The latest home improvements and design changes in our kitchen are extraordinarily different from what you are use to seeing in most homes. If you follow me here at redheadcandecorate.com you know that I like to shake things up a bit, and not follow the rules when it comes to home decorating. I follow my heart, and I do what I want with my home, after all I’m the one that lives here 😊. It’s time to think outside the kitchen table, and transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge that will become your favorite spot to sit, relax, and enjoy.
Our Kitchen Before
If you’ve never seen our kitchen before photos, there’s one 👆🏻 that still shocks me 12 years later. The amount of Oak wood in the kitchen gave me hives- I mean mixed feelings back then. I loved the bones and nothing came close to this charm, but all that orange made me feel drab, and dated. I knew we could do “something” with it, but actually had no idea what. I certainly didn’t want to gut it, or put a ton of money into changes.
Our Cozy Relaxing Lounge Today
Holy kielbasa! The difference in the kitchen from back then compared to today is really interesting to study. If you have time, the original kitchen makeover can be found here: DIY Kitchen Makeover. I also have all my kitchen projects located here: DIY Kitchen Projects.
Over the years we’ve done more and more to the kitchen, trying to get it exactly where we want it. Tweak after tweak, week after week 😆, we took it a little bit further until today we finally feel like we hit the nail on the head.
Anyone want a homemade half-moon cookie?
How we Opened Up Our Kitchen Space to Make Room for the Lounge
So, have you noticed what’s missing from the kitchen again? If you said the kitchen table you are correct. You may recall I removed the ginormous table a few years back for my DIY Coffee Lounge. I brought it back after a year or so because that’s what I do (I like to move things around and have a little fun with our spaces). So, yah the place we use to eat is gone again, and I don’t know when she’ll be back! Don’t worry, she is just in the adjacent front living room and she looks beautiful there for the holidays. We actually enjoy eating at our coffee tables, and we also have the option of eating at the dining area on our deck, and in the family room.
Moving the kitchen table to a different location opened up a beautiful space within our kitchen for me to play with. You see…we are officially empty nesters in 8 days, 1 hour, 22 minutes, 7 seconds. With that being said, Mama broke the rules already, and created this gorgeous sexy lounging space mainly for my husband and myself to relax in by our fireplace. This is where we spend most of our time anyway, but I’m usually stuck at the table while my husband had the lounge chair we had in here. Now, it’s not only comfortable for both of us, but it looks absolutely gorgeous and makes me feel like a young chick again.
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Midcentury Modern Leather Sofa
I can’t say enough good things about this mid century modern leather sofa we purchased. We didn’t skimp on quality here, and let me tell you this thing is heavy and made to last (I’m actually sitting on it as I write this and I’m very comfortable). One of the best things about this sofa is that it’s encased in a wood frame so our cats have no interest in it. One downside is that we had a heck of a time getting it in here ourselves. If you are interested please pay someone to put it where you want it.
One more quick word about not having a table “in” our kitchen. Rick & I gave up on 5pm structured dinners surrounding the table years ago when the kids were in high school. It’s just not us anymore, and we enjoy a more relaxed dinner time. Now a days we have been enjoying very light dinners without all of the fuss and calories. There’s nothing more comforting than sitting on a warm sofa with your blanket and a warm bowl of pasta! I welcome you to visit my “Light & Easy Spaghetti Recipes” if you have time.
Glamorous Chandelier Light Fixture
I’ve desired a glamorous big chandelier in our kitchen for years. I finally found one after hours of research, and you won’t believe where I found it (sources are listed below). The price was fantastic for as beautiful as it is. I think the pretty glass pendants create a romantic scene up against all the rustic elements in our kitchen including the brick, wood, and leather.
Rick and I installed this sparkling, glass, tiered beauty ourselves and it took us about 4 hours 😖. Hanging every single glass pendant on it while it is up in the air actually took an assembly line (and we had to wear gloves). The next day I thought I caught Coronavirus because my chest was so tight from my muscles tensing up. Luckily, it was temporary, and now this glorious creature is mine forever 😆. By the way, the chandelier can easily be lowered to hang over our kitchen table when I move it back one day (the cord is inside the black cover). This proves that chandeliers look great “flush mount” over sofa seating areas.
Isn’t she elegant?
Lush Light Gray Shag Rug for Cozy Relaxing Lounge
The rustic sleek leather sofa, glass/acrylic coffee table, and sparkling chandelier craved something soft to bring them all together, but I was worried about coffee/food stains. I found this stunning light gray shag rug and took a chance by just reading reviews, and having it delivered. I got lucky because it is perfecto and exactly what the room needed to soften things. My cats love it, but they don’t scratch it which is a major plus. If interested the gray shag rug information is below.
Get the Pickles Bro
I thought it would be fun for you to see what really goes on around here. As soon as I was done taking all of these photos (it took me about 3 hours to get it ready), our 2 college bound kiddos attacked the fridge and took their salami & pickle subs in the family room to chow down before they got back to work. See? I told you the table is not missed 😊. Check out our neat family room here: Zen Lounge Blue.
Cozy Relaxing Lounge
Midcentury Modern Leather Sofa: Kardiel
Glamorous Chandelier Light Fixture: Amazon
Lush Light Gray Shag Rug: Wayfair
Furry Throw Blanket: Amazon
Large Round Cutting Board: Amazon
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You did good, love to all, Dad in NY.
What a fantastic transformation! Just wonderful and looks inviting!
Thank you, Diane! Sometimes too inviting ha ha! Can’t stop sitting here lol Have a wonderful safe wknd-
What a great job you did! It certainly brightened up the kitchen when you painted it white. I too love to decorate my home to my taste. Have a wonderful day!
Absolutely, Cindy! No other way! 😊 Thank you for stopping over!
Love your cozy kitchen with your sitting area beside your kitchen. It looks so inviting and very charming. My home is like that, I live in Georgia and a lot of our southern homes are like this. My kitchen has a room connected to my open kitchen with a seating area. We call this are a keeping room. When people come this is where they prefer to gather than going to the dining area or the living room. Thank You for sharing.
Thank you, Linda!
WOW …… I was in awe on the before UNTIL I saw the after.
Gorgeous! Great job! I love your chandelier.
Thank you, Rebecca! Me too!
The kitchen is absolutely beautiful.
Thank you, Crickette!
I’m curious that in the early photo, there is no support pole in the kitchen counter, but in the current ones, there is. Did you need to add that for structural support? We took down a wall and the contractor had to add a support column which now feels awkward to me. I’m trying to decide about doing a remodel for the kitchen, and wondering if we ignore the column or try to work it into a counter, as yours is shown.
I mention in the image caption that the column was created for charm only, however of course you could use them for support if needed. I’m sure a professional builder could help you with that decision. I love how it brings it all together. Have never regretted doing it. Good luck!
Beautiful! So cozy and heartwarming. Awesome decorating.
Hi Connie & thank you!!
Gorgeous! I love how light and bright it is now. So cozy too
Thanks, Karen! It’s always been pretty light, it’s my photography skills that aren’t the best. The rug definitely adds some light, too 😊
Thank you, Ivory!
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