The kitchen table area of the house has been getting attention a little bit at a time. The full size table has been replaced by a smaller pub style table. It is 48" square, and so both the smaller size and higher height fill the space much better. The new light is a double pendant that sometimes looks white and sometimes looks cream which works really well with the various shades of white to cream in this area.
The problems that remained were:
1. Woven shades - As much as I love the look of the shade itself, it is more of a golden color which isn't great with the grey beige walls. I need to cover the roller part with something, and over the past couple of years I have tried almost everything. I made a raw silk valance which looked fussy. Curtains didn't look right. I thought about a padded cornice board, but it really isn't my style. I even drew up plans for wood cornices, but I need to use that option in the family for the sliding doors, so it seemed like 5 more would be too much.
Also, they are not energy efficient at all, and this part of the house gets sun most of the day. It is uncomfortable to be at the table during certain times of the day during summer.
I finally decided that the big empty boxes that are my builder grade windows were the problem, and that I wouldn't like anything until they were trimmed out.
2. Jake's school and craft supplies - The black shelving unit underneath the window is as ineffective at storage as it is unattractive, so it had to go.
Problem #2 was the quickest to solve. I read something about organization that was based on the idea that you never have forks lying around the house, because you always know where the forks go. Duh - genius! Therefore, you need a place for things if you want them to be put away. Most people probably already know this kind of stuff, but I don't get a lot of stuff. I didn't even know that the government changed the various bills for money until about 3 years after they did it. (Honestly, I showed my husband a $20 that I thought was counterfeit, and he just shook his head muttering something about how he couldn't understand how I managed to function. I have a huge list of basic things that I had no idea about or that I had completely misunderstood.)
Anyway, in the lower right hand corner, you can see just the tip of my kitchen counter and cabinet. I stored by biggest pots (like triple recipe gumbo pot) and other things I rarely used in that cabinet. It was opened maybe once a month, so it wasn't a great use of the space. Plus, my cabinets have pull out upper shelves, which are incredibly convenient. Once I got over the resistance to using my cupboards for something that is not a kitchen item, I realized that Jake's supplies could be stored here. It is more practical and efficient, and I never have to look at it. Problem solved!
Next up, new window trim. :)