an easy kitchen update.
by victoria comment

4/14/21

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

as you may already know, i rent my cottage in laguna beach and it’s registered with the historical society as a spanish revival built in 1929. i couldn’t love it more, but my small kitchen needed just a bit of an update to both brighten it up and to add some much-needed storage without touching its original elements, like the colored tile coutertops and terracotta floors. so when in need of storage space in a small kitchen the best thing to solve that issue is to go up — with vertical storage such as open shelving, and in this case a vintage glass display cabinet. i had a carpenter make free-floating shelving that’s well-anchored to the wall so i could display my (too many!) collectibles, like vintage pottery and serving pieces. painted white, they blend in nicely and create a nice open, airy feeling to the kitchen. next up, i found a great vintage cabinet on etsy at decor pasadena and i know it’s almost blasphemous, but i painted it white so it would blend in well with the existing kitchen cabinetry. it’s got nice glass doors so i can display some of my prettiest glassware and dishes and on top of it, my favorite japanese cookware — a donable pot and yaki yaki san stovetop grill, both from toiro kitchen, a wonderful shop that carries all kinds of great japanese cookware and accessories.

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

it’s a funky little kitchen, so i’m going for kind of a wabi-sabi feeling — embracing the aesthetic of things in existence, that are “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” — essentially finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection. so just for fun, i added a paper japanese lantern over the existing light fixture. i find all my beloved paper lanterns at bunkado in l.a.’s little toyko, but you can find them online as well on etsy or pearl river. i also made some new window curtains from some turkish towels i found at the lumia. they carry some really soft and beautiful collections! it was easy — i simply cut the towels in half and added a hem at the top. then i used these Curtain Rings with Clips and hung them from the existing curtain rod. i also added a white Cotton Rag Rug from h&m home and some of my favorite dish towels from merci paris.

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

other additions were a white Smeg tea Kettle to match my big chill retro fridge and Classic Retro stovetop range. i wanted to keep the artwork simple and in black & white, so i hung some of my favorites art prints from hotel magique. i also created a little cocktail bar just on top of the fridge using a black cocktail tray from pottery barn. fresh fruits are displayed in a pedestal bowl from jayson home. the flea market moroccan shopping tote is from super marché displayed on a Mariella bamboo rack i found at urban outfitters. i stash extra dish towels and my apron in the tote bag for more extra storage. my cookbook stand is a favorite marble one i found on west elm and my bamboo wine rack is vintage from etsy — there are some great finds on there if you like something a little more unique and special to display your wine and we have a really pretty (and portable) vintage bamboo bar in the shop right now that also doubles as a picnic carrier. the riviera bamboo counter stools are from serena & lily.  i think that’s all the resources, but if you have any questions do let me know!

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

an easy kitchen update / sfgirlbybay

• all photos by sfgirlbybay.

27 responses to “an easy kitchen update.”

  1. Such a charming, cozy, sophisticated space. Love all the layers and textures you have incorporated. Would love to be sipping an espresso with you in that kitchen.

  2. Hi, You always have such lovely homes, perfect really. I’m so sorry about Lucy, but happy you have a new furry snuggle bunny. Question? Do you like your adorable espresso machine and if so, what’s the make & model? Thank you for all the pretty pictures you add to the world.
    Cheers,
    Marushka

  3. Such a beautiful kitchen. Would love to know how you attached the lantern to your light fixture. I’m thinking of doing something like that in my kitchen.

    • Thanks, Dianna! It wasn’t very ‘professional’ but I just used 3m Double-Stick tape around the paper rim of the lantern to the rim of the existing fixture. :)

  4. I am obsessed! Feeling so inspired to add bits of this to my kitchen. Thank you for sharing and all your posts. They are a highlight to my day.

  5. I love it! Every thing you do is always so original and delightful! I miss the days when you shared your cookbook club books with us!

  6. What a totally uniquely gorgeous little space!! You really have made it work so well. I Really ADORE that cupboard, with the glass!! Thanks for showing us!!

  7. i love it especially your towel/curtain idea! and feel like doing a little update for my funky kitchen, too. nothing special, just move some things from what i already have. you’re always a delight.

  8. Hi Victoria,

    I love the philosophy of embracing the aesthetic of things in existence. I think its more beautiful to enhance whether than Agonizing over (wishing) the rooms were more modern etc. I have open shelving in my kitchen and love popping new things on and off.. have you posted photos of your loving room or outdoor spaces at your cottage? You always do a fantastic job with your decor. Very European, having spent alot of time in France I appreciate the resourcefulness & simplicity.

  9. Such a fun and intriguing space with so much character. Thank you so much for sharing the new additions. I so enjoy all you post. ❤️ I am curious as to what the chrome orb with the wooden handle is…

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