i know, i know…. it’s been forever since my last #indigohome post! i’m not exactly sure why i was slacking so much on that. perhaps it was because summer was in full swing and all i wanted to do was be outdoors – or perhaps it was because my summer instagram color scheme was too bright and bold to infuse a little farmhouse living… but either way, i’m back in action and showing off some photos of my first ever “real” kitchen!
when we were actively house hunting, i was in full hgtv mode. i needed to have a white kitchen, no matter what. in the land of my pipe dreams, i’d have moroccan tile backsplash and a farmhouse sink – but beggars can’t be choosers and i was over the moon when i walked into this home to find crisp, white shaker cabinets and stainless steel kitchenaid appliances.
our home isn’t exactly open concept, but it’s not closed off either. the kitchen is towards the back of the house, and french doors let tons of light inside – so we rarely even turn the lights on until nighttime! being able to stand at my sink and watch our dog playing outside is exactly what i had envisioned. back in brooklyn i had a tiny, tight galley kitchen. it had all cabinets and appliances on one side, and i would (quite literally) be touching the back wall while washing dishes. (because of course we didn’t have a dishwasher!) this kitchen is fully equipped with a big double-door refrigerator that i couldn’t even fit into these photos! there are openings to slip into the dining room and the hallway that leads to the living room. you can even see the front door from the kitchen, so this space has been a true happy medium in looking for something that was “open concept” (or close to it!).
if i could change one thing it would be the backsplash! in order to create a true farmhouse feel, i had to really warm up my accessories to distract from how sleek & modern the backsplash is. it wouldn’t be my first choice, but here’s how i made it work:
mixed metals are your friend! i added some copper/rose gold accents on my countertop – and i added texture with marble cutting boards, pops of color with le creuset cookware, and pattern by hanging yellow “seed sack” style dishcloths on my stove. fun fact: they’re from chip & joanna gaines’ ‘hearth & hand’ line for target! i love everything that they have, and i’ve added several pieces throughout #indigohome to really give it that fixer upper vibe. i also added wooden elements to warm up the silver by purchasing an emeril set of cooking knives, a rustic wine rack, and another cutting board last but not least: to play off of the overabundance of silver, i did choose some more silver/steel pieces to make it all look super intentional. my favorite piece is a steel double-handled milk jug from kirkland’s that i use as a vase in the kitchen’s entryway. it really makes a statement!
in decorating this space, i learned that it IS possible to work with what you have and to style a modern space in a more rustic, homey way. what do you think of the #indigohome kitchen? i’d love to hear all your tips and tricks for warming it up even more! should i add a throw rug in front of the sink? and what’s the next room you’re itching to see? i think i’ll start working on the living room – but hopefully this time it won’t take another 5 months before i’m ready to show it off! be sure to follow along on instagram to be clued into future posts like this one!