Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fixing a View

Thinking about curtains and kitchens leads to thinking about our kitchen window which has a view very similar to this:

Occasionally, our neighbour's white SUV is parked in the way of our gorgeous view of his brick wall, but in general, there is absolutely nothing special outside our kitchen window. The window, in fact, used to be inside the bathroom where there would have been no need for a view. The loss of the backyard view from the kitchen has, so far, been the only visible downside of the layout changes we have made. 

Despite the view, I still want to frame it with a pretty curtain and cluster my planned kitchen herb garden around it. It was the herb garden I was thinking about this morning on the bus when inspiration hit. 

(How many of you get inspired and then rush out to look for inspiration pictures after the fact to support said inspiration? Or am I just completely and utterly backwards?)

Window shelves!

They'll still let the light in, but they'll make our brick wall a whole lot more appealing. Also, if I fill up the bottom row with cat grass, my herbs and perhaps even the Husband's cactuses (which have had a rough go since moving in with Pekoe) will probably remain safely unchewed by the precious kitty. And, as my herb collection grows, perhaps I'll discover a need to display pretty vases and knicknacks in the mean time?

(Is that a bird sitting in the middle of that kitchen table?)


  1. I love that idea! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

  2. Love those window shelves! Go for it.

  3. I have been wanting to do this in our kitchen FOREVER, but we don't have recessed windows. The glass pane is only a few centimeters deeper than the wall, so this wouldn't work as well and I haven't found any pictures yet of an example on whether it would work AT ALl. I dream of someday knocking out a window through our back wall, but that would involve switching our sink with our refriderator and therefore lots of other plumbing issues. So for now, I guess I'll be dreaming with you instead!

  4. @Katrina Allen

    I had a thought about this!

    What if you put up some thin rods in your few-centimeter-deep window and hung some pots from it? You know how Ikea always has those pots hanging from a rod on their kitchen walls? You could do that, just slightly modified to a window. So easily DIYed and it almost gives the same effect!

  5. OMG I Sooooo want a window shelf in my kitchen...above the sink! Now I want it even more!