An Unpacked Kitchen

April 5, 2010 · 21 comments · Print This Post

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With the exception of one lone box CK and I are now completely unpacked. Needless to say it’s an extreme relief. Of course, everything is far from perfectly situated but I’m definitely starting to feel ever so slightly more settled in. It’s been an incredibly trying few weeks so any positive vibes that are starting to bubble up are absolutely a welcome change.

As you’ll see in the above video the kitchen has been organized — such as it is. I hate how cluttered it inevitably looks to have everything in the room set out for scrutiny but I’m just going to have to get over it. Functionally speaking I’m still getting used to the kitchen layout. I feel like I’m constantly running back and forth to grab a plate around the corner, a fork from one side of the room, and a whisk from the other. Obviously it’s going to take some time for this new space to become as second nature as my old kitchen.

In the meantime I’ve managed to burn gravy one evening, catch on my spaghetti sauce another night, and break half of our water glasses. It seems I’ve become more Amelia Bedelia in the kitchen than Mary Poppins. Here’s hoping that sorts itself out! For those of you who miss the “Watson Wednesdays” of last summer, Mr. Fluffy Diva himself makes a command appearance in the video and loudly demands your attention and admiration several times. The award for being overjoyed in this new space definitely belongs to Watson and Dexter.

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1 Kristen B April 5, 2010 at 10:31 am

This looks awesome. I especially like the cabinet thingy that you are storing your glassware in! And I have that same feeling of always running around looking for things while I”m cooking, but I think it must go away with time…it just takes some getting used to and moving things around a bit til it feels comfortable. But overall looking good! You’ve made so much progress so quickly, must feel good. and pink tulips to boot. 😉


2 Lindsey @ pickyeatings April 5, 2010 at 10:41 am

I LOVE Amelia Bedelia and the fact that you just made a reference to her made my day!


3 carrie April 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

looks GREAT!!! So happy for you to be unpacked!! what a major accomplishment… that’s really one of the toughest battles of moving, so kudos for that.

two ways to possibly minimize the shelf-clutter appearance… I would either switch the racks where you have your pantry items with the hanging pots (so the ‘ingredients’ are against the wall, and the pots are where you currently have teh ingredients. pots and pans are very often a standard visual in kitchens, so they might not be as ‘busy’ as the various colored packaging of the ingredient boxes?)

another idea would be to keep the items on present racks, but hang a wall of magnetized chalkboard (or sheet rock/plywood?) to the face of your ingredient/pantry rack. it’d be an opportunity to hang pictures, be a message center, or even paint it so you have a burst of color in the room. Granted, adding a partition like that would close in the racks, which you may not want, but it for sure could create the illusion of a separate room for the pantry.

All in all I think it’s great, and the more you LIVE in the space, the better idea you’ll have of how you actually use it. I can’t wait to see it in person! congrats!!


4 Kelly April 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

I’m so jealous of all the space. I think the other readers offered great tips as well.


5 PaintingChef April 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

Amelia Bedelia flashback!! THANK YOU! Visions of drape-drawing and furniture dusting are now swimming happily through my head.


6 Adrienne April 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

What about using boxes or baskets for pantry items? Ikea makes some great inexpensive ones in different colors. It might feel neater to be able to put cans and bottles “away” and out of sight. I’m not sure it would work with cereal boxes, but it’s jsut an idea.


7 Kerstin April 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Yay, I bet it’s so nice to have the unpacking out of the way. Didn’t Amelia Bedelia always save the day with one of her cakes at the end? 🙂 I loved those books!


8 Hänni April 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I’m so happy you posted. I’ve been VERY curious about your new kitchen! And I loved getting a glimpse at all your great dishes and cookware.

I like Carrie’s idea about putting ingredients on the back wall, pots and pans out front. Another suggestion is baskets–but a bunch of identical woven baskets and put all your ingredient type stuff in those. Things like peanut butter jars and small boxes (like of steel-cut oats) will disappear! Target has some great shallow media baskets–I bought 8 for my pantry.

Also, on Young House Love, I saw where they hung a bamboo shade over the top of their laundry nook so you couldn’t see the detergent and stain sticks and stuff. You could do something like that, maybe with flat shades (since I don’t know if you’re a bamboo type girl)

And one last thing–good job CK with the tulips. They are beeeeyuuuuutiful!


9 Tabby April 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Hi Erin,
I just love your new home all unpacked. It is very modern and chic looking. I think Carrie had a good idea about moving those pants out front and putting the food in the back shelf. Also the idea about some nice baskets for some of the food sounds good too. Even if you keep it as is it is very, very nice. I love the furry duo stealing the scene at the end! That is a nice window seat for the kitties also. Good job 🙂


10 carrie April 5, 2010 at 2:47 pm

also?? so you don’t think I’m a stalker… I keep coming back to watch the video, pretending I’m the one living the oh-so-cool life in the uber-fabuloso loft. hmmm.. maybe that *is* kinda stalker-like.

yeah, so, uh.. how ’bout them tulips?? LOVE!!!


11 Maggie April 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I really love this set-up. I also agree that boxes or baskets or even old metal rectangles or tubs would be of great use on your shelving unit! Another idea, if you decide you can’t tolerate the open look down the line, your flat would lend itself well to industrial-type curtains hanging on the exterior of the metal shelves, just to hide the outside and make the interior of all those shelves feel more pantry-like. I like rough-hewn material used against steel shelves. You could affix it with velcro, so you could remove it/wash it. I like the idea of coffee sack style material or something rough like that… to add to the industrial nature of the space. I am so jealous. I used to live in a loft in Cambridge (in an old toy factory, no less!) and miss it so much.


12 shelly April 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

The loft looks fab! 🙂


13 Julia April 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

I love it! My “inner organizer” is going crazy right now! I love organizing! You did a fabulous job. I looooooooove it. Awesome, A++++


14 nancy nurse April 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm

your pink(or mauve) mixer looks great with the tulips. The openess of the kitchen is great, room to grow and change around. Love your website and keep up the good work


15 Alejandra April 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I actually really love it! It’s a gorgeous space and feels almost like a professional kitchen. If you want to hide things away better, would it be possible to hang a curtain or maybe some bamboo blinds to partition the pantry area away? I really do think it looks lovely as is though!


16 Meghan April 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Love the vibe, love the big window, love your glassware, love your tulips, but mostly love that you have Emily’s birth announcement on your fridge xo


17 Allen April 14, 2010 at 12:21 am

Kitchen porn! I love the tour and think you have an amazing new kitchen. Cluttered? Not at all — personally, I would have racks displaying all of my kitchen gadgets and pantry items if I had the space … so , I’m jealous 😉


18 Erin April 15, 2010 at 9:12 am

Thanks Allen! It really does look much better in person than in the video and I’m slowly getting used to it. Don’t be jealous. In reality I live in fear that one day I’ll come home to everything crashed together due to rambunctious kitten play.


19 Elizabeth April 22, 2010 at 3:53 am

I have the exact same shelving units in both my pantry & garage. What I have to help group things together & make things look nice is:

I have six bigger ones and eight smaller ones and they do the trick perfectly.

LOVE the loft and what you’ve done.


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