Grab those pumpkins, today I’m sharing how I made my white kitchen cozy for this fall season.
I seldom post on the weekends, but when you climb on top of your countertops to place fake pumpkins above your cabinets, well, you grab the camera, snap some photos and post your pumpkins.
The last time I posted my kitchen on social media, it was reposted by a website with a really, really large following. Most of the comments (I know, I know, don’t read the comments) were favorable- “love the chunky beam”, “those light fixtures are fantastic” but the one that stood out to me most and wrecked my entire day was the one that read “that kitchen couldn’t be more bland if it tried”.
Immediately I began contemplating what color I should paint my island, and should I redo my cabinetry above my range? Fixer Upper uses a lot of distressed wood above her ranges, maybe I should consider that? I sent off a text to my husband advising that a woman on Instagram, a woman with a flower as her profile photo, called our kitchen bland. I dwelled on this comment for days and then I realized something.
Rather than being upset with this woman (well, what does YOUR kitchen look like flower profile photo lady?!”…..I realized I agreed with her. My kitchen is what some would deem as bland. On purpose, actually. We built our home. We single-handedly choose just about everything you’ll ever see on social media. I distinctly said to my builder, I want an all-white kitchen with a reclaimed wood beam and super dark hardwood floors. I loved the contrast of the stark white with the wood and the black granite island (I wanted soapstone but it’s not exactly readily available in my area). What I also really wanted was 2 blingy chandeliers over my island, but my husband compromised with lanterns (that had to be replaced because they were too small for the space). I digress…..
While there are a couple of things that I would certainly do differently in my home, lots of color will never be one of them. Being called “bland” is coincidently pretty accurate about my personality, too. I definitely play in the safe and conservative area of the sandbox. But you know what is also safe, conservative, and on the list of the biggest bang for your buck home’s resell value? Clean color palettes and classic subway tile.
Having an all-white kitchen also makes it ridiculously easy to incorporate color in other ways and for each season. In the spring, my dishtowels are yellow and my dough bowl gets filled with lemons. In the fall, the lemons get replaced with pumpkins and pinecones. I don’t decorate for Halloween until the week of, so the early month of October my home is in neutral tones with chalk painted gray and white pumpkins. This year I added the most spectacular gray velvet pumpkins to my kitchen dough bowl and couldn’t be more excited. I found them on the Wayfair website, where I also scooped up those birch candle holders. My décor vibe definitely tiptoes in the rustic arena during the holidays and I immediately knew they’d go well in my dough bowl.
When it gets closer to trick or treating time, I can add some black witches to my gray, white and rather neutral color palette and not skip a beat. Remove the Halloween and I’m back good to go through Thanksgiving with minimal effort. Easy peasey.
When I stepped back to look it all, though, all the gray, black and white did feel a little boring and bland. So I grabbed some crafting pumpkins that typically go outside on my porch steps and decided to pop some orange on top of my cabinets. I love it so much that I think I’m going to create a “pumpkins 4 sale” sign to temporarily replace my supermarket sign….and add a few more pumpkins. This sign larger is what I’m thinking about: Pumpkin Sign.
What about you? Have you pulled out the pumpkins, yet? Not going to lie, I nearly passed out from a heat stroke putting out my porch pumpkins. It is still so ridiculously hot down south. (sigh)