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How To Make Your Kitchen More Inviting

Update your kitchen on a budget and tips for How to make your kitchen more inviting from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollOne of my favorite features in a home is a “keeping room.” In case you aren't familiar with this concept, it is a living space that is connected to your kitchen area. Popularized during the colonial period, it is a space that has endured thanks to the fact that kitchens are so often the heart of our homes.

There is a lot that goes on in the kitchen and I for one hate to feel left out of the “fun” which can often happen when there's nowhere comfortable to sit. So even though my kitchen here at Hartfield doesn't have an official “keeping room” I decided to cozy up this part of the room to help simulate that feeling.

Kitchen BEFORE, Hartfield, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollHere's what it looked like when I bought the house (above), and here's what it looks like today (below):

Update your kitchen on a budget and tips for How to make your kitchen more inviting from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollIt fits in SO nicely with my kitchen makeover (see below)!

How to have a beautiful kitchen on a budget, DIY Kitchen Remodel Progress Report from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollYou can read more about my kitchen makeover here.

Update your kitchen on a budget and tips for How to make your kitchen more inviting from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollSince there's so much white in the kitchen I wanted to create a focal point over here. I have always been a fan of plate gallery walls and since I have more than a few plates in my collection (ahem) I knew this was a great way to make use of them. I have to admit, I love seeing them on the wall!

Update your kitchen on a budget and tips for How to make your kitchen more inviting from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollI found this cabinet at the Lucketts Spring Market this year – I spotted it from halfway across the field and practically sprinted over to the booth to grab it. I've been looking for a small cabinet like this for a long time. I knew it needed to be not too deep and wire doors were on my wishlist. This checked all those boxes and it was affordable too! The green accents the blue & white nicely too.

Update your kitchen on a budget and tips for How to make your kitchen more inviting from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollIt's a perfect spot to display a few other favorite treasures too!

Update your kitchen on a budget and tips for How to make your kitchen more inviting from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollThe wicker chairs add some much needed texture. I've still got to sew the cushion covers but I'm loving the blend of colors and patterns. Plus, these chairs are super comfy to sit in, which encourages folks to linger in here and not abandon me to the cooking 🙂

Update your kitchen on a budget and tips for How to make your kitchen more inviting from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollThe space under the table needed a little something so I've got an old trunk and a few garden accents under here for now. We really don't eat here so these items aren't in the way – plus I might even store some items in the box. Like extra paper towels – we'll see!

Update your kitchen on a budget and tips for How to make your kitchen more inviting from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollIf you want to make your space more inviting I would encourage you to have comfy seating for sure!

Update your kitchen on a budget and tips for How to make your kitchen more inviting from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollAnd also, add decor accents that will make the space feel personal and welcoming. Since I have such a fondness for Blue & White and have lovingly curated this collection over the years, I feel especially thrilled to share them with my guests on the wall.

Update your kitchen on a budget and tips for How to make your kitchen more inviting from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollIn the Spring I'll probably want to move these chairs back outside and I want to keep an eye out for a slightly smaller version of this chair for in here… we'll see what I can find.

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I hope you've enjoyed this tour of my kitchen area. Remember you can view the main kitchen makeover here.

Happy Celebrating!

Jennifer Carroll. Celebrating Everyday Life blog

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  1. This looks so pretty and inviting, Jennifer. Love the way you did the plates around your cabinet. Beautiful!

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