Vintage Kitchen

You don't have to remodel your entire kitchen to add flair to your kitchen space, says design expert Sarah Keenleyside. Even a small area like a breakfast nook can add loads of personality. Think about taking inspiration from the mid-century modern movement. It's a great opportunity to play around with lots of fun fabrics and colours.

Vintage Kitchen

Above: lights, rug, love seat, accessories, West Elm; chairs, cabinet, Queen West Antiques; table, Modern Furniture Knockoff; floating shelves, Ikea; art, designer's own

To create a space like this in your own home you want to start with one or two great vintage pieces. The great olive green vintage chairs we chose really drive this design. Vintage pieces come "as-is" so they're not as flexible as newer items. These moulded plastic chairs are originals from the era and really complement the contemporary love seat in a dark ink color. The classic Saarinen Tulip table provides that clean pop of white while the marble top softens the more man made material.

A teak hutch has nice clean lines and adds extra storage in your breakfast nook. This is a nice stand alone piece that can always move to other areas of your home. It's very versatile.

Don't be afraid of open shelving in a kitchen space. It's a great way to show off your collectibles! Here we brought in several pieces to show off the eras collectibles as these multi-coloured clay and glass sets were usually on display. Have fun with pattern and colour here. It will really make your space shine.

Sarah Keenleyside


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