apartment dreams: a black & white kitchen.

May 18, 2021

I’m taking a page from my dear friend LaTonya who helped pull me out of a funk by reminding me there’s value just in letting myself daydream. After last week’s ironing board unveiling, I’ve been dreaming about eventually asking permission to do some other kitchen unearthing; peeling back layers of fiberboard cabinetry and vinyl flooring and deciding what to keep and what to change and how to marry old and new. Using our black-and-white tile and adored vintage stove as a jumping off point, here’s the shape those are dreams are taking right now:

Salvaged sinks

and soapstone.

Spacious drawers in dark stains or lighter ones.

Bright lights in classic shapes

and solid knobs and simple pulls.

Tall doors with unpainted hardware

and a refrigerator to match a vintage stove.

Plus more inspiration being added to a growing board on Pinterest.

Any kitchen dreams of your own happening?

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  • Reply MARION May 18, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    With your talent to improve your place and this Pinterest board I’m sure you can manage to convince your landlord 😉

  • Reply Allison May 18, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    It’s time for you to buy a (small) dilapidated farmhouse in rural New England and document the renovation. Just go for it.

    • Reply Marie May 18, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      Agree! Erin, will you guys ever leave the city? Imagine how much further your money could go!!!

      • Reply Trish O May 18, 2021 at 6:18 pm

        I am inspired by these ideas and also in the middle of a small kitchen overhaul. One of the photos you shared had an open shelve style that will be perfect. Here is to the reminder that daydreams are important

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE May 18, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      You buy; I’ll renovate!

  • Reply Nadine May 18, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    I’m curious – if you were to rate this apt and your last one on a scale of 1 to 10, how would each fare? Pros and cons to each: more light vs better sound proofing between neighbours…

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE May 18, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Ha! Who knows?! What’s a 10? Definitely way more light and more space in this one!

  • Reply Sue May 19, 2021 at 6:52 am

    My kitchen and small home living dreams are finally coming true, I only had to wait until I was 61 for it to happen …. gosh I’m going to enjoy the rest of my life. Sometimes it’s the waiting and planning that makes it all the more special. My fridge/freezer is the exact Smeg you have pictured only in cream … I have drooled over Smegs since I was 20.

    You are working wonders in your lovely living space and are so very inspirational.

  • Reply Steph May 19, 2021 at 9:05 am

    I just returned a book the library that had some beautiful kitchens and other amazing spaces in it: Still. The Slow Home by Natalie Walton. So much inspiration, though challenging to translate into my 600 sqf space.

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