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« on: December 27, 2009 10:36:47 AM »

Ok, my fiance and I just bought a new home and I'm slowly but surely getting it to feel like the home we want it to be.  However, in my kitchen (as most other kitchens) there's the 8-in. to 12-in. empty space above the cabinets all the way around.  I've been trying to figure out some way of easily decorating that empty space.  My mom has the same thing in her kitchen and uses fake bunches of ivy and old wine bottles in different shapes, but it just doesn't match my decor...and I'm not a fan of ivy and bottles (the winery feel just doesn't go with my house).  My house is more of the traditional style mixed with contemporary shapes and patterns.  My kitchen is a colonial blue color with cream cabinets and brown slate floors. 
Any ideas are greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2009 07:49:37 AM »

Your theme is a mix of traditional and modern designs right? if I were you I'd place something like kitchen ornaments or figurine stuffs like that to fill the space.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2009 06:18:46 PM »

Ok this might be too weird but it might work. If you're not into knick knacks, what if you apply one of those wall decals with a saying in the space.  You can find them at Target or there are a few websites that let you customize your own saying or quote (Google "custom wall decal" or something like that).  

Then if your space allows, put some rope light on top of the cabinet (close to the wall corner so no one can see it).  It will add a soft glow and really bring your eye upward making the room look taller.

I did something similar for the built in china cabinet in my dining room only since this is so low, I lighted it from the top instead of below.  I couldn't come up with anything clever for the quote so I just used a generic one.  


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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2010 08:02:16 PM »

i used to display collections on top of my cabinets. It was so refreshing to take it all down and leave it blank.  We put up some decorative crown moulding ,painted an accent color, and called it quits.   if you have a lot of stuff on your counters ,like me, it might be visually busy to put stuff on top of the cabinets as well.  dont want to talk you out of something you really want though Smiley
 I would recommend a few large pieces instead of lots of little things.  Try your hand at painting your own platter to match your taste and display that.
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010 02:33:04 PM »

I like the letters on top of cabinets. 

Kind of like this, but just sitting on top of the cabinet is nice too. 
http://vintageindie.typepad.com/vintage_indie/images/2008/08/18/woodenletters.jpg

Maybe a sweet message, your new name (should you be going the name change route) or "home"  LOL.  Nothing like a label to make a house feel homier. 
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2010 08:16:08 PM »

You could do various kitchen things... like jars of dry pasta... and big cans of tomato sauce and stuff like that.

Those vinyl letters are nice too, if you find something pretty to affix them to.
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2010 04:53:27 PM »

I store bowls that I actually use up on mine. It is decorative, yet functional. I just keep a small step stool in my pantry and use that when I need to get one down. I do have some Ivy laced through the bowls though..LOL  If I could afford it, I would buy copper pots and keep them up there!


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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2010 12:11:24 PM »

I have done very much the same thing only I collect glass vases.
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