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The Top of the Fridge

Top o' the Fridge Scapes

I styled the top of my fridge yesterday. I did this, then I did this later, which looks like this. It isn’t quite right yet, but it’s a start. This is riveting stuff here, I know! I started thinking about it though — what does one put above a freestanding fridge, assuming you do want something up there? Here are some of the options I’ve seen.

Dozens of apples in a charmingly rustic wire basket, with eggs. (Really, stylists? Really?)
Red Smeg Fridge

A lone gumball machine. (Again, really?)
Mint Green / Pale Blue Fridge

Vintage Cathrineholm bakeware. (This one makes more sense.)
Pale Aqua Fridge

A vintage Kaj Franck bowl. (This one seems appropriate, too.)
Amy Butler's Kitchen with Buttercup Yellow Fridge

A mismatched collection of feminine baskets. (Cute.)
Mismatched Baskets on Top of a Pink Fridge

And my favorite, a taxidermied peacock. (Of course!)
Taxidermied Peacock on a Teal Fridge

Basically, we can all put whatever we want up there. Free license!

I still need to play around with my arrangement a bit. I like the clock above the fridge (though I’m still waiting on this one, and may swap it out), and I suppose I’ll keep a plant up there instead of getting hanging planters. I’ll probably shy away from the peafowl, but that’s just personal preference.

A Big Ol’ Clock and Hanging Planters

Kitchen Wall Clock and Hanging/Wall Planters

More plans for the kitchen. I don’t think my old “Eat” sign above the fridge is coming back, and the fern in a punch bowl (yep) that’s on top looks funny. A couple of these may be their replacements:

  1. Pif Paf Puf Hanging Storage
    Turn ‘em into planters?

  2. Newgate Brixton Wall Clock
    I ordered this last month and the delivery date has been pushed back repeatedly. I’m hoping it will get here (and look good) eventually.

  3. White Hanging Ceramic Bullet Planter
    I like having plants in the kitchen, but my cats will eat them if I don’t get them up and out of their reach. Jerks.

  4. Classic 24-Hour Clock
    I’ve posted this one before. If the other is canceled, this one would work, but it’s smaller.

  5. Wall Ball Planters
    Skip the hanging planters and go for the wall, maybe?

A Colorful Door, Colorful Appliances

(And a Big Goal)

I was thinking some more about lighting, and the plan for finishing the kitchen’s minor update. OK, really what I was doing was fixating on getting a new fridge in addition to painting the back door. A colorful door and a colorful appliance! Sounds perfect! While I was giving myself figurative back pats for so confidently deciding on a plan for the kitchen, I realized I’ve seen that combination somewhere before. On Pinterest, probably? No wait, it was somewhere else…

Laundry Room

Oh, right. In our laundry room. You know — that room right in my house? Duh.

The red washer and dryer were the nicest things in our basement for a very long time, until we elevated the surroundings with a remodel. When we finally did have a nice laundry room, I was extra glad that we spent a little more initially to get a red set instead of white.

Brandon and I took on our DIY kitchen remodel right away when we moved here in 2007, and we tried to keep the cost down as much as we could. We spent a lot on the quartz counters and a stainless steel gas stove, but we didn’t put all that much thought into selecting a fridge. We chose the model that we did because the front of it was the right color (titanium alloy, though it looked like a match to our stove), and the sides were painted gray instead of black. The fridge is completely exposed in the center of the room, so those gray sides were a big selling point to us. Our entire kitchen — with new everything except the floor — cost only $11,000. Aside from a brief period during which the fridge made a weird noise (it just needed to be re-leveled), it has served us well. Now that the kitchen has been freshened up with all of its white paint though, the fridge bothers me. It isn’t worthy of its focal point placement.

White Kitchen

I’ve always liked the look of vintage fridges, especially when they’re pink. I think that as cute as my laundry room turned out with its colorful appliances, my kitchen could be 10x better. But appliances are not cheap, and I know that buying a pretty new fridge is a little ridiculous when I have a perfectly good one that’s only six years old.

My big life list goal for this year is to land a book deal. It’s a little scary putting that out there because I may fail (and obviously you’ll be able to tell if this does or does not work out for me), but I’m going to work hard to make it happen. And if/when I do, I’ve decided (and Brandon agrees) that I ought to celebrate with the completely frivolous purchase of a cute fridge. Consider it an added incentive.

It’s going to look so good.

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