I recently shared Snowberry’s kitchen renovation reveal.
Today I’m joining up with five amazing design bloggers to talk kitchen styling.
Be sure to pop over and see their kitchen styling tips …
all links shared at the end of this post.
Here’s how I styled Snowberry’s kitchen with my
less-is-more, simple, practical,no frills
(you get the picture) approach.
We could just as easily call it the Lazy Gal’s Guide to Kitchen Styling.
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Welcome to Snowberry’s Kitchen
If you have the good fortune to design your kitchen through a new build or remodel …
the styling begins in the design process.
During Snowberry’s design process we battled space constraints limiting our layout options.
What we got is a wide, galley-style kitchen.
Not the layout I wanted, but it works and is spacious and functional.
Once I accepted reality, I looked for ways to build interest and unique features into the design.
My number one tip for styling your kitchen …
let the design elements in your space lead the way.
I used glass front uppers to break up a long cabinet run in our galley-style kitchen.
This was the perfect way to display our everyday, white dishes from Crate & Barrel
and it makes me smile every time I walk into the kitchen.
The top shelves showcase pieces from my cake stand
and pitcher collections.
Jim and I are addicted to Ocho organic candy’s.
The dark chocolate and coconut is our favorite and we buy it in bulk.
I keep it in a big glass canister
right out on the countertop.
It’s easier to keep track of our inventory this way. Because it’s a disaster if we run out.
And, yes, this counts as styling.
You can’t go wrong with a potted plant.
I found this woven cement planter at Target. I love the uneven rim.
The eucalyptus plant is faux … no worries about over or under watering.
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Everything and the Kitchen Sink
The window above our kitchen sink makes me happy. It opens out like an awning.
Don’t you think it’s nice to have a view when doing tedious chores?
Jim custom ordered this oversized, walnut cutting board for my chopping and dicing station.
It creates continuity with the walnut drip ledge and butcher block countertop
at the far end of the kitchen.
I chose a very clean look for our sink deck … just a single-hole faucet and water dispenser.
I debated the water dispenser but so many people recommended it, I had to say yes.
So far it’s a hit.
from Studio McGee alongside an amber, glass soap dispenser found on Etsy.
The thing that excites me more than anything about our kitchen is the under-sink drip ledge.
Drip rail, drip ledge … whatever you call it I’m a fan.
Not only do I love the look and function, but it brings in a natural element
that tones down the green cabinetry
… and it ties this section of the kitchen to the built-in buffet at the far end.
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The Other Side of the Galley
The other side of the galley houses our refrigerator and range.
Our appliances (refrigerator and dishwasher) got the cabinet panel treatment
and I adore the look.
(And I don’t miss cleaning stainless steel.)
I’ve never done it before. Why not … I don’t know?!
Can we consider the pot filler a styling element? Yes, we can.
I wanted a clean look for the marble backsplash
and had all electrical outlets installed under the upper cabinets.
Jim had this cutting board custom made too.
It fits perfectly over the griddle cover.
on top of the cutting board.
So easy to grab and stir.
My Le Creuset Dutch Oven is almost always on top of the range because … I use it …
All. The. Time.
Do you keep your stand mixer on your countertop or behind closed doors?
I keep mine out.
It’s heavy and a pain in the neck to carry or lift. Plus it takes up a quite a bit of cabinet space.
But, the real reason is I love looking at it.
I still recall the thrill of getting my first
I wanted one so badly, but they were (are) expensive.
My step-daughters gave it to me for Christmas.
I don’t think I’ve been so excited over a gift
before or since.
Wait, the next year they gave me a KitchenAid food processor and that was pretty great too.
Forget diamonds. Small kitchen appliances are this girl’s best friend.
My favorite styling tip … seasonal fruits and veggies.
In a cute bowl.
I have a collection of wooden and ceramic bowls in all sizes … they look beautiful filled with apples, oranges, artichokes or whatever’s in season.
I found this shallow, wooden bowl at Elsie Green last summer.
It’s the latest addition in my collection.
Today it’s holding onions, shallots and garlic which I’ll be using later today.
One one of my nieces gave me this cookbook stand, over a decade ago, and it’s been a staple on my kitchen counter ever since.
I keep tear outs and printed recipes on it and cover them up with favorite cookbooks.
I change the cookbook for the season with whatever seems to fit the time of year
or looks good with the fruit and veggies on the counter.
Here’s the same corner styled for fall … or winter.
an old fashioned digital timer and … more cooking utensils.
Whisks and such.
Looking at these photos I see the need for some culling of utensils.
Have you seen the Netflix documentary, The Minimalists?
Perhaps its time get onboard with their 30-day challenge … starting with kitchen utensils.
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At the far end of the kitchen is our built-in buffet … and cookbook shelves.
Stying elements in their own right.
To differentiate the built-in buffet, we added a bead to the cabinet frame,
and a walnut butcher block counter top.
I’ve always wanted a butcher block counter.
For some reason Jim was opposed.
He loves it now. Go figure.
Anyway, this space is our designated coffee
(and cocoa) station.
And, holder of my cookbook collection.
The drawers beneath contain my mom’s china and my blue and white dishes.
My favorite kitchen styling tip applies here too … a bowl of seasonal
– and photogenic –
fruits or vegetables.
A buffet for all seasons.
Artichokes = spring
Apples = fall
Pomegranates = holidays
Our citrus trees need harvesting so by this weekend … a bowl of limes and lemons.
Last but not least … my cookbook collection!
Ralph Lauren’s Emeline Stripe fabric in Leaf is perfection with
Farrow & Ball’s Vert de Terre cabinet paint (color matched by Benjamin Moore).
Mary Ann from Classic Casual Home sourced the fabric and worked with her drapery fabricator
to create Roman shades for our kitchen and dining areas.
Don’t miss MaryAnne’s kitchen styling tips … linked at the end of this post.
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Do you love the look of art in a kitchen?
Instagram overflows with photos of beautiful paintings propped on kitchen countertops.
It’s a look that makes my heart go all aflutter.
That may not be a word, but you know what I mean.
Why don’t I have art casually leaning against my countertops?
Well, I don’t have a ton of space and I’d probably splash tomato sauce all over it.
But, have no fear … there is art at Snowberry!
I purchased this piece when I lived in Sonoma.
Michael Holland is a wonderful Sonoma Country artist.
It’s Gehricke Road leading to the famed
Los Chamizal Vineyard.
And, it cleverly disguises our electrical panel.
How about that?
You heard me right … laundry. In the kitchen.
What should have / could have been our kitchen pantry turned into a laundry closet.
I wrote all about how we got from A to Z in my kitchen renovation reveal.
In addition to laundry accoutrement, the shelves also contain cleaning supplies
as well as our dog’s food, medicines and assorted paraphernalia.
fit perfectly into this space and stylishly contain the chaos.
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On My Styling Wish List
Now that we’ve lived in Snowberry for nearly a year, and the kitchen is well broken in …
thanks pandemic …
there are a couple items on my wish list that fall into the styling category.
Adding an area rug in front of the sink
Adding a countertop lamp on the right side of the buffet.
So, there you have it.
Snowberry’s newly renovated kitchen …
styled for it’s close up.
Thank you to the design bloggers extraordinaire
Cindy, MaryAnne, Annie, Carla and Kim
for including me in their Project Design series.
It’s been so much fun!
Now off you go to visit their blogs and see how these talented women styled their kitchens.
Maybe I’ll get some rug and lamp ideas.
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Valentine’s Day is just three days away!
How will you celebrate?
Oh look, the cookbook shelves create a pretty backdrop for my tea tray.
As always, I appreciate your visit and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Snowberry!
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Photos by Monica Vargas Photography