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I am back today talking more about kitchen organization. In case you missed my post on Monday, I talked about kitchen pantry and cabinet organization. Today, I’m chatting about making your kitchen a functional but decorated space! I absolutely love watching Fixer Upper and getting inspiration from Chip and Joanna. My husband and I even incorporated a visit to the Silos on a trip to Austin last year! There are times I watch the show and wonder how people actually live in their new spaces as everything looks so perfect! However, there are ways to get the fixer upper/farmhouse look while still maintaining a functional kitchen! I’m sharing my favorite farmhouse kitchen items that are both stylish and functional.
My kitchen is a combination of function and items that we love. I really prefer a less cluttered look so I try to stick to my favorites and rotate things out for the seasons.
(1.) Multi-Tiered Stand
If you have been following me on Instagram or reading my blog for any length of time, you know my love of tiered stands runs deep! I just received another one for Christmas. There are so many ways to style a tiered stand. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to tray styling! I love rotating out my Rae Dunn mugs for the season or holiday! You can even use a tiered stand for serving food at a party. So many options to use the stand from a function standpoint, but also to showcase some of your favorite decor pieces! A win-win!
My favorite wood tiered stand!
We used my new galvanized metal tray for New Year’s Eve! It is great for a more casual look.
More tiered stand options:
(2.) Baskets and Bowls
Another inexpensive and useful item for the kitchen is baskets or bowls to display your fruit and veggies. I have a few of these containers around the kitchen including a two tiered wire basket and a footed bowl. I find that if I display my fruits and veggies, we are much more likely to eat them!
(3.) Bread Storage
Another popular functional farmhouse piece is a bread box! We love having our bread handy (our toaster is in a cabinet right below this box). I had a hard time finding a bread box when I was looking but there are a lot of options now.
How cute is this Rae Dunn inspired Bread Box?
One of our favorite elements in the kitchen is our chalkboard! We opted to paint and trim out a wall size chalkboard. But even a smaller framed board would work too! The chalkboard is a great piece to update for the seasons and holidays. Even a counter top chalkboard is a great option for spaces that don’t allow for bigger pieces! Kids love writing on the board and coming home to surprise messages! I often times opt for quotes and simple phrases on our chalkboard, but it’d be fun to use it as a weekly menu display!
(5.) Vases and Trays
Displaying your most used utensils and ingredients is a great way to keep them handy plus clear up some drawer and cabinet space! I like displaying our wooden spoons by the oven because I use them multiple times a day. I also have some of our most used oils and seasonings near the oven for easy use! There are so many ways to display these items. You might even already have some vases or trays around the house that you can use for these purposes. Always shop your house before buying something new!
Cake Pedastal (Magnolia Market-not shown online) | Vase
Tray with interchangeable miniatures: Nora Fleming
Greenery can add a lot of warmth to a space. I prefer a mix of faux and real plants in my kitchen. Real boxwood plants are easy to maintain (just spritz with water every few weeks). Potted plants also add warmth to a space!
Wreaths, succulents and fresh flowers are also great ways to add greenery to the kitchen!
(7.) Open Shelving
One of my favorite areas of the kitchen is our coffee bar with open shelving. This area gets a lot of use and is truly one of the most functional but fun places in the kitchen! The shelves are a mix of useful items and decor pieces. I change out these shelves for all of the seasons.
White Cake Stand (Similar) | Mini Cupcake Pedestal: Magnolia
The coffee rack (another farmhouse favorite) is a great way to display all of the mugs!
So many ways to add function and style to your kitchen! It’s about finding the right elements that serve your family’s needs and decor preferences!