Here's a little micro-trend we're intrigued by: vintage cabinets as storage in modern kitchens. One vintage cabinets can provide a handy place to stash things you use often in a kitchen without a lot of upper storage... and the patina and texture of a vintage piece lends a certain depth and richness to a modern space. The kitchen above takes advantage of tall ceilings with a vintage cabinet and a pot rail. The texture of this cabinet provides a nice balance to the starkness of a mininmal kitchen. Two vintage cabinets are better than one! This kitchen has a nice little mix going on. A vintage cabinet paired with vintage-style tile in a kitchen from Bo Bedre. Finally, a little kitchen that's delicious in more ways than one - vintage cabinets, a basin sink, and those lovely blue walls mean there's a lot to love.
For Kitchen and Bath month, we're starting up a new round of Guess the Decade. This bright, cheeful eat-in kitchen is your latest design detective assignment. Comments and conjecture are welcome in the comments, as always, but if you know the source of the photo - PLEASE don't tell. We promise to reveal it tomorrow, so please check back then for the answer.
Hello AT,. I moved out of an apartment and into a small house more than a year ago and the living room is still an overwhelming cavern of blankness. I simply don't know how to put together a furniture palette for my living room.... Every once in awhile I see an AT posting that showcases an assemblage of old and new furniture pulled together into a great style and I think to myself, 'That's what I want!!' So I'm sending this out as a plea for help. The only things I have in the living room are a sofa and two chairs what I need is everything else: floor lamp, table lamp, rug, coffee table, end table, bookshelves, etc. I like natural colors and natural textures and I have a very hazy vision/goal of a modern garden conservatory-esque room, but I don't even really know what I mean by those words.
Surfing flickr we came across a photostream from Sylvie Oxman, the Los Gatos-based owner of Blossom Home Vintage Furnishings. Sylvie refurbishes vintage furniture and recently re-did her own livingroom using some of her salvaged finds. Better Homes & Gardens featured the project as a Best Under 5K Update, but Sylvie's flickr set has the tell-all, with more pictures and notes. Cottage Style's fatal flaw is usually its antiquated preciousness, but this room's great color palette and its brightness and sense of space feel more modern. What makes it work for us is the large, B&W fabric print on the wall above the sofa, which gives breathing room to all the other colors and patterns. The addition of that vintage alphabet cube is a stroke of subtle graphic genius.
Your small space is likely fitted with smaller versions of kitchen appliances and is almost certainly slim on drawers and cabinet space. If you use your kitchen frequently to cook, your limited storage space is probably filled to the brim with a mess of ingredients and tools. If you don't cook at home much, your kitchen problem might even be worse-try not to imagine what ancient expiration dates are printed on the stuff in the back. You'll likely get all kinds of accomplished, feel-good vibes by re-framing your kitchen cull from a subtractive exercise into an additive one: Instead of getting rid of things we don't want or need, we're opting instead to keep the things we do. To get started, grab three big-ish cardboard boxes and head into the kitchen. The mission today is to work your way around the kitchen, targeting one drawer, cabinet shelf or section of the fridge at a time. You can do it systematically across the whole kitchen, working from top down and left to right, or target your problem 'Departments,' such as frozen foods, cleaning supplies or cooking tools. As you work your way around the kitchen, you'll find you get better and faster at this. If you're finding that your small space isn't so small, and the idea of tackling all your kitchen storage in one go is daunting, that's fine.
Purple was our favorite color growing up, and we still have a decent soft spot for it. Recently we came across these two kitchens designed around the royal hue, and we're struck by how versatile it is, coordinating with gray for a modern look, and brown for a warmer feel. The kitchen can also be a particularly good place to play with color, since it's near to, but often still separate from the main area of a house or apartment.
You know the saying 'Every room needs a little black?' Well, with brass's amazing resurrection, the saying should really go, 'Every room needs a little black and brass.' And, if you're the picky type, yes, black might mean bronze and brass might mean gold. My favorite use of the classic combination is in understated or spare vintage spaces where brings the combo brings a lively sophistication.
Since spotting this dining nook over at Desire to Inspire, I haven't been able to stop looking. Of course we love all of the elements that make up the space - the striped built-in banquette, the pedestal table, the enviable terrace. Despite the fact that this is a dining area for a family with a child, it still feels romantic. It's a perfectly functional space for snack time or arts and crafts but once you clean up the Cheerios and the crayons, you're left with a charming and romantic dining area for the adults.
If you are so lucky as to have an actual pantry, you're already ahead of the game. Of course, the downside to having room is that things accumulate and don't get dealt with. In the spirit of the new year, here are five things to target in your pantry, to pare it down and leave yourself plenty of room for the essentials. Stale or Expired Food: Just because it's a dry good or non-refrigerated item doesn't mean that it won't go bad. Inspect any containers or packaging left open, and toss anything that is no longer fresh. Anything Unappealing: Everyone has random consumable gifts that linger, and that you have no desire to eat. Again, donate to a food bank if you don't see yourself using it at any time in the future. Infested Dry Goods: This is the time to check out your bulk foods and flours for pantry moths and/or other kitchen pests, and throw away anything you suspect might be infested. Random Non-Food Items: Pantry space can quickly become general storage, and is often overrun by cleaning supplies, ladders, and all the detritus that accumulates in our lives. Find another spot to stick this stuff, and make it easier to access what you really need.