Sunday, March 13, 2016

How to add some bling to the kitchen

After a week (which I deem to be a sufficient period of mourning...I am now wearing mauve), it's finally time to move on.

Those of you who know the struggles I have with my house and its lack of space, know that I struggle with my kitchen.  It was (like every other room in the house) poorly updated in the late '90s/early zeroes with a mix of materials that just don't make sense.


Traditional Kitchen by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Historical Concepts

While I would love something like this...this isn't what I have.

My kitchen, despite all my best intentions, is depressing. (You can read about how I hate my kitchen here.) But I can have time or I can have money, but I can't have both. There WILL be a time when I have both, and that time is called "retirement." So the kitchen must wait.

Meanwhile, I have decided to do the best with what I have, and I have added some warmth with copper.


When you can find copper elements at thrift and consignment stores, they tend to not be terribly expensive as they are seen as a little old-fashioned, and so I have bought a few. Because I'm old-fashioned. I also spray-painted my black metal wine rack a coppery color, and lots of these copper pots are from my mom and TJ Maxx.

I like the way the copper warms the space, and even though the kitchen is still depressing, I'm happier about it.

I'm pretty sure my readership is divided in terms of how they feel about copper, but I'd like to know: how do YOU feel?

14 comments:

Art and Sand said...

Well, I am obviously out of style because I like the use of copper. I wish we had some, but when we downsized my copper all went to a local rummage sale.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Anna of the Mutton Years said...

Copper would definitely add warmth. I think its a good compromise in the meantime.

Andrea said...

I like copper, it just doesnt have anywhere to fit in around here.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I love copper...I have an abundance of the stuff. I think it was 2003 that I became slightly obsessed. When my in-laws found out, they brought me the family heirloom copper, which is mine, all mine! You are so right that it warms a room.
Please yourself, is what I always say. And I say it in a British accent. ;)

Rose L said...

I like copper nut have never had it before. The color of it is nice.

Kathleen George said...

I use to have copper in my kitchen in the 80s. Only a few jello molds left. In the meantime adding copper makes a kitchen warm and classic. Kathleen in Az

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love copper if it is not too dinged and blackened, or too shiny. It has to have just the right patina :-)

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

I love me some copper ~ great idea to add light AND warmth, Kirby!
xo Heidi

Bliss said...

My but your high hanging copper is looking lovely. I would steal it.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love copper!...I wish I had more of it!.

Feral Turtle said...

One can never have enough copper!! Such a warm metal.

BARBARA LANDERS said...

Kirby, since you are an English teacher, you are probably familiar with an English author, MARY RUSSELL MITFORD (born 1787). I just found her OUR VILLAGE, reissued in 1986. It is a collection of her newspaper articles about English Village life. with paintings by famous English artists, and small illustrations by a transplanted Texan. Made me think of your interest in the English!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Love copper. Particularly copper pots. But they are a little pricey for me.

Michael Maloney said...

I love the colour of copper but to use it as bling for the kitchen is rather dangerous. It really depends if you could pull it off with the concept of your kitchen. If the interiors are mostly white or bright, then copper creates the perfect contrast. Otherwise, the entire area could look just messy and in poor taste.

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