A Subtly Sophisticated Rental Kitchen with a Personal Touch

A Subtly Sophisticated Rental Kitchen with a Personal Touch

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Cambria Bold
Jan 30, 2015
We love the wicker pendant and big piece of art!
(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

Like many rental kitchens, Bronwyn's Nob Hill, San Francisco kitchen has older appliances, Formica countertops, a stainless steel drop-in sink, and basic contractor-grade cabinets. Not much to work with at first glance, but Bronwyn had other ideas. (That happens when you live in the same apartment for 12 years, as Bronwyn has!)

She painted the cabinets — and made them two-tone — and added in a few little touches that infused the space with warmth and personality. Now it's totally charming! Let's take a peek at all the little details.

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

As she shared recently in her House Tour on Apartment Therapy, Bronwyn painted her kitchen cabinets two colors: "Designer White" (upper) and "Admiral Blue" (lower), both from Clark & Kensington. The result is quite fabulous.

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

My favorite parts of her kitchen, though, are the little details: the wicker pendant, ceiling medallion, vintage ice box, blue candlesticks, and painting shown in the first photo; the cappuccino machine, Heath Ceramics bud vase, and cheery flowers shown above. These are small touches that serve to add a lot of loveliness to the space without making it feel cluttered. (A surprisingly difficult thing to do!)

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)
(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

I just love the contrast between the cabinets. The bottom color is so rich.

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

This built-in cabinet was the best part of the kitchen, and Bronwyn has made the most of it. One whole shelf is devoted to her favorite tea, Marco Polo by Mariage Freres.

What a lovely little kitchen, and lots of inspiration for renters!

See the Full Tour → Bronwyn's Constantly Evolving Nob Hill Studio at Apartment Therapy

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