Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fall Inspiration in the Retro Kitchen


Long time no see! Bet you thought I had abandoned this here ol' blog didn't ya? Nope. I'm here. Alive and kickin'.

Summer was a blast. So much traveling left little time for play but with the return of cooler weather and the tendency to hibernate I'll have project time again.


Fall happens to be my absolute favorite time of year. What better way to welcome autumn then with some fabulous decor in my mini retro kitchen.

Shall we take a tour?


In the beginning...


My little kitchen cabinets received a fresh coat of moss green paint.  A nice contrast to the fresh white counter & upper cabinets. I intentionally left the stove top bare so that it could double as counter space. Need a stove-just add a pot or pan and voila! Decorative paper backsplash adds a touch of whimsy.




Close up of the adorable woodland friend pattern. I scrapbook paper!


The sink received the same treatment although I am hesitant to leave the backsplash paper, just not digging it.



Backside of the sink unit offers premium display space-nice bonus!




Nice pop of color in the cherry red stools offers some visual interest.




Dinette set received complimentary finishes. The houndstooth wallpaper is set temporarily on my background wall. Since this is a piece I use frequently for auction photos it will not be part of the permanent kitchen set. One side has the faux wood panels (real wood strips glued to foam core). The reverse side of this wall is my faux stone finish.




My first attempt at accessorizing. Continuing the whimsical theme. Notice the absence of floor tiles?  This floor is the butcher block top to my island that I am now using for photo staging. I'll share photos of my set up in a future post. (too messy right now!)


The addition of a banquette seat in the dining area creates more options for staging. Vibrant pillows continue the color story and lend to the warmth of autumn. The window view showcases my backyard with hints of fall foliage just peaking out of the hedges. The wall unit for now is a prototype made out of foam core. My plan is to make a more permanent structure out of book board for photo backdrops. Foam core is easy to work with but since my studio space is in the basement the moisture is not friendly to this material. (even with a dehumidifier) Not to mention foam core is so light weight that it seems a bit flimsy especially for a piece that will house a bench & display space. The prototype is only twelve inches wide by 16 inches tall. The new unit will be wider & taller and adding a decorative ledge above the window for more merchandising space. (yes, that is a slight reference to one of my favorite designers Christopher Lowell).

Back to building the walls-my first attempt at using book board.

Thank you for visiting!
Stephiejo


5 comments:

  1. This just makes me giddy! I just decided to ease up on crafts and focus on photography and furnishings for a while, but now you're inspiring me! Glad you're back!

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  2. Awww..you are too kind Dani. Life has finally calmed down enough for more projects (as calm as life with four boys can be!)

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  3. THAT is sooo amazingly awesome! Huge Barbie fan here--wish my kids still played with them I'd totally do this! Its fantastic!!!!

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  4. Thank you Ann for stopping by! Shhhh....I won't tell your kids if you want to play with dolls. It'll be our little secret! :-)

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