Top 5 Kitchen Must-Haves

{our new kitchen}

Since I’ve recently moved into my own adult-like place, I’ve started navigating my way around our new kitchen. One of my resolutions is to cook more often in 2017 which I’ve started to do the past few weeks.

Over the last few months though, we’ve received some amazing housewarming gifts and christmas gifts for the kitchen that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. Yes, we are very lucky to have some really great friends and family in our lives!

If you’re like me and have a wedding packed social calendar this year, I definitely understand the last minute scrambling of engagement gifts or wedding gifts. Here are my top 5 can’t live without, must-have, kitchen items that I’m hoping will inspire and spark some gift ideas. Hope you enjoy!

MacKenzie Childs Tea Kettle

Nespresso Machine

Le Creuset Pot

Wusthof Knife Block Set

Farberware Hot Plates

{This item might seem a bit random but my apartment currently has no gas which means no stove. I’ve had to be creative and buy an electric hot plate which I recently purchased and this one works amazingly well! }

Rugs on Rugs

Decorating my new apartment has been fun, exciting and just overall awesome. I finally feel like I have my very own place where I can invest in items that I love. We put in gorgeous tile floors that look like wood which I am obsessed with. I don’t want to hide the floors too much since they are so beautiful but I do think an important piece of every room is a pretty rug.

I wanted to buy a rug for the bedroom, living room and hallway to make the place feel more homey. It was tough finding well priced rugs but after weeks of searching, Joss and Main was the perfect sweet spot site. I found reasonably priced, colorful, and very well made rugs for each.and.every.room. I was thrilled when I got them because they were perfect – I can’t recommend this site enough.

What I loved about shopping on Joss and Main is that it’s well organized and there are reviews from customers on each product they have. I’m a BIG customer review person. I took the time and read through each and every review on the rugs I wanted to purchase before making a final decision.

Here are the final three I picked out for each room, hope you love them just as much as I do!

Hallway rug – Thea RugBedroom Rug – Belle RugLiving Room Rug- Tory Rug

Accents

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  1. Jungle Shadows Clock
  2. Pillow Cover
  3. Undersea Candle
  4. La Creuset Pot
  5. Elka Bowl
  6. Pineapple Coasters

With home decor on my mind, I can’t stop surfing the internet for decorative items that have a pop of color to them. The apartment is very white, grey and bright which I absolutely love but it definitely needs a spark of color here and there. I’m loving the green and mustard accents but can’t seem to make a set decision. What’s your favorite accent color?Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 9.25.20 PM

  1. Curtains
  2. Wall Hooks
  3. Ceramic Vases
  4. Stools
  5. Pillow Cover
  6. Mixing Bowls

 

Makeover

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{the proposed plan}

If you didn’t catch my big move news, I’ll quickly fill you in. I’m officially moving into my very own place in Astoria… at some point. It didn’t happen in December but It WILL happen this year (keeping my fingers crossed for April)!

The space that I am moving into is a home owned by my family that my grandfather purchased many years ago. It’s a place that’s close to my heart and meaningful to me since it’s the first place my father lived in when he immigrated to the United States from Greece. It’s definitely a special place and area with lots of history and culture that I can’t wait to explore.

There is a ground floor of the home that we have the opportunity to build out into a one bedroom apartment. When this opportunity arose, I saw it as an amazing way to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to essentially “flip” a space from nothing to something great. As the work has started, this has been a much bigger project than I originally anticipated but I’ve been loving every minute of it.

Here are some before shots of what the ground floor looked like when we first started the work. I know what you’re thinking..HOW are we going to turn this into a one bedroom apartment.. well we shall see!

I’ll be documenting the progress and the renovation journey on the blog so be sure to follow along for updates!IMG_5687 IMG_5686 IMG_5014 IMG_5013

Rustic Feel

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A lot of good changes are coming up! The good changes don’t only pertain to myself but they also pertain to the boyfriend. Aust is moving into his own NYC apartment and I’m really really excited for him. One secret thing we love to do together is going on long drives to look at the decor and aesthetics of different homes wherever we are. We both have an interest in interior and exterior style/decorating.

When thinking about his new place, we both agreed that a rustic, American feel, with a mix of tribal twist would look pretty awesome. Dark wood, deep reds and rustic blues all come to mind. I explored Pinterest today for some inspiration because September 1st is coming up pretty fast (I also want a say in the decor!) and I am stoked to help him put his new home together.

flag rustic native american Rustic American Home Room Fireplace

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PS. See more decorative posts here and here!