Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Borrowed House Kitchen and a Giveaway

If you'd like to enter my giveaway, go HERE.  The giveaway consists of  8 very nice Thanksgiving goodies.

I'm delighted to have my friends follow me over to this new blog and equally excited about some new friends I've made.  Welcome!  This post will be for the benefit of my new friends.  Bear with me if you've seen this before.  I haven't showed all of the main living areas in my borrowed house so I'm starting with the kitchen.  (kind of lazy of me to start with a rerun but I've been busy getting the new blog together.)  For those who don't know, the borrowed house is aka the rental.  So hard to live in a rental when you like to decorate!  And what's worse is the short time we'll probably be here.  I can't justify any new spending and it's really killing me.  I've surprised myself of how much I've recycled, even shopping my yard sale boxes.  So far, I've probably spent $100 total on the house and that's my limit.  Knock on wood.

Before-



After-




Nothing major.  You know the routine.  No painting, no structural changes allowed.  Not to mention we'll only occupy for about a year.  So I'm not even allowing myself to do window treatments!  Help!  I'll have to be admitted to Decorator's Anonymous after this.  Actually, it's been good for me.  You really can get by on a lot less than you think.  Just keep changing around what you have.  It's fun.  I've already changed this little hallway.  (later post)  Rethink your decor.  You might be surprised with what you come up with!

Posting to:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch.
Thrifty Tuesdays @Coastal Charm

23 comments:

podso said...

It's amazing how a few little touches can bring warmth and change the whole feel of a place. Good for you to be creative and recycle during this borrowing time. :-)

Kathy said...

You certainly have made it homey and inviting -your home is very nice

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e) said...

Looks decorated to me!

Well done.

Janet said...

It looks great. I think about those years I lived in apartments when I could have been renting something this nice.

Great Kitchen.

From the Kitchen said...

We've moved a lot with the V.A. Medical Service and usually started in a rental while deciding the best area for us to purchase in. I've had some real challenges, especially with colors. I think you've done a great job!

Best,
Bonnie

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Looks great...really love that rug!!

Blessings,
Linda

Donnie said...

I love all that you did. When Don was in the military we were only in a house for 2 years at a time then moved to another station. I also did the portable decorations.

Donna said...

It's the kitchen of our dreams...beautiful!! Love all you did...so much charm and warmth!! You'd love to sit down and spend time here...nice!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Just stopping by from Met Monday. Well, you had great bones to work with which really helps! I like what you have done and it is very refreshing! You have a new follower!

malia said...

Hi, I'm your newest follower... hope you check my blog out and I'd love for you to join us Thursdays at the linky party I co-host "A Crafty Soiree"
www.yesterdayontuesday.com

Shelia said...

You have such a lovely kitchen!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom} said...

You're right -- sometimes less is more. I think your kitchen is very welcoming.

And, for some reason, looking at your photo with the runner in front of the sink and dish washer (wish I love), it just occurred to me I don't have to limit runners to the hallway! Hello, lightbulb. Our dishwasher is always dripping on our maple floors when I load/unload, and a runner is a perfect solution. Love it!

Cindy said...

Your kitchen looks really nice, it looks like a homey and inviting kitchen. You are doing a very good job of it.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Welcome to your new location!
Yvonne

Jessica said...

I think it looks wonderful!!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Thanks for chiming in on my stove dilemma. Yes, that CraigsEasy has totally transformed Craigslist for me. Now its fun to browse there.

RicKaren said...

Just found your new beautiful blog so. I'll be following!

Marydon said...

It doesn't take big $$$ to make a beautiful home & decor ... love your thinking & doing.

Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

mr. pineapple man said...

love it!! so jealous!

Jeanne said...

Good morning, I just came over from Donnie's blog. Your borrowed home kitchen is really lovely. 'Your' cabinets are just like mine except my kitchen is much smaller. Your little improvements are very nice, and they add warmth to the home.

Hugs, Jeanne

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It looks very nice! I am still trying to figure out what to put above my dropped cabinets! ♥

KC said...

Great job. Your kitchen is attractive and functional.

Melissa Miller said...

Tammy it is a gorgeous kitchen! I really like the rugs you added and the pretty barstools. You are doing a wonderful job with it.

Thank you for your sweet comment. I do enjoy making new friends in blog land.

Have a blessed day.
~Melissa :)