{An Inviting Kitchen}

Thursday, February 19, 2009

In the spirit of renewal and refreshing, the Nester has been doing a series on "10 minutes to a Room You'll Love." In each post, she's given her readers a handful of simple, low-or no-cost ideas anyone can do make their space a little more inviting. And who doesn't want a more inviting home...in less than 10 minutes?

So over the past month, along with Nester's other faithful followers, I've remade my bed, brought in a thing-a-ma-bobby from the kitchen to my bathroom, and incorporated more fabric into each room. And today, the Nester is having a linky show-and-tell about the little changes we 've made.

I'm cheating a little, because I'm posting about a change I made, oh, maybe 5 years ago. But it really was simple and inexpensive and follows the Nester rule for softening the kitchen by incorporating more fabric into the room.

Our kitchen came with a little built in window seating area. I loved the space but left as is, it was cold and hard. It screamed for softening, warming and inviting! fabric. To start, my mom and I made cushions that took waaaaay longer than 10 minutes, (thank you, Mom) but when I found fabric I liked for that project, I ordered a few yards (maybe 2.5?) of a coordinating striped fabric for a window treatment for my extra long window.


Okay, I started typing a tutorial on how I made this awning, but it started taking longer than it actually took to make the awning, sooo, I'll just post a few pictures to give you the idea.

(plumbing pipes and hardware from Home Depot spray painted to match the light fixtures)



So that's my kitchen, and I love it. And if you're ever visiting, I pray you find it as inviting as I do.
Don't forget to stop by the Nesting Place for links to everyone else's 10 minute changes!

27 Creative People Had This To Say:

The Nester said...

Love the awning idea! I think I'm gonna have to do a mistreatment awning style!

It looks so good!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Love the awning, now if only I could sew!

Stacey said...

Awesome! Just what that spot needed. :)

southerninspiration said...

Looks great!!!! What a neat idea!

Suzanne

Sarah Mae said...

That awning is awesome! Wow - so cozy!

Jen r. said...

What a great idea!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Love your kitchen...and your thing-a-ma-bobby in the bathroom :)! I think I need to get me one of those things...just so I can say "think-a-ma-bobby" some more.

Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Michelle said...

Love that idea!

Rachel said...

It looks great! Love the awning inside your kitchen!

edie said...

Oh my word. It turned out great! Another idea I may just have to copy.

Kelly said...

Love the awning!

Crafty Niche said...

Your awning is so cozy! I want to sit down and enjoy a book. :)

Tricia Anne said...

What a great look! Anyone would feel so special sitting on your pretty bench under the awning!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

The awning is great! So cafe-like.
Thanks for sharing!
~Misti

christinnjon said...

That is really nice! I love that! What a blessing to have such an inviting seating area. Good for you! :)

queenbee said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your awning and tiered stand in the bathroom.

Gina said...

How fun to have an awning in your kitchen-what a cozy place to have coffee!

Rona's Home Page said...

The awning is a very pleasant surprise in the kitchen. I really like it.

jenjen said...

I love that awning and the seating area. So cute!!!

Jen

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh-so-lovely and creative!!!

Sherri S said...

The awning is totally cozy! I would feel as if I were sitting on a sidewalk cafe. I LOVE the idea and it's perfect for that window.

Jodi said...

great idea - very out-of-the-box and just perfect!

Darlene said...

super awning, girl!! What a creative idea....thinking outside-of-the-box!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. The white coverlet is actually a sheet-duvet cover. It has a light down comforter inside of it, and it is all that we use. We don't use sheets underneath. So, it is like having one really fluffy, breatheable feather-filled sheet on your bed.

Way to go with your 10 min. post! and SUCH cute kiddos!

Darlene

koehmstedt said...

I love the awning! Great post.

audrey enloe said...

I just found your blog and started reading it, you are so inspiring! That awning idea is awesome! I too live in the Dallas Area! I was in Allen just today at the outlets! Woo hoo!

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Wow! I don't think I have EVER seen an indoor awning like that, and I love it. I mean, I really really love it. I'm a bit scared to attempt it, but the wheels are turning. Thanks for a brand new idea!!

Cottagecheap said...

Brilliant idea!