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Monday, August 16, 2010

Nothing is ever finished when it comes to decorating my home, but I feel the need to report a little progress. When we were searching for a house to rent, we really liked this one, but I hesitated with the kitchen. These appliances were just plane old and grimy. I dreaded the thought of baking cupcakes here, so we proposed a deal with the home owner. In exchange for updating the appliances with the intent to leave them in the house, he would reduce our rent. Bingo! We purchased the appliances at a discounted rate through a friend, saved money, and greatly upgraded the kitchen. One funny "upgrade" was the backsplash behind the oven. We couldn't find a cost effective replacement, so we flipped it around and spray painted it silver. It actually blends right in!
It's funny to me to have a fireplace in the kitchen, but I love having the mantel to decorate.


I'll be adding some curtains, and my wonderful father-in-law has offered to build an island for me, so more is in the works. It just keeps getting better!

10 comments:

  1. Wow! It's amazing what the appliances can do for the look of the kitchen! You'll have so much fun decorating the mantel season to season. I love the wall color - my kitchen is that pretty yellow, too!

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  2. That is a bit strange having a fireplace in the kitchen. Once again, you've done a great job and I was going to say you need an island in that kitchen :)

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  3. I love what you are doing to your new house! The mantle in your kitchen looks so cozy and so cutely decorated. :)

    oh, about ava's bows....right now i am just using an elastic sewn together at the ends and then i'm able to clip on whatever.....usually just store bought bow/clips. she is just barely now able to hold in the clips by themselves! yay!

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  5. Oh, super pretty! I once rented a townhouse that had a firplace nook area in the kitchen, I loved it, totally think it's charming!!
    -Mags

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  6. Oh, the thought, the idea, the DREAM of kitchen renovations. I'm currently cooking in a tiny English kitchen in a tiny English house with even tinier English appliances. New. Full-sized. Appliances. Swoon.

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  7. What a sweet house you live in! It's amazing what some new appliances can do. Love that fireplace mantle!

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  8. How fun to have a fireplace in the kitchen, that seems so French! Actually, if you have ever eaten at La Madeline's in Atlanta it is so cozy to have a fire lit while you are eating warm French Potato Soup. Love the kitchen redo, looks adorable!

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