Now that you all know that I’m moving yet again, how about I tell you where we’re headed to?
If you guessed the Netherlands during my giveaways, then you’re awesome, because that’s where the U.S. Coast Guard is sending us in just two short weeks. Yes, two weeks from today, we will be boarding a plane with our little family and heading to Europe! We’re incredibly excited, this is an outstanding opportunity, and we can’t wait to explore everything about the Netherlands, Europe, and beyond. Adventure is out there!
Today, sort of in conjunction with our move, I’m starting a fun, new series that I have been wildly excited about for a few months: Kitchen Style Series.
As someone who moves a lot, I rarely get to make a house my own before it’s time to move on to the next one, but I do the best that I can. Since I’m unable to makes serious changes to my current place of residence (wherever it may be at the time), Pinterest is my best friend. I can’t always renovate, but I can dream and gather ideas.
Recently, while I was perusing kitchen and dining room styles and ideas on Pinterest, I was struck by the idea that I would love to see where my fellow bloggers make their craft and recipe magic. As readers, we see all of the incredible work they do, the delectable recipes, the hilarious stories they tell, or the incredible crafts, but we rarely, if ever, see where they were made. And I don’t know about you all, but my nosiness makes me want to know.
A few months ago, I had to have a couple of promotion photos taken of me in my kitchen, and it occurred to me that it would be the perfect way to kick this series off, so today, I’m going to show you my current kitchen.Â Each month, you’ll get to see where a different blogger cooks, crafts, or creates. I’m super excited about this series, and I really hope you guys enjoy it!
I only have a couple of short weeks left in this kitchen, so I’ll get to show you another kitchen soon. For now, though, here’s my kitchen in Oregon.
In the interest of full disclosure, the above is what my kitchen looks like after a full day of baking. I’m not talking about one batch of cookies or cupcakes. These pictures represent a day of baking that resulted in about seven different recipes. It was a busy day.
And this is basically what my kitchen looks like on a regular basis. Since I’m unable to paint, change that ugly backsplash, or put in beautiful glass-front cabinets, I find other ways to make each kitchen we’ve had my own. It’s all about the details.
You’ll notice that I don’t really have appliances on my counters…
…the Hubster and I don’t like cluttered countertops, so we try to keep as much as possible put away or stored elsewhere, particularly appliances. With all of the many props, utensils, and baking gear that I have, we knew we needed extra storage, so we bought these shelving units when we first moved in. They sit in the garage, directly out the kitchen door, so they’re close at hand, but out of sight. All of our typical countertop appliances sit across the top shelves, while smaller, more fragile, or more frequently used items sit lower.
I have countless baking pans, candy and chocolate molds, cookie cutters, and cake decorating supplies on the righthand shelves, while the left side holds primarily props, such as napkins and placemats, glasses, plates, bowls, and most of my cake stands.
Back inside the house, I love a bright and cheery kitchen. I can’t stand baking in a dreary cave, so the first addition to any kitchen I use is colorful kitchen towels…usually with a sweets and treats theme.
One of my favorite elements that I brought to my kitchen recently is this display, which is both beautiful and functional. Cupcake papers, stripey straws, and handy spatulas within arm’s reach at all times.
I got these jars at Pier 1 Imports several months ago, and I’m completely smitten with them. They’re perfect for displaying my pretty cupcake papers, and popping them on top of cake stands adds even more visual interest to them.
This little spatula bouquet, as I like to call it, sprang from the necessity to have lots of spatulas, in lots of sizes, close at hand. Who says it has to be boring or utilitarian, though? A little washi tape, coordinating and glittery spatulas, and a pretty glass Ball jar, and you have a sweet display for any kitchen.
We aren’t big microwave users, but there’s no denying that they’re convenient, so we keep this little one for the small tasks we need it for. Our other appliance is a countertop water boiler. We’re both hot tea fiends, and the Hubster is a huge fan of pressed coffee, so we like to have hot water on hand at all times. We have had this boiler for almost our entire marriage, and we’re not looking forward to leaving it behind as we head for the Netherlands, but we definitely plan to find a European version as soon as we get there!
I keep my main baking ingredients – flour, sugar, confectioners’ sugar, and brown sugar – on the counter in glass jars for easy access. To make them more interesting, I applied pretty labels that I got from The House of Smiths. These are one of my favorite things I’ve ever done for my kitchen. They’re clean, organized, and pretty…perfect!
I love this little display. The Hubster had this trio of cupcake stands made for me for my birthday a few years ago. Best. Stands. Ever. I added the little jars on top from Anthropologie a few months ago. They are filled with exactly what their labels say: sugar (sugar), spice (cinnamon), and everything nice (vanilla sugar).
And that’s my little kitchen! Well, for now. We only have 10 days left in this home, and then it’s off to claim yet another kitchen as my own. This time, it’ll be a real adventure, too, as I adjust to European eating, cooking, and life in the Netherlands!