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Kitchen Decor Inspiration

Now that we’re finally in sight of the finish line with our kitchen renovation (see updates here, here and here), I’m starting to gather inspiration for my favorite part of the process – decor! You all know that I’m trying to channel my best Joanna Gaines and infuse farmhouse style into our space, so Fixer Upper and Pinterest (duh) have been my go-to resources for kitchen decor inspiration.

Since rustic farmhouse-inspired decor is ridiculously popular at the moment, it can be a little overwhelming to sort through all the elements that people deem “necessary” to achieve that look. Trust me, I’ve become more than a little stressed at the task of completing my picture-perfect kitchen – we are spending so much money on the renovations that I don’t want to make a silly mistake with decor and junk up the whole space!

Luckily, with Ryan’s help, I’ve been able to narrow down the few key elements that I want to incorporate into our space and solely focus on finding or DIY-ing those pieces.


I’m such a sucker for these signs (just like the one that Candace custom-made for our family room), so I knew that I wanted to hang one above the window that’s over our sink. Come to find out, these signs are super easy to make so I’m currently in the process of creating one myself for the space. Paired with our white subway tile back splash, it’s going to look straight out of a country house magazine! Okay, maybe not quite to that extreme, but you get what I’m saying.

Kitchen Decor Inspiration
via Country Living
Kitchen Decor Inspiration
via Holly Mathis Interiors

Replacing a double cabinet with open floating shelves might be one of the best decisions that we made in the kitchen design process. Not only will they still serve a functional purpose, but they’re pretty, too! While my favorite cookbooks will be the focal point, I also want to incorporate some greenery and decorative kitchen pieces, such as pretty china dishes, serving platters, etc. I have a hand-embroidered dishtowel that Ryan’s great-grandmother made and that was gifted to me by his grandma at my bridal shower, so I plan to frame it in a shadowbox and put it on one of the shelves. The options are limitless, and a big plus is that I can change things out with the seasons or when I get sick of it.

Kitchen Decor Inspiration
via Earnest Home Co
Kitchen Decor Inspiration
via Jenna Sue Design

Lastly, I want to put a few pieces on display on the counter top. These canisters that I received at my bridal shower years ago are still my favorite, so those always have a home in one of the corners. I also wouldn’t mind putting out a pretty carving board and/or recipe book stand to add a little interest. Fresh flowers and faux greenery can’t hurt in this space, either!

Kitchen Decor Inspiration
via Love Grows Wild
Kitchen Decor Inspiration
via The Veda House

The back splash is being installed tomorrow, and then once our contractor ties up a few loose ends, I’ll be on my way to decorating and making the space complete. Be sure to follow along on Snapchat @msinthemidwest for a few sneak peeks, and I hope to have a final reveal here on the blog in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

Are you a fan of farmhouse-style decor? What are your must-have pieces for the kitchen?