Brass Knobs // Brass Pulls // Mackenzie-Childs Canister // Dining Chandelier // Island Lighting // Ginger Jars // Chinoiserie Panel // Wide Brass Faucet // Brass Pot Filler // Pull Down Brass Faucet // Subway Tile // Chippendale Dining Chairs // Scalloped Tray
Brass Knobs – These are such a great quality and size. The take on a lighter brass hue on the outsides, while the inside appears a little darker. Definitely a win for this amazon find.
Brass Pulls – I wanted to find pulls that mimicked the handle style of my faucet collection. These have been a perfect match. I recommend buying one to first see if the brass matches up, before purchasing all you need. This is how I started – and I had purchased the wrong size. Returning one was easier than returning 23!
Mackenzie-Childs Canister – This was gifted to me by my mother years ago, when I first started collecting Mackenzie-Childs. Although I have several pieces throughout the kitchen, I chose this one because I can be used as a utensil holder, or even a vase for faux or real flowers. The polished brass accents on their pieces were the inspiration for my hardware choice throughout!
Dining Chandelier – So this was my “Convince David” piece. After a fail on my first choice (we opened the box, and the finish was waaaaay off) I don’t know why he has opinions on these things, but he does. Sometimes I think it’s sweet, but sometimes I find it down right annoying. His first reaction was, “BEADS?!” Pinterest to the rescue… once he can see my vision in a form of a photo, it helps convince him that I’m not crazy after all 😉
Island Lighting – This was also a “revisited” section of the kitchen. I had orignally been after two mini chandeliers to compliment what I had purchased for our dining section. Because the finish was off, I had to take myself back to ground zero and start over. I’m pleased with the price and quality of these fixtures. Because my island lighting is placed close together, I also had to purchase something small – so they wouldn’t bump up against eachother. These have been the perfect “modern farmhouse” touch to this space.
Ginger Jars – Lauren Haskell of Shop Lo Home did it AGAIN! I couldn’t help but be drawn to the three colors of these jars. Looking at them absolutely married all the colors of my kitchen. Beige, creamy white and gold. I think I’ll move them back and forth from the kitchen Island to the dining table. They also provide the ability to change out seasonal floral arrangements.
Chinoiserie Panel – I’m drawn to any form of chinioserie panel, but this muted color scheme was a subtle way to bring art into our kitchen space. It will sit adjacent to two pastel portraits of Presley and Lottie.
Wide Brass Faucet – Because we didn’t change sinks, I had to stick with the plumbing style we already have. However, changing the shape of the faucet to something that arcs high like this one, has provided a visual centerpiece for our windows, combined with more sink space for washing larger pots and pans.
Brass Pot Filler – This not only looks sleek, but performs amazingly. The pressure we get out of this filler doubles what we had before. Great quality for the price!
Pull Down Brass Faucet – we purchased this functional, beautiful piece for our island prep sink. What we had before was actually a bathroom sink faucet (WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!). So to rinse produce, pasta, etc – you had to shove it up underneath the water spout – no sprayer was attached, or even to the side. This has been heavenly. It provides the function I need, while also being stunning on our island.
Subway Tile – after much consideration, we decided to do a beveled subway tile in “Biscuit.” I’m pleased with the final result, but be prepared if you chose a beveled tile, that tricky spots will emerge. Corners are tough, and finishing it isn’t as simple as a flat tile, with a bull nose. If I had to do it again, this is one area I would honestly go with a flat subway, versus beveled.
Chippendale Dining Chairs – There’s not much more to say about these other than they’re GREAT. They are very comfy, and clean easily. I got my first set of three bar stools in our Home in Charleston, South Carolina. Our Virginia home didn’t have a bar, but I knew I still needed the chairs. They now sit in our kitchen around the table. The kids have spilled countless things on them, and the good thing is, they can be recovered!
Scalloped Tray – I’m trying to incorporate more tray setups around my home. This one is a bit of a splurge, but with the classic design and colors, it is definitely a timeless piece.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the kitchen updates, and these links inspire you to do your own budget friendly kitchen facelift. I’ve learned that things don’t have to cost a fortune to look nice, and be of good quality. Happy decorating friends!