I have written before about how one decor item can change the entire look and feel of a room. Sometimes, it's a deliberate purchase. You are searching for the perfect accent and that one piece completes the look. Other times, a new addition causes a stir. You find something fabulous when window shopping, a total must have, but it doesn't exactly go with your existing decor or in my case, you receive a gift and it forces you to make a lot of kitchen decorating decisions.
This beauty is the culprit.
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I have always had a covered cake plate on my kitchen table/ island...and not simply for show. I use it. I keep snacks on the table for the kids and their friends to munch on. Plus, my teens treat baking like a sport around here, apparently the intense dislike I have for cooking has skipped a generation, so I like to have a place to display their edible art, too.
Enter the cake plate.
Well, long story short, I broke it. I have actually broken a few of them over the years. Apparently, it's not just soap dishes that suffer around here. Anyway, this one broke right before my birthday, fortuitous timing I guess, and hubby presented me with this this brand new gorgeous crystal one over the weekend.
Now. It is very different from anything I probably would have picked out for myself. I am a decidedly simple girl who's going for a cottage style, farmhouse feel in the kitchen. Cut crystal doesn't really scream basic.
And yet I love it. I love the elegant feel it brings to the room and I love it because my guy picked it out just for me. So I'm keeping it, but...
...but things have to change in the kitchen to make it fit.
Well, according to me anyway.
My husband thinks it's just my way of justifying a little redecorating.
Ok, maybe, but either way, I decided to start with a window. Every time the seasons change, I swap out the valance over the sink. In fall and winter it's red, once the leaves start to bud, it's white lace.
This spring I wanted a different lace, so I hit the fabric store and found something that caught my eye and some dainty trim. The trim was .69 a yard. No kidding!
Here is where the decorating decisions come into play.
Do I want a straight valance? Or should it be swagged? Do I want a rod pocket or should I hang it on rings? Maybe I should add panels that drape down the side. I've never done that before! Or maybe I should go with no curtain at all.
Well, I don't know. So, I loosely mock up several variations and leave them there for a day or two at a time to see how they feel.
I'm trying on the sign above the window, too. It's clearly too small, but I like the rustic colors. I am making a change for sure, the old rooster sign has been up there for over a decade, but is this the right style and color combo for the space? Am I going to miss the red up there? Will I like words instead of pictures as a focal point?
The only way to know is to try it out.
Whether it's curtain choices or signage, I do not want to make the effort to construct something I am going to hate. I am a lazy crafter, I want to do these jobs once and then love them for a really long time ~ hopefully several seasons!
I can't just keep the price tags on these lovelies until I decide if they fit, so I take these custom kitchen decorating decisions very, very seriously. I don't rush into them lightly, that is for sure.
I take pictures, I live with my "maybes" for a few days and when I am pretty certain what I want, I start to craft.
I'm already getting a decent idea of what feels right and I am hoping to dig into my projects this weekend. I'm not planning on making too many changes. I'm going to shake things up just enough to update this room for spring and craft a few fresh accents to make that fabulous crystal stand look a bit more at home.
Exquisitely Unremarkable, if you will.
In the meantime, I have treats! Who wants cake?
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