5 Kitchen Styling Essentials

Do you look at at beautiful photos of impeccable kitchens on Instagram, Pinterest and the internet at large on the daily?  Do you wonder how these styling magicians take it to the next level?  If you look closely at some of your favorite pins they have a few key pieces in just about every kitchen.  These items are often functional, they add texture, color and height and symmetry.   Below are my recommendations and picks for five must-have kitchen styling accessories.  


5 Kitchen Styling Essentials


5 Kitchen Styling Essentials


5 Kitchen Styling Essentials


5 Kitchen Styling Essentials


5 Kitchen Styling Essentials

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Our Home // 1 Year Later

Last week we hit a milestone, one year of living in our house.  I thought I'd share some snaps of how far we've come in the past year.  We didn't do any major renovations, but we painted the ceiling of the living room, painted the kitchen cabinets and transformed a bathroom with tile paint.  We also did a slew of Ikea hacks to make our home function the way we wanted it to.  We are so happy we we are, but of course have a few projects on the docket, including an overhaul of the basement and a few more mentioned below. 

Koster family photo

Our baby turned into a little boy in the past year.  

Family photo

We painted the front door inside and out, changed out the light fixture, added an Ikea wardrobe and Ikea hacked built in benches for storage. 

kitchen before

In the kitchen, we painted the cabinets, took down one section of uppers and added open shelving.  I hope to eventually add a tile back splash, change the flooring to slate tiles and possible change out the countertops.  

Dining room
living room before

The major change in the living room was to paint the ceiling.  By next year, I want to swap out the lighting. 

Living room

This room is still a work in progress, but I'm hoping to add some elements that turn it into a cute, well designed playroom. 


I shared this bathroom makeover a few months back and it really is the room makeover that I am most proud.  We took it from the above photo to the below with under $1000 for everything!!

bath after
bedroom before

The bedroom has come a long way, but in the next few weeks we will be investing in a king-sized mattress, we already found the bed on Craigslist, and I hope to give it a refresh, a bright white paint and replace the boring light fixture with a modern ceiling fan.  


I put a bold navy blue paint on the upstairs half bath.  

Half bath

And finally in Ollie's room, I painted the walls from lavender to bright white, and it made such a big difference.  


ENTRY WAY: entry table - DIY Ikea Hack // round mirror - CB2 // basket - Amazon // rug - Rugs USA // Storage bench - DIY Ikea hack // light fixture - Cedar and Moss // print - Max Wagner 

LIVING ROOM: Sofa: West Elm / pillows: Urban Outfitters / Leather Chair: West Elm / Coffee Table: CB2 / Accordion Table: vintage / lucite side table: CB2 / rug: West Elm / pouf: Amazon / fauxdenza: DIY Ikea Hack / hanging chair: Craigslist / desk: DIY Ikea Hack

KITCHEN & DINING ROOM: paint - valspar // light over peninsula - Home Depot // light over sink - World Market // stools - Jayson Home // table - CB2 // chairs - Amazon // light over dining table - West Elm // rug - Etsy // bus photo - Etsy // watercolor - street artist in Italy // cake stand - Anthropologie 

PLAYROOM: sofa: Craigslist // rug - Target // side table - thrifted // footed planter - Target // mirror - Target // wall hanging - DIY 

BATHROOM: wall paint - Home Decorators Collection by Behr in Cotton Grey // white tile paint - Rustoleum Tub and TIle Refinishing Kit // black tile paint - Bathtub Refinishing Referral Network // round mirror - Ikea // long mirror -Ikea // chandelier - vintage from eBay (similar here) // sconces - IndLights via Etsy // Changing Table - Target(actually a bar cart) // plant stand - Ikea // rugs - vintage via ebay (similar here) // wall vases - CB2 // frame for DIY art - Amazon // shower curtain - West Elm // bath towel - Ballard Design // hand towel - Wayfair // tray for products - CB2 // products - & Other Stories // 

HALL BATHROOM: dresser - DIY Ikea Hack // rug - from Morocco // framed flea market landscape - framebridge // 

BEDROOM: Bed - West Elm (old, similar) // quilt - Anthropologie (old, similar) // sconces - Urban Outfitters // vanity - DIY Ikea hack // full length mirror - Ikea // round mirror - Urban Outfitters // throw - Urban Outfitters // sheets - Restoration Hardware // curtains - Target

NURSERY: crib / crib sheets / rug /  apple print / bamboo shades / curtains / rocker (Craigslist) recovered with this fabricVW Bus knit toy / diy quilt / New York blocks / London Bus knit toydiy name banner/  New York illustrationdresserlamp/ not pictured: New York photographcartstorage binbrownstone pillow 

Kitchen Shelf Styling

What does a designer do when they get a room where they want it?  Then they re-do it, of course.  I have been collecting colored glassware for 10 years, I love stocking my open shelving with pretty vintage glasses and serving pieces, but lately I've been craving a little more natural and minimal look.  I am so inspired by the beautifully styled kitchen shelves below.  

Kitchen Shelf Styling
Kitchen Shelf Styling
Kitchen Shelf Styling
Kitchen Shelf Styling
Kitchen Shelf Styling

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Modern Kitchen Shelf Essentials