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How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge

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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 ๐Ÿ˜Š. 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

How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.

If you’ve never seen our kitchen before photos, there’s one ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป 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

How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.
How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.
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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 ๐Ÿ˜†, 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 to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.
Island wood column was added for charm, it is not structural.

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.

How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.
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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.

How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.
How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.

Rick and I installed this sparkling, glass, tiered beauty ourselves and it took us about 4 hours ๐Ÿ˜–. 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 ๐Ÿ˜†. 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?

How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.

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.

How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š. Check out our neat family room here: Zen Lounge Blue.

How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.

Cozy Relaxing Lounge

Midcentury Modern Leather Sofa: Kardiel

Glamorous Chandelier Light Fixture: Amazon

Lush Light Gray Shag Rug: Wayfair

Furry Throw Blanket: Amazon

Island Pendant Light Fixtures

DIY Brick Backsplash

Built in Refrigerator

DIY Spice Shelf

Large Round Cutting Board: Amazon

White Ceramic Basin w Pitcher

How to Grow Green Onions on Your Kitchen Counter

My Favorite Faucets

Wood Sliding Doors

Real Fiddle Fig Leaf

Cookies (Coming next week click here for recipe log.)

How to Transform your Kitchen into a Cozy Relaxing Lounge using rustic elements, midcentury furniture, and touches of glamorous home decor.

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21 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    You did good, love to all, Dad in NY.

  2. Diane Cross says:

    What a fantastic transformation! Just wonderful and looks inviting!

  3. Cindy says:

    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!
    Cindy

  4. Linda Hickey says:

    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.

  5. Cathy says:

    WOW โ€ฆโ€ฆ I was in awe on the before UNTIL I saw the after.
    Just beautiful!!

  6. Rebecca Payne says:

    Gorgeous! Great job! I love your chandelier.

  7. Crickett Helt says:

    The kitchen is absolutely beautiful.

  8. Martha Cook says:

    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.

    • Julie says:

      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. Iโ€™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!

  9. Connie Schmelzer Giancola says:

    Beautiful! So cozy and heartwarming. Awesome decorating.

  10. Gorgeous! I love how light and bright it is now. So cozy too

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Karen! Itโ€™s always been pretty light, itโ€™s my photography skills that arenโ€™t the best. The rug definitely adds some light, too ๐Ÿ˜Š

  11. Ivory says:

    Absolutely stunning!!!!

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