A couple of weekends ago Jon had to go into work for a couple of hours. Now I could have taken that time to get a get a start on laundry, make the bed or unload the dishwasher, but I decided it would be best to stay in bed and watch The Women.
Yes I know I’m a bit late to the party. I never saw it before, because I had heard numerous horrible reviews, but I still wanted to know how bad, bad was.
Ok so it’s not wonderful, but I watched the whole thing and enjoyed bits and pieces. I must say though that the thing I enjoyed the most was seeing Meg Ryan’s character Mary’s kitchen.
I never in a million years thought I would say that I enjoyed brass and wood paneling, but in this kitchen it works.
Mary’s life is a bit hectic and the kitchen reflects her lifestyle. There are spices, mail, plates, etc all about the kitchen making it feel very lived in and real.
I love the open shelving and the kitchen island that is not centered in the kitchen, but off to the side.
Opposite the wall of the stove is a wall filled with a gallery wall. That’s notsomething you normally see in a kitchen, but again it works. I love all the mix-matched frames and oil paintings.
From the view in the hallway you can see that there is a pantry/butler room section before you enter the kitchen. The space as the same cabinets, knobs and countertops, but the backs of the cabinets are painted peacock blue.
It also houses this amazing farm sink!
All in all the movie was rather blah, but this kitchen kept me going, because it kept making appearances. It would be so easy to make so adjustments to a standard builder grade white kitchen and get this look.
Just switch out your knobs to brass:
Pick up some pine planking and stain it to choice of darkness. This would be a less expensive option then tiling all of your backsplash so that is an added plus!
You could add a little more character by painting the backs of the glass cabinets with a pop of blue!
To fill up an oil painting gallery wall I would head to my local thrift stores and see what I could find or search ebay for finds like this.
It’s also good to search for vintage paint by numbers as well.
I think with a few simple tweaks you could turn your kitchen into a warm and homey country retreat like the kitchen featured above.
Are there any other movie kitchen sets that make you weak in the knees?