Since adding the vintage Hungarian posters, the kitchen is a fun place to be. They are HUGE and (fashionably) fill up the whole wall with saturated colour. I love the statement they make against our relatively plain kitchen. Although there are elements of the kitchen I love (the herringbone tile backsplash we installed, the teak chairs we re-upholstered with houndstooth fabric, the funky black and white floor), if you’ve been reading for awhile you know there’s lots I don’t love (the wood cabinets Hubby loves, that we refinished, but still aren’t my cup of tea, the awkward layout, the windowlessness). But now I’m at peace with the whole package and am committed to this art (as opposed to version one and version two).
In no particular rush, I am finally accessorizing the kitchen with a direction, using the posters as my guide. When I can, I like to pick art for a room first, and then pull inspiration for colours and textures from it.
My new (to me) FAB trays look fun in the space, especially because the retro fabrics really bring to life the vintage attire sold in the posters. I’m using one to corral the hand soap and dishwasher pods I like to keep at arm’s length (I’m officially too lazy to bend over and retrieve the pods from the cupboard under the sink). The horn dish is from Hungary.
I also have a beautiful new tea towel, sent all the way from Berlin!
This graphic black and white (Zebraria) tea towel is from La Kattun, handprinted fabrics. It’s hand-printed on organic cotton by a Berlin-based artist, Eva Reisinger. I’m in love with her fresh and modern designs (available in her etsy shop). I knew this crisp pattern would look perfect with my punchy posters (especially the one with striped parcels), and black and white floor! She has also makes pillows with the same design and I am smitten with those too.
Next up: MORE COLOUR! But summer is coming and with it, yard sale season!! I know I’ll find some great accessories, for a great price, if I’m patient (my Krenit bowl was last year’s sweet kitchen find).
Our counters do get a daily dose of colour courtesy of my growing Pyrex, Anchor Hocking and Federal Glass collections, which we use for fruits and snacks every day.
P.S. Eva is thrilled that I’m so enamored with her hand-printed textiles, so she’s offered to host a giveaway for Dans le Townhouse readers! She has sewn something gorgeous, just for you, so stay tuned next week for details on how to win. I also asked Eva a few questions, so we can snoop inside her design process as well. If you can’t wait, take a look at her lovely blog, peek inside her studio, or check out her etsy shop, La Kattun.