Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kitchen Niche Update!

To see an updated Kitchen and niche tour, click here!

If you live in Europe, you know that there is NO storage space in the homes here. No closets, and  hardly any drawers.You have to get massive pieces of storage and or turn normal rooms into storage units to hide any clutter or mess. You truly have to make the most of every nook and cranny! We desperately needed an organized space to store extra kitchenware, flour, sugar, pasta etc, etc. The kitchen niche was the perfect place to create a pantry along side our coffee bar. We also needed our niche to be a place to take off shoes, coats, gloves and act as a mud-room. After a little bit of elbow grease we finally got it how we like it, pretty and practical. As I mentioned before, we have been updating our home and wanted to show you updated room tours!

The "Before" wall color reminds me of easy mac...gross... Ok, so I do sometimes enjoy that nasty stuff...don't judge!

Here is a reminder of what my free coffee bar looked like before. 

Here is our space after!


We used the shelves we already had from our last contemporary kitchen and painted them cream so that they would match the cabinets in our current kitchen! They absolutely look as though they belong together!
Everything in this space is practical, useful, and organized... there are no more flour bags spilling out on the floor because they are crammed too tightly in one of our few cabinets. I feel like I am selling this on an infomercial... Travel size shelves are included for only 10 payments of $9.99!

I love that my cow (creamer) has eyelash extensions...


I recently added these cupcake liners in a jar! I love the pop of color and how cute they are!



I adore my burlap wreath because it fits in perfectly with every season and looks great with my coffee sack rug! It also slightly resembles coffee filters. A coffee filter wreath may have to replace it at some point. To get a tutorial on the burlap wreath, click here


I am so thrilled, I just painted my barn door Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue to match our kitchen table (which I just painted as well! I love how it turned out!



Our quirky Polish pottery, is all so colorful, cheery and oh, so Eastern European looking! do you think I should let her know that she went a little too heavy on the blush?
My coffee/ tea caddy is the perfect place to store goodies to put in coffee and tea and is also portable. To see how I created it, click here.

Instead of using the drawers to store clutter, we have set up a tea drawer in one and the other holds napkins., towels etc.

Here is a close up of our two euro coat hooks...

I am off working on design projects and spring cleaning! What have you been working on this week? Are you getting your lives organized?


15 comments:

  1. Super cute Molly and I know what you mean about European houses not having any kind of storage......It's my biggest problem in our house!

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    1. Thank you Leah! what solutions have you done! I am interested in any ideas! We are currently looking for armoirs, more shelves etc! Good luck! xo

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  2. So gorgeous and so practical! You just can't get better than that! :)

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  3. Perfect!! All the cute little details ... I just LOVE your style!

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    1. Thank you Iris! You inspire my style so much! Love YOUR style, it's too cool!

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  4. I love all of this! I want to drink coffee from that little nook. Come inspire me in our little home next time you are in the U.S. Molly, I need you!!

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    1. You got it sista! If you are ever in Europe please stop by for coffee and supper! I would LOVE to have you!

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  5. What an adorable nook! I love it when we are able to use every bit of space we can, especially with everyday practical stuff. You did great my friend.

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    1. Thank you so much Kristel! You are so sweet! I really am trying to only have things that I am actually able to use since our storage is so limited! Heading over to your blog now!

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  6. You crack me up! Maybe the cow would be so kind as to give the Polish pottery lady her eyelash extensions. That would really pull her whole look together, and her blush wouldn't stand out so much, haha!
    I can't believe that is the same space as the before picture! You are so clever!

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    1. Brilliant! I shall tell the two of them to share!!! hahaha

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  7. Beautiful! We are due to move to France this fall and the housing situation makes me nervous. On one hand we "know" that the houses are small so we shouldn't bring all of our furniture and stuff, but on the other hand we'll need storage so shouldn't we bring it? LOL

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    1. Hey there! I am so excited for you! What region are you moving to? I would bring it all and sell what you don't want to use....Just don't bring things that you don't find to be useful or beautiful...I am not sure about France, but in germany it is very hard to get rid of bulk trash... You are going to want to buy beautiful European things as well! I have used almost all of our things that we brought and sold things that weren't things that had a great deal of meaning to me to get the appropriate things for our home. I am so thrilled for you and please let me know if you have any other questions!

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    2. Also, bring as many crafting supplies as you can...Crafting supplies are harder to come by than in the U.S.

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