This will be the first time I open up my home on my blog…..this is just a small part of our little home on Thistledo Farm…..I will share more of the farm at some point so you can really have a sense of where we live. For now you will just have to be content with this small portion until I share my Christmas Home Tour!
As we live in a small house one thing we need to make good use of is the space in our home……especially the walls, they can be your best friend when it comes to storage and organisation. As much as I would love to have walls full of amazing art and photography the reality is some of our walls have to be used for storage solutions and a blank wall is not a good use of space. So this leads me to a project in our home I have been planning since the day we moved in. We have the below wall in our kitchen/dining room.
This is right near the back door and above our very tiny pantry area, it really needed to be used better. All we had there was our toaster, kettle and coffee machine…it looked a little blah and not really practical. I was dying to have some sort of open shelving in my house so we decided to turn this area into our “refreshment station”. I wanted a semi-industrial look with pops of colour. We purchased 6 black metal brackets from Bunnings and some pine boards that we cut to size and stained using Feast Watson Black Japan stain (which is my favourite stain!). We installed them into the studs and attached a couple of hooks for our favourite mugs and then I styled them up! I also made a vintage style sign to go at the top (which I plan to actually hang at the top but for now it sits on the shelf) and a chalkboard sign made from an old wooden tray.
I love this little corner now…..it is my favourite part of my kitchen and really reflects our style. During the makeover we also switched out our old outdated stainless steel kitchens handles for black ones from Ikea and we plan to add some dark wood to parts of our kitchen so we can tie this look together. I also splurged and bought a new toaster and kettle so all our appliances match. What do you think?
If you love open shelving as much as I do you can view more ideas on my Pinterest board here.
Mugs: Pillow Talk (no longer available)
Herbal Tea Mugs: Freedom
Large Vase: Domayne (this one is similar and cheaper!)
Storage Canisters: Pillow Talk
Small Yellow Cabinet: Vintage Find
Coffee Machine, Kettle, Toaster: Joyce Mayne
Teal Teapot: Freedom
Floral Creamer: Freedom (no longer available)
Floral Teapot: Family Heirloom
Floral Teacup: Vintage Find
Cake Stand: Pillow Talk (no longer available)
Owl Biscuit Container: Sussans (no longer available)
Linking to: AKA Design & Life | Love of Family & Home | The Golden Sycamore | House of Hipsters