New Additions to the “Erin Cooks” Kitchen

May 15, 2008 · 15 comments · Print This Post

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I'm a Fab Shelf - Gotta Love Me!

Over the past month I’ve made a few fun additions to my kitchen and in the spirit of Pee-Wee Herman please meet “Shelfy!  Unfortunately this shelf doesn’t chat with me and give sage advice but it does help immensely with the serious kitchen cabinet overload I’d been experiencing. Initially I thought I wanted a more traditional baker’s rack, but after searching around I couldn’t find one that didn’t seen horribly old fashioned.  Then CK and I went to Ikea, or as my friend Julia refers to it “Disneyland for Grown-ups.”  At Ikea I wrote down and crossed out literally six different shelving units until we got to the very end of the store and I saw this system: The Omar.  For once in my life I found exactly what I wanted and it was *gasp* the cheapest one.  So I ended up happy, the cupboards are a little less cluttered, and CK didn’t have to take out a personal loan to buy me a baker’s rack.

Left Side and the Right Side

Last week I was determined to win Jenny Frazier’s cryptic typography based contest that she hosted at her blog All Eyes on Jenny.  So I put my Nancy Drew thinking cap on and broke out my mad “googling” skills.  The first day of the contest honestly left me clueless, but than Jenny started to reveal little clues and I finally figured out what the answer was.  Last night my pretty pretty prize was waiting for me when I got home and it was promptly hung on the wall in my kitchen, just high enough above my pink KitchenAid so that it doesn’t end up covered in cake batter.   Obviously all of the blogging in this household happens in the kitchen, even Chris sits at the dining room table to work.  So much for that spare room we made into an office…

Do You Know What It Says?

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1 Jenny May 15, 2008 at 8:52 am

Ok first of all that pitcher/glass set is absolutely adorable! Second of all – I’m glad you got the painting so quickly! Congrats again! And, of course, enjoy! 🙂


2 Julia May 15, 2008 at 9:26 am

Thanks for the mention! Like a mormon on a mission I have been spreading the gospel according to Julia about Ikea and chrome wire shelving. It lasts for-ev-er. If you move or you decide to get something else to replace it, you can use it in the garage, laundry room, basement, closet, pantry or kids room. I have some form of it in literally every room of my house, and I’m not kidding. I think it looks fantastic in your kitchen! Get some little hooks at the hardware store and you can hang aprons and utensils. Tags Hardware in Porter Square is a mecca for add ons to that stuff.


3 Elle May 15, 2008 at 9:27 am

Oh, me likey. Me likey a lot! And congrats on your win–great painting!


4 Elle May 15, 2008 at 9:30 am

I just checked out her site–that was such a great contest!


5 Erin May 15, 2008 at 12:47 pm

How adorable are those little pink and brown canisters!? So cute!


6 Lys May 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm

That shelving looks fabulous Erin!!!! My kitchen has little to no room – one of the reasons I didn’t go with a standing pot rack and now, with the possible move, I am pretty much on “gadget/kitchen probation” for anything that might take up major cabinet room.

IKEA still scares me but I’m glad you were able to find what you needed at a great price!


7 Lys May 15, 2008 at 12:50 pm

BTW – those canisters are gorgeous!


8 michelle @ TNS May 15, 2008 at 3:37 pm

i’m so jealous – i wish i had room in my wee kitchen for shelving like that. my cabinets are fit to burstin’.


9 Erin May 15, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Jenny – I LOVE my painting. It’s perfect. As for the purple glasses and pitcher, I believe it was from Crate & Barrel. I got it as a house warming gift once upon a time.

Julia – Thanks for the suggestion! That’s exactly what I need! Those little hooks to hang my pots on.

Elle – Thanks Elle and the contest was fun — I’m glad I won 😉

Erin & Lys – I actually got them at Home Goods before we moved here last year. Do you guys have Home Goods? Its like a whole store of those two aisles set aside in TG Maxx or Marshall’s that have pots and pans and kitchen gadgets etc…

Michelle – Well technically it’s in the dining room, but since the kitchen is right across the island we’ll call it good 😉 I had a mini kitchen in my last apartment too and it drove me insane. You’d open the cupboard and bags of rice would literally fall at your feet. Good times!


10 farida May 15, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Congrats on a new addition:)How funny:) I have a very similar shelfy in my office-turned-into-photostudio-cookbookstorage-and-etc. It’s a total mess:) Yours looks so organized and clean! I used to have the same tray you have there. I don’t know where it is now:)


11 wummy May 16, 2008 at 7:33 am

Looks great!! you still have room for more cookbooks!!


12 PaniniKathy May 16, 2008 at 11:38 am

Nice!! We’ve been looking for something similar to solve our overflowing-cabinets/big-empty-dining-wall problem. Seeing everything all nice and tidy must be inspirational in itself!


13 NIKI May 17, 2008 at 1:53 pm

I love your shelfs. They look really cute! 🙂


14 Cze-Johnson Carrie May 17, 2008 at 7:48 pm

LOVED ikea when we lived in seattle.

I must admit I now have shelf envy. and dutch oven envy. and plain envy in general that you can have glasses on a TRAY on a rack in your kitchen without CONSTANT FEAR that a child will be riding their bike into said shelf at any given moment.

(yes.. it’s most wise to ignore the fact that I let my kids ride their bikes in the house. remember… I never claimed to be a good parent.)


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