Some friends from high school are building a house and I’m so excited to help them create a farmhouse kitchen of their dreams. If you’ve been here before, maybe you’ll know that I started a series called “Good, Better, Best”. It’s basically me decorating a space in layers and you buying the components when you can to make the room eventually look “best”.
Miranda sent me the layout of their kitchen, the samples of flooring, cabinetry, granite and paint (which all look awesome, by the way) and I got to work on the rest.
She said she loves Joanna Gaines and, let’s be real, who doesn’t? So with that in mind, here’s what I picked.
Lighting. Lighting for a kitchen should also be under “necessary” but there are less expensive, contractor choices and then there are picks that will really lend to the modern farmhouse look that you’ve going for.
Miranda told me she needed a light for over the sink, island and eating area. It’s important to have coordinating lighting in a space so I picked matching lights for the island and sink.
First up, the island. It looks like, from blue prints she gave me, that the island is wired for one light. This 3 light glass pendant is modern looking but the shade shape and metal accents make it a great option for a farmhouse look. If there were only one pendant above the island it would look out of place and not balanced visually.
Here is the matching, single pendant for over the sink. These will look great together and because it’s clear glass, won’t look heavy or stop your eye from moving around the kitchen.
Joanna Gaines has used glass pendants very similar to these. This is even a white kitchen with black counters. So pretty.
For over the dining table, I picked a chandelier with a farmhouse feel. It’s a little more ornate and fancy but the black metal and even the shape of the glass from the pendant light makes them coordinate well but keeps them from looking too matchy- matchy. *technical term. Ugh. I’m starting to want this kitchen..
Bar stools. Something industrial would look great at your island. I picked these stools. I love how they’re metal but still have warmth from the wooden seats. Make sure you get the right height.. that could be awkward : )
Rugs. You certainly don’t need them but boy can that finish out a space. I picked this one from RugsUSA for under the kitchen table. It’s a great contrast from the flooring and a dark table and is an outdoor rug which is great for kids and dining tables. We have this same rug (different color) underneath our table and it stands the test of time. Great quality. I would get one big enough to give you at least a foot around your table, when the chairs are pushed in. Make sense? PS a couple years ago I bought this sweeper to help me keep it clean because toddlers= crumbs. Best. Purchase. Ever….said the boring adult.
This rug coordinates without being too much pattern and would work great in between the island and the sink. AND its machine washable which makes things really easy for a high traffic, food prep area.
Accessories. Not the most expensive on the list but also not necessary (that’s why I put them in the ‘best’ category), they can really help to pull a room together. I love this adorable tray. It adds to the farmhouse feel and brings in warm wood tones onto the black counter tops. You could use it on the island to display plants and a candle or use it as a tray for your coffee or cooking essentials or whatever else stays up on your counter tops. Mom, you buy this too. It’s cute.
This cup or mason jar rack would be so cute mounted on the wall, maybe that space to the right of the cabinets before the doorway? With a plant underneath?
These awesome kitchen towels would bring in the aqua accent from the printable and give you a little pop of color. I try to buy fancy towels for display but my sweet, wonderful husband doesn’t treat them like the jewels they are…. oh well.
Here you go Miranda! I hope you like what I’ve picked and I can’t wait to see pictures of your completed kitchen AND house!
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