Matt and I are loving how our little kitchen is coming together with little more than paint (check that out here) - and spray paint (here) - but after hanging our curtains and living with the space for a while we decided it needed a few pops of colour. One reason is so that it flows with the rest of our tiny condo. Since we live in a small space, we like for their to be continuity from one room to the next (to me, some sort of connection between the rooms in smaller homes - even if the connection is subtle - makes it feel much bigger).
Since we have soft blues and aqua colours throughout (and love aqua), this seemed like the best choice. That way, we wouldn't need to buy very much but could work the colour in.
You might notice that little pillow on the left corner chair (an indoor/outdoor pillow from Pier1). That was the start. Then, I used candles that we already had to create a very simple centrepiece. (I should have photographed it at night -- it looks really pretty -- but I forgot). These candles were all bought at either Ikea or on clearance at HomeSense. By the way, never pay full price for candles, they are on mega sale all the time. Stock up when the prices are good.
The candles are on a Tiffany & Co. serving platter that I scored for only $30 in the original box. I love Craigslist in NYC. We got some great stuff when we lived there.
Anyway, we also bought this fun rug from HomeSense for $28.99. It is an indoor/outdoor rug so it is nice and durable, and patterned enough that spills won't be super obvious (though I can toss it in the wash, too). The rug brings in the aqua as well as some green (an accent colour in the adjoining living room). It also ties in the floor tile colour perfectly, which was more of a happy accident than a conscious decision, and compliments the grey walls nicely. The swirliness (yes, swirliness) goes with the light fixture, too.
Lastly, the other day when Benjamin and I were strolling around town we popped into Canadian Tire and spotted this on the mistint shelf. It is truly the perfect colour of aqua, exactly matching our rug and pillow (and candles, but those are more temporary since they'll get used up). For $5 it came home with us.
I am thinking of using it to paint the inside back of our Billy Bookcase china cabinet (here). We had planned to wallpaper that, but $5 seems too good to pass up. I think the white china will pop.
Oh, and did you notice in this post that our dish soap (stored in this little oil cruet that you can see here) is aqua too? I love that. I'm a complete dork. (It is Sunlight Hand Replenish with Silk Protein, if you are weird like me and care about the colour of soap on your countertop).
We're going to shop the house for a few other things to add in. They don't all have to be a perfect match of this shade - like our little bowl that we did a makeover on (more on that here).
I think some of our Christmas decor will work well with it too. Here's some shots from last year. This year I'm mixing in navy and emerald, too, in the living room but a few of these blue and silver ornaments will wind up in our kitchen. (More on last year's Christmas decor here & here)
PS Thank you so much for the sweet birthday wishes on Thursday! I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to get back to you personally if you commented in the last few days but I will!
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