Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

December 11, 2015

Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

I really don’t know what is happening to me and my taste in design but lately my favorite spaces look just like this. Unfussy, layers of stuff, fairly neutral in color, and with that vintage rustic farmhouse feeling. The clean, classy, modern spaces I used to love are starting to look a little boring and sterile to me a lot of the time. It’s truthfully somewhat of a sea change for me and while it’s slightly disorienting I can’t say I’m mad about it.

Clutter is a very tricky thing that many people would never willfully choose to live with. And I totally respect that. Let’s be real, my home is cluttered right now but NOT in this lovely, styled way that I’m inspired by in these photos. Making this much stuff look good actually takes more skill and planning than a minimalist space in many ways. It is not easy to pull off. Everything has to make sense together and tell a cohesive visual story in order for it to not just look like you’re a gigantic mess of an adult.

Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

When done right though it is so darn cozy. These spaces feel really truly lived in and loved. The collections of precious objects tell you about the person that lives there. In the kitchen of course those collections are usually related to cooking and dining. I can’t get enough of pretty dishes and serving bowls and cookware. Let’s hope I continue to learn to cook more and maybe even entertain guests once in a while so I can justify a growing collection of kitchenware. I just picked up the pitcher, platter, and serving bowl from Anthropolgie’s Attingham collection in the blush color when they were on super sale and I just adore them. They are proudly displayed in the dining room.

Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

On a related note: wow, clearly I really like open shelving these days. Much like stylized clutter, you tend to either love or hate open shelving. I mean come on guys, how am I supposed to display my beloved collections properly without open shelving? If I was going to design a kitchen today I don’t think I could resist having at least one segment of open shelves. How about you?

Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

This last kitchen is the most modern of the bunch but it has enough texture in the natural wood shelves and plaster walls to give off that rustic vibe. Handmade, uneven dishes and little vintage treasures make all the difference as well. Guys, I really want to live in a big old farmhouse so I can even hope to attempt to pull off this look. Living in a ’70s condo with builder basic finishes and no crown molding is a major cramp on my groove, haha. If we do end up in a newer less-farmhousey home when we move, it’s going to be interesting to see if I can manage that antique, rustic style. We shall see!

one | Delaware Valley 8 Magazine
two | via blood & champagne
three | Mimi Thorisson
four | via MFAMB
five | Jersey Ice Cream Co via Design*Sponge


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  • Reply Jordan January 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    These are lovely. There is a way to do the cluttered look that looks good! I guess there’s hope for my kitchen yet, lol.

  • Reply Claire January 13, 2016 at 8:37 am

    The last one is especially great. Love that hanging knife rack.

  • Reply Rajrang March 18, 2016 at 12:12 am

    So elegant! I like the hand painted ceramic bowls with lids and tea pots displayed in the open shelves style.

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