I know this could have gone unsaid, but I have absolutely no idea HOW to decorate. And, unless I'm hopped up on something, I'll probably never tell you how to decorate things.
The best I can do is to say what I like, and what I don't like.
If I even know, myself!
With that said, let's talk about that HUGE area above my kitchen cabinets.
I have NO idea what to do up there!
The previous owners had four shelves installed above the cabinets. One in each corner of the back wall, a long one in the middle, and a long one on the left wall (above the fridge - not pictured). On those shelves were grease/dust covered fake plants that triggered my gag reflex when it came to removing them.
It was an awful, outdated solution, but it still kept the feeling of the kitchen airy. My neighbor (who has the same layout as mine) has a large framed poster above her cabinets, and I noticed that it makes her kitchen feel smaller. I wanted to keep the tall, airy feeling, but do SOME sort of decorating up there. The problem was that I couldn't seem to find ANY inspiration!
Here's some of what I've run across in my searches
image from thriftydecorchic.com
The above photo isn't AWFUL... But I have to say... I just don't get it! There's what seems to be a random mis-mash of stuff (is that a little stool?), and it works in HER house (well, actually!), but wouldn't in mine...
image from this gardenweb forum
This picture seems a little more thought out, but I'm not a plate-as-decoration kinda girl... and that cast iron wheel is definitely not my style.
image from traditionalhome.com
(I'm gonna throw this out there... If I wanted a country style kitchen, I would DIE over that hutch!)
I have no idea what's up there, but this seems a little more cohesive. Not cluttered, but not too bare... However, I want a more contemporary feel.
Throwing a bunch of kitchen items up there just makes it look like you've run out of storage space..
(sorry - I saved the images without noting their sources - I suck as a blogger!)
And the most dreadful ones...
(are we noticing a trend?)
FAKE PLANTS! EW!
Those really aren't dreadful, I just do. not. like. fake. plants.
There are definitely many more photos, but I'm pretty neutral to them (most of them just have too little space for me to take inspiration from, and they haven't offended me enough to post here).
When the Pottery Barn catalog came in the mail, I scoured it in search of inspiration for above-the-cabinet decorating. And no matter what I saw, I kept coming back to these!
I loved how they stored completely different items (onions and wine glasses) without looking.... stupid, and when Ana White referred to them as "general store cubbies," IT CLICKED!
So my goal is to get a kind of "General Store" theme goin' on in there. However, there's a fine line between looking empty & undecorated and looking cluttered, so I'm going to need advice. Lot's of it.
Here are some current pictures of above my cabinets. I'll do my best to come back with any updates I make and post here, since this seems to be a popular post :-)