You already know it’s the little things that can add up to rich joy. We’ll peek at a few pretty new little lovely things in the kitchen and then chat about a new daily practice. Sometimes you develop a new habit, and it takes time to see fruit. And sometimes it takes no time at all. Don’t you love the latter?
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Little Lovely Things in the Kitchen: Early Summer
I think my process for pulling a house together is different in that I take my time with all the finishing touches. Part of the reason for that is that I find those little details important and fun compared to the renovation tasks. So with our bedroom renovation done, now it’s time to focus on details, personalization, and accessorizing.
Amber Lewis x Loloi Rugs
Here’s a new lovely little thing for the kitchen: Zuma rugs in Ocean/Multi from Amber Lewis x Loloi.
This runner is just right for adding a layer of softness and introducing pattern in our serene kitchen.
I’m still hunting for the right accents for the wall above backsplash to flank the range hood:
And maybe I’ll hang decorative plates or art. The thing is, I haven’t even organized all my stuff from the move that is stored in the basement! So I’ll start there, shopping my house.
But these rugs designed by Amber Lewis with Loloi? They were a no brainer!
In addition to the runner, two of the smaller (2’3″ x 3’10”) size are perfect in the laundry area and pantry.
Not sure if I have shown you the laundry area before. It has come a long way. I repurposed cabinets from the kitchen and painted them Sherwin-Williams Eider White.
We left the original floor tile in this area, and it was the right decision since it takes a lot of abuse as the pass through from the garage. Here’s another new little thing that I discovered is useful for all sorts of things…an oven to table serving platter dish with wood trivet.
For around 20 bucks, the platter can become “a beautiful cheese plate, and because it is oven-safe, it is the perfect piece for baking and serving bruschetta, crostini and even a heaping pile of nachos.” The acacia wood stand is one of those little things that is extra lovely since it protects countertops and tables from the hot plate.
Below you can see the relationship between the kitchen and dining/music room.
Above, you can see another Zuma rug in the walk-in pantry. I took the door off not knowing if we would miss it, and we don’t. We would have reconfigured this angled space when we renovated the kitchen, but there is a waste pipe in one of the walls, and as DIYers, we weren’t about to relocate that bad boy.
Although we don’t have an open floor plan, all of the rooms on the main level receive adequate light from multiple directions. It’s a little thing that makes all the difference.
I wasn’t sure the rug was needed in here, but it truly cozies things up. I’m typically barefoot at home so the comfort underfoot is so welcome.
The rugs also make practical sense layered over the LVP. I have mentioned it before, but vinyl is wonderful underfoot and waterproof, but it is not indestructible.
And it’s not dent proof so a rug is a sweet protective friend to LVP.
As far as lovely little new things in the breakfast area, I have actually auditioned a half dozen window treatments in here!
But I haven’t been satisfied with any of them so it’s bare for now!
Just outside the nook?
I have been busy tweaking the deck and railing which was dark chocolate brown.
It wasn’t terrible…until a recent hail storm! Some of the hailstones were three inches, and boy did that storm damage roofs and homes in our neighborhood.
It’s not quite done since the railing needs another coat or two. Covering dark colors is somethin’ else, and the story of my life in this home.
The little bistro set is the same one I bought for our prior home:
As far as the paint color I used for the floor? It is custom to match the siding, but is very similar to Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray.
What a difference to lighten up this deck which is visible from the kitchen sink window, patio doors, upstairs bedroom, and sitting room.
So the freshened look is enjoyed inside and out. And speaking of the view outside…
Our deer friends visit everyday at least once a day. What joy they bring to my everyday!
The hedge you see above on the right is all white lilac (inside the hedge is a secret room and future project). When I was outside the other day, the whole hedge was ALIVE and buzzing with bees and butterflies.
Which brings me to that daily practice I mentioned. I have a delight practice now, and it couldn’t be simpler. I’m simply noticing when I feel delight, and it is happening more often than I imagined.
That afternoon when the lilac fragrance, sound of the bees, and sight of the busy butterflies filled up my senses? What a miracle of delight.
The blessing of all of the trees on our property which shelter singing birds? Delight.
My furry niece who is a city girl and came to stay for a week in the country? Delight.
The delights just keep coming, and though so many spring from nature, there are plenty of others. (Sometimes when plans get cancelled…delight!)
Even blog comments can fill me with a delightful buoyancy. It’s the strangest thing. Here I am, an ordinary woman on a prairie in the heartland. I press keys on an electronic board, and *shazam* somehow little ideas and bits of inspiration travel to faraway lands. They somehow find you. What a blessing.
Peace to you right where you are.
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