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10 Minute Decorating Ideas – In the Kitchen

As we enter further into 2014, my brain is finally starting to kick into gear.

I have several bigger projects in mind – Peanut’s room, a workshop in the garage and finally getting my bedroom how I like it (how I like it is still being determined).

But sometimes, I just want to quickly pull together something. I want to pull together an area that is lacking or needs a little sprucing up.

So, I thought, I might start a fun new series – 10 minute decorating ideas. Projects that will take ten minutes or less and will add a little bit of pretty to our lives.


Before I get into the details of the ten minute decorating…

One of the most asked about items in my house is the two tier round galvanized tray we have had on our island. That one was found years ago at a Crate & Barrel outlet. I have sent links to similar ones at Pottery Barn,(affiliate link included) but that Crate & Barrel one is no longer available. Over the years, it is started to go slanted, rattle when you walked across the room and was a pain to move out of the way.

So, when I saw this one at Target last week – with a handle – I was giddy.

Same idea, but a different shape to change it up again – and again, I love the handle.


So, you could go to Target to see if they have this tray, or you can order it online here..

Finding Home

update - this version is no longer available - they now how have this version with gold handles.

(affiliate link included)

Now, I won’t have to keep disappointing people when they want to know where the tray is from!


Now, onto the 10 minute decorating idea!

Grab a tray – it doesn’t have to be this one and put it on your island or countertop.

Grab the things you use regularly – measuring cups, herbs, salt and pepper, butter dish, pretty tea bags, and gather them up on the tray.

Then, grab a few decorative pieces – a vase, some candles, other favorite things and add them too.

(see below for links to possible items if you are interested)


And something quirky if you would like – like a cow!


It is a simple way to bring a decorative element to your counters and kitchen – and it makes more room in the cabinets and makes the everyday things more accessible.


And if you don’t have a tray – use a large platter like this one.


And if you don’t have an island, no worries – but it on the counter next to your stove.

Use a mason jar to gather up your wood utensils and other functional and decorative bits.


Oh, and one more thought.

While you are at it, take a couple of extra minutes and give everything on the trays, under the trays, etc – a good wipe down. It will help towards this goal too!

Thanks so much for reading and wishing you a great day!

postsignature.pngP.S. What do you think? Do you like the idea of this series? Would you like another series?

P.P.S. Here are some links (affiliate) for similar items on my tray, if you are interested!


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