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Springtime Home Tour – Kitchen and Nook!

What up, buddies?!
I’d love to show you around the kitchen and breakfast nook area of our home while it’s all decked out in happy spring pretties, so come along!  I’ll also link sources below for ya.  πŸ™ŒπŸ»  Y’all know I can’t sit still for long when it comes to decor (those creative juices GOTSTA get out or it feels like I’ll bust!!), so let’s have a look before it all gets switched up again… 

How do you guys feel about decorating in the kitchen?  Half of the time, I want to fill it with fun farmhouse-y decor, and the other half of the time, I like that it’s pretty simple.  Sometimes I think that huge space above the cabinets looks empty and sad, but then I can’t ever seem to find something I love enough to put up there.  The struggle is real.  πŸ˜‰  I tend to lean towards keeping it simple when designing kitchens, so I’ll do the same in my own, I guess.  For now, a bit of fresh spring green, my vintage wooden spoon collection (thanks Where Sisters Gather !), this cutie wood sign from Three Mango Seeds, and a few Rae Dunn Clay funnies will do.  πŸ˜‰

What is it about flowers in a sink?  I can’t help but stop mid-scroll when I see a farmhouse sink draped with beautiful blooms, and these blue beauties from the grocery store just had to come home with me!  Our farmhouse sink [HERE] is an inexpensive alternative to the real deal, the DIY chalk painted cabinets were a much needed and cheap refresh to the space, and these DIY concrete counters were another low-budget way to update our kitchen.  (Did I ever tell y’all that we completely redid our kitchen last summer for under $1,000?  Someday I need to do a round up of the DIY’s and supplies for this space…on the list, guys.  πŸ™ŒπŸ»  Until then, we used the Young House Love DIY concrete counters post–check it out if you’re looking to concrete it up!)

Ah the breakfast nook.  Or, more aptly named….the Everything Happens Here nook.  πŸ˜‰  I love that we have a big ol’ farmhouse table in the dining room where could comfortable seat our large family, but instead we cram around this smaller table every single meal…that we don’t eat on the couch (us) and the floor on a picnic blanket (kids).  Anyone feel me?  

This pedestal table is one of my very favorite pieces in our home, and it has served us well over the past couple of years.  We can seat five chairs plus a highchair around it, and it’s just fine.  Top things off with a yummy chippy wood fixture, some cheapo deapo drop cloth curtains and a stain-disguising rug…boom.  Done and done!

For this year’s spring look, my girls wanted PINK!  Pink pink pink.  Is there another option in a house of four daughters?!  πŸ’—πŸ˜‰  Thus, in keeping with their choice of theme color, we did a little pink lemonade sitch for a “fancy” tea party on picture day at the house.  They love these faux tulips, and it’s lucky for me that tulips are SUPPOSED to look awkwardly angled and move with the sun…because they certainly move with the little fingers constantly playing with them.  

Love these budget-friendly white cross-back chairs with just a hint of distressing paired with the rich wood tones of the wood tile floor and that chubby table.  Y’all know I love me some whites and woods together, and topping it all off with happy springtime colors makes our home feel, well…happy!!

What do you think, buddies?  Are you a kitchen decor fan, or do you keep it simple in there?  Would you ever consider DIY countertops or chalk paint on cabinets…?  πŸ˜‰  Would love to hear from you below, and come say howdy on Instagram [HERE] and Pinterest, [HERE] too!


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  1. Jane says:

    Your home is so relaxing and peaceful. Every time I see pictures of your beautiful decorating I feel so calm and at ease! Keep it up, Erin. You’re beautiful inside and out!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Aw that is so so kind–and thank you for stopping by to say hello! Love chatting with y’all over here!

  2. Michele says:

    Your home 🏑 is Beautiful and so are you ! I love the way you decorate your home with love . You have so much class . You really have a eye for everything you do !

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Hey Michele! That is so encouraging and kind–thank you for taking a sec to leave a sweet word!!

  3. Yvonne says:

    😍 love it! Question, where do you hide your microwave?

  4. Kaitlyn | freshandvintageliving says:

    Erin, your talent to create an effortlessly beautiful but able to be lived in home is incredible!! I love every design you create!!! And those tulips…I literally thought they were real, and was like, wait why didn’t she give them water? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Bahahaha, maybe I should have put some in there to further trick the eye!! That’s too funny. Thanks for always being so uplifting, Kaitlyn! πŸ’—

  5. Nakita Doane says:

    Absolutely stunning !!!!!!

  6. Cari says:

    Do you have before pics of your kitchen cabinets? I desperately need to paint our kitchen cabinets but I am scared! Not about the finished product but the painting process itself! How long did it take you start to finish? Your house is beautiful!!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Hey Cari! I do have befores, but they were white to begin with, so no amazing transformation. The previous owners chose a very creamy, almost yellow-y white, and the cabinets just need a fresh coat. We spent a day on it!

  7. Miriah Hoagland says:

    I love the little nook above your cabinets– sooo cute!! The decor in the kitchen is new for me. I have a few new things on my counters and between them and the catch all that my counter tops can become sometimes it is more clutter than I can handle. I think I go back and forth daily!! I agree the struggle is really.

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Right?? I guess keeping it simple is probably best, but then I get bored sometimes. πŸ˜‚ Glad you feel me, Miriah!

  8. Joanna says:

    So very pretty!! I’m with you on kitchen decor. Most of the time I want bare counters but then get bored and add stuff!

  9. Emily says:

    Love, love, love! You always have such beautiful ideas. I am kinda light with my kitchen decor too. I have a few things to make it pretty, but when I have too many they get in the way. Plus I live with men, well a grown man and a teenager, so they are like bulls in a china shop. 🀣

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Ha ha, I totally get that! My little bulls-in-a-china-shop girls like to mess with my stuff, too. πŸ˜‰

  10. Claudia says:

    Hi Erin, love your house and your decorating style. You’re so talented! Thanks for sharing the info on all your beautiful finds. πŸ˜€

  11. Mallory says:

    You have quickly become my favorite Instagram page to creep! Ha your kitchen and nook are beautiful! Do you by chance have a tutorial for ou drop cloth curtains? They are exactly what I’ve been looking for!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Hey Mallory, thank you for that kindness! Honestly, the curtains are straight out of the package, washed and dried, ironed and then clipped with curtain clips! Easy peasy!

  12. Sophie says:

    I would just love to sit and chat at that table with you and eat one of those muffins for breakfast. Oh wait, I’m not a morning person so how about brunch…?! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Ha ha, I’m more of a brunch person, too! πŸ˜‰ Takes me a bit to wake up…ha! Thanks, Sophie!

  13. Tracy says:

    It’s beautiful!

  14. Elma says:

    Love love love!!!

  15. Debbie says:

    Erin! Ahhhhh love you blog, your Insta stories, your Instagram! So obsessed right now with everything cottonstem. Ok no I’m not a creepy stocker. πŸ˜‰Lol anyway, just beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I’m waiting for that hair tutorial….. πŸ˜† have a great Night!
    🌷 All Things New Interiors Designs

  16. Angie T says:

    Your amazing! I have to admit you are one of my top 3 Instagram that I look for everyday during nap time while my daycare kidos nap. You have great ideas and I ❀️ Your decor ideas! I have chatted with you about the amazing "sea salt" paint color and I’m hoping to find a good home for that color! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for all you do and keeping it real. Keep up the great work girl!!!πŸ‘ŠπŸ»

  17. Carroll skelton says:

    Erin I love your home ! So welcoming and warm. Can’t wait for your fb live tomorrow!

  18. Tiffani says:

    Hi Erin,
    Your home is just beautiful! I so enjoy watching your Instagram stories and all your tips for clothes and lipgloss etc. Your so honest, and fun to watch and make me laugh at some of your comments. Beautiful person. Love the she shed too! Blessings from Texas πŸ˜‰

  19. Lindzie says:

    I’m a kitchen decor fan and currently have the same situation as you! My kitchen has white cabinets with tons of space to fit decor on top but I’m not sure what to put up there or if I really want to?? πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ #decorproblems. Looove your home and thanks for the tour. ❀️

  20. Caroline says:

    Please do a kitchen DIY post!!!! Just bought a new house that needs a lot work and would love to see how you did your kitchen!!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      I know, I wish I had known I was going to blog when we redid our kitchen–so many missed photo ops for a DIY post!!!

  21. Claire Scalf says:

    Thanks for the tour!! Your home is beautiful!! What lens do you use when taking this photos? They’re so beautiful!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      It depends. Sometimes I use my Canon DSLR kit lens, and then sometimes just my iPhone 7! Thanks, Claire!

  22. renee says:

    How many tulips do you happen to buy to have that look on the table? Tulips are my absolute favorite

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      They were like $5 for 10 or something I think, and I bought 10 bundles for in my nook and on my dining room table!

  23. Wendy says:

    Loved the tour!! Would definitely love your DIY on the cement countertops. We are going to be redoing our kitchen hopefully this summer and love the inspiration!

  24. Shannon Vick says:

    Thank you for sharing your home…..love itπŸ’– Will you tell me how you hung your coffee mugs underneath your cabinets? And thanks for the link for the chairs. Are your chairs the ones in the link? (Better Homes and Garden) in the link the white looks more tan’ish and yours look more whiteπŸ€”πŸ˜¬
    thanks in advance for any infoπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ€—

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Sure! They are hung using C hooks screwed up under the cabinet. And the chairs are the white distressed BHG ones!

  25. Nancy says:

    Such a sweet place! I can just see 4 cute little girls around this table! I love the little mini cake stands and the rufflely white plates!!! Where did you get them!

  26. Stella says:

    Beautiful kitchen! I’d LOVE to know your sources for the kitchen table, dining chairs, and rug. They all work so wonderfully together!

  27. Lain says:

    Hi Erin!! I love your Instagram and am currently obsessing over your kitchen! It’s exactly what I’ve been trying to describe to my husband, but hadn’t 100% sold him on a kitchen renovation until I showed him your kitchen! He understands now why our 1990’s golden oak cabinets MUST go!! (Praise the Lord, hallelujah!!) I’ve searched on your blog for the paint color you used on the cabinets and haven’t found it. Would you happen to remember what color you used? Also, is your trim on windows and walls the same color as your cabinets?
    Thanks for inspiring myself and others to be creative, while staying budget friendly!

  28. Savanna says:


    I just came across your Instagram and love everything about it! Now today I have found your blog and am in love With your backsplash and grout combo! What is the name of that shape and do you remember if your grout is a light gray??

    I was thinking of doing subway tile in my new home again but I just Love the shapes!

    Your style is amazing. ❀️

  29. Heather Forshee says:

    Hi Erin! First off, your kitchen is gorgeous/ perfection!! πŸ™‚ I think you mentioned using chalk paint on your cabinets. Was there any major prep work? Also, how has the chalk paint held up? I’m wanting to use chalk paint on my cabinets but have read mixed reviews. Lastly, what brand of chalk paint did you use? Thank you so much for your time!

  30. Melissa says:

    Where did you find your kitchen backsplash tiles? Love them!

  31. Lydia says:

    Your home is beautiful. I love your nook table. Where did you get it?

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