Signs of Life : At Home in My Kitchen


As I stated in a previous post, a single room in the new house is yet to be completed. The kitchen is probably the closest to finished but the art remains on the floor leaning against the wall, I am in need of a spice shelf and possibly a great vintage clock …but I’m gonna let you peek inside anyway.

old galley kitchen wood floors

black and white galley kitchen-ba

kitchen sink-new faucet-galley kitchen

Because we are renting and do not own this adorable little place, we thought we’d spend a minimal amount on upgrades that would really make big differences …and most likely, we’ll be here for a while so it’s worth it and makes it feel more like our own. Also, I kind of got lucky because I wanted a white kitchen with wood floors.

For $99 {and some free time from a super handy and helpful brother and stepdad} we installed a new faucet system by Price Pfister. And a gorgeous orchid and roses from the backyard add life & color. I love the windows in this kitchen. It’s so bright and cheery.

white kitchen table and chairs

I found this kitchen table online and ordered it before we moved in knowing it would just be perfect for this kitchen. And I was right. I really love it. It has an old farmhouse kind of feel and a bit of a distressed look. The price was right at $512 including delivery for the entire set from {although assembling it was not so easy} …we found the black canvas/tweed chair pads at Bed Bath & Beyond and they’re great because the back has a no-slip gripper so you don’t need ties. Kelley brought over the beautiful red tulips when she visited on Sunday which sit next to the Areaware Harry Allen “Fruit Bowl” that is always a conversation starter because it’s hilarious. The print leaning against the wall is by William T. Wiley called “Charmin Billy” from 2006 and it was a gift from my boss Christmas 2008.

black and white galley kitchen

These long and narrow black shag rugs were actually one very long and narrow piece of carpet that I found at the carpet remnant warehouse for $10. I also picked up a huge gray one for the living room {$65 9×12} and a mixed beige/ivory/brown shag piece {9×7 $45} for the master bedroom. {oh and the kitchen towels are Jonathan Adler -from a couple years ago though}

. . .and it feels like the biggest kitchen in the world compared to the ridiculously small kitchen I dealt with for almost six years! …and I actually have drawers for silverware now instead of the plastic shoe divider I was using {but was actually genius}.

Sometimes it seems the clutter and unfinished-ness of it all is endless but I’m thoroughly enjoying the process. The husband keeps reminding me that we’ve only been here for about 2.5 weeks and when I look at it that way we’ve really come so far. It feels like forever already and it definitely feels like home.


MothersDay+My Kitchen+William Wiley print

* from Mother’s Day 2010*



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • K.Line

    February 4, 2010 |

    Amazing! Great work M.

  • Vee

    February 4, 2010 |

    I adore the brightness in your kitchen and how you’re making it yours. The flowers are great! You have amazing style.

  • J-Diggety

    February 4, 2010 |

    Ooh, I love it! I love white rooms with splashes of color… the flowers on the table and window sill are perfect!

    And holy crow, I just checked out the link to your old kitchen – that would’ve driven me nutso!!

    Yay for the new digs 🙂
    xoxo J

  • Astigis

    February 4, 2010 |

    It’s so beautiful!!

  • Aritza, Goddess of ..

    February 4, 2010 |

    Wow, that look amazing Maegan ! I’m so happy for you .. it is such a big improvement with all the little things you added. I think the flowers make a great difference, makes it a lot more home-y. And the space is great, although your shoe container idea was pretty incredible !

    I love the kitchen table and the artwork .. oh and the bowl, hahaha it’s hilarious !

    Good luck with the rest of the house, don’t give up, you’re doing great and it looks wonderful 🙂

  • Jacqueline

    February 4, 2010 |

    Love the flowers and the way the sun shines in on all the white cupboards! xo

  • Gmr

    February 4, 2010 |

    I just can love this place! Is white and very very lightly!!! Amazing place to take a mornig-afternoon coffe!!!

    Oh, and the floor of the porch is so nice!!

    I don’t know the cost of the rent, but i think you’re so lucky with this house!!


  • Erin

    February 4, 2010 |

    drooling 🙂

  • Style (R)evolution

    February 4, 2010 |

    You all did an awesome job

  • Karen Beth

    February 4, 2010 |

    I have that same table and chairs. Except I got mine at a flea market and it has splashes of red paint all over it. I love it though. So chic. 🙂

  • PS~Erin

    February 4, 2010 |

    How exciting! It’s so bright and refreshing looking, and the floors are awesome!

  • Summer

    February 4, 2010 |

    In LOVE with that table!!! I’ve been looking at the one at Ikea but I knew it wouldn’t last long.

  • ♥ Katinka

    February 4, 2010 |

    so awesome. looks great!

  • Robin from OK

    February 4, 2010 |

    Aww, that first picture with your little dog and the welcome mat is so darned cute. Good job making it look more homey (is that even a word?).

  • Meghan

    February 4, 2010 |

    Looking great, lady! It’s so inviting and warm!

  • Kez

    February 4, 2010 |

    I just love how clean and bright but still homey your place looks – totally my taste 🙂
    Glad you’re having fun making it your home!

  • Chessa!

    February 4, 2010 |

    I love the look of your kitchen and can’t wait to see the rest of your new home! The light is so wonderful in this room! and btw, your old kitchen is bigger than my present kitchen. It’s crazy. but you are one resourceful woman! that shoe hanger idea is pretty genius!

  • Namine

    February 5, 2010 |

    sooo soo beautiful! ! I love it! Changing the kitchen taps was a great idea!!

  • drollgirl

    February 5, 2010 |


  • Girl Japan: April Marie

    February 5, 2010 |

    It is so much more brighter.. things are really coming along = )

  • Underfunded Heiress

    February 5, 2010 |

    Looks great! I love the brightness of it.

  • Lisa Petrarca

    February 5, 2010 |

    Thanks for the side by side before & afters. Those are my fav’s.

    Sometimes its hard to finish one when you are excited & jump around from room to room.

    Be sure to do before/afters for all the rooms as you go…I’m nosy!

  • you are the love of my life

    February 5, 2010 |

    Awesome!I love your kitchen.So beautiful and neat and clean.Thanks for sharing.

  • diamondsinchampagne

    February 5, 2010 |

    How I adore fresh flowers, those tulips look so beautiful on the table. That welcome mat, is very welcoming indeed.
    The house is looking beautiful!

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  • Zuzuli

    February 5, 2010 |

    I love how you’ve kept it white and the simplicity and brightness of it all. Have a fantastic weekend!

  • Pretty Little World

    February 5, 2010 |

    Your house is gorgeous!! I’m in love with all of the natural light that comes in — and that floor is lovely!!

    Your additions are so stylish – you have such a great eye!! I can’t wait to see the rest of it!!

  • Pretty Little World

    February 5, 2010 |

    P.S. — LOVE the new blog look!!

  • ~alison

    February 5, 2010 |

    YAY for the new kitchen! WE can ALL fit!

  • mnmtatgirl

    February 5, 2010 |

    Next time you move, make friends with a military wife. I had unpacked, organized, and decorated a 3000 sq ft house by myself in about 3 days. I managed to do this with 3 kids. We learn how to pack and unpack houses very quickly. I love the kitchen. We have a similar setup, with 70’s butter yellow countertops. The view from your window made me miss CA… loved it there.

  • R.C.

    February 6, 2010 |

    You have a beautiful new home 🙂 I am so happy for you guys! And LeRoy looks right at home :)))))

  • Morgan

    February 6, 2010 |

    so fresh and beautiful! Love it!

  • Jessica

    February 6, 2010 |

    Such a pretty kitchen! Before I even read what you wrote – I noticed the upgraded faucet! It was worth it!

  • Hanako66

    February 9, 2010 |

    what a great place, i can’t wait to see more!

  • Anonymous

    March 15, 2010 |

    I’m loving your doormat so so so much! May I ask where you got it?!


  • Anonymous

    June 9, 2010 |

    hi! thats really lovely , and its so nice for a small house, im from mexico and im planing to decorate my home, can you tell me what kind of decoration is? it can help me a lot for get a nice design 🙂 thanks.
    my mail is

  • mbt trainers

    June 12, 2010 |

    Looks so pretty.the arrangement that you have made is really amazing,and seems perfect like interior designer.

  • bad credit credit card

    June 19, 2010 |

    Really these is good pictures. In this house, kitchen is very nice.In these picture all furniture is very good looking. I like this home.

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