Taking a little break from holiday gift guides today to share pictures of our kitchen! It’s not as much of a proper reveal as our foyer, our living room, or our dining room as there wasn’t a ton of decorating to be done in this space, but I didn’t want to skip over such a central part of our home! Since we’re renting this house, there wasn’t much we could change about the space — in a perfect world, I’d love to paint the island white to match the cabinets and replace the modern ceiling fixture with something more “me” like this or these — but I tried to make it our own with a little art, an affordable runner, and a few pops of blue, green, and tan. I’ve linked everything at the end of the post!
We’ve had these Serena & Lily Riviera counter stools since our house in Dallas and I was so happy to find a rental house with an island for them (you can see my makeshift solution for our first Connecticut rental in this post). They’re one of those timeless pieces that feel right at home in every place we’ve lived and they’ve held up beautifully in the four years we’ve had them, especially considering I work from this island nearly every day! I am also head-over-heels in love with this newer version, so much so that I dream of having a breakfast nook with the dining chair version in a future home.
I knew I wanted to find a kitchen runner but wasn’t falling in love with anything so I decided to keep it simple and affordable and ordered this woven sisal runner from Overstock. I have to say I’ve been SO pleasantly surprised with the quality and am thrilled I spent so little for such a big impact! It instantly warmed up the entire room and has become Rory’s favorite spot to lounge while I work at the counter. It’s perfectly soft to walk on with bare feet and comes in a bunch of other sizes if you don’t need such a long runner.
My mom placed these oversized striped ginger jars in the kitchen as we were unpacking and I loved them so much there I never moved them! And Will found these Nantucket matchbook prints of some of our favorite places on the island — we had our wedding reception at the Summer House, had the Millie’s food truck at our welcome party, and had our rehearsal dinner at the Chanticleer. They make me happy every time I see them!
A few photos to give you a feel for the layout of the first floor… the kitchen is at the back of the house and open to the living room with the dining room on the other side of the living room wall. Even though it probably makes more sense to have the kitchen open to the dining room, we switched the dining room and living room to be able to fit more seating in the living room, which is slightly larger than the room at the front of the house.
Ending on a particularly cute note with Rory’s food and water set-up! The personalized water bowl is by Indigo Home and comes in all different colors and sizes — I believe this is the medium. His food bowl is by Waggo.
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