hello friday! which means another week has come and gone. it’s so funny but the blog keeps me regulated as far as time and weather are concerned. photo shoots are scheduled then re-scheduled if inclement weather blows into town. let me assure you mother nature has carte blanche when it comes down to it. then there’s an editorial calendar in place with oscar penciled in on friday. now that ollie joined our family she makes cameo appearances from time to time.
for the past year or so we’ve introduced recipes and cocktails to the blog to coincide with fridays with oscar. thursday has turned into our indoor photo shoot day where i’m slicing and dicing and mr. style is shaking the cocktail shaker then snapping photos. so i thought i would take you behind the scenes so to speak and share our kitchen with you. many of you know we moved to athens, ga two years ago. before that we lived in a tiny two bedroom apartment in san francisco, ca. before that we owned a lovely home on six acres in minnesota where we made the decision to downsize our lives and sell everything! we’ve definitely run the gamut as far as living conditions but i think we hit the nail on the head with our current home. not too big and not too small. but since we arrived at our home we’ve purchased furniture, painted, added light fixtures, and replaced knobs. here’s a photo of what our kitchen looked like when the previous owners lived here.
take a look at those drawer pulls and cabinet knobs.
our first purchase was a kitchen table and two windsor chairs, both from Wayfair. plus a dorchester bench with cushions from Ballards Designs. notice the original paint was pale blue and the light fixtures most likely came from a big box store. but i loved the built-in bookcases in the eating space. and the beadboard paneling set the tone for the entire house – modern farmhouse.
a stainless steel island was purchased to add a prep center. space is tight but it works and i can store major appliances on the bottom shelf. like a cuisinart food processor, kitchenaid blender, and my favorite a kitchenaid mixer.
love the addition of recessed canned lights.
curtains and rod were installed. cheery buffalo check panels add a country flavor. there’s pattern mixing in play with striped farmhouse cushions and check curtains. interior designers have utilized this trick for years. notice another pattern mix in the room? that would be my horizontal striped tee and vertical striped shorts.
a butcher block cutting board is a must!
the kitchen appliances lined up on the bottom shelf. mr. style loves the simple human stainless steel garbage can.
on that happy note, oscar, ollie and i wish each of you a lovely weekend!