Cody's Kitchen

Recently, Cody wrote to me for help with her kitchen:

Hi Lauren,

I'm new to your blog and I'm absolutely hooked. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I write to you because I need some help with my kitchen, along with a few other rooms in my tiny Boston apartment. My husband and I are in desperate need of more storage and I've been storing odds and ends underneath our shelves in our kitchen. I would like to skirt off the eyesore that our storage has become. Can you please help me pick our fabric that would look nice in our kitchen for the skirt? I would also like to make roman shades or curtains for our windows so if you could suggest a second fabric that compliments the skirt fabric, that would be wonderful.

Any other suggestions (baskets for storage, rug, something to hang on the wall, etc.) to help spruce up our space would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help!


Cody's kitchen had great neutral bones and just needed to add some function and fun. Here's what I came up with:

I also sent Cody a few inspiration photos. I thought a chalkboard backsplash and beadboard behind her shelving would be perfect for her space:

And, of course, here are the sources:

Blue Ikat Fabric (for Curtains) - Calico Corners
Burlap Fabric (For Shelf Skirt) - Online Fabric Store
Island - IKEA
Schoolhouse pendant -  Lighting by Lux
Botanical Poster - The Evolution Store
Terrarium Print (not pictured) - Etsy seller The Haunted Hollow Tree
Rug - West Elm
Vintage Antlers - Etsy seller The Gilded Tassel
Aloe Vera House Plant - Marie Claire
Great Food Book Series - Penguin Books
Moth Lithograph - Etsy seller Cabinet of Treasures
Food storage canisters - Macy's
Maize Bins - Container Store
Method Green Tea + Aloe Hand Wash (not pictured) - Amazon
Tea Cups - Jonathan Adler
Serving Platter - cb2

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  1. The mood board looks great. I really love how colorful those books are! :)



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