KITCHEN AND PANTRY
Let's continue the tour. I had planned to post this earlier in the week, but I will not lie- with school starting back this week, the kitchen has been in no state to be photographed. So after school today, I grounded the kids from technology until the kitchen was clean. About five minutes later, we were good to go. Here it is!
In the picture above, you can see my dying succulent, my favorite straws, and one of my favorite things in the house- the spice and sprinkle rack. I picked up the succulent at Lowe's one day thinking that I would be able to keep it alive for more than a week. Lesson learned. That particular jar is from Paul Michael's. You can purchase the straws and magnetic spice rack strips from IKEA and finally the small jars came from my other favorite place... Amazon. You can use the links to check them out.
This corner is my favorite corner in the kitchen. Our mom and dad coffee mugs are so cute we leave them sitting out on the counter. That and there is no room in the cabinet. They are Rae Dunn mugs and my mom happened to find them at TJ Maxx. I have another one that says "HERS." I use it on days when I need space. "Mom" sends a warm and cuddly message. "Hers" says stay away. I keep it in the cabinet. That doesn't mean I don't use it.
Most of the stuff in this picture I randomly picked up, but I will link items when I can. The copper salt shakers and spoon rest came from Williams and Sonoma outlet. Here are some similar ones. The hanging rack, hooks, and trivets are from IKEA.
Now, let us take a moment and talk about coffee. We have had a Keurig for years and years. After having a few issues with it and seeing all of the posts on social media about how moldy they get inside, we decided to tear ours apart and check it out. It was all clean! And irreparable. Instead of replacing it with another Keurig, we decided we wanted something better. So we researched coffee makers for days and days. Days and days that we will never get back. But in the end our research paid off. We purchased a Nespresso. The coffee is AMAZING. In fact, my mom said it was the best cup of coffee she has ever had. Ever. And if you get one, you might as well get the bundle with the milk frother because that is the coolest part. Our favorite capsules are the Melozio and Elvazio.
Here is the sink area. The shelf and rack came from IKEA as well. The roll up drying rack is from Amazon.
Beware people, these are the inside of our cabinets.
They look so much more organized in real life. HA! Those are the top cabinets. The only real thing of interest is the storage containers. The white ones above the microwave are from IKEA and contain sugar, flour (SR and AP), pancake mix, and pasta. The ones with the blue lids are also from IKEA. They are awesome. And cheap.
Now seriously prepare yourself. Here are the lower cabinets.
And behind the movie containers and colander...
Now by looking at that pic you should know for a fact that my kids do chores. I would NEVER EVER EVER stack the pots from smallest to biggest with the SMALL POT AT THE BOTTOM!!! And they did the same with the skillets. Oh dear. They do chores, but I still have a lot of work to do. And yes, I know I need new pots.
Lets move to the refrigerator. It is directly behind you if you are cooking. Above the fridge is a shelf. It has jars- imagine that- that contain drink mixes (spark, kool aid, tea...), laundry pods, and skin moisturizers for Carys's eczema. Behind the jars and cookbooks you will find my stockpile of bath and body works soap, my Le Creuset pots, and the crockpot.
I didn't clean the fridge because this is real life people. If I take that stuff off the fridge, I become that parent. The one who text and ask for the list of school supplies. Or when open house is. And don't let that Whole Food cookbook fool you. I have never cooked anything out of it. I kept it so I can feel better about myself.
This is wearing me out. I cannot imagine giving a tour of our big house.
Finally...the stairs. They serve several purposes. They are the entryway to the loft, but they also provide lots of storage as well. Check it out. And I have no idea where I picked up all these baskets. The Roomba lives under the bottom of the staircase. She doesn't have a name, and we haven't used her in the tiny house yet.
We now have a pet basket.
So there you have it. I think I missed a drawer. Forgive me. It has utensils and dish towels.
Next up will be the laundry and bathroom!
And in case you were wondering, Carson is adjusting just fine.
8/11/2017 11:59:19 pm
Chamie, I am so enjoying your blog. You are a talented writer whose transparency and humor contribute to making what you share a joy to read.
9/5/2017 09:53:27 pm
Harry Potter had to make the cut!!! Thanks for reading and for your kind words!
8/13/2017 09:43:53 am
I stumbled across your blog and have been enjoying the tour. I now need a jar for my straws that sit in an ugly box. :)
8/19/2017 09:34:31 pm
Jars make everything cute!!!
8/19/2017 10:38:48 am
I have a tiny house exactly like yours. It's being set up now. Can't wait to decorate and buy furniture. Your blog is great! Thank you! And I have two mini Aussies....Belle and Cisco!
8/19/2017 09:34:49 pm
I am so excited for you!!!
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I am Chamie, wife to Matt; mom to Callan (14), Cooper (11), and