Category Archives: Potpourri

Thursday Things: What To Do With Above-the-Cabinet Space

As much as I love to decorate, paint, create, fix-up, style, whatever-you-call-it, my kitchen is about the plainest Jane kitchen I’ve ever had. In our apartment, I had a huge kitchen with an island (well, really a peninsula). I had barstools for catching a quick bite at the island as well as a kitchen table. I had a sunflower themed kitchen and let me tell you I loved that space! It was my favorite kitchen ever…I even had the double oven in the wall with the separate stovetop range. Loved it!

When we moved to our first home, we were already 3 kids deep. I was so worried about the keeping the house clean, it took me a long time to settle on a design for the kitchen. It took me a couple of years, but I finally went for a bold red with a distressed paint wash and a wallpaper border that incorporated the same color. My cabinets were long and went from the ceiling to mid-wall (low enough for my 5’1″ build to reach). Lots of space! We grew in that home to 4 kids deep.

Fast forward to today. Here we are, 6 kids deep, and my kitchen walls are lucky to have been painted! At this point, keeping the house clean tidy livable is all you can ask of me! I haven’t had time to do much other than dream!

So in my musings, I’ve researched what I could possibly do with that forlorn, drab, bothersome space above my kitchen cabinets. Most people put greenery up there, but that’s just more stuff to clean in my opinion. I thought about stenciling some cutesy a la French bistro verbiage up there too, but then it hit me! My kitchen is not that big…I need as much storage space as I can get!

So, I took to pinterest to gather some ideas. Here’s what I found. Which ones do you like best?

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Jason Collins and Charles Ramsey: What do Heroes Do?

Many years ago, as part of a daily school day routine, I took a public transportation bus from the west side of Chicago to downtown Chicago with a slew of classmates as part of my route home on the South side. I was 16 then and, as only a crowded bus filled with teens can be, the bus wasContinue Reading

What I Really Want for Mother’s Day

Everyone knows I love food…love trying new restaurants, pleasing my pallette and indulging my taste buds. So like every other year for the last 13 years, when my hubby asked what I wanted for Mother’s Day, I reviewed my restaurant list and picked a winner.  That was two weeks ago…maybe more. The past few weekends, IContinue Reading

My Plant-based Grocery List: 4/24 – 5/1/13 (Chicago & NW Indiana)

Every other Thursday, I make my list for groceries from several stores that I consider low-price leaders in the Chicago area. I will always share my plant-based groceries here with you. Fresh fruits and vegetables and plant-based foods can be expensive, but I think our health is sooo worth it – don’t you? Hopefully theseContinue Reading

My Plant-based Grocery List – 4/11/13 (Chicago & NW Indiana)

Every other Thursday, I make my list for groceries from several stores that I consider low-price leaders in the Chicago area.  I will always share my plant-based groceries here with you.  Fresh fruits and vegetables and plant-based foods can be expensive, but I think our health is sooo worth it – don’t you?  Hopefully theseContinue Reading

My Plant-based Grocery List – 3/28/13 (Chicago & NW Indiana)

Every other week, I make my list for groceries from several stores that I consider low-price leaders in the Chicago area.  I will always share my plant-based groceries here with you.  Fresh fruits and vegetables and plant-based foods can be expensive, but I think our health is sooo worth it – don’t you?  Hopefully theseContinue Reading

My Plant-based Grocery List – 3/14/13 (Chicago & NW Indiana)

Every other week, I make my list for groceries from several stores that I consider low-price leaders in the Chicago area.  I will always share my plant-based groceries here with you.  Fresh fruits and vegetables and plant-based foods can be expensive, but I think our health is sooo worth it – don’t you?  Hopefully theseContinue Reading