I love my home. I think it’s the first place I’ve ever lived that I feel an emotional connection with. And it’s not just that it’s my first “grown-up” apartment. The first time I stepped inside its walls, the bare bones of the house spoke to me. Now that I’ve lived here for nearly two and a half years, not only I love the skeleton, but I have decorated, painted, cycled through roommate after roommate, and nested so thoroughly I can’t imagine moving. I mean, I literally have nightmares about it.
Still, it is a rented, 24 year old’s apartment in one of the most expensive areas in the United States. And as much as I love painting, I can’t help but keep in mind that one day I’ll need to paint them back to off-white. I’m considering putting in a hanging pot rack and it’d be lovely to have a dishwasher, but for a shabby rental, that’s just silly. It’s not quite my dream house. So in the meantime, I’m collecting ideas for the home that will be worth truly investing in.
Kitchens in particular are important. Kitchens are where everyone seems to gravitate during a party, and for a foodie like me, where I spend a lot of my time at home anyways. An inspiring kitchen makes you want to cook.
What does your perfect kitchen look like?
Can you believe this is actually Julia Child‘s kitchen? The lady not only had personality and a fierce cooking ability, but wonderful decor taste as well. I love picturing Jacques Pépin’s stories about cooking with Child in this kitchen, and I highly recommend Pépin’s autobiography, The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen.
Can you even believe this tile floor from designer Montse Esteva (via The Style Files)? I’m not normally a fan of big, bold patterns, but the white walls balance it out.
Life in Grace shares her stunning, sea-green cabinets.
As someone who has almost no kitchen storage space right now, I can really appreciate this vertical layout from Murphy & Co Design (via Houzz).
My taste used to lean towards very messy, like this kitchen from Johanna Methusalemsdottir (via Moon to Moon). Now I prefer something slightly more organized, but this design is very achievable for my current apartment.
Simple, clean, and bright from Anthology Magazine (via Design*Sponge). It’s amazing how much even just fresh flowers can breathe new life into a room.
I’ve been craving one of these tea cup hangers for my own kitchen. I even have the perfect shelf for it! Put a bookmark on this organization idea from an unknown source (via DigsDigs).