The Most Instagrammable Kitchen
I often look back at my old boards on Pinterest for inspiration, and I have to laugh sometimes because I will see that I pinned the same image over and over (and over) and that I have done so over a span of years. I guess it just goes to show that I know what I like, and maybe my taste does't really change (evolve?) as much as I think it does. Case in point, the West Village kitchen of Alison Cayne.
I must have bookmarked this kitchen over a dozen times and I can guarantee you that if it came up in my feed today, I would surely fall in love with it all over again. Looking at it now, I can say that I've seen some version of this kitchen done multiple times over, but I can also guarantee you that those kitchens are all inspired by this kitchen. I guess we shouldn't be surprised that the woman who created the famed Haven's Kitchen would have such a stunning kitchen but given that this supermom, who also has 5 children, (!!!) created this space on her own and without formal training, well, yeah... I'm surprised.
What I love about this kitchen is how dramatic and moody this space is, but also how light it feels. The dark moldings and subway tile are classic downtown elements, and of course that oven is what dreams are made of. The colors are perfect, as is the hardware, and I love the juxtaposition of the rustic shelving against the tile. Yes, I love all of these things but what I really love about this kitchen is how lived in it feels. This is the kitchen of someone who cooks, and for me it's just so inspiring to see what that actually looks like.
I feel like open shelving can be very controversial. My dad and I have gone around and around on whether or not we have too much open shelving in the Costa house, (we don't) and for people who are against it the reasoning is always that it's difficult to keep neat and clean. I'm the one who is always shaking my fists (not really, but I like the visual) saying, " but that's the whole point, it doesn't have to look neat and clean." Open shelving is an immediate way to make your kitchen look lived in and I swear I'm going to put a copy of this kitchen on my fridge with EXHIBIT A stamped on the front.
This kitchen is clean and organized (I'm guessing more so than usual for the shoot) but it's also chaotic and a little messy. If you look at those shelves, those pans and baking sheets are used. Those cookbooks, while organized by color, are also dog eared. Those spice jars are not just for decoration, and having such easy access to them near the stove means they are actually being used. Now, I'm not saying we can all live in world that consists of cluttered countertops, open shelving, and glass refrigerators, but I am saying that if this large family can do it, maybe there is some hope for us all.
I'm sure you all have seen this kitchen more than a few times, but for those of you who haven't here you go. The rest of Alison's perfect townhouse can be seen here, and yes, that is also the bathroom that you've dreamt about since you first saw it a few years back (her designs really are insane!) Most of these images are from a recent piece in The Coveteur and there is also some good insight from Alison herself about the art of cooking. If you'd like to read more about her and her mission with Haven's Kitchen, this is a great place to start!
Happy pinning! Xx
Images via One Kings Lane and The Coveteur