Monday, June 6, 2016

Six Ways to Summerize Your Kitchen

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Happy Monday Friends!

When I think of summer I think of sunshine, freedom from schedules, homemade ice cream, hamburgers on the grill, and many other wonderful things.  With these sweet thoughts in mind, I wanted to summerize our kitchen.

Here's what I did in 6 simple steps:

1. Scrub the Decks

First I gave the kitchen a good scrub from top to bottom and I tried to look at it with new eyes.  Did I totally revamp things? No, you know me better than that. All it takes is a few tweaks here and there to make the space feel new but we want to start with it sparkling clean.


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2.  Make Way for Watermelon

I cleared the counters even more than usual because the kitchen works hard in the summer.  
We need room for what's important - watermelon and homemade ice cream.
 There will be gatherings with friends and family so we need room to work.

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3.  Add Some Art

Kitchen art in the form of cup towels is perfectly wonderful! I love to pick these up wherever I go. Some are for using and others are just for looks. 

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4.  Soften the Landing

Here's where I will confess that we had the same rug in front of the sink for about 7 years. It wasn't The Same Rug...I bought about 4 of them over the course of those years. It was time for a change and this beauty fits the bill. Now I stand on an indoor/outdoor rug made of my favorite colors of the moment and it makes me smile.

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5.  Welcome to the Table

Fresh flowers from the grocery store sit in a basket that's easy to move at a moment's notice. 
I gave some thought to changing this completely but it's easy and pretty. Why fight it? 

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6.  Leave a Light On

It doesn't matter what time of year it is, a lamplight welcomes people.  This little lamp says come on in and have a little cake with us. The plates are in the cabinet just above.

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I have a few more ideas coming soon. What do you do to summerize your kitchen?

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50 comments:

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Great ideas to make our kitchens fresh and bright for the summer! Love that rug and table centerpiece... pretty, pretty! :) Thanks for the inspiration! ~Rhonda

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your pretty kitchen. I have been purging and totally revamping my kitchen. Love a clean kitchen that sparkles.

Kim said...

Lovely! I'm a towel collector, too!

Eilis said...

Homemade ice cream!!! Your new rug is pretty.

Sonia said...

I can see why you fell in love with that rug. So pretty and the colors are perfect for summer. Cheery and bright! Love your kitchen!

michele said...

Hi Stacey! Thanks for visiting Hello Lovely--we're so happy to have you. Your home is beautiful, and the blog is so cheerful and inviting. Peace to you.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I need to summerize my kitchen. I did the deep cleaning yesterday. I am REALLY coveting the rug. Where did you find it?

Blondie's Journal said...

Love your ideas, Stacey. Like a fresh rug avery few months in front of my sink!

Jane

bj said...

it's time for a new rug for my kitchen sink, too.....:)

Manu said...

I do love little light on in the kitchen...that's what it is in mine!
Thanks for all your tips!
xox

Carole West said...

I completely agree fresh flowers is a must and I have that same mason jar that stays full with beauty. I love the light idea in the kitchen it's an added detail that honestly I would have never thought about. Bring on that Sunshine!

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Rita C. said...

Well, I spy a CC teapot! I love that light in the corner - that's something I would much prefer than a toaster or any other appliance on the counter. That's the most inviting touch, any season. I love rotating towels, too, and I'm the world's worst for using the same ones, washing after washing (for someone who hoards vintage textiles, that's just pathetic, isn't it?!). Nice touches, Stacey, all of them!
Rita C at Panoply

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I like how you freshened the look for summer…the rug is great.

Creations By Cindy said...

Love the idea and I really love your color of rug. I couldn't help but chuckle about your rug! I too am so bad to leave the same one in front of my sink for a long time...wash it and put it back! Ha! Love all your fresh little changes. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jeanie said...

Hi Stacey, all wonderful tips and great photo accompaniment! You're right about clearing the decks -- seems like summer food is "bigger!"

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Stacey,
I love all of your great tips for summerizing the kitchen! I do love the flowers in the mason jar and we too here love cutting up and eating watermelon.
Thanks for joining and sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
Enjoy the week.
Julie xo

craftyles said...

Great tips for summer. I love your happy towels and rug. ALso love the kitchen lamp-so welcoming.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

How refreshing! Love that rug!

thepaintedapron.com said...

Little touches make a big impact Stacey, love the new rug!
Jenna

Christine Graves said...

My favorite was when you said "make room for watermelon". So true! That gave me such a laugh, thank you! Your kitchen looks wonderful btw.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Stacey
Great ideas. Everything looks fresh. Ohhh happy summertime!😎
Kris

chateau chic said...

Your "summerizing" ideas may seem simple, but each one adds up to a big impact that suggests welcome, relaxation, and fresh and happy.
Mary Alice

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love all of your ideas! The best is to make room for watermelon and ice cream! I usually change my towels and my curtains above the sink. I might have to look for a summery rug...the one there now is so dark and tired!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

You cannot go wrong with watermelon and ice cream. Such a pretty towel. Pretty rug too. Happy summer.

Valerie CottageMakingMommy said...

Mine is under construction but we've been on a pause because of the rain. I can't paint when it's so humid out.

Usually, I switch out the kitchen towels, a flower arrangement and I'm cheesey as can be and buy the kids those magnets for each season on the fridge door.

Unknown said...

I really like the little lamp in the corner - it looks very sweet and welcoming.

Julie
LiveFromJuliesHouse.com

Pam Richardson said...

Love the rug, Stacey...and your quick ideas to freshen up the kitchen! We need to always make room for homemade ice cream! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Love all your ideas, Stacey. I buy new dish towels for decor too. :) and your rug is gorgeous! I need to find a new one but so far haven't seen one I like.

Lisa said...

Great tips Stacey! I love the sweet little towel and your pretty new rug!
PS I got some watermelon from Trader Joe's the other day and it was so good! I'd almost forgotten what summer tasted like.;-)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I love new dish towels and they sure do the trick:)
Pretty!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Simple changes are the best for me - I also change towels, hot pads, flowers, simple things that add color and freshness. I really like the changes you made.

Jessica Pelasky said...

These are such great ideas!

I would love for you to add this to my Recipes and Crafts Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I love your summery kitchen tweaks!

Kathleen Grace said...

Everything looks beautiful! I love the rug, care to share where you got it? I am finally clearing my schedule and thinking of some updates for the kitchen and other rooms of the house. A good cleaning is definitely top of the list. Now if I can just stop cooking long enough to actually do some decorating...

Bernideen said...

Dear Stacey:
So sorry to get here so late to thanks for sharing at my blog party. I have company so things are a bit hectic! I love the colors you are using and your great ideas for summer decorating. Thanks for sharing and linking.

Patty Marker said...

I love all of this. Did you give a link for that rug? I just might "need" one.

Dewena said...

Visiting through Jemma and knew I needed this as it's exactly what I've been trying to do today. Now I'll go back to my kitchen and see what else I can do to give it a more summery feel. Thank you!

Dewena

Virginia Megin Gallagher said...

What a great list! I especially love the Watermelon...yum!
Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight).
~ Megin of VMG206

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love seeing pics of your pretty kitchen! These are all great ideas. I really like your cute towels and that rug has your name written all over it. ;)

Laura said...

I agree with everyone above-
These are great tips my friend and I want that rug :)

You have inspired me.

Lincuden Cottage Life said...

Wonderful ideas! I love the lamp on your counter. Your kitchen looks so bright and "summery"! I also spotted my dream tea pot on your stove!!!! Currently I am boiling water with a pot (sad but true) and dreaming of a Mackenzie Child's! ;)

Deanna Rabe said...

I love all these ideas to refresh a kitchen!

This is now on my agenda for Saturday!

Thanks for the inspiration, Stacey!

Stacy Grinsfelder said...

The basket on the table is so cute.

Jaybird said...

Beautiful Ms. Stacey!! Now, you need to give more info about the rug!!! It has some red in it, and inquiring minds need to know :^)
I buy kitchen towels as souvenirs. They are things that tell a story every time I look at them!!
I would love to copy you with flowers in a jar...however....the Princess Posie would think I left her a yummy snack....and after the snack, a drink....done by dipping her paw in the jar and then licking her paw!! Yikes, sometimes the jar just "tips" over......
Have a great weekend, and be blessed!!!
J

Calypso In The Country said...

Such great ideas - and I love the rug! I have a few indoor outdoor rugs and they are wonderful in high traffic areas! Enjoy your weekend!
Shelley

Sandi said...

What an adorable tea kettle!

carol@The Red Painted Cottage said...

I love all your ideas for making your kitchen look like summer!

Bonnie said...

Great tips. Your kitchen is so cheerful and pleasant. Love your dishtowels and rug and certainly the MC teapot!

handmade by amalia said...

I enjoyed this post, everything is so pretty, from the rug to the towel. I suppose for me the big summer difference is making more room for fruit, summer fruits are so pretty and tempting.
Amalia
xo

Marilyn Kelley Designs said...

Great ideas, Stacey. Love that rug!