Category Archives: Kitchen

Change up…Dining Room Table

Thanks yall for sharing the Youtube of the lakehouse! So sweet!!! So we have had our dining room table for probably about 15 years. It fit in our old dining room pretty perfectly. It is a 60 by 60 table from Potterybarn that has (2) 12 inch extensions that I could plop into the center and make plenty of room for bigger crowds. It opened up nice and big for family Thanksgiving and really was the centerpiece in the dining room in the last house.

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However, in this house the table is proving to be a bit too wide. Since we did away with a formal dining room in this house the kitchen table is our main eating area along with  the island. I really wanted this eat in space to be casual but yet updated and kind of clean and simple. I set out to look for a local woodworker in our area that specializes in custom made furniture….

 

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I found the perfect little wood shop to make our new table. I was able to specify the exact dimensions I wanted to which was great! The company is called Hahn Wood Working. They are located in Taylorsville, Kentucky. You may have seen some their pieces in local peddlers mall if you live in Louisville. They build tables out of solid wood (mostly pine and walnut) and will finish it to your specifications. We decided to have the base whitewashed and the top will be a dark finish (probably dark walnut) to complement our floors (the one pictured below is not our table…but one that they made….)

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What I’m really pumped about is the extensions. I asked them to make me (2) 18 inch removable extensions that I can just secure on to the ends of the table for bigger parties. Like this idea below…. (found this pic online…source not found)

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We decided to make the everyday size 90×40…so with the extensions the table will be 126 inches!! I am really excited to show you the finished table….We hope to be able to pick it up this week. We just sold the table we had in here…so we are all set! I am thinking of these chairs on the sides….and then for the ends of the table I’d like to find a couple cushy arm chairs….like this…. (source for wing chair)

 

 

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I plan to do some more finishing touches in the kitchen this fall….still in need of a window treatment of some sort along with a rug ( Chairs (found these cool vintage ones in the photo above on Amazon:)

 

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xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Using giftwrap to dress open shelves

We have lived in our new home for about 6 months now. I would say that 90 percent of our decisions with the design of this house have worked out perfectly for our family. As always, there are few things that you might like to change and if I had to do over again I probably would tweak a few things. I’m going to be sharing with you a few of those things in the next couple of weeks….

 

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The kitchen is rather large and a great space to cook…it is our dream kitchen.  One awkward area was the microwave. On paper, we never realized how much it would protrude past the other wall cabinets. It got to be fairly annoying and the countertop was almost not usable underneath.  20141220_115855

 

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I really wasn’t thinking when the design was on paper how much the microwave cabinet itself would stick out past the other cabinets. It is literally right in your face. This happens to be the area where we make a cocktail at night since it is right next to the refrigerator. So we decided to remove this microwave wall cabinet, place the microwave in the pantry and replace the wall cabinet with open shelving. The open shelf wall cabinet was made by the cabinet company. Open shelves that are the same depth as the other cabinetry is a nice break to having just wall cabinets.

 

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Obviously since the shelves are open….it is a great spot to display some pretties:) I decided to line the back of the cabinet with this fabulous gift wrap that I found on spoonflower. What I love about using giftwrap is I can swap it in and out as my mood/season changes…for not much cost. If you aren’t familiar with spoonflower…it is an online shop that allows anyone to create fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap…etc…and then others can purchase it too. I bought 2 rolls of this golden anchor wrap at just $15 a pop! I used double sided tape to secure it to the back of the shelves. A ruler and a razor blade make straight cuts. Easy!!

 

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It makes my Louisville Stoneware collection pop! I am not the first person to use giftwrap on open shelves….I am sure of that…but I do love it….

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Maybe you have some shelves in your home that could use a little rework…and a little splash of something. I can promise you that you will find something that will work on spoonflower….that site is a time sucker for sure!

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xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Christmas in the Kitchen

I have never given a tour of our new kitchen on the blog. When we moved in this past summer…I just sort of dumped things wherever they landed. It still needs a good organizing…but I have all winter for that right? :) It is the heart of this home. We spend 75% of our time just hanging out in here. We love that it is connected closely with the family room and screened in porch. The kitchen was designed perfectly for us. I snapped a few pictures to share….I didn’t go crazy with Christmas décor in here…because I am still figuring out where I want things. This winter I plan on doing something on the windows…tackle the pantry organization and a few other touches to finish the space a bit. It functions beautifully and everyday I cook in here I love it more…I’m going to stop chit chatting and let you look around… (look….it’s snowing in my kitchen!! #thankspicmonkey:)…

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First let’s start in the foyer….if you park out front….this is what you would see first:) Come on in….christmas in the kitchen @cleverlyinspired (12)

 

My dad refinished this vintage dry sink for me…I adore it in this space. The lantern is from overstock and has just the perfect touch of copper:) I talked about our outdoor décor a few weeks back….

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Kept things simple and just used what I had….a tinsel wreath and some berries…a few shiny ornaments in a bowl:)

 

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After you walk through the family room….

 

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…you come upon the dining/kitchen space….

 

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I showed you this space briefly when I made these platter shelves…. I love to start and end my day here…

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…so does Stella…. (can you say SPOILED?)…

 

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On the other side of the room is the kitchen….

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Just put up a bit of garland over the sink….and a few Christmas boughs on the windows with red ribbon…

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Another tinsel wreath on the pantry door….

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I talked a little bit about this space (here…and I will be sharing more projects for this space in the new year. We love how this house feels….very comfortable and very useable. All the  spaces are family friendly and that fits how we live.

I am going to be taking some time off from the blog. I will be back in the new year…or maybe before:)I do have some yummy New Year’s appetizers to share…:)

I wish you a wonderful Christmas and if you are new here welcome! Please feel free to poke around a bit:) And I know I don’t say it nearly enough…..but thank you.

Thank you for your loyalty, for your kind words about Cleverlyinspired. It has been an amazing 4 years…and much more to come. xoxo

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(stools from World Market, paint on walls is Constellation (ben moore), Granite is Bianco Antico, cabinets are Wellborn glacier, Island is Willow, backsplash is 4×15 white subway with gray grout, handles are oil rubbed bronze, floors are random plank rustic grade hickory stained on site with Jacobean stain by Minwax, pendant lighting is from Shades of Light, dining fixture is from World Market,)

Let me know if you have any other questions:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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