But by the time a second Monday morning cup of coffee sat empty, my mood had lightened. A cheerful kitchen will do that.
A happy kitchen doesn't have to be big or fancy. It doesn't require the latest gadgets or top-of-the-line appliances. For me, a cheerful kitchen is the result of a pretty simple recipe:
1/Flowers Always - if flowers could only bloom in one part of the house, the kitchen it would have to be. A little pop of brightness. This time of year the promise of spring. They add a healthy dose of happiness to a room that is the heartbeat of the home.
2/A Pinch of Color - Our kitchen is pretty standard issue post-Something's Gotta Give-white, and I do love nothing more than the cleanness of primarily white palette. But a bit of a favorite color adds spice, and in the kitchen I just adore red. For spring, maybe a hint of pink or fresh green, too.
3/A Sprinkle of Happy Memories - On every trip to the Paris, I keep an eye out for pretty red and white café au lait bowls. Scattered on counter tops or filled with fruit, they remind me of mornings spent wandering the puces...
While French-inspired bar stools take me back to sidewalk cafés and lazy hours of people watching.
Last but not least - 6/A Healthy Dash of Light - Kitchens should be bright spaces, and even better when that light comes from a fixture that might be a bit unexpected, like this vintage lustre from my friend Pam's Red Ticking.
Add friends and family and something yummy to eat and you've got yourself a very cheerful space.
What's your recipe for kitchen happiness? XO