Sunday, September 16, 2007

Making Home a Haven with Domestic Pursuits - part 5

The kitchen is the heart of a home. We find nourishment for our bodies there, but that's also where some of the best heart-to-heart talks happen between family and guests alike. You want your kitchen to be not only functional and efficient, but pleasing to the eye.
Clear your counters as much as you possibly can. Use a pretty crock to hold your cooking utensils. Purchase new dish towels and cloths. Buy or make your own quilted pot-holders. Sew a pretty curtain for the window.

Use a pretty tablecloth and set the table with your best dishes. Check flea markets, yard sales, and thrift shops for dishes. Buy a bouquet of flowers from the market or cut fresh flowers from your own garden - if you have one. Place in a vase or in a pretty jar.

Recover the seats of your chairs with a fabric that matches your decor. Tack lace edging to cabinet and pantry shelves for a feminine touch. Search for a decorative decanter to hold your dish washing liquid. Hang beautiful plates on the wall in a pleasing pattern.

It really doesn't take much to beautify the kitchen area. Cleanliness and simplicity go a long way in making it a cozy spot. Yes, you have to work in the kitchen preparing meals and such, but that's all the more reason for you to make it pretty!

1 comment:

Twinkle Pink said...

I love the pictures and will take on board all the advice.

At the moment my kitchen is in the throws of being decorated, new ceiling, floors ........ debris ... dust... I am sure it will all turn out fine in the end.

thank you for sharing.
Best wishes Ginny