The nice thing about being a blogger is you end up with kind of a chronicle of your past life. At least your past house life. It’s kind of fun to look back and see how things have evolved over time. One area I haven’t explored looking back over yet is my past kitchen windowsill decorating. And, because I know you were just jonesing to take that walk down memory lane with me, I am going to to put my pride away, and dig deep into the “Wow, that looked like complete crap files” to show you some pictures from my very early blogging days.
When I first started blogging, my house was a mess! And I don’t mean just because I had 3 kid under the age of 5. I mean because we didn’t have any money, I didn’t know what I liked, and the only resources were catalogs like Pottery Barn. So, everything was based off of that. I thought I only could decorate with what was shown to me. It was through the years of blogging, I’ve pin-pointed my style, and realized I can be a trend-setter instead of the trend-follower I was.
So here you go. Here’s the ugly-bad. Welcome to 2007.
I was painting murals at the time, and Italian-themes kitchens and faux finises were HAWT. Yes, those are grapes painted on my walls. The only cool thing was the old-stained glass I hung in the window,and the windowsill was full of kids projects.
2008-2009 wasn’t too much better, but I had redone the back splash to bead-board in an effort to brighten things up a bit. And, I still was using a point and shoot camera, lots of times with a flash, at night.
2010 was when we finally painted our cabinets, and I loved the change! I started to do a little more kitchen windowsill decorating, and having fun. I was finding my style. I also bumped up my game and finally got a big girl camera. Things were starting to change in the blog world and pictures started to become more styled and glossier.
2011, I loved adding fresh flowers and color! I started to get the hang of composition. The other things I found, is a nice dish or tea towel can make a huge difference!
2012-2013 brought on all kinds of things, like they finally opened and Anthropologie near me.
That was the end of the beginning .:)
(Man, I must like that towel, it shows up in a lot of pictures!)
I always find if I don’t know what to put there, flowers can make a world of difference, even in recycled jars.
Into 2014-2015 when I really started to have fun. I’ve had enough experience blogging and photographing to know what looks good, and what the right angles are to take so you don’t see any dirty dishes in the bottom of the sink. Sometimes in life, those lessons are the most important of all.
And in 2016 we finally retired the original faucet.She had a good run, but she started leaking.
I loved her, but she had to go.
We went a bit more modern and slim on the faucet, an I actually like how it looks cleaner and more streamlined.
And here it is after we added a subway tile backsplash to our kitchen,you can see the entire subway tile project reveal here.
As my style has changed it has definitely become more minimal and less-cluttered. I just find I need/want less stuff and am 100% OK with not having something on every single surface. I hope you enjoyed this little stroll down memory lane with me. I’m going to do a little kitchen windowsill decorating now.