One 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.
Since 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!
I 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.
The 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 🙂
The 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!
And 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.
I hope you've enjoyed this tour of my kitchen area. Remember you can view the main kitchen makeover here.