The kitchen was the first room we designed in our apartment, and the only one we did even before we moved in. Looking at these picture, they may seem like a detour of my usual eclectic, layered style, and it indeed is, as you can see in these photos, which were the initial inspiration for the kitchen:
I collected these photos - and designed the custom built kitchen - just at the beginning of what would turn into my interior design obsession. You could gave thought I'd regret the choices I made as my style and taste evolved, but the fact is that as much as I love a layered, collected room, and as much as I enjoy looking at country kitchens in magazines or online, I really prefer a more streamlined kitchen for myself.
I cook a lot, and I'm a messy cook, and so I felt I needed a "cleaner" backsplash that will be able to endure it. I love how wipeable it all is, too. Apropos wipeable: I really wanted Carrera marble countertops, but my husband was intimidated by all the warnings and "don't you dare"s and so we went for Caesar Stone (we got marble for our bathroom instead). Everyone told me I won't regret it, but actually, I do.
One thing I got stuck into my head is that I want the kitchen to be almost all drawers (as opposed to doors) and all in the same size. We made partitions and smaller drawers inside the big drawers to accomodate different storage needs, like a cutlery drawer, a mini-pantry and such- and I must say, it makes me happy every time I enter the room (which is a lot! haha).
And here it is, my messy corner. We don't have enough room for a roomy breakfast table in the kitchen, so I planned this corner for going through the mail, having coffee and such. Somehow, it turned to the Mess Corner. I intentionally photographed it at its very worst, so I get the motivation to remedy that. Here's my to-do list:
- Get a big, pretty trash can (yes, I have a problem with finding pretty trash cans)
- Get a bar stool
- Declutter the shelves, and get rid of the half-functioning toaster-oven
- Frame some colorful art for the kitchen (still undecided whether to hang them or just prop on the shelves)
- Get my gorgeous Bodum toaster fixed. We never used it because it arrived broken.
- Get better lighting - I love IKEA, but those pendants look really cheap in the all-white kitchen.
So- what do you think of my kitchen? Do you have any suggestions or tips about adding color to it?
I can't wait to tackle the kitchen, and show it to you again when it's all beautiful.