Friday, March 1, 2013

Bright Pastels in the Kitchen

I love the bright pastels I have used as accents in the newly painted kitchen.
I thought I could put the same accessories back in the kitchen once the paint dried.
My intent was decorate it very farmhouse and even add a pop of red.
Instead I choose turquiose

I have to say the inspiration for the accessories in the kitchen came from this painting done by my great grandmother.
I just love it and was thrilled to find it among my grandmother's things. To be honest I didn't truly appreciate it until I read Rachel Ashwell's books. 

I was in love with two crayons in my box of 64 crayolas as a child.
I loved the "sky blue" and "blue green" crayons.  
It isn't a shock then that I have come back to these tones often throughout the years.

 I read the other day that pink was a big color in the fifties because of Mamie Eisenhower. It was her favorite color and the nation went wild for it. 
Pink and turquoise were the "it" colors for kitchens for a while.
While I have no desire to have a pink fridge or a turquoise  stove, 
I love adding a pop of these two colors.   
 Finding something vintage from that era is a hoot. 
It brings cute and kitsch to a space.
 Turquoise transferware is very hard to find. These are the only pieces I have ever found at a price I was willing to pay. 

I found these tea cups at an antique store.

This canister is a recent find. 

I found this majolica platter at a garage sale for $4.00. I was thrilled to find it.

The ball jar is a find from Canton, Texas. I found it last summer at First Monday Trade Days. 
If you ever get to North Texas you have to go.
Read about it here.
I shopped the house to decorate the space.
Here is what it looked like before:

I love, love the white cabinets. 
It is a great backdrop for wonderful color.
Sprinkled with brights
Linking with,
Funky Junk Interiors
French Country Cottage  
Between Naps on the Porch  
Savvy Southern Style  
Cozy Little House


  1. Absolutely beautiful. So elegant!!!

  2. What a beautiful kitchen! I love your great grandmother's painted picture! The teacup is so delicate, you have did beautiful things to your room!

    1. Thank you. I think the aqua adds a pretty touch. Thanks for coming by.

  3. Katie I love your kitchen! So bright and beautiful! Yes pink and turquoise are perfect together!

  4. Your kitchen is lovely!
    I enjoyed all the details!
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

    1. Thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment. I appreciate it!

  5. Using your grandma's painting for inspiration is sweet and sure has worked to make this a lovely kitchen. That's a total steal on the majolica platter. You must have run to the car to make your getaway!

    1. :) I was shocked it was so low. I just love it.

  6. So very pretty! I like it.


  7. Wow...what a makeover! Love your kitchen and all the pops of color you are adding!

  8. Great article and right to the point. I don't know if this is truly the best place to ask but do you folks have any idea where to employ some professional writers.