Cottage KERF Dining + Kitchen

Here lies the view from the living room into the dining room where the food zone of the house begins.


When we first toured this house, I was pretty sad to discover that the dining room isn’t exactly a room – it’s more of a pass-through, eat-in kitchen with two open walls. And I had nightmares about how tight our dining room table was going to be. The previous owners had a round table that seemed to take up more way more space than our rectangular one. So when we moved in and found our table fit perfectly, I was very very excited.


Our table is from Crate + Barrel! It expands with an insert to seat 8, although it’s pretty tight!


Our wine rack is from IKEA – so much more fun than the one we had on the floor for years. The display shelves are also IKEA. I knew I wanted a high-up shelf to keep my big platters and antique plates that are hard to store, and I was considering both making one myself (which sounded like a shattering disaster) and hiring a local carpenter to make one. Then I found the Ribba shelves! $15 a piece and exactly what I would have built myself. I bought 3. Done and done! They just required some heavy duty anchors and a lot of measuring (and since our wall isn’t completely flat, they aren’t perfectly aligned, but they’re 90% good enough)


Let’s not talk about our dining room light. It’s atrocious and is on our home improvement list. We’re thinking of some kind of super modern fixture. One issue is that the light is centered to the room, not above the table, so that is taking some time to figure out.



The dining room opens up right into the kitchen. This actually works great for us because we don’t have a need for a kitchen table and a dining room table – just formal is fine for us. I love the curved wall that the previous owner put in when he updated the kitchen in 2009!!

The floors in our house are a beautiful real wood, which I love, and the kitchen floor is cork, which is totally awesome because not only is it eco and springy for standing, but it doesn’t show dirt AT ALL!! There can be tons of crumbs and you can’t see them. Perfect for a kitchen!


The kitchen is light and bright thanks to two windows and recessed lights, which I love. It’s not huge, and my dream house would have an island and a whole wall of cabinets, but this kitchen actually has really great space. The work triangle is perfect and the cabinets are just the right amount for us.


I didn’t even notice this built in shelf the first time I went in the house, but it’s got to be one of my favorite features in the house : )


While the fridge is cool stainless, we don’t love it. Look how much wider it could be! And I would kill for a fridge with the freezer on the bottom. Our longer term plans are to get a new one, but right now that’s a want much more than a need.


The house came with this sweet little microwave – toaster combo. It’s great for toasting bread and I have to say I like having a microwave back. At first I was unsure if it would stay because of the counter space lost, but I’m glad we kept it because our oven doesn’t have much of a broiler (it’s in the bottom drawer) so this is great for all the bread we eat.

Also, see that empty space above it? One day that will hold two shelves to fit more smaller Ball jars. One day.

The basket on top of the fridge is my mini pantry – things I use all the time like nut butters and dried fruit.


Our stove also isn’t the greatest. It doesn’t match the rest of the appliances and it’s very very basic. This is also on our “someday” list – one new commercial grade stove please!


The pot rack came with the house, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it came from IKEA. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE having one!!!!!!!! It’s so great for storing and drying pots. Our knife rack is IKEA too – so handy and no counter space lost with a block.


The counters in this house are a combo of concrete and wood. Most people comment how much they like the mix of materials and heights, but honestly, I would probably prefer if they were all streamlined. I’m not wild about wood counters. I do love the concrete though! And I’m happy with them as they are enough to not want to change them.


As you can see, we keep the counters as clear as possible of appliances. They are all stored in the basement pantry area or in the under cabinets.


I did compromise counter space with some vintage items that make frequently-used items very accessible. Two antique boxes hold our vinegars, oils, Misto, salt + peppers. All the good cooking stuff. And our cutting board is tucked back there (in other houses we’ve stored it in the under cabinets, but I think it completes the wood theme in this kitchen). The blue Ball jars in the corner house tea – and keep the vintage look flowing.


I love having our paper towel holder on the wall! Again, more free counterspace.


This sink was another “SOLD” feature on the house. I absolutely love it!! It’s so big and wide it can fit my whole crockpot for cleaning! Who needs two compartments anyways? Just visually divide your sink in half. I love the faucet and how it elegantly detaches to spray. Also note the little sponge holder from BB&B – it’s suctioned on (the lever style – works much better than a press-on suction). LOVE how the sponge is all tucked away and out of sight and an easy drop-spot when you’re in the middle of dishes and need a resting place for soapy, wet sponge. When I need to dry dishes, I put a cloth drying mat to the right of the sink and store it in an on-the-door rack when not in use. Therefore, no eye-sore of a dish drying rack on the counters.


Our dishwasher is pretty awesome – by Siemens. It came with the house!


Our cabinets are pretty big and wide (although they could use a paint job!!) We have IKEA shelf dividers to make the most use of the mug/glass area.


Our kitchen drawers used to be an ugly dark, stained wood. When we had the house painted upon moving in, I had our painter match the color to the living room (and if adding that on to our paint list hadn’t been so easy I would have DIYed these myself!). I smile every time I open a drawer to see the beautiful robin’s egg blue smiling back!! Of course you probably know I keep my drawers super organized : ) That’s for another post!


The view back to the dining room –


The Food Rooms

Dining room paint: sadly, it’s unknown. Came with the house.

Kitchen paint: also unknown – basic white.

Trim: Sherwin Williams Duration Low VOC acrylic latex – Extra White

Dining room table: Crate + Barrel Triad Extension Dining Table

Dining room chairs: Crate + Barrel Lowe Chocolate Leather side chair

Dining room display shelf: IKEA Ribba picture ledge

Wine rack: Vurm by IKEA

Clock: Target

Trash can: Bed, Bath and Beyond

Green tea kettle: Thrift store

Antique boxes + jars: Ebay

{ 106 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kris November 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Thanks for the tour! You have great ideas and it helps me to see them since we’re at the point where we need to redo our kitchen. Glad you’re enjoying your house!


2 Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land November 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I love your kitchen! And I totally agree–an uncluttered kitchen is a happy kitchen!


3 Hannah November 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Everything looks nice but shouldn’t knives hang blade-up? I think that’s how it goes, anyway. Just trying to avoid a mishap!


4 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I don’t think so – then your hand comes down on them if you swing it?


5 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Haha, this comment made me laugh because I hang my knives blade-up on this EXACT same strip from Ikea. Haven’t had a problem with it. I love it–I hate those butcher blocks, I always wonder how clean they are and they take up so much space.

Love your kitchen, Kath! It’s so streamlined and so neat (I try to keep mine as neat as possible, but its hard in a apt kitchen with less cabinet space). And I am obsessed with that sink and curved wall. I need me one of those! :)


6 Matt November 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Yeah, you’re supposed to have them blade down because if you drop a knife when it’s blade up, you might cut yourself. You’ll never do that with the blade down.


7 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I adore your sink. I’ve always been a fan of one huge sink as opposed to the split ones but have yet to have a house with that. It’s on my dream list :)


8 Jenn November 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I have to disagree with the sink thing. I totally prefer a two basin sink. It makes doing dishes so much easier (clean on one side, dirty on the other). We actually had a single sink and I had it switched out as soon as we moved in.


9 kate November 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Nice! Those shelves in the dining room really need to be lowered by about a foot.


10 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Then my father in law, who is like 6’2″ would have hit his head… we measured


11 Katie November 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I love the high shelves, it’s almost like a cool border along the top. Looks totally intentional.


12 jane November 14, 2011 at 9:23 pm

i agree. i like that they are high, but i think they are a little too high. i mean- if we are going to pick apart every aspect of your adorable home :-) but seeing as you posted it online i imagine you are happy with hearing people’s opinions. really cozy and great colors!


13 Tracy November 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Looks great. So cute. So organized. Very Kath!

That is a funny little space above the microwave. Shelves would be good there. I wonder why the previous owner didn’t continue the cabinets all the way to the cabinets above the fridge?


14 Lauren November 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Great tour! We put in concrete counters when we redid our kitchen and we just love them too! We have a concrete sink as well, with an incorporated concrete dish drain alongside. I have a blog post somewhere about it all…I’ll have to dig it out for you. It looks like you’re settling in nicely!


15 Maria Bardet November 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I love that you keep your counter tops so clear of stuff. I try to do the same in my kitchen – less clutter makes me feel better! I love your idea of using jars for loose grains, pastas and etc…I was buying those expensive storage containers. I think I will just get some jars for all the bags of leftover lentils, quinoa, and pasta I have in my pantry. Thanks!


16 Dani November 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I have the same IKEA magnetic knife rack and I hang mine blade up. Don’t really know why or if its safer than down? Feels right that way.

Why isn’t the dining table centered under the light? A cool chandelier/modern fixture would look awesome there. Bouncy light!


17 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

The light is centered in the room…drives me nuts. We’re thinking of getting a light on a cord that can then be stretched to center over the table


18 Jenn November 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

We had the same problem. It was easier and more pleasing to the eye to have an electrician come in and move the connection and center the fixture over our table.


19 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Bummmmmer. $.


20 lindsay November 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Have you tried moving the table to the center of the room under the light or is there a space issue?


21 Kath Miller November 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

My inlaws have a pretty nice light that is attached to the ceiling at one spot, then hangs by a chain over the center of the table. “chain” doesn’t sound pleasing, but it is actually really nice and looks great.


22 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm

There’s not enough room to walk through then


23 Linda November 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I have the almost the same layout as you. When we moved in there was a hanging light in the dining area and it drove me crazy for the same reasons. Especially when we had a party with a lot of people and I pushed the table back, I always had to worry that someone was going to hit their head. We removed the light and my husband put in recessed lighting and I love it! Great adjustable lighting, no fixture to dust, and no centering required!


24 Sonya November 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

I also have a knife rack (not Ikea!) and, for me, it feels right to have the blades up. I’ve never dropped a knife, but if I did, I know I won’t have a sharp blade falling down at me! It just feels safer for me this way. To each his/her own! :-)


25 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 9:49 am

What if you tripped and your eyeball went into it!! Knives up just scare me :)


26 Sonya November 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

We have a galley kitchen. When I’m at the counter, the knife rack is on my left and high up on the wall. The knife handles are easy to grasp. The blades are facing AWAY from me. Sharp edges are nowhere near endangering anyone, even if they trip on foot or otherwise.

If for some reason I were to reach for something in the direction of the knives, I’d only skim the handles. The blades are affixed to the block.

When we grab the handle, we just slide the knife off the magnetized block, the sharp edges never come near to anyone.

We’ve never had an incident. Of course, every one and their kitchen is situated differently and positioning should accommodate accordingly.


27 JT @ The Faux Foodie Girl November 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

That sink is amazing – love it!!!


28 marci November 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Love your natural light and big sink! We also have one dining room table that suits us for everyday use and dressed up parties.


29 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Love the tour!!

And I love the curved wall in the kitchen. :)


30 HRCK November 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

This house is done so well! I love all the different textures and surfaces. I don’t know if I’ve ever been on a cork floor, but that’s pretty cool!


31 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I love the colour of the dining room and the plates look really pretty up there on the shelf. Re the light, have you asked about moving it? We moved one in a bedroom and it was really easy so didn’t even cost much. Love the wooden floors too. Thank you for sharing :-)


32 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I suppose I could ask :) Just with our porch I hesitate to do more hiring of folks. Not sure Matt could do it


33 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I put up with the light in the wrong place for years, thinking it would be too much trouble and cost to move it and it took a skilled person less than half an hour so was really cheap! You never know, the porch guy might pop in and do it :-)


34 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I’m learning with age that these things that sound soooo hard are really simple for skilled artisans :) What did he do with the old hole? Dry wall patch?


35 Jenn November 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

yep. it cost us less than 50$ to have it moved. My husband patched the old hole and we eventually repainted the ceiling. It took the electrician less than 30 minutes to do the whole job.


36 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Cool, I will definitely consider this then!


37 Nikki November 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Your porch crew may even be able to help you out, are they still there?


38 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I may ask them, but they are so focused and they are carpenters not electricians..we have an electrician coming, but I don’t think he’d be prepared


39 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

There was one small hole for the electric cable and 3 small screw holes that held up the light fitting. We eventually repainted too but it was fine with a little filler for ages – we were the only ones who noticed. Go ahead and ask :-)


40 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I think ours is a big gaping hole :(


41 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I seriously love your house! I love how you don’t have any clutter on your countertops. That is the problem with my house. We don’t have much counter space and all of our appliances take up so much room. I really like that shelf in the kitchen for the bell jars :)


42 Kelly November 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Very strange question for you….a friend of mine has a sink like yours and while I love the look of it, I feel like it wouldn’t be practical for me. As of right now I don’t have a dishwasher so I have to do all the dishes by hand in the sink. Do you fill that sink with water to wash them (the ones that don’t go in the dishwasher)? If so, doesn’t it take forever to fill/use a lot of water to fill the sink enough to wash the dishes?

I apologize for the very specific and strange question in advance. Just coming from someone who loves the look but curious about functionality!


43 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

We put the dirty dishes on the left counter or IN the sink if they are small or not a ton. Then we use running water and soap. If we have a ton, we will rinse them all, then soap them all with the water off, then rinse again. I’ve never filled up the basin because I think my sink is the dirtiest place in the kitchen! I wouldn’t want to float dishes in water in it. (Yours might be cleaner!)


44 Jennifer November 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I think the sink is the dirtiest place in the whole house. I think people have done studies of this and it’s dirtier than toilets. Yuck.


45 Kelly November 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

How is that even possible? This is boggling my mind! I clean my sink every time I do the dishes.


46 janet November 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Fill the sink or wash under running water? What came first, the chicken or the egg? =)
I am a running water girl so I would LOVE a giant sink! I was in college before I ever saw someone fill the sink with water, wash, put in separate side to rinse…we always pre rinsed then washed under hot running water. And I scrub the sink every time after doing dishes! dirty sinks creep me out!


47 Sam November 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

Kath, totally agree with you on the sink being the dirtiest place in the kitchen. I did a science project in middle school examining the dirtiest places in the house and the sink was worse than the toilet (and my parents were pretty OCD about cleaning) and was def. one of the worst offenders. I am a running water person as well.


48 Melissa @ HerGreenLife November 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

We just use our largest metal pot or a big metal mixing bowl set in the sink and filled with hot soapy water. After washing, I replace the soapy water with clear rinse water. That way you use less water than either filling the whole sink OR just letting the water run :)


49 Kelly November 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm

That does seem to be a good idea, but as of right now our sink isn’t giant so it doesn’t take too much to fill it up!


50 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm

That is a good solution – but then you have to wash the bowl too. I don’t think I could stand to leave it in there full time


51 Lindsay November 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Love it! I wish I had your kitchen!!


52 Hillary November 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I’ve never seen a curved wall before and got WAY too excited when I saw yours. Note to self: put curved wall in future home.


53 Rachel November 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Very cute, especially the kitchen! I’m about to move into a new house myself and I am SO excited. There are a lot of similarities – I dream of upgrading the so-so stove to a commercial-grade one someday and we are sticking to a formal dining area only. I wish I had a cute built in cabinet for jars like yours!


54 Liz November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I didn’t realize Siemens made home appliance! They make the medical laboratory analyzers that we have where I work for running blood samples.


55 Kylie November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Is there any specific website or store where you get your mugs and bowls etc? I also love how you put old crates to good use in various ways! they go along great with the rest of your charming home :)


56 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Nope just all over. Crate + Barrel to Pier 1 to artisans


57 Shannon November 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Love, love love the wine rack! Have you had any issues with it? And the shelf with the plates is also a really nice way to decorate :) You’ve inspired me to get organizing my cabinets and drawers they are so disorganized currently…


58 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

No issues!


59 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Still waiting for my ‘dream kitchen’ to ‘materialize’. I believe it will be the last reno on the house. It’s good to hear what works and doesn’t work…cork floor, concrete countertops, large one sink…all things I have considered. I also have the magnetic knife holder and have my blades going up…also not sure why…just happened that way.’


60 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Great tour! I love the open feeling. Can’t wait to get to our house in New Mexico. Everything is open and spacious and bright! I’m looking forward to it. You certainly settled in quickly too. Excellent!


61 Dynamics November 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Kath it is real easy to move the light fixture. I find if it bothers you, it is well worth the money. I would at least get an estimate and then decide from there. I had one of those old, long florescent box fixtures and hated it for years! I finally had it removed and a regular light installed. I kick myself for not doing it sooner. The cost was minimal. Love what you have done to your house. I can picture the new stove and the frig. Have you thought of putting a microwave over the stove (in the future)?


62 [email protected] November 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I love the wall colors, as well as the window RIGHT in front of the sink. At least one may feel less “trapped” while doing the dishes haha


63 Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance November 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I am also in love with the curved wall, it definitely keeps the dining “area” from being oddly sequestered.

I really want a top fridge bottom freezer combo too! It makes so much more sense and I constantly play with them anytime we’re at Best Buy. One day, one day….

I don’t think that pot rack is from Ikea, the only one I’ve ever seen there is the rectangular shaped one, black brushed finish. I like yours MUCH better because it’s so streamlined. Wonderful!


64 Amanda November 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I think we have the same stove! Totally agree about it being very basic, but I’m renting right now, so not much I can do. I’m just happy mine is clean. haha

I would love to have a fancy Viking stove one day, with at least 6 burners. :)


65 Pat November 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I have that exact stove as well! Believe it or not, it was a step up from my last one. :)


66 Deva @ Deva by Definition November 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I love the organisation! Do you want a french door fridge? We want one when we decide to buy a house, they’re just so cool!


67 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm



68 susan November 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm

just curious….why would you prefer a french door fridge? I just purchased a home that included a french door fridge, but was disapointed to leave my side by side. I haven’t moved in yet, but would love to hear why a french door fridge is favorable.

thanks, love your blog!


69 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

French door means side-by-side to me?

I want something like this:|CenterRail-_-Merch|BUYME_Whirlpool_Gold_25cf_Stainless_FrenchDoor_Fridge


70 Irina November 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

lovely tour, beautiful kitchen, as well as the rest of the house. I love the idea of keeping teabags in a jar, I always have loads of boxes cluttering up the tabletop, might be a good idea to pop it all in a jar.


71 Sarah November 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Swag light! Our dining room has the same issue. We purchased a light with a swag chain and now the light is centered over the table.


72 Sarah November 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Although our light fixture was REALLY not centered, and we wanted it over by about 12-16″. Yours is almost too close to swag it over (and not have it look goofy). But it’s hard to say from that angle. Googling swag lights and pinning a bunch of different photos helped me see the different options.


73 Angel7 November 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Everything flows so nicely, Kath!

I love your big sink, and especially the faucet!


74 Shannon @ My Place In The Race November 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Looks great!! 😀


75 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm

your green tea kettle is way fun!


76 SD November 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Awesome kitchen. I need a new floor in mine and am going to copy your cork floor. I don’t really believe you ever let it get dirty, but I love that it hides dirt :) Also love the curved wall.


77 Valerie November 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm

In LOVE with the sink! Is that weird? Who cares!
Have you thought of hanging a wire/mesh tiered fruit basket above the microwave? I feel like it would fit perfectly in that awkward space!


78 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I have my heart set on shelves!


79 Stephanie November 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I always love these posts, I also love a chrome-y/ yetvintage kitchen look…

But I must say, I find it strange when people suggest things to change in someone else’s house! Gee Kath why don’t you move the wine rack 3 inches to the left? haha 😛 Bookmarked in Folder: When I graduate college and have no stinky roommates. Thanks for sharing!


80 Amelia November 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I love putting everything in mason jars too. Makes me feel like everything is art, and for some reason the food looks healthier…even the chocolate chips :)


81 colleen November 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Hey Kath, love your kitchen… everything is beautiful! I’m not one to usually leave comments about things, but I thought I should mention your non-stick skillets. In the pictures they look scratched up, which is a big health concern. Maybe they’re not scratched, but I just thought I’d let you know. While I’m at it I’d also like to say that you should definitely switch to cast iron skillets… they rock!!!


82 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I do need a new skillet!! I’ve been meaning to for a while. I guess I should not be taking chances!


83 Grace November 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

We just bought the Finley Large White Pendant Lamp from Crate and Barrel to hang in our dining room and love it. Our fixture is also not centered so we screwed a hook in the ceiling and swagged it. We didn’t want to pay right now for an electrician, but it turned out better than expected.


84 KathEats November 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Could you take a photo to share!? I’d love to see how you’d swag a modern one


85 Sam November 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

Yes, please post a pic. I have a pendant light from C&B that I’m planning to hang over my dining table but my fixture is also not centered.


86 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats November 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Please come decorate my house someday! lol.


87 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm

From all the pictures you’ve shown before I never would have imagined how the DR flowed into the Kitchen…very fun. Love the openness and the light!


88 Laura Ann November 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I love that sink too! Question about the dishes – you said you put the drying dishes on a ‘door rack.’ What and where is that? We don’t have a dishwasher, and we always have a full drying rack so I’d love ideas on how to hide these better!


89 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

You know those plastic wire tings that you can use to store foil and plastic wrap that you secure to the back of a cabinet? I put the mats in one of those that is on the other side of our sink cabinet for easy drying and storage when they aren’t being used to dry the dishes.


90 Danielle @ Dani Blossoms November 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

Love the kitchen and the little touches you’ve made around the house! I dream of a big kitchen with an island too! One day, right?! 😉


91 Tabitha November 15, 2011 at 12:42 am

I am extra enjoying touring your new home and seeing your decoration tips as I am moving into my first home (that I am buying on my own), and love the inspiration (love the ball jars and robin’s egg blue paint). My kitchen is extra small, and I would love to see some additional organizational tips so I can reduce clutter.=) Both of the bathrooms in my near future home have cork floors and I actually really like the look of them. I was just wondering what you use to clean them?


92 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

I use a slightly wet mop – often my steam mop without the steamer on and some Shaklee spray for cleaner that I just spray onto the floor. I was told not to steam the cork


93 Jane November 15, 2011 at 9:13 am

Thanks so much for sharing all of your storage ideas! I have a question about your nut butter storage above the refrigerator. I know that labels always say to keep them refrigerated. Is this not really required? I know that we keep regular peanut butter out, but guess I am more of a “follow the directions” girl than I thought! lol Just curious what your thoughts were on this.


94 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

Most of the refrigerate after opening ones are so the natural oils don’t separate. But I hate cold nut butters (they don’t spread!) so I leave mine out and just give them a good stir before use. Don’t hold that recommendation against me for legal purposes!


95 Tracey November 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I keep mine at room temperature, as well – and I’ve never had a problem! I just like them to be soft and spreadable.


96 Robin November 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

The swag idea is a great idea for your light. Here is a nice picture of a swag hung light from a high end modern company called Leucos. I’ll bet you could figure out a way to do something similar and DIY:)

here is the “swag kit” for that light…


97 Morgansmenu November 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Thanks for the tour! Where do you store all of your flours and oats? I didn’t see them in the bell jars. Maybe a tour of the KERF pantry is coming? :)


98 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Oats are in a GIANT tub up near the fridge 😉 Flours are in the pantry – coming soon!


99 Denise @ Do you have that in my size??? November 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

What I wouldn’t give to have a pantry again! *sigh*

I do, however, have a freezer-on-bottom, French door, counter depth, stainless steel refrigerator – this is the same model as ours Other than annoying fingerprints on the handles all the time, it’s the best thing ever.


100 Julie November 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm

So pretty and peaceful. One dining room suggestion– I’d take the clock out. I have lots of dinner parties and I like people to linger. I think clocks make people too aware of the time. But maybe that’s your purpose!


101 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Oh I love the clock – it’s the best location in the house!


102 The Healthy Apple November 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

LOVE it; I wanna come visit. Miss you and hope all’s well.


103 yasmara November 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I think your pot rack might be from Crate & Barrel. We have the same one – it’s great for small spaces because it doesn’t take up as much room as the rectangular ones.


104 Dominique November 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I absolutely love this post. I’m a total neat freak and obsessed with organization. I just moved in with my fiance and living with a man has been quite an experience already. We have limited cabinet and cupboard space so those shelf dividers are a great idea. I might make a trip to IKEA tomorrow to pick some up.

I also agree with the one, big sink if you have a dishwasher. We currently have one and I have no use for the second sink (farthest from the dishwasher). We bought an over-the-sink drying rack so that I have somewhere to put the tupperware to dry as before it was on a drying rack on the counter that was taking up too much space.


105 Kym February 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

OK I have to know – where is that soap dispenser from?! And the purple soap in it? It looks gorgeous!


106 KathEats February 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Bed bath and beyond! And the purple is Dawn lavender


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