I've mentioned before, I think, that when I planned my kitchen, I wanted a Grandma's Baking Kitchen. I was far from being a grandmother myself at the time, but both of my grandmas were wonderful and prolific bakers. I wanted a kitchen that, though they never got to see it, they would love.
I wanted it to seem like a space that should have bread baking in the oven, and pies cooling on the counter.
It should be full of functional comfort, love, and light... and be a great place to work alongside my kids, and someday, my grandchildren.
I knew it wasn't really "me" when I picked out the lace valance for the window. But it had tea cups on it!! One of my grandmothers, the one who had passed away most recently, collected tea cups, and this reminded me of her. Even though I wasn't a particular fan of lace and/or ruffled valances, it was a way to include her in the kitchen, in a more obvious way.
But the rod, stretching so far for such a wide window, always drooped. The lace got dusty, and the style continued to fight with the rest of the room. One day I was checking to see what photos from my blog had been posted to Pinterest, and found these that were originally found on My Kitchen page.
That particular post must have been removed now, because I can no longer find the comment. But it said something complimentary... about liking the look of the materials and colors in the kitchen, followed by: 'except for the lace window treatment.' I so agreed with that comment that I knew the lace teacups had been there long enough and had to go.
So now I have new pics of that side of the room.
I still need a backsplash on that wall. I still need trim on the top of the hutch, and all the other upper cabinets, in fact. I still need to paint the chairs around the kitchen table. --Eggplant, or a mix of eggplant and red, I think. And the island was never finished.
Ah, well. A little at a time.