Hello! Kylee here! We are one week into the new house and starting to feel more and more settled every day! First thing on the priority list for me, was getting the kitchen in order. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and make the majority of our meals at home. Even though all the amazing Portland dining options have me tempted, getting takeout every day is expensive (I’d rather save the money for decor, ha!).
One thing that kept me up at night before moving in, was HOW was I going to style all these glass front cabinets? Would I have enough aesthetically pleasing items to make it work? I love open shelves and keeping everyday items on display, don’t get me wrong, but the sheer amount of them seemed so daunting. I even contemplated the possibility of swapping the doors out.
So right when we moved in, the kitchen cabinets were one of my first missions. I went to work right away and told myself I wasn’t allowed to obsess over it (something I could easily fall into). Just take anything pretty and put it in. I can worry about tweaking each thing later, which I definitely will. ;)
One thing that served me well was having white dishes! Not that I’m opposed to color, but having a neutral base makes it easy for everything to look cohesive, regardless of kitchen colors, styles, or trends! When I got married and was making my registry, I was tempted by all the trends of the moment. If I recall teal, mustard, and red colored dishes were very in. My mom steered me toward all white, reminding me that they would stand the test of time. She was right and I’m so glad a majority of my dishes are neutral and classic. (My dinner plates are square white ones similar to these).
I think they turned out pretty good for not overthinking it! It already looks lived in and homey, like I’ve been here for years. I do see some things already I may want to move around to create balance or be more intentional about styling, but that’s okay and part of the process. Much like my mom, I enjoy puttering. I’m not one to decorate and leave it that way forever, part of my joy comes from evolving spaces over time. I think these could be fun to style seasonally, too!
To my surprise, I had enough things to fill all of the cabinets! I mean, not completely full, I definitely spaced things out. As my collections grow there’s still plenty of room to combine and stack things higher, but for now there aren’t any empty shelves, so that’s a win!
Luckily over the years I have collected things that were white, blue, glass, brass, or green and that gives it a cohesive feel. I put things I use less frequently up high (I can’t reach those without a step stool!). Of course I have plenty of things that would have worked here. Luckily there are plenty of drawers and cabinets below that can hold things that didn’t quite fit :)
Thanks for following along! I’ve been sharing more of my ‘home settling in process’ over on my Instagram–feel free to follow me there!
Want more tips and inspiration for styling open shelves? Click HERE for a post on the blog, Kitchen Open Shelving: Styling Inspiration and Tips.
Get the Look of Kylee’s Kitchen
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8. Brass Handles (similar to Kylee’s)
12. Blue and White Patterned Mugs (similar to Kylee’s)
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