

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I have been fortunate to establish a pretty quick collection of cool copper pieces.  A few I found at the flea market, a couple from Goodwill and a couple were sweet gifts.  I love the way they look hanging from my new mother’s day light from Lowes. 

Again, bringing the copper to the middle of the room over my island helps balance out the oak.  At least that’s my opinion.

Back real quick to the kitchen table…

This is one of the befores…

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Changed out the light fixture as well as the other things I already showed you.

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Oh so much better…

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Even the cool TJ Maxx apron hanging on the green wooden hook suits me so well right now.

Are you absolutely dying that this post was so long? 

I am so sorry, but there was just a lot that I had been wanting to say.

So, now you have seen the before and after of some areas in my kitchen.  You have heard why I am sprinkling  some color and oak throughout.  I told you that I am embracing the oak cabinets.   I am making it work, and I am happy.

Thanks for visiting tonight.  Promise that my next post will be shorter.

God bless!

Linking up at French Country Cottage, Jennifer Rizzo, At the Picket Fence
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34 comments:

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Amy, You have such a great style and a good eye for found treasures! The copper is warm and soft. LOVE that pitcher... I love it all really!
Very inspiring blog!

A Thrifted Market said...

I loved hearing so much from you. I love the extra color you added. I have actually been thinking about adding a little color in my bedroom soon. Great finds from GW too! Love it all!

blhitchcock901 said...

I love it! It has an industrial and farmhouse appeal! I know what you mean. I love my white, but I too have been looking to add some pop to my rooms. Hey, even a beach house, which is what I was going for, has the colors of the ocean, the blues, the yellows, the turquoise. So yes, you can be true to yourself and still keep the oak! Love the look!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

beautiful job, as always, Amy!! Love all of your finds. Nice job highlighting each piece :)

Full Circle Creations said...

Love it! I love all the treasures you've added to your kitchen. It looks great!

Holly

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a terrific job you did adding the color to your table area. I love the pictures on the wall and that dinged up pitcher, too. The copper suits the area well. Great job.

Cathy said...

Love the make over. Seems much more inviting and warm. I love color.

Cathy said...

Love the makeover. So much warmer and more inviting than all the white. You did great!

must love junk said...

Although I love your 'before' look, I think the 'after' has a much richer quality to it! I can see how it would mesh better with the oak-love it!
Susan
must love junk

Stephanie said...

That wood & metal piece is so NEAT!

Stephanie said...

That wood & metal piece is so NEAT!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Your home should be YOUR home and not anyone else's. I love copper also, and I do think it is a perfect addition to any kitchen....

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Amy! I loved every single word of this post.
I just recently had my own lengthy post regarding color and embracing the TRUE ME!

As to your oak and copper...very complimentary.
As to your paintings... I love them and the touches of blue you've added. I also like the new lights...
All tastefully done.

Pat

pballard said...

Oh I love it all.. I am in love with that scale..I have been watching for one just like it.. Thanks for sharing...

Bronwyn said...

Right on! Those shots of colour are perfect. I like how you warmed everything up with a variety of tones - whimsically and with so many treasures. Lovely!

chateau chic said...

Amy, I always enjoy stopping by to see what changes you're making. This one is a winner!! Bringing in some wood and color accessories makes your eating area so much warmer and inviting. Perfect, perfect, perfect!!
As much as I find the mostly white homes sooo lovely, I have to stay true to myself which means I need color. Now I think this comment is getting too long. :-) Anyway, I appreciate you keeping the oak and working with it. Sometimes we have to do that and you're doing that very well.
Mary Alice

On Crooked Creek said...

Amy,
I'm a "colorful" character...and definitely "a unique individual", so YES! dear friend...I understand what you mean...totally! I L O V E your use of color! Those prints found @ Goodwill are gorgeous...the pops of that dusty blue are what ties everything together!!!I adore your TJ Maxx apron, which now appears vintage! So~o~o glad you are at peace with your oak! Thanks for sharing. We never know when what we put on our blog may help another struggling with the same issue!
Fondly,
Pat

Susan said...

I just love this corner of your kitchen Amy! The scale and all the vintage goodies, so interesting and unique. You've got the magic touch here!

Our French Inspired Home said...

I have to say I think its heading in a better direction. Before it was starting to look too staged if that makes any sense. The items were just there, and you really couldnt do anything with them. I want to walk into a space and feel like everything in that space is usable or has a purpose for being there. Too many people get caught up in making rooms look like a magazine, which in thier case is often not functional or practical. Looking good!

Creative Ambitions said...

Amy... very nice!! All your touches definitely added some personality to it. I love the copper and I love that green metal can/vase... it caught my eye! AND YES... PRAISE GOD for all the rain!! What a blessing it has been... I smiled from ear to ear every time I looked outside! :)

Kendra

Erica Deuel said...

Just found your blog on the Ironstone Nest blog hop...LOVE it!! I'm embarking on homeschooling my kindergartner in the fall. I am excited to have found your blog!

Revi said...

I love your changes and the addition of soft color. Even though we admire things in others homes, our own homes should reflect our individualities, our history and our personalities! You still look "stylish" and now more YOU. Perfect!
-Revi

Keeping it Cozy said...

Hi Amy. I enjoyed your post so much and I totally understand. We had talked briefly about it that day at your house, but I do feel like it's important to stay true to what you love as you decorate your home and to even have a unique style. I love the changes you have made! I think it goes so well with the rest of your kitchen and I agree, embrace those oak cabinets girl! Also, the copper pieces are beautiful, especially hanging above your island and wow, I love that light! Most of all I love how this room reflects your personality... warm and inviting. Have a wonderful weekend!

Mary said...

i absolutely love it, amy!
i think you're right...it looks wonderful to have the contrast and depth of the color(even tho i love the before, too!).

i have bright orange 70's counter tops that i have been trying to embrace, too.
it's been hard, but i am just thankful for a clean, nice kitchen to cook in. :)
someday i hope for butcher block, though. :)

and you're so silly, your post wasn't long or wordy at all! no need to apologize...we love hearing what you have to say!

xoxo

Olive Cooper said...

Amy dear I have a great attention span and you are so sweet I would gladly read a post of yours sans images. I love the vintage prints and touches of blue and copper. You are wise to embrace what you have. hugs, olive

Debbie said...

I shall not say one word about it being shorter because I didn't think it needed to be. (Says the motormouth). I really do think the darker touches add just that touch you were talking about. I always love your whites, but the depth from the contrast is really lovely! I'm really crazy about that wood and iron piece that you got at the flea market. So glad you looked beyond the fruit.

Mary Ellen said...

Oh my what great treasures you have found and this whole post is magazine worthy Amy!! Love that piece you found that had the plastic fruit on it before- what a keeper it is!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I think you were wise to embrace the oak. I think a few darker pieces help to ground a room, give it depth, and provide places for the eye to rest. I like a lot of white too, but agree with you about not wanting it to look like everything else you see. You've done a great job. Really love those paintings from Goodwill!

lynn said...

i love it, amy! i know what you mean:) love the copper pieces!

AngelaECS at Number Fifty-Three said...

I just discovered your blog and am now following. I can't wait to explore it more! I'm also a homeschooling mom. :)

Angela

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

I love all the warm coppery tones. It's beautiful! I'm starting the process of figuring out which colors will work best for me...it's a long road. Love what you've done!!!

Melissa said...

Oh my word Amy! Everything looked great before, but it looks fabulous now!!!! Love the colors and the copper! And those pictures from Goodwill - love em!!!!!

sue said...

Hi !
So far I just love your blog and your decorating style. I think your style is very similar to mine or what I'm aspiring to achieve anyway. I have to go look at a few more of your wonderful photos. :o) Sue

sue said...

Hi !
So far I just love your blog and your decorating style. I think your style is very similar to mine or what I'm aspiring to achieve anyway. I have to go look at a few more of your wonderful photos. :o) Sue