Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lounge : : Home Tour... My Kitchen!

We've lived in this apartment for over three months now, and this is the first time there are no dishes in the sink. We have to wash dishes by hand here, which usually means that they pile up for days on end. It had gotten so bad this time around that I was snatching extra plastic forks from fast food businesses to use at home. Our kitchen was more embarrassingly messy than the living room, so though I contemplated taking a photo, I knew it would be too disturbing for sensitive eyes.

After toiling with two different cameras and their settings, then attempting to adjust the white balance on my computer -- I gave up and switched these to greyscale. I apologize for the lack of color, and I trust you'll use your imagination to create a hodge-podge of blue, green, yellow, brown and pink... but trust me, this version makes the room look much more organized! I plan to acquire more lamps and artificial light in the future, as our windows are blocked by the second half of our building.

If you were to walk through our front door, the kitchen would be on your right. It has a short countertop that a friend of mine described as a "breakfast nook." This is usually where old magazines, used movie tickets, unopened mail and keys are dumped. The coffee maker was a gift from my mom, the toaster was purchased used, and the microwave is being borrowed from a friend indefinitely. The large candle is from Target, the small from Bath & Body Works, and the coasters from Ikea. The folding chairs are also from Target, though I hope to find some cute vintage seats in the future.

Our walls were bare and boring when we moved in, so we had no choice but to hang some pretty art! "Starry Night" was $3 at Goodwill and "The Cafe" was from my mother. We move frequently -- this is our third apartment in less than two years -- so we don't want to decorate with anything that will be a fuss to take down (or permanent!).

In this corner we have our wine rack (gift to me from a friend), a massive amount of chopsticks (also from a friend), and a memento from the Paris hotel in Vegas. We also have our dish drying rack (from Target) which isn't cute, but gets the job done!

The photos on this wall were all taken by me (available at my Etsy shop) and the "Keep Calm" prints are from here (previously mentioned here). I hope the heat from washing dishes and cooking doesn't damage them -- any thoughts on that?

This is probably my favorite part of the kitchen. I just think the countertop stove is so cute! We do have an oven and a refrigerator; they just aren't shown. The tea kettle is from Target, the knives were a gift from Zach's sister, and the spoon rest was painted by a friend & I (details here).

I have an extensive mug collection, but the most unique are displayed on top of the microwave. I really wish I had some of my favorites from college -- they're stuck at my parents' house! The paper towel holder and the glass canister holding my coffee are both from Target. I'm pretty sure the oven mitts were from my mother... Here's a peek at what the lighting is like, just for fun:


  1. too cute. I love all the framed images and sayings. I have a dishwasher but I still end up washing some dishes by hand...i just don't trust the dishwasher to get them fully clean, and yes my dishes also pile up!

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  2. Im am absolutely in love with that stove top!! & those pictures are too cute for words. I can not wait to get my own place and make it 100% me :D Love it hon

  3. i love those "keep calm" sayings, too cute!

  4. I like the breakfast bar! And your backsplash art is cool. Is it all glass covered? That would be my one concern....

  5. Don't worry, they're all in glass frames :)

  6. You have to be worried about steam from the kettle and heat and steam from the stove with artwork in the kitchen. The damage won't happen overnight, but it can wrinkle works on paper, or it can make the photos stick to the glass if there aren't spacers in the frames. So, basically, if your attachment to them isn't so strong, keep them there, but if you're planning on keeping them for the rest of your life, you might want to relocate them. xo your friend who handles art (aka Celeste)

  7. Thank you, that's exactly what I was wondering about! Eventually I'll move them but the walls were so bare I had to do something. I really like the way it looks so I wish that wasn't a problem... I'm not worried as much about my own photos because I can always get them re-printed, but I don't want to re-buy the other ones.

  8. Your kitchen is really neat and creative, i love the "wisdom pearls" pictures!

  9. Thanks for the tour, honey. It looks so cute! I've been nesting all weekend which included painting our bedroom wall after six months of sitting with three shades of green on it, installing curtain rods and landscaping and planting a flower garden in front. I can totally appreciate your pictures and how you must be feeling:)
    xoxo, f
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  10. Mug collections are the best! I've been trying trying trying to think of great ways to display them. Your kitchen's cute!

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  11. kitchen design layout is very simple but looks cool because it is clean

  12. Good! I spent hours washing dishes that day.

  13. I love how you've put up all those little pictures between the counter and cabinets. I don't have a backsplash either, so this would be a great idea for me.

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