This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kohler. All opinions are 100% mine.
As I have been going about assessing the purpose and practicality of my home, I’ve discovered that you really can have a room that is both practical and pretty. For me, that meant breaking one of my own rules for kitchen design,”No appliances on the countertops.”
Tip: If your organization system doesn’t work for the whole family, adjust it.
I knew that if I was going to win the battle of the toaster oven (always being left out after being used and me repeatedly putting it back in the cabinet), I was going to have to find an acceptable-to-me home for it on the counter.
After thinking about how we use the kitchen: what was working, what’s not and why, I cleared off the countertops and got started with the makeover.
Tip: When making over a room, clear the space for a clean slate and clear perspective.
Now the tea is not only easily accessible, but it’s conveniently located next to the tea cups which have a new home on the counter.
I also brought my favorite sugar and creamer bowls out from behind cabinet doors and set them out next to the tea.
Tip: Use your special occasion dishes to make the everyday extraordinary.
My cooking utensils, olive oil and frequently used seasonings are corralled on a pretty tray.
Tip: Reduce counter clutter by gathering items on baskets and trays.
And the toaster oven? Well, it’s now a part of what I’m calling the breakfast bar complete with a soft pat of butter, butter knives, a syrup dispenser and a bread board.
I also decluttered and rearranged inside the cabinets and under the sink. I even moved the dish rack in plain sight of the living room.
And, now I have a little wine station on the island so that I can enjoy a drink while preparing dinner.
Tip: Make out-in-the-open storage pretty by repurposing items like vases and bowls.
There are a few more tasks on my to-do list like:
- install an undermount paper towel holder
- put a sliding trash can inside a lower cabinet
- buy a few cabinet organizers
- and possibly replace our kitchen faucet. (The spray hose seems a bit short to me and the faucet keeps loosening and leaking.)
I’ve had some fun browsing the new line of Kohler faucets exclusively at Home Depot.
The Kohler Sous Kitchen Faucet was inspired by the design of professional kitchens.
It even has a soap/lotion dispenser which I’ve always wanted.
Tip: Make a list of all of your needs and requirements for a fully functional space.
The Kohler Worth Kitchen Faucet was designed with vintage-lovers in mind. (I’ve got my eye on this one.)
I love the dual function of the spray head on this one. It has stream and sweep features which would keep water from splashing all over the faucet and countertop every time I rinse the dishes.
The Kohler Trielle Kitchen Faucet spray head shares these 2-function features.
Actually, all of the faucets are designed to withstand heavy use, have soap/lotion dispensers with 3-hole adapter plates and are built with durability in mind…all qualities that I would want with a new faucet.
Tip: Don’t settle for less than what you want or compromise quality.
Even though I’m not quite finished with my kitchen, it’s already functioning so much better. In fact, my kitchen makes me smile. That’s what creating success at home is all about.
See you in class,