While I was taking photos of the Paper Rose Garland I posted last week, I decided to take some photos of a few of my favorite things in our kitchen as well. Our kitchen is, by far, my favorite room in our apartment. For NYC standards, the space is relatively large and open, which is so nice to be able to have…especially with all of the entertaining we do. My boyfriend, Chad, and I collect vintage and have found the majority of our kitchen items at thrift shops, estate sales and garage sales over the years. Here’s a little look.
When Chad and I first moved into the apartment, I was so excited to uncover and wallpaper the cabinets. I had told him I wanted floral wallpaper, which was met with a bit of hesitancy. But to my surprise, I came home one day and was shown some adorable floral wallpaper that Chad had picked out himself. The cabinets were the first thing we decorated when we moved in. Our dishes and serveware is a mix of vintage, Fishs Eddy, and Anthropologie.
We scored this awesome wall clock in New Jersey, at one of our favorite spots to hunt for vintage treasures. Lucky for us, it was the exact same color as our bread box and flour / sugar tins. The coat rack and apron are both from Anthropologie.Upon moving in, we discovered that there was an ironing board hidden behind what we had initially assumed was a closet. The board folds out and on the wood door there are signatures from people who have lived in the apartment prior to us. Of course, we signed it as well. While we don’t do too much ironing, the board is very handy for me, as it serves as additional counter space for my cakes when I’m baking.Our oven is relatively modern, but I love that it’s two-tone, which gives it a bit of a retro feel. We found the Salt + Pepper shakers on eBay and the timer is from Whisk, an adorable and perfectly curated kitchen store in NYC.
As you can see, we’ve definitely made the most of the space from a storage perspective. Every picnic basket, container and suitcase serves a storage purpose. Table linens, seasonal glasses, and entertaining serveware are all tucked away above the cabinets.Believe it or not, cookbooks of the past are more useful for me than cookbooks from today. If there’s a modern recipe I need, I prefer to search online. But if it’s a classic recipe, I’ll pop open one of these.The pink recipe box was also from New Jersey. The beautiful Jadeite cake plate was a recent gift from Chad. And the floral serving tray was from an antique store in Ocean Beach, San Diego. The magnets on the “A + C” note are my favorite. My very talented friend Kate made us little magnets of our pets’ butts for the fridge. They make me smile every time I look at them. Our ceiling is total perfection. The painted tin really compliments the retro feel of our kitchen. I absolutely love it.
If you’re interested in seeing more of our apartment, you can also check out photos of our office HERE.