Our kitchen transformation continues with a few new things.
Since my last kitchen post, we have installed our hardware (I may faint I love it so much), added a gorgeous crimson runner and two comfy stools to the breakfast bar. Take a look to see how we chose these items! I’d love to know if any of these ideas spark inspiration for your own kitchen. Share in the comments below–or share these ideas with your friends, on Pinterest or Facebook!
If you haven’t seen the making
of our breakfast bar–
check out all the details here.
First came these fabulous charcoal upholstered bar stools from none other than TJ Maxx.
The charcoal color called to me first because it was the same rich tones as our new floor. I had planned on shopping for stools that were black metal. I thought it would be a nice contrast to all the wood that is already in this room. So I was hesitant when I found these because of the wooden legs, but I did appreciate how toned down the finish was.
How gorgeous are the details?? The fabric is soft and durable and the silver nail heads are the perfect industrial touch. I sat on them in the store, by myself, with people staring at me like I was a crazy person. They are so comfy! Win.
Make sure when shopping for stools, that you consider the height of the surface you’ll be using them at.
Do you need counter height, bar height, etc? Since I can’t link you to these exact stools here are a few other great options!
• Beautiful cream-colored stools with nail heads like mine.
• These rattan and wood stools are SUCH a steal at $50 for the pair!
• If you prefer a style with a back to them, these dark wood ones are quite stylish.
My ultimate goal was to find a pair of stools that would actually get used. I wanted to utilize the bar more often and of course they had to look good! (Our light is from Lowe’s for less than $40!)
I find the backless option has already worked out better than our previous stools because people can sit facing away from the counter very comfortably. They can sit with their cocktail while I finish prepping or cooking our meal. Love it! Before these stools, friends would settle into the living room area and we’d have to yell to each other. This is much better 😉
Next up would be our new hardware
Well, now that they’re all in I can confidently tell you that I still LOVE these cabinet pulls. They shine and glimmer around the kitchen but they’re still subtle because the wood tones show through the clear handles. If brass isn’t you’re thing, you can also get them in brushed nickel—which would look great with stainless appliances. Bonus: They feel great in your hand too.
[It wouldn’t be my post without a few plants thrown in]
Finally, our new red runner!
Did you guys catch the 80% off Sale at ecarpetgallery.com ? Right now it’s another really good offer at up to 75% off–their sales change almost daily. They have about a million rugs to choose from.. knock yourself out 😉
I knew I wanted an oriental style runner and thought red would compliment neutral family of colors we currently have. Red is a color that I have NEVER had in my house. It’s not a color I gravitate to. I love soft, airy tones and blues. So this was a major departure for me and I love it!
To me, it’s unexpected and I really like that. I could have gone with a jute textured rug or something tonal with the floors but I’m inspired by so many bold kitchens from other bloggers. I think it’s fun and makes me want to actually cook! (Shocking.)
Here’s how it looks when you walk through our back door:
I wasn’t sure how thick it would be, so I kept the length a little shorter than I would have liked. (The kitchen door needed to clear it.) Turns out, it’s quite a low pile and the door skims over it easily! But I’m pleased with its size because the scale of the room is quite small, it compliments it well. This rug is 2.7′ wide by 6.5′ long, for reference. Here are a few very similar options, in case you want to take advantage of their sale! [Almost identical to ours, Larger and SO pretty, and a bit smaller and I’m drooling over it]
A quick reminder of how this room looked when we bought the house and the breakfast bar when it was first installed, with the old stools.
If you’re interested in the story behind the breakfast bar, click on the photo below!
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I sincerely appreciate your interest and support.
Do you know anyone with dark kitchen cabinets? It can be hard to think outside of the ‘white kitchen box’ these days, so I’d love for you to share this with them or on Pinterest!