Monday, June 11, 2007

Fun Monday #1 - Show us your Kitchen

My first Fun Monday is hosted by my new She Who Blogs buddy over at A Spot of T.

The assignment? She wants to see our kitchens. I'm tempted to say something along the lines of "Nothing to see here folks, move it along", but I figured what the heck, I'll play along.

My kitchen is, by the way, my least favorite room in my place. I have put lots of tender loving care, personal touches and hard work into most of the other rooms of my house. The only thing I really did (okay, actually my dad did it) to my kitchen was to remove the linoleum floor and put in tiles. I LOVE my kitchen floor. I hate my cabinets and counter top and the godawful backsplash WALL PAPER, all left over by the previous owners. I had grand plans to paint the walls, and tile the backsplash and do all kinds of fun things in there, but money and time both ran short, and it's stayed as is.

That said, I've made the most of it, and love my jalapeno/spicy decor, sparse as it is.

The above is a view of my kitchen taken from my living room, looking to the left. The door you see is my front door. That rooster on the table is a traditional Portuguese rooster. The little house on the wall houses my shot glass collection, of shotglasses collected on my travels. I have one from every place I've been. Also visible is the tracklighting I installed to replace a horrible light fixture that came with the house. I'm very proud of my tracklighting.


This is taken from the same place, facing the right. I thought it looked better by candlelight. Seeing as I live in a condo, there are no windows in my kitchen. The mirror in front of the kitchen sink was actually one of the first things I fell in love with when I saw this place. It opens it up, and makes it seem larger. Oh, and those are my ugly cabinets.


This final view shows off my pretty kitchen floor tiles. (sort of)...I love them. I also love my jalapeno rug in front of the sink. On my refrigerator hang a birthday card I received from my parents in March, it is so sweet I don't want to take it down, and also a drawing my cousin's daughter made for me at Easter.

Well, there you have it, that's my kitchen. Thanks for stopping by!

16 comments:

Beckie said...

I want a close up of that rooster!

What a nice cozy kitchen with very nice tile!

Amy W said...

It's like a cafe with the table there...how cool...

Karmyn R said...

Not bad, really - I've seen a lot worse kitchens! Everything looks like it is in a good practical spot with cooking and stuff.

CUTE rooster! The Baker's rack is a nice addition.

Joy T. said...

Love the bright tablecloth and I'm with beckie, I'd love to get a closer look at the rooster. What a great idea to collect shot glasses on your travels and the house is perfect for displaying them. Your kitchen looks warm and inviting and I'd be happy to visit it any day. Thanks for participating in your first Fun Monday. Excellent job!

Karina said...

Beckie, thank you, and re: the rooster, I'll take a close-up tonight, check back tomorrow for it, I'll post it, maybe with some background on what they represent as well.

Amy, I've never thought of the cafe angle...I like that! I'll have to tell people that's what I was going for...haha

Karmyn, thanks! I actually really like my baker's rack.

Joy, only problem with that little house is it's all filled up...one more trip, and I'm not sure where the shotglasses will go! OH, and you're welcome over anytime!

mjd said...

I love the personal touch to your kitchen. Your kitchen looks stylish yet unique.

Jodi said...

Karina... I like the jalapeno rug!!

Thanks for stopping by my site today... It's nice to hear from another "Fun Monday Virgin"!!

ChrisB said...

I took a close look at your lights and they are lovely and my Portuguese rooster is a small magnet version of yours (that's what I tend to collect on my travels). I think you have created quite a stylish kitchen.

JennieBoo said...

I have a "catch-all" baker's rack, as well. They're so nice!

Happy Monday!

Blessings

willowtree said...

Welcome to Fun Monday. Hey if you don't want those cabinets I'll take them, I think they look good.

theotherbear said...

With the mirror in front of the sink, don't you get a fright when you look up from the washing up? I'd think "Hey, there's someone looking in the window! Hey, they look alot like me!".

Karina said...

mjd, thanks...stylish yet unique...hmm, I like it. This fun Monday is helping me to look at my kitchen in a whole new way.

Jodi, I love that rug too!

Chrisb, magnest are a great idea to collect from your travels too.

Jennie, yeah the catch-all baker's rack is great!

Willow, thanks...when I redo the kitchen, I'll send the cabinets your way! haha

Otherbear, that totally cracked me up! I hardly ever even notice myself in that mirror anymore, it's more the light and reflection of stuff around me that I see...

Pamela said...

jalapeƱo rug? Do you dance the Salsa on it?

(:

Christine said...

Living here in the Southwest, I absolutely love all your SW decor. Fantastic and the jalepeno rug do you know where I can get me one? I would love to put it in my kitchen! :)

Hope you had a fun Monday!

gawilli said...

I think your spicy decor is quite nice. I have momentos on my fridge also. I was thinking it would be fun for everyone to show their fridge art sometime - but then maybe it is just you and me that has some!

bichonpawz said...

I love the jalapenos AND the tiles!! The mirror over the sink is a very cute idea!! Love your blog...I'll be back!!