Summer Kitchen

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a samples for review and custom content purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

It’s officially summer and with being home due to COVID-19 we are spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Anyone else have little ones that are hungry 24/7? I've been making some little changes to update our kitchen for the season and thought I would share some tips for refreshing yours on a budget!  

Tip 1: Bring the outdoors in

Each season, I love to bring in fresh flowers, branches, foliage, etc. Our oakleaf hydrangeas are in bloom and I love how they brightened up our kitchen. 

Tip 2: Replace old dish towels 

Consider replacing a few old dish towels with pretty new ones.  You can add complementary colors for the season or a variety of textures. The Urban Farmhouse sent me this set to review and I love the neutral tones and how well made they are.

The tea towels complement my farmhouse kitchen and they just get softer with each wash.  

Tip 3: Incorporate French soap 

Nothing says “French Farmhouse” kitchen more than some authentic French soap from Marseille.

I recently discovered Le Serail French Soap Store and I am in LOVE with their large olive soaps (above) and liquid soap! Their traditional olive oil soaps have no added colors, fragrance or preservatives and are made with 72% natural oils. The best part? They ship from the United States and will last forever! 

Their liquid Savon de Marseille (above), made from olive oil, is manufactured artisanally in a cauldron according to ancient traditions. Scented with lavender essential oil, it gently cleanses the skin without stripping its natural oils. 

Tip 4: Opt for natural cleaning supplies 

I have been using eco friendly alternatives for the kitchen for some time now and there’s no going back. Zefiro is a one-stop shop and offers so many items for the kitchen! 

Tip 5: Warm up with wood tones and baskets

If you have a neutral kitchen or want to warm up your space and create a more “lived in” farmhouse feel, consider adding wood tones or baskets. Some of my favorites are bread boards, wood risers, tiered trays, market and vintage baskets.

Below is an idea for one of our DIY tiered trays that I styled for summer by adding vintage pieces from my decor capsule.

The large French vintage basket below fills up the space of our island and helped achieve a different look for the summer. I kept the basket empty to add texture without being too overwhelming. During the winter, I could keep the top of the island simple and add branches or greenery to the basket for a cozier look. 

I hope this gives you a few easy ideas to consider for summer. We spend so much time in the kitchen and I always want to it feel inviting while still being functional. These suggestions are of items I truly love that helped me achieve the French Farmhouse style I love so much. 




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