When we first saw this kitchen, we immediately wanted to pack our bags and head to New Orleans for a visit. The pied-à-terre apartment in the French Quarter looks like the perfect respite from a busy life.
Of course, as we took a closer look, we found several tips and ideas we can steal for our own kitchens.
1. Stay true to the space.
Part of the charm of this kitchen is that it stays true to the character of both the building and the neighborhood. While it might be tempting to renovate a historic building and update it with all the modern amenities, there is something to be said for maintaining the traditional look of the space.
2. Don't be afraid to add upholstered furniture.
I love the look of an upholstered piece of furniture in the kitchen. Whether it's a sofa, love seat, armchair, or a simple ottoman, it's one of my favorite ways to make an eat-in kitchen feel welcoming. And since one of my favorite things is to have friends hang out in the kitchen with me while I cook, having a comfortable place for them to do so is key.
3. Mix brights and pastels.
It can be challenging to mix brights and pastels together, unless you're sticking with one color family, but this kitchen proves it can be done — and beautifully at that. To make the most of it, choose a pastel hue as the base for your room and then add toned-down brights — like the green spice rack — in a complementary color.
4. Accentuate architectural details.
The exposed beams and exposed brick in this kitchen are stunning, and they are made even more prominent by the way they are echoed in the furniture in the space. The vintage table has the same patina as the beams, and the tones of the distressed china cabinet match the color palette 0f the light brick wall.
5. Mix old and new.
One of our favorite things about this space is that it has a good mix of both old and new. The sleek, modern-style pitcher isn't out of place — even with the more ornate vintage pieces, like the figural lamp, because there is enough variety to support both styles.
What's your favorite detail about this kitchen?