When John and I finished a design session with Emily and Yiannis recently, we all ended up in the kitchen. They had just moved into their first apartment together in Brooklyn and sought our guidance.
It was in the kitchen, after a glass of wine, that we cooked up the idea to make their place our temporary home.
Having unpacked only some of their boxes, Emily and Yiannis were going away, with no time to set up house. So, while they went traveling to Portugal and Greece (Yiannis’ home country), John, Jack, and I occupied their place for a few days to check out the Brooklyn scene, and implement some of our design ideas.
The kitchen is one of three rooms we tackled. It is large by NYC standards and has good natural light,
- the finishes in the room are old and the space looks a little tired — the walls are tiled and painted white, with some black tile accents, cabinets and furniture are wood-toned, and so is the floor (the room lacks color)
- a large built-in hutch is awkward to access (due to the location of a big refrigerator) and has open shelving (with potential to be unsightly if items are not thoughtfully displayed)
- it’s a rental apartment, and the improvement budget is very limited
We soon got creative and came up with some low cost solutions.
John organized the hutch, moving pantry items into closed storage, and displaying dish ware and glassware on the open shelves.
OK, it’s time for a little COLOR!
To keep on budget, we had to add color accents strategically. I bought a quart of Benjamin Moore “Cool Blue” in a high gloss finish.
We used the freshly painted frame for a photo of an olive merchant that Yiannis had in the apartment.
And in this view, the blue painted clock, a table runner and paper napkins, all from IKEA, compliment the two painted chairs.
18 Wall Caddy
7 Table Runner
2 Paper Napkins
We decided not to splurge on the collar (sorry Jack) and instead turned our attention to an ironing board found in a back room; it was already blue at no charge. We knew the perfect spot for it in the kitchen.
Jack thinks we added just the right amount of color for Emily and Yiannis. It transformed the kitchen they left behind…
live. enjoy. repeat.