A lot of home decor blogs focus often and generously on kitchens. They’re a place where the household tends to come together regularly. They’re also one of the most available rooms as far as decorating goes–they’re full of hooks, surfaces, open areas, and nooks and crannies in which to place decor on and in. People like to make their kitchen look straight out of Better Homes & Gardens and they’re quite proud of it.
Unfortunately, I can’t keep up with the Joneses in that department.
I live in an apartment, and I don’t have a very big kitchen. It merely has everything it needs to be functional, which is fine by me (I’m a simple woman and easily pleased by just having a roomy refrigerator). I’m also not overly enthusiastic about cooking, so it’s not overflowing with cookware. You won’t find any magazine-perfect kitchens on this blog, I apologize! But you will get to see how I’ve made it pretty and magical in its own way.
Case in point: it’s full of butterflies! Grab a net!
I have two rooms which you could call ‘themed,’ that being my kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom is ocean themed, which you’ll see in another post later this week. I didn’t actually plan for the kitchen to be butterfly themed, it just evolved that way. I’ve always liked the butterfly aesthetic and somehow they all ended up flitting into my kitchen.
I must point out that several of the butterfly items I have on the shelf above my sink are actually outdoor items. The big pink butterfly is a solar powered light that I used to have on my balcony and it eventually fizzled out. The butterfly/lamp combo on the left is also meant to be hung outdoors but I never put it out there. I buck the system. No one can tell me where to put my butterflies. Call the interior decorating police!
I’ve never been one to put decor items where they’re meant to be. I put stuff where I want it and will enjoy it the most.
And don’t you just love my Okie Dokie Arti-chokie sign? Peak humor, isn’t it?
I also have a huge, antique, roll top desk in my kitchen that I use as a sort of hutch/place to put my small appliances. I got it for free when a neighbor moved out and didn’t want to take it with them. It’s unholy bulky and heavy. I got it a long time ago and since then I’ve moved twice. As a result, I’ve lost multiple friends who foolishly offered to help me move and lifted it. It’s beautiful but monstrous. Also starting to fall apart in its old age, so I eventually have to figure out how to get rid of it. Perhaps I’ll lose a few more friends.
It also wasn’t always in my kitchen. At various times I used it as a TV stand, and then just as a decorative piece that I put other decor on, before I eventually moved it to the kitchen. I found out quickly it’s not an object you should attempt to move by yourself, and thus I had to keep sacrificing others.
Now, moving on: one of my staunch decorating philosophies, very wise and very simple, is: just put lights everywhere. It’s one of the easiest ways to decorate and make things look classy, and if not classy, at least like an enchanted forest. Perhaps a classy enchanted forest. I have a rope light on top my cabinets. Nothing complicated and no installation, it just sits up there and you can’t even tell because the cupboard top is recessed. It almost looks like a permanent light.
Lights make easy (and cheap) decor. Plug them in, or put batteries in, drape them over something, and you’re good to go. They add ambiance and a little sparkle. I’ve never been fond of a dark house. It’s always twilight in my house, but without the vampires.
I leave the rope light on all the time and it makes for a good nightlight when you get up for water in the middle of the night. No need to turn bright lights on and burn your retinas out. Did I say get up for water? More often, in my case, it’s the cat hollering for food at some insane and still-dark hour. The lights help her avoid disaster as I’m still wobbly from sleep and she is compelled to weave around my ankles. If it was dark in the kitchen, she might have learned her lesson long ago.
I’m sticking with the butterflies for now, though I may change themes in the future. I even have a butterfly on my outer apartment door–which opens into my kitchen, so I suppose that counts, right? Maybe I’ll switch up eventually but for now, I like having butterflies.
Items Featured In Pictures
All items are listed, to the best of my memory, where I bought them, and their approximate price at the time of purchase. Relevant links to retailers or specific items are included where possible. Please note: I am not paid by any retailer, organization, or product to promote anything on this blog. This is for informational purposes only.
- Butterfly candle holder – Seventh Avenue ~$40
- Milk bottle candle – Dollar General ~$2
- Pink butterfly solar light – Target ~$15
- Tin lantern (with the ladybug/flower) – Dollar General ~$1
- Crystal w/flowers – Gift from my son
- Okie Dokie Arti-chokie sign – Dollar General ~$1
- Pink vase – Dollar General ~$3
- Pink metal flower (actually a door decoration) – Dollar General ~$2
- Solar butterfly w/lantern – Marc’s (Cleveland discount store) ~$5
- Butterfly paperweight – Dollar General ~$1
- Glass jar – Dollar General ~$2
- Over-sink shelf – Yard Sale ~$2
- Metal butterfly wall decor (used to light up, but the bulbs are burnt out) – Seventh Avenue ~$50
- Metal butterfly wall decor (above stove) – Dollar General ~$2
- Various tins/hot chocolate jar – Fortum & Mason (department store in London) – Gift from a friend
- Japanese Coke bottle – Gift from a friend
- Butterfly dangles/chimes – Dollar General ~$1 each
- Roll top desk – Gift from neighbor
- Everything on top the desk is not decor, of course, but if you have any questions please ask. There are a few candle holders hiding in there, I got them for under five dollars at Target. However, the drawers next to the desk were $15 at Dollar General.
- Tablecloth – Dollar General ~$2
- Jar wall decor – Dollar General ~$1
- Butterfly floor mat – Dollar General ~$5
- Cat – Priceless
- Butterfly door decor – Dollar General ~$3
- Rope light – Amazon ~$20