Why Not . . . Use Simple Changes to Transform Your Kitchen?

Oct 10, 2012

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14 thoughts on “Why Not . . . Use Simple Changes to Transform Your Kitchen?

  1. Another really great blog! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    There is one thing I disagree with however, and it’s clearing my counters of food. You see, like most French women, I use lovely old white bowls filled with fresh produce as decorative items: at least until I need them!! For example, I was up at 5.30 this morning to get the freshest produce from my local market stalls. (I always keep a raffia panier du marché on a hook in my kitchen, and when I came home this morning it was overflowing with goodies.) So today, I have a bowl full of lovely sunny and fragrant lemons; another overflowing with tomatoes, aubergine, courgettes, and red and green peppers which tonight will form the basis of the ratatouille I’m planning to make. In the meantime, these and my plaits of garlic and shallots make(to my mind, at least) a beautiful and fragrant ‘still life’ in my kitchen!! I’ve also brought pots of my favourite summer herbs indoors, and I love coming into the kitchen at dawn to be met by the heady aroma of basil! So sorry, Shannon, but for once I’m not with you. I love using colourful fruits and vegetables to create ever-changing living art!

    1. La Francaise,
      First of all, let me say, I love your comment. Thank you for sharing in such beautiful detail. I couldn’t agree with you more. Let me clarify what I meant when I mention “food” needing to be removed from the countertops. I too place fresh fruit, veggies, baguettes, etc in bowls and baskets on the counter, but any boxed food, commercially labeled needs to remain in a cupboard, etc. After all, our kitchens are our own piece of art in a way, and to clutter it with commercialized processed food boxes, etc detracts from actual food and ingredients for upcoming meals.

  2. Great ideas! I’ve been procrastinating my cabinet purge, and am now more inspired to get it done. Also loved the post from La Francais, merci madame.

  3. Another inspiring post….love the brilliant ideas and photo’s 🙂 The first comment sounds intriguing, must try that tip 🙂
    Have a lovely day.

  4. Another wonderful and very helpful post. You make chores and organizing such a pleasure and essential for our whole well being. Thank you 🙂
    Lisa | Happy By

  5. I loved so many of these ideas. One of the things that drives me faintly nuts in my (wonderful) parents’ kitchen is the amount of stuff and clutter on work surfaces.
    Most of my dishes are white, but I’m totally realizing now how incredibly simple it makes entertaining, if you can simply change an accent color (linens, candles etc).
    And yay to the comfort station! One of my 40th birthday treats was a set of tins to give pride of place to different types of tea.
    Great post!! Hopping on over to Twitter to share…

  6. Ah, this makes me kind of wistful. I bought a ‘new construction’ condo over a year ago and I have just over a year still before I move in. That kitchen will be wonderful, but my current apartment one here is quite terrible. There is absolutely nothing comforting or serene about it! I function the best I can, but there isn’t anything else I can do to make it look better. Cooking and baking are part of my joys and to not have the proper space for it is frustrating. But, so far I’ve managed just over a year here (I previously lived in other condo/apartments that had much better kitchens but I’m on a budget and saving money while waiting for my new place to be constructed). I can only collect ideas for now but I can’t wait to put together a beautiful kitchen from scratch when the time comes!

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