Inspiration for Creative & Unique Kitchens

Inspiration for Creative & Unique Kitchens

Coastal Living

With the holidays just around the corner, our kitchens are the hub for entertaining once again! And with entertaining at home, comes a fresh look at everything we’ve neglected around the house. Suddenly we notice the peeling paint, the lack of storage, the tired or outdated decor and all the flaws we somehow managed to live with all summer.

Inspiration for Creative & Unique Kitchens

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Inspiration for Creative & Unique Kitchens

Coastal Living

I’ve been known to kick into high gear on redecorating or remodeling projects just weeks before holidays (or right before I put a house up for sale!). I get more done under pressure, I guess. I think that is because I start throwing out any notions of perfection and move quickly past all indecision.

I get down to business, solve problems and finish projects in record time. I start hanging pictures that sat on the floor for months. Minor repairs get made. I start touching up paint. I finish a project creatively that had been waiting for the perfect solution.

And really, when I work with a limited budget, using things I already have, and I find creative solutions to solve problems, the end result is a room no one else could duplicate. And I often end up with a room I love all the more because of the creativity that went into the room.

If you are wanting to add a little creative zing to your kitchen before the holidays, enjoy these inspiration photos and tips!

Inspiration for Creative & Unique Kitchens
BHG

Inspiration for Creative & Unique Kitchens

BHG

Inspiration for Creative & Unique Kitchens
Coastal Living

Inspiration for Creative & Unique Kitchens

BHG

Inspiration for a Creative & Unique Kitchen:

  1. Bring in a desk or dresser to supplement storage and workspace.
  2. Punch up the personality with color, stained glass, chandeliers, or checkerboard floors.
  3. Add fresh new or vintage accessories to liven up a tired kitchen in a hurry.
  4. Scour “rebuilding” centers for reclaimed items to add character.
  5. Rethink the need to buy new…your old bookshelves could become your new china cabinet!

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Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
Country Living

I will admit I’m not much of a gourmet cook, but I do like to have a pantry stocked with some of our family basics for quick, frugal and healthy meals. I’ve found that if I keep enough ingredients on hand, I don’t have to worry much about meal planning during the week. We may have a couple of planned meals and the rest end up being “pantry dinners.” We don’t cook a lot of fancy or creative things from our pantry, but it is nice to be able to put together something easy and nutritious (if not delicious) with what we have on hand.

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
Country Living

We are fortunate in my own house to have a small pantry with shallow shelves right off of our kitchen. But in previous houses, we’ve created pantries in basements and wherever we could find space. This week I felt a little chill in the air, reminding me to do a little pantry nesting and fluffing for the season ahead. In preparation, I’ve gathered a few ideas to share with you all.

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
Cottage Living

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas

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Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
HGTV

Storing goods in clear glass containers makes it easy to see what is there and when it needs to be replenished.

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
HGTV

I love shallow shelves to make the most of a small space. If your pantry shelves are too deep, it is easy to lose things in the back.

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
Country Living

Really short on space? Create mini-pantries on the wall! Charming containers make this part pantry a part of the kitchen’s ambience. Containers on the counter keep everything within easy reach.

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
House Beautiful

Free standing cabinets can be perfect pantries.

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
House Beautiful

Why not stash pantry goods in cute boxes or containers?

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas

Deep cupboards can be customized with pull out pantry racks!

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
HGTV
Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
HGTV

Incorporating recycling areas into your work spaces saves precious time and makes recycling a part of the daily routine.

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
Country Living

I took a quick look in our pantry to see what we have on hand. Something so comforting to see a pantry with some good basics for a meal. You can see we don’t keep a lot of fancy things, but this pantry saves us lots of time and money because we always have something to eat. Combined with some basics such as shredded cheese, plain yogurt, fruits or vegetables, tortillas or bread we can make quick meal in a matter of minutes!

rice
pastas
canned beans (black, pinto, kidney)
canned corn
canned tuna & canned wild salmon
canned mandarin oranges
vinegars: red & white wine, balsamic
extra-virgin olive oil
soy sauce
Dijon mustard
salsa
baked corn or black chips
taco shells
capers
fresh garlic
dried herbs
peanut butter
chicken and vegetable broths
mustard
vinegars
whole and diced canned tomatoes canned
crushed stewed tomatoes
tomato paste & sauces
Organic soups from Trader Joes (we love roasted red pepper!)
Chicken Broth
Annie’s Mac and Cheese for the quick kids’ meals
pasta sauce
honey
brown sugar
cocoa
granulated sugar
whole wheat pastry flour
powdered sugar
vanilla
baking soda/powder
oatmeal
semisweet chocolate chips/dark chocolate chips
maple syrup
jelly, preserves & marmalade
slivered almonds
walnuts
popcorn

Our grocery list tip: Everyone has a different way of handling their grocery lists. Some people write their needs as they find them on a charming kitchen chalkboard and then transfer the items to a shopping list, some folks have organized and detailed preprinted computerized shopping lists they can simply check off the needs before shopping, and then there is my family. We use a calculator paper roll hanging from a ribbon. Not too glamorous, but it works great for us! We add items as they are running low, then we unroll, rip off and take it to the market! Simple, easy and effective.

Perfect Pantries: Frugal & Stylish Ideas
Country Living

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