HOUSE TOUR — KITCHEN AND TIKI LOUNGE
When we last left off, we had just toured the entry and den. Let’s continue from the den into the kitchen…
The kitchen didn’t always look this nice. Those of you who’ve been reading my blog since before last January remember what it used to look like before I painted the cabinets and installed a new range hood and stove top.
The framed butterfly on flower print is a wood block print I made in art school.
Not only is there a nice closet right by the back door, but also a full bathroom (though we use the shower as a closet) and first floor laundry! Having first floor laundry makes doing the laundry so much easier! I had to navigate some precarious stairs to get to the basement laundry area in my old house — the worst I have to navigate now is over a sleeping border collie mix! Plus when I come in from doing yard work, I can just dump all the dirty clothes right inside the door and leave the mud tracking to the guy who does it best, Leo.
All the appliances in the kitchen are either red or stainless steel (closest thing to chrome!) except the dishwasher and wall oven — both of which still work perfectly fine and I see no need to swap them for stainless until they quit being functional. Luckily there is some black in the kitchen (pink and black table and some black decorative accents) so they don’t look too terribly out of place.
I leave my giant wood cutting board (one of my favorite kitchen utensils) out all of the time — we eat a lot of fresh veggies in this house!
I love this new but retro looking stove top…plus I managed to sell the old glass cook top and over cabinet microwave on Craigslist to help offset the cost of the new stuff!
The coppery glass tile backsplash was hard to decide on, but I love the sparkle it brings to the kitchen.
From the kitchen table, you can see the Tiki Lounge (aka our screened porch)…
I just painted it this year…and let me tell you, the green and orange walls make it feel so much more lively!
I also finished acquiring the last of the IKEA “outdoor sofa” pieces that we wanted to make sure we could seat a crowd!
The Tiki Lounge is everyone’s favorite place to hang out during the summer and my favorite place to sip a cocktail and read a book.
Stay tuned — there’s much more house tour to go!