the kitchen {Autumn}

It was time to reorganize the kitchen shelves and pull out some Autumn accents. I feel like I’m a little behind fluffing my house for the season {I usually do this September 1st due to my absolute love of fall} but it is nice to at least have the kitchen reflect the current season.







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I’m loving the added contrast of the brown and am happy to see those Spode dishes again!


Just to answer some questions:

The paint color for the top of the walls is Texas Leather by Benjamin Moore.

The little jack-o-lantern plate was a gift from my mom – probably from a store like TJ Maxx because she always finds the cutest things there {and I never do}. It says M Studios on the back in case you wanted to know.

The glass jars are an assortment from IKEA and Cash & Carry. They are what we organize our pantry with. Someday when I straighten it up, I’ll take some photos. It makes me happy.

The shelves are from IKEA. We sanded and painted them the color of the lower cabinets so that they would match. Love them. They are sturdy and simple and slightly industrial looking.

I really like having open shelves. Sure the things get dusty, but it isn’t so bad. Our everyday dishes and glassware are on the lower shelves which we use so often that they don’t have a chance to collect dust. The stuff on the top just needs to be wiped down before use. If you like the look of shelves and have dishware you like to see, I say go for open shelves!

Melissa at The Inspired Room shared about her open shelves here.

And I really love how this gal styles her’s:

54 Responses to the kitchen {Autumn}

  1. Britt January 29, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Love the gray and white in the frame! What is that? Did you find it framed or did you put it together? It’s just what I’m looking for!

  2. Shari March 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    Well, your kitchen is simply scrumptious. I love, love, love it. Can I say thanks so much for sharing your life with us??!

  3. Daphne December 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    I love your kitchen. I’m renovating mine in January. It’s so nerve wracking.

  4. Vanessa December 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    I need to learn how to mix the old with the new in a way that looks refreshing and still warm. You did that amazingly well.

  5. Ali December 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    Hi. I love your kitchen. I would love to rip out the upper cabinets in my tiny kitchen in favor of open shelving. So I am wondering if after you cook bacon, you have to wash ALL of your dishes or do they stay pretty clean??

  6. Elizabeth October 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Your kitchen is so pretty! Looks like the set for a Food Network show!! :)

  7. Nicole October 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    I like the use of open shelves to house your dinnerware.

  8. Courtney October 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    Can I ask where you found the round wall art (?) above your doorway in the 1st photo?

  9. Joni Webb September 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! I love it!!!! THe color, the beadboard – just wonderful.


  10. Katie September 27, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    Awesome, I defiantly am going to add this picture to my inspiration notebook.

  11. Kacey September 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I just LOVE your kitchen!

  12. april September 24, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    My sister has that Spode collection and uses them as her everday-ware…also, I just saw those shelves at the bottom on A Country Farmhouse (I think that’s what it’s called). We like the same stuff. :)

  13. Jill Lee September 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    It looks beautiful! We have the same faucet, I love it, it was worth the splurge many years ago….now I have some ‘ideas’ for my kitchen, which I’m not sure my husband is going to be happy about ;-)!!

  14. Amoreena September 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    Love the autumn updates. Where did you get the acorns that are in your vase?

  15. Kyrie September 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Beautiful Autumn ideas, by the way! Love the colors combinations.
    Fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of year!



  16. Kyrie September 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I /LOVE/ your style!!! But I have to ask, with four small children, a business to run, and all the regular womanly duties, /how/ do you find the time and inspiration to keep up such a wonderfully clean, uncluttered, seasonally current, and inspiring lifestyle?! My responsibilities are much smaller than yours, and /I/ can’t seem to be able to keep my spaces/creations clean, beautiful, professional, and creative like I’d love to, and it seems you accomplish easily… Where does all your inspiration come from? Have you come up with your ‘style’ or do you take ideas from others?
    Love your blog!



  17. AmyKay September 23, 2010 at 6:01 am #

    Beautiful! I am so ready to decorate for fall, but I just can’t bring myself to do it while our temps are still in the 90’s. Hopefully soon!

  18. MeganDVD September 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    That kitchen is absolutely adorable…your skills are unbelieveable. Love it!


  19. janae cairns September 22, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Looks warm and cozy! L O V E the mugs….FAB brown and white contrast!

  20. elise September 22, 2010 at 10:43 am #


  21. tracy September 22, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    fabulous, emily! love your kitchen. so cozy and elegant! xoxo

  22. chasity September 22, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    your kitchen is amazingly beautiful!

  23. valerie September 22, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    Emily, your home looks like something from the magazines…love it and all of your white in the kitchen…you are very talented!:)

  24. Leslie Grimmer September 22, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    Where did you find your salt/pepper set to the left of your stove? Love the black and white and also the size of them.

    • emily September 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

      the salt and pepper shakers are from Potterybarn {about 1 1/2 years ago}. You could try finding them on ebay …

  25. Chrysi September 22, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    So pretty! I love the color of the walls. Could you share the color?

    • emily September 22, 2010 at 10:18 am #

      I just added the sources for a couple of things at the bottom of the post. The color of the walls is Texas Leather by BM. It is a great dark taupy brown.

  26. Kenora September 22, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    I LOVE glass jars and would love to be able to put my flour/sugar/etc. in them…but…I had three little jars like yours in my bathroom and had white powdered bubble bath in one, an extra roll of toilet paper in another, and Q-Tips in the third. After a few weeks, I noticed the Q-Tip jar had a few small chips out of the rim, and the little glass chip flakes were in the jar. Obviously, my teenagers were a little too heavy-handed with the jar, but it made me realize I couldn’t have anything edible in my lovely jars since I’d always worry about glass chips. I noticed Paula Deen, Martha Stewart….they all have them too. Sad for me. =[

  27. Bobbie September 22, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    I love those cups- my bestfriend has the plates to match! She found them in a rental apt she was cleaning out- how could you leave those behind!? :)

  28. Lauren September 22, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Oh pretty! I love all the dishes too…the pumpkin one is very cute for the season:)

  29. Cay September 22, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Gorgeous! This is what I’ve been working on all week! Fall is my favorite season!!

  30. Isabella September 22, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    Beautiful kitchen!! Where did you find the clear canisters on the counter next to the fridge? I’ve seen the two larger ones at Target and Crate and Barrel, but have not seen the smaller two. And, they look to be all of the same design. Also, where did you find the sweet jack-o-lantern plate?? Love!

  31. WendyO September 22, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    Very nice!

  32. Queen B September 22, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    Lovely kitchen! Those Spode dishes are some of my favorites!!

  33. Heather Crawford September 22, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    LOVE your kitchen! Where did you get those Jack O Lantern plates? They are adorable!

  34. cailan September 22, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Goodness, those open shelves are lovely! This is my first fall in our first home, so I’m scrabbling to figure it out. Thank you for more inspiration!

  35. Kristen September 22, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    This is a beautifully feminine kitchen! I love the subdued colors. Gorgeous…

  36. rachel September 22, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    I love Autumn too!! Your kitchen is soo lovely. I love all the white ironstone and china. You inspire me!!

  37. JANET - OPEN MARKET STYLE September 22, 2010 at 6:27 am #


  38. april's craft nest September 22, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    wow your kitchen is awesome! love the brown and white and that the beadboard goes high up on the wall. beautiful!

  39. JANET - OPEN MARKET STYLE September 22, 2010 at 6:24 am #


  40. Jennifer September 22, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    Love love love the updates. And glad to see I’m not the only one that consumes an obscene amount of almonds :)

  41. Emily, Timeless Paper September 22, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    Thanks for sharing! I’m with Meg, do your open kitchen shelves take a lot of cleaning maintenance? I have two playful dogs that seem to create a lot of flying fluff. Do you recommend doing open shelves? Would you do it again? We’re considering a kitchen remodel, so I’m just curious for your thoughts. Thank you!

  42. Meg September 22, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    I have kitchen envy…but I have to wonder…with shelves instead of upper cabinets, do you have to constantly wipe them?

  43. Sarah September 22, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing the picture for some inspiration.

  44. Jen V. September 22, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    Thanks for sharing Emily! I’ve always loved your kitchen and I think you’ve added the touches of fall in a great way. Have a fantastic first day of fall!!

  45. Melissa September 22, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    Fun – I love the little fall additions. I need to get working on my fall spruce up.

  46. Dianne September 22, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Love it all! Are the jack-o-lantern plates spode also?

  47. Heather September 22, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    Love it! Love the plates!


  48. Pudel - design September 22, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    That is a pretty, pretty kitchen!
    Love it!;)

  49. Tara September 22, 2010 at 5:17 am #

    love your kitchen…love it!

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