Friday, March 1, 2019

Easy Ways to Accessorize your Kitchen

When you have a tiny kitchen like I do, you have to be creative in giving it some personality.

Here's a shot of my compact kitchen.
There's a small stove on the wall opposite the mirror.
And that's it.

The easiest way to jazz up your little kitchen is with accessories.
Since French Country style leans toward soft and muted colors,
colorful accessories can liven up this room. 

I enjoy decorating my kitchen with farm animals but you could pick
your favorite accessory and repeat it throughout the kitchen for more impact.

Love ironstone?
Fill your open shelving with it.

Or maybe you collect silver or copper.
You can always find a spot to squeeze in a pretty silver tray or a copper tea kettle.

For me, farm animals add a simple touch of Provence to my kitchen.
You'll find lots of cows in this room.

Bring on the cows, roosters, pigs and sheep. 
Then add some pretty glass bottles to catch the light.

I love the pig on this lard tin
and pops of red energize this space.

Don't forget the roosters. This symbol of Provence is a must.

The top of the fridge is the perfect spot for a big basket or two to add texture.
 I love the juxtaposition of the wire hen against the woven basket.

Original artwork is an easy way to add color and a fun farmhouse feel.
Those 1960's paint-by-number paintings are inexpensive and charming.

I won this vibrant rooster painting by an art teacher in an auction.

If farm animals, copper or silver aren't your thing,
collectible kitchen items can add a warm feeling to your kitchen.

A large, round breadboard is on my wish list if I can find an affordable one.
Meanwhile I love this hand-carved board.

It may be small but my kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in my house.

And it's not because the wine is stored there!


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  1. Pat, it's those little extras that makes your kitchen so warm and cozy. Love it all! Our oldest daughter is moving into a new home in a week or two. I just gifted her my small collection of ironstone. I love it, but need to start cutting back. :)

    1. Hi Jann, great to hear from you. Hope you are doing well. Thanks for your sweet comments. Hugs, Pat

  2. It may be small but i love everything in it. A person baking or eating would enjoy this cozy space.

  3. Hi sister, Love the kitchen. The animals are my favorite thing. I have the hens on the nests plus some others on top of cabinets. I also love all my old tea pots. You do a fantastic job of decorating.

  4. I always love seeing your kitchen!!! I always think the kitchen is the heart of the home.

  5. Are those French postcards framed behind your faucet? I have some from my Grandfather and that gave me the idea to frame some! Thanks! Also you you post sometime what the layout of your house is? I'm a visual person. Does your kitchen go into a dining room, or living room, for instance?

    1. Hi Nancy! Yes, they are old French postcards I bought in a street market in Paris. I think they're like tiny pieces of art. The kitchen goes into the dining room which connects to the living room. It's all pretty compact as these old homes usually are. Hugs, Pat

  6. My, my, my you have so many lovely things about you.
    Those are the special touches that turn houses into homes :)

    1. Hi Connie, great to hear from you. Thanks for your sweet comments. Hugs, Pat

  7. Love the collection of white pitchers! And the hanging coffee cups are a perfect idea!

    1. Thanks Audra! I probably have too much stuff but I can't seem to let any of it go. Have a great week. Hugs, Pat

  8. Loved the hominess of your kitchen. We should all be surrounded by things we love and love to use! Had my SO hold the wobby short stepladder as I washed the kitchen cabinet soffit and hung 4 blue and white plates up; replaced my basket collection for a touch of color and a different texture. Tomorrow--another stretch as wobbly ladders and arthritic knees are NOT a good combo. Bit by bit...

  9. I love all the little items that are close to your heart Pat that have infuse your kitchen with warmth and cosiness.
    Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be sharing your sweet kitchen at Friday's party and pinning too.
    Hugs - Kerryanne

  10. You are too funny, Pat! I mean, what self-respecting French-inspired kitchen would not have WINE in it? All the things you love are what makes this kitchen so special. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  11. I love your tips to make a cozy French styled kitchen. Have a great day, Kippi #kippiathome