Saturday, June 2, 2012

Our Kitchen Reveal

Buon giorno! How are ya'll doing this beautiful day! I am putzing around England with the fam-bamily at the Queen's Jubilee and having a ball with them as I always do. It sure is good to see family again since we have moved away from almost all of ours.  I finally got around to posting my Kitchen Reveal! Warning.....This post is very picture heavy!  Our awesome landlords have allowed us to paint all we want, change light fixtures, hang shelves etc. This is super rare for a rental home, especially ones in Germany. I am thrilled to be able to (short of remodeling) do what I want with the place. Since our kitchen is a very contemporary German kitchen, I wanted to add a little bit of vintage rustic-ness to cozy it up a bit!
Below are some before pictures, followed by many after pictures. The after pictures were taken over several days so (since I change things on a daily basis) you'll notice a few things are different!
It was purple and yellow with flowers when we moved in. The kitchen had no island or shelves.

Below is the design concept and idea board that I used to gather my thoughts on what I wanted to do in our kitchen. There are still a lot of things I will do differently in the space over time but, I wanted to set it up so it was presentable, with the things I already had, for now.


 We got the shelves below from Ikea and they matched our kitchen and fit the space perfectly! It's ideal for extra storage and to display my favorite things! 

I love being able to see the stripes and crystals from the hall in our kitchen.


 I feel very blessed to have a gorgeous view of the German countryside out my kitchen window. My husband and I enjoy watching the wind blow the tall grass on the hills like waves in the afternoon.
 My vintage tin canisters really bring out the unique colors in the antique rug we found!


 We have a spiral staircase which leads upstairs in the entry of our kitchen. the bar area is directly below it. 

 Until I find the perfect antique metal tray to hang above my stove (and magnet recipes to) I love the robin egg blue color in the wooden one I already had.




I added the cotton branches after I did the original kitchen shoot and wanted to share!


Thanks for touring my our kitchen with me!
To see our hall transformation click here!
Now, back to eating scones and clotted cream, Cheers!



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46 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your style!!! You have done a marvelous job, you can come over my house any time, and I will let you do any thing you want to my it! Hope you have a great weekend, and enjoy your family.

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    1. Aww Kristel thank you so very much! I really appreciate the support and kind words! I hope you are having a lovely weekend!
      -Molly

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  2. It's beautiful Molly!!! You did a great job of incorporating the vintage charm into a contemporary space, it's a perfect combination! Can't wait to see the rest of your lovely home!

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    1. Thank you so much Heather! you are so sweet! I can't wait to check out the rest of your lovely home! looking now!
      xo

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  3. Molly you have been a busy lady!! I love all the little details in your kitchen you pull togeather for such a wonderful look!

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    1. Thank you Crystal! You should come over for a dinner party now!!

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  4. What a beautiful view inside to match the beautiful view outside. You did a fantastic job of bringing some "earthiness" to that very modern space. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you very much miss Wendy! I really was trying to! I hope you have a very lovely day!
      -Molly

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  5. It looks amazing!!!!! How lucky you are to live there!!!!

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    1. Thank you Andrea! I hope you and your lovely family can come visit Europe one day! I'd love to show you around!
      xo

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  6. Wow! What a transformation! Absolutely gorgeous! I am wondering where you got the bar for hanging your mugs. It's exactly what I need.

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    1. Hey there Renee! Thank you so much for stopping by! The bar for hanging mugs was from Ikea! Love that place! I hope you have a blessed day!
      -Molly

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  7. Fabulous and stunning..

    so glad I found your blog.

    visiting via Classy Cutter
    your newest follower
    Sonny~ 155 dream Lane

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    1. why thank you! So excited to check yours out!

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  8. Molly! I love it! I'm going to featuring this on my blog tonight. Thanks for linking up to Classy Clutter.

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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    1. Thank you so much Mallory! I really appreciate it! Thank you for hosting!

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  9. I LOVE it! Absolutely beautiful. I'm wanting to change out our kitchen table for an island cart sort of like what you have. Small kitchens just aren't eat-in friendly! We shall have to traipse to the dining room every night for dinner!

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    1. It's so true! An island does make food prep so much easier when you have such a small space, it's also a great place to set up nicely for entertainment! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  10. This is gorgeous! I want my kitchen to look the same. Awesome job!

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    1. Why thank you Sarah for stopping by! So glad you like it! I hope you have a blessed day!

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  11. Your kitchen is so cute! Enjoying looking at the photos. I'm a new follower. Posted your kitchen on my blog.
    My husband and I got to live in a rental home for 1 month near London. We had only been married 3 months. A great 2nd honeymoon! (that was before blogs and digital cameras)

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    1. Thank you Beth! SO jealous of your stay in London! It's amazing there! I hope you have a lovely day and thank you so much for sharing my site!

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  12. Very nice! Sometimes I think contemporary is boring but you have done it right! Lots of personality!

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    1. Hey there, Carlene thank you so much! I love contemporary but hate things that are stark! I love mixing old with new! Thank you for popping by! and have a blessed day!

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  13. Well done! Love the look down the hallway and your silhouettes :o) I bet you're landlords never saw the potential you've put in and will enjoy they added value you've given them :o)

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    1. Why thank you! It's pleasant seeing them! My landlords do love it! Thank you so much for reading and the very sweet comment!

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  14. What a great transformation! You must be in our neck of the woods as we have the same view ;-) Again.....wonderful job!

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  15. This is beautiful! I love the cotton branches =)

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  16. I know!....there's Italian fest coming up here shortly ;-)) So get ready for some pizza!! ;-) We're meeting our 2 year mark now ;-)

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    1. OOooo how yummy! I will have to check that out!!! Thanks for the info! There is a mid evil fest at burg litchenburg too!

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  17. I'm picturing myself quite at home in this stunning kitchen. You all have made such great decisions along the way, and it is truly lovely!

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    1. Awww thank you so much!!! It is quite cozy and small haha! Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

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  18. Yea, I have seen the posts, Just haven't noticed the dates.....they usually sell a local honey and vinegars there. Are you able to use your decorating skills here in Germany at all for business or customers?

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    1. I sure am able to do it here! That was a huge relief! I will have to check that festival out! Sounds amazing!

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  19. I love this kitchen! It has such a soft serene feel!

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    1. Thank you so much Sharon! I hope you have a very blessed day!
      -Molly

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  20. What a great reveal! Lovely kitchen!!! That mossy B is very nice too! Please come hang out and link up to our link party "Home is Where the Heart is" Please feel free to link up any posts you might want to share! :)
    http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-3/

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    1. Thank you so much! I most definitely will!

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  21. It’s great that the landlord allowed you to do a little remodeling on your kitchen. You can now turn your kitchen the way you want it to be. And I totally love how you transformed it into a classy kitchen. The shelves and little table in the middle are such beautiful additions. And those decor is just perfect! I love your kitchen! You did a great job here! #Gregoria Newsome

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes we are lucky! It is amazing what just a little paint and decor can do! I am so thrilled you came by and hope you have a lovely day! Ciao!

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  22. Beautiful! Where did you find that gorgeous rug?!

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    1. Hey there! We found the rug at a flea market! It goes great in the barn we live in now! It seems to just go with everything! Thank you for the sweet comment!!

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  23. We lived in a small town called Eibelstadt in the 80's and I loved every minute of it! I have views of the town church tower from the living room and vineyards from the bedroom.

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    1. Oh what a fun experience! Village life is so wonderful!!! Do you miss it?

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  24. It was so nice of them to allow you to renovate the house, so to speak. And it looks like you really took advantage of that opportunity! Also, that window in your kitchen is perfectly placed. Not only does it allow you to view that wonderful landscape while washing stuff in your sink, it also allows a lot of light into your kitchen during the daytime! Certainly a great perk to have. Hope you’re having a great day!

    Sheila

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    1. Thank you so much! It was definitely a nice kitchen to have! I do love the sleekness of it but am really loving our German barn kitchen that we are currently in. I do really miss the window over the sink though... That was perfection :)

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