So yes, I’ve lived here a year and I am only now showing you the kitchen. And yes, I live in a studio so it’s not like I have a mansion to reveal room by room (no hate for those that do because I love those posts). Though I have revealed my office, my family room, my entry way, and my beverage bar, I have yet to show you my bathroom (do you even want to see it? I mean, it’s pretty but still a bathroom) and my bedroom. And this is me laughing because I live in a STUDIO (also known as there is no division of rooms (but for the bathroom) so I have used my decorating prowess (still laughing) to create those divisions). Anyway, Chicago Kitchen Reveal.As you can see, my kitchen is in a kind of narrow hallway but I love it. Because my apartment in San Francisco was not this nice. While I was there I made the best of it and never complained because it was just my reality, but when looking at this place my nonna said that the SF apartment was a rat’s nest (without any rats!). I demurred that it wasn’t but that gives you an idea (I think I did a lot with what I had and on a budget!). My oven has NUMBERS on it! I don’t have to guess where 375 degrees on the knob should be. And the cabinets are so pretty! I like to keep my favorite candle of all time lit (on sale for 20% off right now!). And that antique phone cover? It was discovered in a resale shop in San Diego. It’s not useful (and in a studio, you don’t have much room for that which isn’t useful) but it’s so pretty that I kept it.If you’ve seen the rest of my house (look, I’m not complaining…I am just overjoyed to have a washer and dryer…I can’t even tell you), you probably noticed that I’ve used a a lot white and a bit of gray. In the kitchen, I allowed some fun colors (because I do like fun colors…white just made the other spaces look bigger) in the form of fun potholders (similar, again on sale!) and pretty dish towels (more sale) and a few other things I’ll point out. I also picked a rug that had a lot of white and gray but also teal in it. The kitchen is a place that should feel like you and this one does! Also can I brag on the swifter wetjet? I am so pro this item. On some days my health issues make bending and mopping and all those cleaning activities difficult but this is super helpful to me.
I used a small circular cutting board to create a bit of height for my olive oil jar and just make it more interesting to the eye. It also holds my favorite picture I’ve ever taken of my youngest sibling (with an iPhone 4…but I love it!). Like I said, I grew up with kitchens that were warm and inviting–places you want to be. So I like a little peek at someone I love. More on my straw collection to come…I keep my smoothie straws in the same thing a barber would use. Gotta keep it interesting, right? And my olive oil (extra virgin) is kept in this beautiful blue and green container my mom got me when we were in Sonoma. See? This place is filled with treasures and finds and memories. I used my Kate Spade Break the Ice Tumbler because it has a lid and I drink water, water, water all day, erry day. It’s hard to see from this angle but I keep my spoons and etc. in this blue ceramic thing that was on sale at anthro.There’s the long view from the other side. That calendar was a birthday gift and I adore it so much! July is all about Blueberries! (Here is the 2016 equivalent!)Finally, with fresh parsley and basil from my aunt’s garden for my nonna’s recipes, I have some tips for making this space a little less cluttered and a little more pretty. Living in a small space makes it impossible to avoid clutter so when you can cut it down, you do it. I keep my dishwashing soap in a pretty bottle. And that silver pot (which is actually for plants, I believe) holds all my brushes and sponges. The wine bottle is special because my friend got it for me since it is all glass/acrylic and it reminded her of my desk area. I haven’t figured out what I will do with it yet.
Gosh, I am exhausted. Reveals are no joke. Maybe that’s why I’ve put this one off? Haha. So what do you think of my little kitchen? Again, I love it, if only because the oven tells me what temperature it is.