I’m Dreaming of a Big Kitchen

Since graduating college, I’ve come a long, long way in the kitchen. Not only can I cook meat without screaming (and begging my roommates to help me), I am trying out different recipes left and right. Now I can (sometimes) cook more than one thing at once without using the microwave, or making a complete disaster. I don’t cringe with fear anymore when people eat something I’ve made.

So, where am I going with this? Well, I’m going to share a few kitchens I absolutely love! People spend such a huge chunk of their lives in the kitchen, from cooking to eating to chatting. At my parent’s house, everyone gravitates towards the kitchen, it’s the heart and center of our home. It’s where we laugh, dance and celebrate everything.

Someday I want a big kitchen with white cabinets and an open floor plan. Here’s what I’m eyeing right now:

A breakfast nook is a must-have element for my dream kitchen. My grandpa had a nook in his kitchen and it was amazing!

a little breakfast nook

My favorite bright kitchen essentials will be on display for sure. Why hide beautiful dishes and mugs behind cabinet doors? As long as you stay organized and tidy, your kitchen won’t look like a yard sale.

bright kitchen

My kitchen will be stocked with unforgettable bowls, mugs, plates and so on. If you accessorize your bedroom and living room, why not fancy-up your kitchen?

"Modernist" bowls from West Elm

“Modernist” bowls from West Elm

Anemones

Anemones

textured dip bowls

textured dip bowls

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tea kettle

And now for more kitchens…

subway tile and exposed shelving

another solid coffee bar.

a solid coffee bar

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Hi! I have hardwood floors and teal cabinets. Sue me.

an open floor plan kitchen

unexpected cabinets and lots of windows

That last one was a little wild but that’s OK. I love it! Anyways, what are your kitchen dreams?

Quiz: What’s Your Home Decor Style?

Sassy-inspired decor by HomeGoods

So I recently took this quiz by  HomeGoods that tells you what your home decor style is. How fun, right? That being said, I need you to TAKE THE QUIZ HERE and come back to my site so we can talk. It’ll only take you a minute.

Tell me…what’s your home decor style? I was crossing my fingers I’d get “Farmhouse glam” or “New country” but I ended up with “Sassy” — which is truly more me. I need to keep telling myself that I’m not an actual country girl, I’m just a country girl wannabe. Besides, Sassy has all of the bright colors and patterns I typically gravitate towards.

Who is Sassy?

Sassy is just that! She couldn’t be short on personality if she tried. She expresses herself with playful colors, fun patterns, and an unabashed boldness—all acquired at very savvy prices. She knows her style, and she’s not afraid to take risks and have fun. When you visit a Sassy friend, you can’t help but smile.

My second runner-up style was Boho (pictured above). Hello bold! I could never do all of those patterns at once, but I’d pick out a few key pieces. I also love how this quiz gives suggestions for entertaining, shopping and gifting with your style. Maybe I’ll share quizzes on here every once in a while. Who doesn’t love a quiz?

Country Girl Wannabe

OK, so let’s be real here. I’m a total country girl wannabe. I’ve lived in cities my whole life and now I’m a resident of Minneapolis, which means I’m  the farthest thing from a real country girl. I do, however, appreciate country living and hope to move to the quiet country someday. I’ve loved country music since kindergarten (back when Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw were just gettin’ started) and have always loved visiting my cousins’ farms. I used to tag along for rodeos, attend 4-H meetings and run around the farm helping with chores.

I’m not saying I’d fair well on a farm, I honestly have no idea how I’d do. When push comes to shove, I don’t know if I’d be able to handle the (sometimes) harsh weather conditions and physical labor day after day. What I do know is that my farmhouse would be decorated absolutely beautifully.

So, here are a few of my favorite country-inspired pins from Pinterest.

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So at this point in my life, I’ll continue to appreciate all things country.