Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Come on in! We can all squeeze in my kitchen, right? Sure we can, just squish on in :). We’re all friends here.

This is my very first fall season in my kitchen. I’ve been SO looking forward to experiencing what it feels like in here this time of year.

Yes, I do ponder things like that. Perhaps more than I should.

Speaking of the start of the season, I don’t know what it is about the week of Labor Day, but it’s always a crazy week for our family. Skipping Monday sounds like such a great idea (who needs Mondays?) until you realize you also lost 24 hours somewhere, ha. I’ve had a zillion deadlines lately so I need allllll the hours I can get.

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Wall Light // Buffalo Check Towel // Black Knobs // Black Bar

My son headed back to school today so I definitely will be on a fall schedule now! That first morning back is always a bit of a shock to the system, isn’t it? No more sleeping in or lazy mornings. And I realized this morning that I should have gone grocery shopping so we have lunches on hand and easy to grab breakfasts in the house. Whoops!

Gratefully his school serves a welcome back lunch to students the first day. I think they must figure that mamas would need a grace day. :)

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Wood Tablet Holder (similar) // Copper French Press

Anyway, I am so glad you came by today, welcome to my kitchen!

If you are new around here or missed our kitchen remodel posts, you can catch up on all the details in the reveal here.

As I mentioned, this is our first fall in our kitchen so it will be very special to me!

I love fall.

And I love kitchens!

We actually began our remodel around the beginning of October last year and it was finished just after the start of the year. We were able to prepare our first meal in our oven on Christmas! Awww, memories. Light the corners of my mind. Misty water colored memories. (ANYONE KNOW WHAT THAT IS FROM? Dated myself, I’m sure. In all fairness, it was my parents’ music, not mine.).

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Brass Faucet // Water Faucet //  Farmhouse Sink // Runner // Wall Light // Refrigerator

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Black Knobs // Cutting Board

I thought lot about how this space would feel in ALL the seasons when I was designing my kitchen (because that’s just how I roll).

Evolving my home through each season brings me a lot of joy. You might have noticed that I’m not really into buying a lot of the latest seasonal accessories or crafty decor. It’s just not my thing, but it is for sure one fun way to add fall decor to your home.

We don’t have real pumpkins around here until mid-October, but there are lots of other ways I bring the season to my home.

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Evolving the Kitchen for FallCrock // Wood Spoons

Tomorrow I’ll share about the gorgeous wood spoons from Polders’ Old World Market (use code INSPIRED25 for 25% off sitewide!), and some of the other lovely things I collect to use year round or to enjoy in certain seasons.

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Oh, I picked up a cozy new fall runner recently. You can find it here.

The colors are so pretty in person and the forgiving pattern is perfect for messy cooks :).

I just knew I’d have a lot of fun changing out runners in here for the seasons!

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Shop my kitchen sources with the thumbnails and arrows below!

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

 

See all my kitchen sources, FAQ and details here.

Shiplap Walls Behind Stove & Sink

Where we got the Dutch Doors

Kitchen Remodel: Four Design Tips

How we choose our kitchen appliances

How we mixed and matched our kitchen hardware

Tomorrow we’ll still be in my kitchen (I mean, you can go home in between or just stay here, either way, ha!). I’ll be sharing more about things I love to collect for the kitchen and tips for bringing a warm fall ambience to yours! UPDATE: Check out part two of this kitchen post here

I’m just so excited to chat about all these fun nesting things :).

Be sure to catch up and follow all of the fall nesting posts here!

My Organized Spice Drawer

My Organized Spice Drawer

This post is sponsored by Brother

We’ve been really enjoying cooking meals in our newly remodeled kitchen over the past eight months! We were getting used to cooking outside or in our electric skillet in our laundry room, but it’s so nice to have a real designated space again for daily meals.

We try to eat at home as often as possible. We loved going out to eat during our remodel (and still do, let’s be honest there are great restaurants in Seattle). But with vegans, semi-vegetarians, non-dairy and all-around health conscious family members, cooking at home means we can all eat well (and more affordably) and have better control over what ingredients are in our meals.

A transition to more cooking requires better organization. Enter my Brother P-Touch D210 label maker. This little gadget is my new organizing BFF. Have you ever used one? It is addictive, but in the very best way.

My Organized Spice Drawer

Knowing what you are going to cook, having quality ingredients on hand and being able to find what you need when it comes time to prepare are key for us in being able to prepare healthier meals. Even when we were working on our kitchen, we thought about how we could be better equipped and organized for meal prep to make it more enjoyable to work in. This led to our decision to install four shallow drawers on either side of our stove and a Lazy Susan cabinet nearby for pots and pans to help maximize our kitchen space.

My Organized Spice Drawer

We mostly shop in bulk so we ended up with lots of small bags or jars of unidentified items stuffed in the drawer. Unlabeled bags or hard-to-read grocery store twisty ties made it difficult to know when something needed to be replenished. Disorganization was causing a slowdown in meal prep because we’d have to open up the bag and smell or taste things to make sure we knew what was in the bags!

While we’ve been excited to prepare daily meals, I’m actually not a great cook myself so if faced with missing ingredients for a recipe I’ll easily give up and order something. After a few too many pizza deliveries in recent weeks, ahem, I decided it was time to take our organization to the next level.

My Organized Spice Drawer

If you can’t see the video, click here to watch it on YouTube.
 

With the P-touch, it is so easy to type in a word, print out a label, stick it on, and voilá, a minute or two later, you’re better organized. I LOVE IT!

I love that I don’t have to fear making mistakes. I can preview my label before I print it. I’ve also been having fun with different fonts, borders and symbols.

My Organized Spice Drawer

In fact, the P-touch offers 14 different fonts, 97 frames, and more than 600 symbols so you can really get creative and personalize your labels! The P-touch TZe tape is laminated, so it’s water, fade and temperature resistant – perfect for the kitchen.

My Organized Spice Drawer

Now that I’m on roll with organizing and my kitchen is in order, I have many more plans for labeling around the house! Stay tuned!

My Organized Spice Drawer

How could you get more organized with labels?

You can purchase the P-touch D210 labeler at Amazon, Office Depot, or Staples.

My Organized Spice Drawer
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