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Monday, February 21, 2005

I Heart Curtains

Who knew curtains made such a difference? Our kitchen looks positively transformed. Every time we go in there, we're pleasantly surprised.

I love the windows in our house because they're tall and let in lots of light. But the two windows in the kitchen were hidden behind vinyl roll-up blinds with avacado and rust-colored, glued-on fringe. Now the light, sheer curtains provide a backdrop for the table when closed and a focal point when open. How have we survived this long without them?

We might add a valance later, but for now I'm happy with these cheapy Wal-mart sheers.

In other kitchen news, Darwin put the bin pulls on the drawers. Woo-hoo! No more struggling to tug open the drawers with our fingertips.

The kitchen is really coming along. The next day we get to work on it, we'll be able to put trim on the upper cabinets. That will be the real moment of truth.

We're now debating whether or not to put up the toile wallpaper I've been planning all along. We think it might be too busy. But I hate to give it up because I found a scrapbook covered in green toile.

What do you think? I've got it set as the background for my Kitchen page, so you can check out a wider expanse of it there.

Next question, if we don't use the toile, what color should we paint the walls? My Fiestaware is rose, orange, yellow and green ... would yellow walls look OK if we found a way to tie it into the cabinets? Like a decorative something-or-other on the false drawer fronts and the trim over the sink?



Kasmira said...

Although I am not generally a fan of toile, I think it would look great in your kitchen. Your cabinets are very plain, so the wallpaper will not look busy. I think the wallpaper will add some needed detail. It looks like a perfect color match for your cabinets. Go toile!

7:48 PM  
Gary said...

It may be too busy if you do your entire kitchen in toile. You may want to use it on a single focal wall or as a border. Another option is to paint the walls antique white and hang decorative plates on the walls that are green/white or brown/white.But then again, I'm way too conservative and traditional when it comes to decorating.

10:46 PM  
Kristin said...

Oh, your comments reminded me ... there is actually very little wallspace in the kitchen. Most of it is above the cabinets. And if we do those cabinet cut-outs, then that will be even less.

8:39 AM  
mindy said...


I say go for it - the Victorian style is very busy, and "full"... they loved their wallpaper. Some of the prints I've found up in our crawlspace are VERY busy and eclectic, so toile would be quite reserved in comparison ;)

10:49 AM  
Todd said...

T-bone here ...

The only reason I wouldn't use toile is because I can't pronounce it. The design and color looks very nice. I say go for it!

My wife is a huge fan of our yellow kitchen. Even in the dark, it seems bright in there. If not the toile, I'm not sure you need to worry to much about tying in a wall color with something else. Use it as an accent that stands alone. Too much coordination spells boring.

3:21 PM  
Kristin said...

I love you guys! As always, good advice from all sides.

4:24 PM  
Angry Republican Mom said...

I had a canary yellow bathroom in my old place, and I dressed it up with pictures in light blue frames. I saw that your kitchen might have originally had blue cabinets???

Also there is a yellow/blue toile combiniation out there.

Toile for me was hard to do in my house, but if you can make it fit in, go for it! :)

6:27 AM  
Kristin said...

The woodwork in our kitchen used to be robin's egg blue, but we think there were no built-in cabinets before the previous owner's bought the house in 1969. They installed the current flooring and cabinets and painted over the blue trim.

I would love to have seen what the house looked like before the POs came ... all evidence indicates it was nearly all-original at that point.

8:35 AM  
Chris said...

I have the same toile, but in red, in my foyer. I say if you love the paper then put it up.

8:46 AM  

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