Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rearranging and Using What You Have

Ever since I read Rene's post about organizing/arranging/decorating the tops of cabinets, I've been fixated on arranging the look on top of our kitchen cabinets. You know how it look, you think about how you want it to look, a month goes by, another month goes by, and then you get an extra 30 minutes and just start rearranging. Does that sound familiar to anyone?

Now to back track a bit, we did not have a lot of wiggle room in our budget when we renovated the kitchen. And our cabinets were our biggest expense just the way they are, so adding on any type of details or extra storage components above the cabinets was not an option. So we figured we'd take advantage of some extra space and store some things up there.

Here is a before:

This turned out to be a great place to store some of the growlers that my husband has collected as well as to be able to display some more delicate pieces that are meaningful (and not within 2-year-old reach).

Ok, so points to me for at least keeping to a glass type of theme here. The mix of colors between the brown growlers and the clear glass was driving me a little crazy. So I rearranged a little bit...

Quick fixes that make an impact and don't cost anything are right up my alley.

Have you done any rearranging lately?  

Speaking of quick fixes, I was over at a client's house last week and wait until you see the improvement we made with just a quick switch of a few things. Pictures to come soon.


  1. I find myself suddenly rearranging things all the time. I love the new grouping. We just got our first growler this summer. Makes for a great flower vase. Can't wait to see what you did at your client's house.

  2. Quick fixes are so often all a space needs... just a little tweak here and there can feel so refreshed and renewed! Nice job on your quick fix, and looking forward to seeing your client's, too. My favorite kind of design!

  3. Looks much better without the brown bowlers catching you eye and distracting you. I like all the different heights together..I've always loved a collection of lots of the same kind of thing together - big impact! I would love to have ceiling height or extra molding/trim around our cabinets whenever we redo the kitchen:)

  4. Isn't it funny, you look at it now and say, Oh ya, exactly what it needed! Every time I rearrange I open a can a worms, and have a huge mess on my hands before I know it! Can't wait to see the photos!

  5. Are all visual people like that? I have been thinking about our office for about 2 years now and just started actually tackling it the other day. The little things can make such a difference!

  6. i am a firm believer in using what you have!

    hope you will find a moment to stop by and enter a giveaway i am hosting for followers (i hope you win!):

    happy weekend to you!


  7. I am constantly rearranging. I love to experiment and mix things up. You have some great pieces to grow a collection with, Holly!


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