No, that splatter of tomato sauce on the wall by the stove does not count as kitchen decoration.
That revelation is why, as part of my quest to deep clean and sort of redecorate our place, I’ve turned my eye to the kitchen, a place where I spend so much of my time. In a rental apartment, there’s obviously a limit to what you can do, but I’ve been pulling together inspiration for the walls, the tables, and the shelves in a series of new Collections on eBay.
A lot of kitchen essentials are aesthetically pleasing on their own. Vintage prints, from French chocolate advertisements to chili pepper disambiguation charts, can liven up the walls. Beautiful cookbooks, both old and new, help open shelves become warm in a slightly cluttered library-like way. Gorgeous embroidered linens don’t have to hide in the closet – pile them in woven baskets or spread them out on the table, in order to show off the colors and patterns you’ve collected.
My kitchen came with some built-in decoration: a wine rack for showing off pretty bottles and a tile backdrop where we hang out spice rack. I’ve always loved how both of these out in open inspired me to get cooking, which is the ultimate goal of any kitchen decor for a cook–to make the room a place you want to be, well, all the time. So as I thought about what else I could do to show off my love of food and cooking, I loved browsing through the prints, linens, and old cookbooks on eBay and I hope you’ll find them equally inspiring!
How do you decorate your kitchen?
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