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An apartment kitchen is a hard room to decorate because you don't get to choose any of the finishes and basically have to work with what you've got. For example...would I have chosen that wood color...or the knobs...or the light fixture....The answer is no haha. BUT in apartment standards, I'm doing pretty dang well so I am trying to add things in that are more "me".
ALSO, disclaimer: I haven't really "decorated" the kitchen yet. I've basically thrown random things in here that I pick up. Once I actually decorate the kitchen I'll redo these pics.
(links to everything at bottom of post)
Links to everything in the kitchen...
This is all exact links to items in my apartment. If they aren't the exact links and something similar, I'll tell you but for 99% of these they are the exact things I have in my kitchen. I literally went cabinet to cabinet making sure I was getting everything written down .
These were the cheapest bar stools I could find that were cute. I ended up finding them at Target and it was $130 for a set of two. I thought that was pretty dang good.
Black + White Rug (similar):
Cutting Boards: So after I got this apartment I realized I am a cute cutting board collector. This isn't something I knew about myself before but now if I pass a cute cutting board I can't pass it down. The wood and marble (smaller board) and the gray board are both from HomeGoods. I find HomeGoods by far has the best price on cutting boards (they're expensive!). I got my large circle cutting board from Wayfair but it's no longer in stock. This one from World Market is extremely similar though.
Gold Bowl (similar):
I wanted a bowl that I could throw veggies in and this works perfectly. I got it from HomeGoods but I linked a similar one.
Love, love, love this gold teapot! I'm a tea girl and need my cup daily. Love that this is cute enough to keep out on my stove.
I get my dish towels from all over. I've had the best luck at Target, Homegoods, and Amazon. Just got the one above and I think it's soo cute!
I get a lot of questions about these white and gold serving utensils and if they stay pure white. I have had these in all types of red sauces and once I put them in a dishwasher, they go back to their normal white. If I hand wash them, they don't so I feel like you need to have a dishwasher to get these.
Cake Stand: Gray-washed cake stand came from HomeGoods.
Vases: Vases came from At Home.
Salt + Pepper Dishes: These also came from At Home!
PLATES, BOWLS, UTENSILS:
I got this set from Target and love ittttt. I got it on sale during Black Friday so watch out for that! It comes with two different sizes of plates, bowls, and cups. I personally got two sets of these to keep in my apartment.
I have been using these for over six months now and just a couple of them have the gold coming off (in a really small place too). They have gone through the dishwasher hundreds of times and look great. Gold silverware can be hard to find that last through dishwashing and this is definitely one of the sets I recommend. Plus, I just love the shape of it.
Okay, to be honest, this was a little bit of a splurge. I wanted to get nice pots and pans because I knew I would be keeping them for a LONG time. Also, I love to cook so it was something that was important to me. I will say that I absolutely love them and highly recommend them!
Baking Sheet Set (similar):
These are some of the prettiest casserole dishes I was able to find!! I bought two of them in this size and one of them in more of a square size. These are just really handy to have.
Practical Kitchen Utensils (similar):
It was SO nice to have this set because it literally has every single thing I ever needed. Like so many things I didn't think of from pizza cutter to can openers. It was really nice to be able to move into my apartment and then know that I have almost every single serving utensil I needed.
Let's state the obvious on this slow cooker...it's EXPENSIVE. I got it for my birthday, so probably at 23 years old would not buy it for myself haha. But I do LOVE. IT. I make so many slow cooker recipes and this insert can go directly on the stove top/in the stove and then can go right back into the slow cooker. It's awesome.
Before I got this, I used a cheap slow cooker that made the recipes just as good :). Moral of that all, get a slow cooker! By far my most used appliance.