Hidden Spaces – Carissa from The Fabulous Design File

I hope you all had a great Christmas!  Did anyone hit after Christmas sales?  It’s the best time to get Christmas decor and gifts for the next year!  I missed all of that because at our family Christmas celebrations, we managed to catch bad colds.  So, we’ve been home sick ever since.

On the move front, we made it to Austin on week before Christmas, got into the rental house a few days later, had our stuff delivered on the van line, set up utilities and started to unpack.  As soon as we are well again, unpacking will resume!  But, yep, we are officially living in Austin now.

Today we have another blogger sharing a “hidden space” in her home.  It’s a space that is hidden from her blog and that isn’t quite as fabulous as her other spaces, which are very fabulous.  Take it away, Carissa!

Hello Hyphen Interiors readers!  I’m Carissa from The Fabulous Design File, and I’m so excited to be guest posting here today.  I’ve been a fan of Kristy’s ever since the famous painted chair!

I think that ‘the hidden’ is such a fun topic.  I love seeing beautiful rooms that have been carefully zhushed up and staged… but it’s kind of fun seeing the real deal… the rooms that aren’t blog-worthy, but we all know they are there, right?

The room that I have strategically hidden from my blog is my kitchen.  I have big plans for this room, but haven’t had the energy to tackle it yet.  It’s one of the few rooms left in our home that is still sporting the original ‘oak package’.  Everything else has been painted out white.  The kitchen is attached to our family room, where we spend almost all of our time, so it’s high on the priority list for the new year.

So… here it is!  This is the view when you enter the room from the foyer:

This is the view from the family room:

Just for a frame of reference, here’s what you see when you turn the other way:

Want to see an action shot?

One of the good parts is our huge chalk-board wall:

… and speaking of ‘the hidden’… check this out (I can totally hide my microwave…ugh):

So, there you have it!  It’s oaky and out-dated, and it’s usually very messy.  I can’t wait to freshen it up with some white paint and tile, and hopefully some new lighting while I’m at it.

Thanks for inviting me over to your blog, Kristy!  I hope the move went smoothly!  Can’t wait to see your new place (when you find one!).

Thanks so much for sharing, Carissa!  I love seeing these rooms that aren’t blog worthy!  I see the great potential, though, for sure!

Do you have a hidden space in your home?  Have you enjoyed seeing the spaces that these decorators intentionally hide?

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  1. oh carissa, your kitchen has nothing on mine! ;) yours looks like a dream to me. :) seriously it’s not so bad but i can’t wait to see it painted!

  2. i love the light above your table!!

  3. It won’t take too much to get that kitchen updated! And I love, love, LOVE that chandelier!!!!

  4. Those kitchen cabinets look almost identical to mine! I can’t wait to update them. I would LOVE to gut the whole kitchen, but why does it have to be the most expensive room to redo???
    I feel your pain Carissa. I also adore those curtains in the “pretty” room. ;)

  5. Thank you for sharing. For now I was just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year and to thank you for visiting my place and your lovely comments. I look forward to engaging more with you in 2012. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  6. Thanks for inviting me over to your blog today Kristy! And thanks to everyone for the encouraging comments!

  7. Minus the oak, it’s really a gorgeous space! That built in part is kind of cool… especially if it was bright white ; ) Can’t wait to see when you get it spruced up, C!

  8. The white paint will look amazing! Great post Carissa! I dont share my kitchen really either as it needs a lick of paint too!
    Rachie xo

  9. Carissa – I have the SAME kitchen, all that lovely oak goodness. At least you have nice appliances. I have mismatched ones – ugh.

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