As Independence Day nears...I thought I would spotlight one of the main family-gathering areas in our homes---the KITCHEN.
Close your eyes with me and imagine your favorite moments growing up. How many of those moments involved good food, family gatherings, and tons of laughter?
I remember my parents' long bar area filled with the best food and behind it, our formal dinner table with more food/desserts/drinks. It was always set up for family members/guests to serve themselves and then we would eat at the informal dining table and spread out into the living room with our plates...eating, laughing, filming videos on our old VHS.
I also remember family gatherings at my Aunt & Uncle's house with the same relaxed vibe...eating, laughing, story-telling, taking photos, and videos. This is where our family traditions were anchored. Our family even has a red plate for each of the children and grandchildren that we use during holiday dinners that says 'You Are Special.' A special message is written on the back of each plate along with our name. That will be a tradition that I will continue with my family.
If you ask any of the girls in our family, we love kitchen towels. Any kind of cute kitchen towel will find its way into our hearts and onto a hook or lovingly laid over the edge of our sink. Tea towels have always been a staple in my kitchen and will remain that way for my future family.
We have a few Spring/Summer selections for purchase that I hope will inspire you to re-imagine your space and invite more memories and love this year to the heart of your home. This year, I'm loving anything red/cream with mixed fabrics and upcycled materials with a vintage vibe.
So, as we begin planning for our 4th of July and Summer celebrations, remember that the life of your kitchen is not measured by how old or new the flooring, paint, counter- tops, or appliances are. The life of your kitchen is measured by the love, laughs, memories, and traditions created within the walls.
The smallest improvements like a new picture hung on the wall, a vibrant rug, an old serving platter that now serves as a conversation piece, or a new tea towel can brighten up an old space and make it feel new again--loved again.
kitch . en [kich-uhn] - noun
a gathering place for friends and family . a place where memories are homemade and seasoned with love.
What will inspire you this summer to transform your kitchen?
To New Memories and a few New Tea Towels,
Stacy & Linda