Friday, July 8, 2011

How would you decorate 12”of space?

Since I purchased my new Cannon power shot, I’ve been busy taking a lot of photos all over the house. Yikes, I got a real good look at what a mess was going on above my kitchen cabinets. Everybody likes to merchandise their counter tops,  but when it comes to decorating above their kitchen cabinets,  well . . .

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  Our kitchen had twelve inches of  neglected space above the kitchen cabinets.  I recently did a little tweaking,  and here’s what I came up with on a limited budget. The twelve inches became quite challenging,  most accessories are a bit taller. Soooo this is where the element of scale comes in. I found shorter items that were just too itsy.  The challenge was to find larger scale items under twelve inches.

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I had envisioned a soft neutral scheme. The natural element from the curly willow softens the strong hard edges of the cabinets. I used an iron bird cage and a beautiful  scroll design decorative piece in the area above the stove.  The soft patina green in the decorative piece brings out the greenish tones in the wall color.

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I found a rectangular shaped frame and covered it with stenciled burlap fabric.

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I had an old rectangular metal box around. I wrapped the rim with a natural beaded garland for texture. This also works well on a round basket.

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(Above kitchen cabinets after)

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I think I’ve really enhanced that twelve inches of wasted space. I love the way it elevates our tumbled travertine backsplash, too!




  1. Hi Laurie, I have the same 12" above my cabinets and everything I try is too tall. You found a great solution and it looks wonderful. I hope you are having a fabulous summer.

  2. Great vignettes. They look wonderful. Hugs, Marty

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