My inspiration for this kitchen came from these fabulous dishes I picked up at the Mikasa outlet. I started out by giving my walls a crackle finish - ivory over black. I wanted the foundations to look like an older building. The cabinetry I sanded down and painted a lilac color, trimmed out in black. I added some swirly black handles to all the cabinets and drawers, and some whimsical swirls around some of the objects on the wall, like the clock, the spice racks, the pantry. Along the pot racks I arranged a number of old photographs, some antique pieces, and some small canvas paintings I'd sketched to resemble my dishes. I loved putting this kitchen together. Each step was an adventure.