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Here in my apartment kitchen I've created a warm, cottagey feeling to ward off that sterile cookie cutter look. Using harmonious shades of green, red, and yellow along with plenty of fresh white, keeps this room in sync with the rest of the apartment.
The biggest style maker in this room is the use of an old kitchen cabinet that has traveled with me from home to home and been painted in the crackle finish I love. In other lives, it has served as a bookshelf and as craft room storage. Here, it sits on the breakfast bar that faces my living room and provides not only additional storage but serves as a room divider. The white picket fence in my living room backs up to it! One of these days, I'll paint that white too. I added cup hooks and some molding around the sides and removed a few of the shutter doors. On the corner of the breakfast bar, I have a little vignette consisting of a sweet lamp with a painted shade, bought for $5.00 at an overstock store, a little painted stool, an old tin, and a floral arrangement. The French style button topiary with the red gingham bow was made by me especially for this space.
I love having a small lamp in the kitchen, especially for late at night when jarring bright lights aren't needed for that midnight cup of tea.
The old style wooden drying rack is functional and fits the decor nicely.
My collection of vintage kitchen tools graces the walls near the stove. All the pieces are wooden handled and painted in a soft shade of farmhouse green, my favorite! I kept with the rustic feel of the implements by using plain old wire to attach the rolling pics to the wall. A farmhouse picture and lots of wood and painted accessories complete the look.
A thrift store sunflower painting and my Parisian replica clock add to the farmhouse feel, while up above, plants and even a vintage tin lamb cake mold dressed with a sweet ribbon draw the eye around the room.
Surrounded by my favorite things, even scrubbing pots and pans is less of a chore and a great way to utilize my collections!