Showing posts with label kitchen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kitchen. Show all posts

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Kitchen is My Happy Place

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and are feeling energized to start a fresh new week.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I changed some things around in my kitchen. I love my kitchen. The kitchen truly is my happy place. It's where my sweetheart and I sit and chat at the end of the day, it's where I make my favorite foods and experiment new things, it's where I sit and look into my oven when I have a cake that's baking or a pizza that's cooking and can't wait to taste it, it's where I sip my wine while I'm making chicken cutlets and a caprese salad. So needless to say, I like my kitchen to be a cozy and happy place for me and for my guests.

I wanted to share this with you so you can see where my cooking takes place. It's my most favorite room in the house and it really reflects my personality. It's feminine, warm and inviting and until my next switch up...I'm loving this look :-)

I didn't do anything dramatic like paint cupboards or anything, I just changed a few things, added some new art work and switched up the fabrics. I changed my chandy as well. I Love it!!

Here you can see what my kitchen looked like before my little makeover.

And this is what my kitchen looks like today:

I bought a new chandelier that was on sale and that I immediately fell in love with. The pictures really don't do it justice as it is so much prettier when you see it lit up in the evenings. It adds so much color to the room. 

Gigia photo bombs a lot during this post but she's cute so it's ok :-)
I bought some new art work that I added to that back wall just because it was pretty bare before and I think they go so well together displayed like that. I switched them up a lot before deciding on that set up. 

You can't really see the curtains too well but I made them from Ikea Berta Ruta fabric. It's a sheer cotton fabric that allows light to come in while at the same time providing privacy to the balcony door.BERTA RUTA Tessuto a metraggio IKEA Tessuto tinto in filo: la fantasia della tenda è visibile da entrambi i lati.

I also bought these cute seat cushions for my kitchen chairs.  They are Ikea as well and they are double faced so I can switch them over if I want.  This is what the other side looks like:
ELSEBET Cuscino per sedia IKEA I legacci tengono fermo il cuscino per sedia. Double-face.
picture from Ikea
Then I wanted to cover my bench with  a similar fabric but didn't want EVERYTHING gingham so while I was at Ikea I found these curtains that looked perfect. We all know that Ikea curtains are super long and wide so I figured it would be cheaper to buy the curtain set, use the fabric to cover the bench and then have extra to make a table runner...and that's what I did!

I bought these Lenda curtains in light red which turned out to be the perfect color. 
LENDA Tenda con bracciale, 2 teli IKEA
I had plenty of fabric to use. I added buttons to the bench cushion as well. 

And that pretty much sums up everything I did. I was debating on whether or not to get a kitchen island. In fact I'm still on the hunt for one but I don't want to spend too much. For now this will do. I have to say I'm pleased with how it turned out.

I wish you all a great week ahead! 


Friday, March 4, 2016

❤ Thank You for Your Prayers ❤

My dearest Internet friends... I haven't been reading or commenting much on your blogs because I really haven't had much time. But I promise to visit all of you soon. 

I just wanted to give you an update on my sister's condition because I know that God heard all who prayed for us. 

She left the hospital last night and is back home. My sister suffers from cerebral palsy and lately has been having stronger seizures than normal. 

She was rushed to the hospital last week because of a seizure that lasted way too long and had a million and one tests done to figure out why all of a sudden this was occurring. Fortunately she has a wonderful team of neurologists that follow her case and were able to adjust her medication to calm the seizures. Hopefully things stay this way and she doesn't have another relapse....

I had a rough week and unfortunately this is not the first time something like this has happened. My phone was by my side continuously and even during the night hours I would wake up and check my phone for any new messages that my mom would send me to keep me updated. It was a very stressful week to say the least...

But I am overjoyed to see my sister smiling again and so reassured to know that she is safe in her own bed and surrounded by people that love and care for her. 

So again I wanted to just say thank you for your prayers because I know that He listened to each and every one.

I'll be over to visit you all soon. I can't wait to see what you've been up to!

I changed up my kitchen a bit. I hung a beautiful Tiffany Style Chandelier that I am in love with and switched up the curtains, added some new art work and just moved some things around. I need to take some better pictures so here is the chandy for now. 

I haven't really been cooking anything that interesting lately... 

I did however make a creamy chicken and mushroom oven baked scaloppini with bacon bits which was pretty amazing but that's pretty much it. 

So I'll close here for now and hopefully next week I'll be a better blogger :-) 

Have a wonderful weekend and remember...

Monday, November 23, 2015

O Christmas Trees, O Christmas Trees

I was able to get most of my decorations out as planned over the weekend except for outside. I ended up really going all out this year and I love how it turned out! I won't be going to the States for the Holidays so that's one reason I decided to put in the extra effort, that way I can feel the Christmas Spirit more in my own home. I realize that it's not Thanksgiving yet and I did write a whole post on Christmas before Thanksgiving but I have come to realize that decorating for Christmas is something that you just feel ready for. No one can tell you whether it's too soon or too late but you. If you're not feeling ready and you force yourself, it just won't turn out right. If you're the one decorating, you are the one that has to decide when the right time is. I did get made fun of a bit by my relatives though especially since I have TWO TREES this year!! Yes, you heard that right, TWO CHRISTMAS TREES :-) And I couldn't be happier... Now without further ado, I give you my Christmas Home Tour. 

White and Silver Living Room Christmas Tree

I decided to DIY a flocked tree for my living room. They were just so much more expensive already flocked so I thought I would try to do it myself. I don't know if this is the right way to do it or not, but it's what worked best for me. I set up my tree and put the lights on it. 

Then I lightly sprayed it with artificial snow all around just to give it a subtle look. 

This stuff is wet and stays wet for a while unfortunately. So I waited about a half hour (it was still wet but I have no patience so that was A LOT for me.) then decorated it. The fun part!

I then sprayed it some more just in the areas that I wanted to highlight. 

Isn't it beautiful :-) It looks so pretty in the evenings. The pictures just don't give it justice. 

So what to do with all the red ornaments I had left over? Hmmmm.... 

Red and Gold Kitchen Christmas tree

I don't know but for some reason I kind of prefer this one. The red just makes me happy:-)

It looks so beautiful lit up in the kitchen when I'm cooking... I love them both!

Gigia seems to prefer the red one as well :-) Here we go again...

Now for the most important part: the Nativity <3

I glued down the statues this year... I don't know why I didn't think of that last year before the beheading of the statues by my cat.

Nativities are very famous here in Naples. I'll talk more about them in another post because there is a whole street dedicated to the Nativity with so many beautiful shops that sell these hand made pieces. Some families choose only to make a very elaborate Nativity instead of the traditional Christmas Tree. 

I went a little happy with the artificial snow and sprayed the Nativity as well. I think it adds a special touch. This is the stuff I used on the tree as well as the Nativity. I ended up using about one and a half cans. They cost about 2 bucks a can. 

Here are some other decorations that I put around the house. 

This little guy is so cute and sparkles all over.

I found these at a craft store. I thought they were adorable so I bought two. 

Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour and I hope your creative Holiday decorating juices are flowing as much as mine are this year :-)

Happy Monday!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Kitchen Tour

My favorite room of the house is the kitchen. I’m sure I’m not the only woman in the world who loves her kitchen. I was so excited when we first bought it. We bought our kitchen from Ikea and it wasn’t just because the price was convenient. Don't get me wrong, that was definitely a plus, but I just didn’t like the models I saw in other furniture stores. We looked around a lot but they seemed all the same. Either overly classic or too modern.  I wanted something more country, rustic looking. This was my inspiration photo:

I fell in love with this picture as soon as I saw it. This was an Ikea store display photo from an old Ikea catalogue. I know a lot of the farmhouse kitchens I see online are white but I really liked this rustic pine finish. I loved the black iron and the red used in the decorations. It just looks so cozy to me. This is a Fagerland kitchen design and it stole my heart. Unfortunately it is not being sold any more but I’ve had it for over 4 years and I’m still as much in love with it as the first day I got it. The appliances have never given me any problems (knock on wood...or metal as Italians say!) and I still haven’t gotten sick of it so that’s a plus!   This is my kitchen....Here’s where the magic happens :-) j/k.
I ended up getting the pine table and chairs instead of the black iron one because it cost less and it matched perfectly with the cabinets. Today I kind of wish I had gotten the iron table and chairs. It’s still available at Ikea so I guess I can still go get it but I don’t mind the wooden table. The iron table has a glass top so I would probably have to be more careful with it than a wooden table. So in the end I’m happy with my decision. The chandelier in the inspiration picture was the one I originally had in my kitchen and DIYed it for my Aunt. Then I changed it with the one I had in my living room.
I have a pine buffet on the other side of the cabinets that I didn’t get a picture of but it is the Leksvik model which is the same color as the cabinets and table. I know I went a little matchy matchy but whatever..I like it and that’s all that matters, right? The one thing that I definitely will me doing in the future is changing my laminate counter tops with quartz. That is a must! Oh and I would love to change the back-splash and add stone tile something like this. I also added lights under my cabinets which are really useful when I'm cooking.

I bought that wooden bench in the outlet section that our local Ikea store has. It was 40% off because it was a show piece. It was a natural pine color so I stained it with one coat of oak stain and it actually matched up perfectly. Again with the matching…I know…  Then I added the cushion that I made and sewed myself.  This was before the blog so no pictures or tutorial, sorry. With the remaining fabric I sewed the runner on the table. The bench is very useful for extra seating space when guests come over. Before finding the bench I was thinking of adding a hutch for more storage but in the end I think extra seating was a better solution. I have enough storage in the kitchen.

This is my breakfast corner. I have a Nescafe' Dolce Gusto that I bought on Amazon. I’m ok with it. I really wanted a Keurig but they don’t sell them here..ugh…and even if I brought it over from the States it would just be too expensive to order the pods so I make do with my Dolce Gusto machine. That’s a painting that my cousin made for me of my two fur babies. She’s very talented. I decided that’s the perfect spot for it.
I never really liked cooking until I got my own kitchen and made it special by adding the things I love. I think that’s a key ingredient in creating good food. Cooking it in a kitchen that you love!