Monday, June 10, 2013

How to Decorate Your Kitchen!

Hey hey! I want to show you a work in progress - my kitchen! 
I love my kitchen, but decorating it is sort of a pain 
because there isn't much wall or counter space. 

This is not a major reno - just a little accessorizing on a budget!
Everything is already nice, neutral, and in good shape ... 
hmm, sounds like a starting point!

The challenge becomes, 
"How do I add color and personality to this space
while keeping it functional and not full of clutter?" 

Taking pictures of the area was my solution.

You know how sometimes a picture of something
reveals things you didn't notice when you were right in front of it?
Like outfits you thought were flattering ... or does that only happen to me ;-)

I took pics of my kitchen and
used a free iPhone app, Aviary, to help me see what I'd missed! 
I used the "draw" function to circle the "empty" or "problem" zones,
and used "text" to add little notes about what I'd like to see there.

Like this!

 photo kitchen1.jpg

 photo kitchen2.jpg
All those dishes are clean ... just keeping it real!

 photo kitchen3.jpg

Cool, huh?
  •  What if decorating is not your talent?
Text or email those pics to a friend or family member who does have "the touch," and see what they suggest!
  • What if you don't have an iPhone? 
Take digital pictures and open them in MS Paint, where you can also use "draw" and "text" options to highlight areas.

Taking and critiquing pictures of your space could also guide your shopping for a project!
I hate having a vague idea of what I am looking for,
and really don't want to waste money on duds that turn out wrong.
Just a quick look at my "cheat sheet" pics, and problem solved :-)

I've actually already made a few changes to my kitchen, inspired by my pics,
using either things I already had (woohoo!) or got for a little of nothing!
You'll have to check out my changes in the next update!

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This week, I'm partying with:

Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays @ Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life
Sunny Simple Monday @ Sunny Simple Life 
 Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Ranch 
Terrific Tuesdays @ Adventures of a DIY Mom
Get Your Craft On Tuesdays @ Today's Creative Blog
TOO cute Tuesdays @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Anti-Procrastination Tuesday @ New Nostalgia
Penny Pinching Party @ The Thrifty Home
Works For Me Wednesdays @ We Are That Family
What I Whipped Up Wednesdays @ Sugar and Dots
Whatever Goes Wednesdays @ Someday Crafts 
Fluster's Creative Muster Link Party @ Fluster Buster
 Lil Luna Link Party @ Lil Luna 
Cast Party Wednesday @ Lady Behind The Curtain 
We Did It Wednesday @ Sew Much Ado
What's It Wednesdays @ Ivy and Elephants 
Show and Share @ Southern Lovely  
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop @ Ducks 'n a Row 
Party Time @ The 36th Avenue

Hookin Up with HoH @ House of Hepworths
Thrifty to Nifty @ A Jennuine Life
Time Travel Thursday @ The Brambleberry Cottage
All Things Thursday Link-Up @ All Things With Purpose
Catch a Glimpse Party @ A Glimpse Inside
Thursday's Treasures @ Chocolate Chocolate and More! 
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Thursday's Treasures @ Recipes For My Boys
Loves on a Thursday @ Imprintalish


  1. Great kitchen and I love your idea board. Can't wait to see what all you do. Looks like you have a great plan. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  2. Great to see you again, Marty! I can't wait to show everyone the changes, too :-)

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Angela! I love having a visual to keep me motivated!

  4. This is a great idea, Melody! I'm definitely checking out Aviary. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Im renovating my kitchen at the moment and can't wait until I can get to the decorating stage that is the best bit! Iv sketched a few ideas but not thought about drawing on the actual photos, very clever :) Good luck with your project Im sure its going to look great. Id love you to pop over to my blog if you want to see what Iv been doing in my kitchen over the past 6 weeks .... and counting!

    1. Michelle, how exciting! I would love to see your kitchen progress and will definitely check you out -- thank you for visiting!

  6. Never heard of Aviary, great info! (I usually use MS Paint) Love all of your ideas, can't wait to see what you do!!!
    So happy to have you share at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!

    1. Hi Cindy! Aviary is convenient for me because I use my iPhone so often for pics, but MS Paint will give you the same results and I like that option when I use my digital camera! Thank you so much for visiting me at BDBT!

  7. Using paint is a brilliant idea. I am IPhone-less. Someday, "when I grow up".
    Thanks so much for sharing this on my blog hop.
    I am sharing it right now on my Facebook page!
    Please do come back next week.
    I will be liking, following, tweeting, pinning your site momentarily! If you haven't liked my FB page, I'd appreciate it. Trying to build that following bigtime.


    Sinea from Ducks 'n a Row

    1. Sinea, thank you for sharing my post!! I am so excited and would love to become your newest follower on Fb and twitter!

  8. Thanks for the tip on using Aviary. Definitely going to check it out. I'm visiting from The 36th Avenue link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  9. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a great idea to take pics of your space and use that as your drawing board! Can't wait to see the changes you make!

  11. Thanks for linking up to the "Loves on a Thursday" Party!
    -Sarah from

    1. Thanks for hosting, Sarah - I'm glad I found your site!

  12. It's funny how sometimes taking a picture of a room can show you what is missing. I do this all the time and it does help with decorating. Your kitchen looks so pretty and I look forward to seeing your changes. Thanks for joining the Open House party!

  13. My kitchen is on my list of rooms that need a makeover. I love the idea of taking pictures first. Thanks for partying with us.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster