Summer at StoneGable is relaxed and laid back and busy all at the same time. Our garden and kitchen are bustling, and you will find me doing a whole lot of canning and freezing right from the garden and mini orchard! I wish you could take a deep breath when sour cherry jam, a signature of StoneGable, is being made. Scrumptious! Because our farmhouse kitchen is such a workhorse, I keep the decor rather sparse and the kitchen utilitarian. But as a decorator, I do love to add some fun… even to workspaces! Welcome to the Summer Farmhouse Kitchen!
I’ve learned over the years not to rework my whole kitchen as a new season approaches. Although I am a bit of an embellishment queen (or diva) I have learned restraint. I find it much easier to add a little “nod” to the season when decorating! It saves a whole lot of time, a great deal of work and actually looks more authentic.
How about these fun E A T letters above my cooktop? I didn’t even have to repaint them! I’ve been looking for galvanized metal ones in different sizes but this is a case when “okay is perfect”!
I sincerely believe a good home decorator needs to compromise… and do it often. Finding something perfect can mean that it is A-okay for you and your home!
Because I think the island is just begging to be decorated I usually embellish it a little.
This summer my favorite runner comes back to the island! It’s light and easy to pull off when I’m cooking or canning or cleaning produce from the garden.
I added a wrought iron stand with two shelves. Right now it holds white pots of faux plants and some vintage ironstone cups. I’ll replace those pots with real herbs soon and be able to clip them as I cook!
The coffee station stays the same. It works just as it is for us. I love to add a little white milk bottle of blooms from my garden all summer long!
Coffee mugs are handy to grab from the hanging rack.
A round wicker basket with a pretty glass dome is filled with white dished! LOVE my white dishes!!!!
The soapstone sink gets such a workout during the summer months making . So I try to keep the countertops around it relatively free as well.
During the summer, the sink is often filled with garden goods. A couple weeks ago, I brought in over 100 peony blooms so they would not be destroyed by a storm that blew through! My sink never looked so pretty!
Now, the farmhouse sink is waiting for fresh lettuce and zucchini. I have a couple great zucchini recipes to share with you this summer.
The little metal cart at the end of the island is now used primarily used for cookbooks. This is just a tiny sampling of my cookbook library! Oh, I love love love to read cookbooks!
You might ask what a vintage chamber pot is doing in my kitchen! It’s being put to good use. Not in the classic way of course. It holds dog treats for Scamp and Beau the Wonderdog. Scamp will be 19 1/2 next month.
We are making some small changes in the kitchen this summer. A new backsplash for the cooktop, new pendant lights over the island and new chairs in the breakfast room.
I’m thinking about some light slipcovered upholstered chairs! The search is on!
As each project is completed this summer I’ll make sure to share them with you!
Because you requested it I’ll be adding a list of product sources to my post. I hope this helps. Thanks for your suggestions!
- EAT letters: Cocalico Creek Country Store
- Wicker tray with dome lid-Pier 1
- Burlap Runner: Pottery Barn Outlet
- Wrought Iron Stand: Olde Millhouse Shoppes (local store)
- White pots and plants: Ikea
- Hanging coffee bar: Ikea
- Monogram mugs-Anthropologie
- Wicker Dome: Pier 1
- Metal Cart: HomeGoods
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