I wish that I could take more credit for this kitchen but I have to be honest with you, it woke up like this. No really! When Matt and I saw the pictures of this house online I lost my mind over the kitchen. All we did after we bought it was change the faucet, the faucet! Yes the island came with the house, (mic drop) We did add the pot rack on the recommendation of my amazing aunt Ellen.Whoever actually renovated the house deserves a huge gold star because the details are really special.
This rail was my idea, I love having many of the items I use all the time right in front of me (it is good ole Ikea, and I plan to add the final section when I am brave enough to fight the crowds at the store) Open shelving is great for a small space if you can commit to keeping it tidy and "styled" otherwise don't kid yourself and keep the doors.
Yes this entire tray is salt and pepper, my favorite is the salt cellar my mother-in-law had made for me. Here is the rundown of what is on here:
- Diamond Cristal Kosher Salt
- Fine Sea Salt
- Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
- Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes
- Extra Kosher salt (the black one)
- Salt grinder (sea salt)
- Black pepper mill
- White Pepper mill
- extra pepper mill (just in case, actually I just love them both)
These crocks are really special to me, they are made by Hall China in East Liverpool, Ohio and they remind me of my time working in the restaurant. We used them as "spoon rests" which is brilliant because it keeps the mess inside. Try having some empty crocks around to keep your whisks, spoons, spatulas, while you are using them.
This knife block represents me rubbing off on Matt. He brought it home one day while we were living in New York with a proud smile, he found it on the street and was just tickled about it. So was I, after a little soap and water and some mineral oil it was ready to go (and you cannot beat the price!) Most of these knives are Wüsthof or extras from my culinary kit.
We used to display this scale above the refrigerator, now we have it in a much more prominent place on the island. It was a housewarming gift from our friend Brian (who has impeccable taste obviously) It reminds me of the small grocery stores that are dotted throughout upstate New York, classic and very American. It is the perfect place to put friuts and vegetables that can be kept at room tempurature.
These casual stacks of white dishes just reminds me of a busy bistro in Paris. (the almost toppling bowls make Matt crazy) The built in cabinet for all of the dishes is so great because it looks like a freestanding unit. Again I wish I could meet the people who actaully designed the klitchen.
People always ask, and the answer is yes we have a microwave, this is where we hide it. The pantry was inspired by my time working at Bouchon in New York. I made a video all about organizing this pull out pantry:
If you want more you should watch this video tour of the kitchen:
As I look at it now I realize that we bought a kitchen with a bedroom and an office. I'm joking but seriously the kitchen does take up a significant portion of the real estate (no complaints here)
What is your favorite part of my kitchen (or your kitchen) let me know below.