Our Brooklyn Kitchen

I keep promising an apartment post about our living room / office / dining room, but we're currently in the middle of a few minor updates and changes, so I'm putting it off another few weeks and sharing a different room on this tour, our kitchen. For a reminder of our apartment layout, here's the floor plan. The kitchen is at the end of the apartment, next to our daughter's bedroom that I shared in last week's apartment update.

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The apartment has original hardwood floors, high ceilings, and tall windows. The kitchen is probably one of the larger ones we looked at last summer, and it certainly has the most cabinetry of any place we saw. It's not totally our style, but it's spacious for a Brooklyn apartment, and has served our family well the past five months of living here. Aside from hanging a fruit basket, filling the cabinets and drawers, buying a floor runner, and placing items on the counters, we really haven't done much to this space. It's a little tricky to photograph as the window looks out on another apartment building's wall, and the space itself is a little dark.

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 My cookbook collection

My cookbook collection

 Utensils, cutting boards and microwave

Utensils, cutting boards and microwave

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 "It's not about how big the house is, it's about how happy the home is."

"It's not about how big the house is, it's about how happy the home is."

 View from the kitchen, into the living room / dining room / office.

View from the kitchen, into the living room / dining room / office.

Renting obviously presents limitations on changes you can make, so while I'm totally happy with this space, if we owned, I would totally be open to renovating. I thought it would be fun to show some ideas of what kinds of changes if budget was no limit and we completely gutted the space. We've gotten much more into mid-century style lately, so I would replace all the cabinetry with a flat-door style in a walnut wood with marble or concrete counters. I would also rip up the dark floor and pull color inspiration from the original hardwood in the rest of the apartment for a wood floor to continue into the kitchen. It could never be as spacious as the following inspirational photos, but hopefully you get the gist of what I'd envision in this dream scenario. 

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The cabinet handles in those two photos are a bit heavy, so I'd probably go for something a little more sleek and slim, or no handles at all. I also think in a smaller space, it could be fun to go with something a little more graphic and bold for the back-splash (you know I like bold walls!). I thought something a little more fun, like the below examples all the way up to the tall ceilings, would be gorgeous in this dream space.

I totally fell down the Pinterest rabbit hole a little bit on this search. It's just so much fun daydreaming about kitchen renovations as I have yet to get to do one! That last image is absolutely breathtaking. The faucet? That chandelier? The deep navy with those granite counters? Swoon! Major kitchen envy happening over here. I might even be searching for stick-on tile and renter kitchen inspiration as you read this.

Next up? I've been working on a "week in the life" post of what all our lives are like in a typical week, along with some top-secret photos of our food coop. Anything in particular you'd love to hear about our day-to-day lives living in Brooklyn, NY? Share in the comments below.