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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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Decor in the Kitchen? YES.

White Cape Cottage

We all add décor to bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms… why not kitchens, too?  Over the past few years, we’ve focused on designing kitchens that feel warm, homey and cozy – just like other rooms in the house – instead of being solely utility focused.  Adding a few key pieces like runners, artwork, plants and bowls can make all the difference!

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s.

Two of our favorite high-impact décor pieces in kitchens are rugs and art.  Colorful, low-pile rugs that add softness underfoot but are easy to clean and hide spills easily are key.  Art can be large or small, neutral or colorful depending on your style and available wall space.  We love large scale art on blank walls, but not all kitchens have this.  Mounting a small piece of art on a backsplash (Command Strips are great for this!) or incorporating art into shelf styling adds so much character.

We love incorporating plants, vases, and bowls that are beautiful but also functional. We love using decorative bowls and baskets to hold fruit!

We usually source kitchen décor from all over so we can curate a good mix of old and new.  Since we began working with Lowe’s on our White Cape Cottage kitchen renovation, we’ve been noticing a growing selection of décor available on Lowe’s.com in addition to the typical home improvement items we’re used to seeing.  We rounded up a few of our favorite finds below that would be great in a kitchen (and beyond)!

1 | A colorful runner or rug can instantly add a pop of character to any kitchen.  We love this rug because it’s 1) low-pile, 2) highly durable (polypropylene is great in kitchens because it’s so easy to clean), and 3) has a gorgeous vintage pattern.

2 | This antique style wooden bowl is from India and has the prettiest imperfect shape.

3 | Love the modern style of this black planter (it comes with the stand too).

4 | These storage tins are cute enough to leave out on the counter!

5 | A white vase for flowers, branches or clippings from your backyard year round.

6 | A hanging wall planter that’s great for small spaces.

7 | This marble plate with glass cloche cover makes displaying cookies, cakes and other things a no brainer.

8 | A beautiful Lazy Susan made from mango tree wood. This would be great in the dining room, too.

9 | Two separate compartments in one storage container!  Love the concrete look, wooden spoon, and functionality of this.

10 | A large hand-carved bowl made from reclaimed wood. It’s perfect for storing bread, fruit & veggies, and other items in the kitchen.  It’s a beauty!

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  1. Barbara says:

    Beautiful kitchen, especially with the light coming in, leaves out the window. Can you share the source for the beautiful backsplash tiles?

  2. babar cheema says:

    Thanks for your information . i am read your article i am very impressive.

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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