let’s just start this blog post with a ginormous disclaimer that very rarely does our kitchen ever look this clean. ;) it was late in the afternoon and the sun wasn’t great when we took these photos, but it was one of those moments where i was like, “this kitchen is clean right now! pause everything! let’s take some pictures in here before dinner!” and so that is what we did!
while it’s taken me a minute to finally go take photos of our kitchen to share on the blog, i can’t tell you how much we love this kitchen space. the size is just right for our family, and it honestly feels spacious to us for a new york city kitchen after the very tiny ones we’ve had prior. we can all be in here together and not feel crammed, which is nice since we are a food obsessed family and most of the time we are all in here eating something.
it’s going to be very hard when we have to leave this apartment space someday, because we love it so much. from its location on the upper west side to the way the space functions for our family, it’s a great space for city living and we feel super lucky to be here. you can see photos of our living room and bedroom HERE, the kids playroom HERE, josh’s and my office and the kids shared bedroom right here.
a little back story to the kitchen space…
when we first walked through the apartment with the broker, he mentioned that they would be replacing a few of appliances before we moved in because they were old and not functioning well. kitchenaid had actually reached out to josh sometime before that about potentially working together and so we thought maybe this could be the perfect opportunity. i know it seems like an odd thing to do when we are renters, but because of this blog of ours, sometimes these sorts of opportunities present themselves and we feel really fortunate when the right fit comes along and we’re able to do something like this!
we sat down with our landlord and agreed on an extra clause in our lease allowing us to make some updates to the kitchen. we were able to choose our own appliances to bring in (we replaced all of them) and make some other updates to the space like change the kitchen flooring from old tiles to the bamboo wood you see here, add new white counters (we picked out a solid surface counter made of sintered stone) and a clean and simple tile backsplash (the original space had a pink, green and cream tile backsplash in a more floral design with a speckled countertop). in my ideal world, we’d have updated the cabinetry as well but our landlord was keen on keeping them and considering all the woodwork around the rest of the apartment, they have slowly begun to grow on me. (slowly being key here. lol. but hard to complain when we were able to do quite a lot to the space while being renters.) oh! and we changed the knobs to a white to match the countertops too!
josh found and ordered this kitchen island from a website for commercial restaurant supplies and equipment, and it works really well here. it’s great because it has shelving in it and so we’re able to keep all the kids cups and dishes on one side so they can access them easily. the wheels also lock so it doesn’t move!
we have three trash cans in our kitchen because we separate our recycling by paper and plastic in addition to our regular trash. (we also are big on composting thanks to josh, and keep our compost in our freezer.) we have a few stools in the kitchen as well because we try to encourage our kids to get what they need from the fridge and cupboards themselves (obviously we still help them with most cupboard things) and also this way they can be a little taller when we are cooking in the kitchen and they want to help, which basically all the time.
originally we started hanging all the kids art work in the playroom (i also framed some pieces) but slowly it started trickling into the kitchen as well and i don’t mind it. it’s the phase of life we are in with lots of little hands creating all day long and i love how their creations have sort of taken over the apartment in all the rooms.
since this apartment had a great kitchen nook for a dining room table, we turned the big dining room space into the kids playroom and use this space as our only eating area. the table has a leaf that extends so we can make it longer when we have company over but works great smaller for our everyday set up. i love these imitation red tolix dining room chairs that match our red stove and the red highchairs that match too. we framed a bunch of our own photos on the wall (started out with a food theme and then it slowly turned into travel photos as well) and the new yorker print we ordered online and had framed locally since it was so large.
anyway, we sure do love this apartment. and it’s such an exciting thought to think about how beatrice and madalena will experience many firsts here, since this is the home we brought them home from the hospital to. excited to have them at the table with us right now, but really looking forward to when they are eating with us, and discovering how crazy amazing FOOD is with their very big foodie family. :)