May 24, 2017

The Home

Styling a Decorative + Functional Kitchen |

Over the past several months of living in our home, a few rooms have rapidly moved their way to the top of our favorites list. The kitchen, with no exception, is by far one of the most used and enjoyed rooms in the house. Jay and I chat about our day together in the kitchen. I listen to my favorite podcasts in the morning, while unloading the dishwasher, there. We cook together and celebrate with our family and friends there too. Our kitchen is the center focus for our home, so my main goal for this space is to keep it both functional and beautiful, which ultimately means decorating it appropriately!

I am itching to share room tours in our home but things like this just take time, when you are doing it all yourself (and by yourself I mean Jay and I together, no designer!) With that in mind and summer coming up quickly, I wanted to give my kitchen a refresh and really focus on my goal for the space. I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you a few of my favorite kitchen decor items that serve me resourcefully, and are decoratively too, with hopes that this post will inspire you to make your kitchen a haven of love and beauty!

My goal is for this to be a resource for you, and for myself as well, that we can revisit over time when we are in need of a few guidelines for keeping our kitchen a sanctuary for our home!

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Ultimately the kitchen serves as a functional room that we use to feed our families, and ourselves. Whether we are literally feeding our bodies, or we are feeding our souls with love and laughter, the kitchen is space that we seek when we are hungry for life. Functionality comes first for me in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, I will spend hundreds of dollars on a Louis Vuitton coffee table book that I might not ever read. But, when it comes to my kitchen I need things to be both functional and attractive, but functionality comes first. Keep this in mind when you are decorating your kitchen. Does the object you are working with serve a purpose? If not, think twice about allowing it to occupy space in your kitchen. There are so many ways to decorate your space beautifully, while still only including items that are functional. I will share a few more thoughts on this below!


While functionality comes first, appearance follows immediately. Who wants ugly decor? You’re right. No one does. When it comes to the kitchen, I would suggest keeping things neutral and save your pops of color for fresh ingredients like fruits, vegetables and herbs! I love having tons of dishware, serving pieces and cake stands. You can use wood cutting boards and other elements to bring warmth and texture into your kitchen, while still keeping the flow natural and neutral.


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Canisters, Containers, Jars + Bins

One of the best ways to decorate, in the kitchen, while still remaining super functional is by using the chicest storage you can find. Maybe it’s just me, but an assortment of jars and canisters filled with fresh foods or baking ingredients is a complete turn on to me! I love my berry container and use it to display fresh strawberries, clementines and more! Having an organized kitchen is something I am working on daily. I have found that less is so much more and having great containers and bins are a great way to keep things clean, organized, and beautiful.


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Cookbooks are another great way to decorate, because not only are they so beautiful but they also serve a purpose! There are so many fun ways to style cookbooks in your kitchen. They look pretty stacked on your shelves or countertop, or you can display them beside your stove for a more realistic look! I love changing my cookbooks out as the seasons change. I love books with clean photography, great recipes and of course a good cover and spine help a ton for display!

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Fresh Ingredients + Greenery

The best way to pull color into your kitchen is through fresh herbs, fruits and flowers! I love to display a beautiful bouquet of flowers on my kitchen island, because I feel like it really helps center the kitchen and bring a bit of life to the room. If you don’t want to spend money on fresh flowers, or don’t have the time, just venture outside and cut some pretty greenery from your yard or flowers from your garden. Or you can add a pretty wooden bowl filled with citrus or your favorite fruits for a little life too! Having an assortment of glassware and vases around, makes styling your flowers and greenery much more fun and keeps distractions minimal as the focus should be on what is inside the vase, not the vase itself. 

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The newest addition to my home is this beautiful print  from Lyra Press (c/o)! I found Lyra Press on Instagram, a few months ago, and instantly fell in love with their work. They have numerous prints displaying the most stunning produce, plants, baked goods animals and so much more. Not only can you find the perfect artwork for your kitchen, but they also make tote bags and cell phone cases too. This is the perfect bag for the farmers market this year, I might have to snag it for myself too! My favorite part about Lyra Press, is that each element of their work is hand painted and they strive to create both beautiful and informative prints. I find their work so inspiring and have such an appreciation of each piece, as they are all truly incredible. I love this one here so much because it displays the most beautiful elements of produce arranged around a wheel, showing which pieces of produce are in season for each month of the year. If you’re like me and love to eat in season, but really struggle with what to pick up each month of the year, you will love this piece. Also, you can select which language you would like and I adore this French-English version. Not only am I am I able to decorate my space, I can learn how to eat in season and learn French a little at a time! I truly love this company and their Timeless style. I hope you will go check out their work and follow them on Instagram for daily inspiration! You can have your print framed or pick up one of their hangers, like I have here

Shop my exact print here.

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Your Favorite Utensils, Cookware + Tools

Beside my stove you will find my favorite salt & pepper grinders, a bottle of olive oil, a container of my favorite utensils, and my favorite cookbook at the moment! You will also find my favorite dish towels hanging on my stove and probably the dishwasher handle too. We adore our Nespresso machine, (and I’m so excited to share a review soon), so I love creating a fun little set up around it. It makes indulging in our morning, or afternoon, coffee that much more enjoyable. I love incorporating my most used items into my decor. Plus, who can say “no” to these?!

I hope that you found this post helpful and it has inspired you to decorate your kitchen in a minimal, fresh and functional way. Of course, I am always interested in knowing your tips and thoughts, so please let me know so we can chat about decorating our kitchens!

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Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

Styling a Decorative + Functional Kitchen


  1. Joyce Hildebrand

    May 25th, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Morgan once again you have wrote a great blog,I so enjoy opening my Facebook just to see another great blog,Keek up the Great work ,Soon I will be reading your Blogs in Big Magzines. Long before you was bron there was a Lady named Miss Manners you remainds me a lot of her But with much more class and Style.

  2. Jean

    February 12th, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Morgan, thanks so much for all your blogs, videos and overall advice. I am in the process of building a home and your videos have really helped. I was wondering what did you use for your countertops and color. They look beautiful. I look forward to all your future information you share. ????

  3. Morgan Reed

    March 13th, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Jean! I am so sorry for the delay in my reply to this comment! Our countertops are Carrara Marble. We have a mixture of polished and honed throughout our home. Our wall color is “Site White” from Sherwin Williams! I hope you find that helpful. I’m sorry again for the delay!!

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