When I set out to shop for new décor for my new kitchen, I turned my sights toward the old - antiques, that is. And, as I usual, when I troll for antiques, I headed to my favorite haunt: the St. Charles Antique Mall.
I set out in search of artwork, an old-school scale, tons of milk glass, a rustic butcher block, canisters galore and other whimsical touches to achieve a vintage functionality.
After three hours of roaming the booths and finding far more than our tiny kitchen could accommodate, I brought home all that I was looking for more.
(See photos for the following at left.)
1. My Loot
A sampling of my finds from the St. Charles Antique Mall. All this and more for under $100!
2. Keeping it Casual
With our tiny amount of counter space I wanted to avoid overcrowding, so I kept the countertop décor to a minimum. I'm sure I will experiment with a variety of configurations, but for now I'm content with the vintage simplicity of this vignette.
3. Open-Shelving Bliss
This open shelving from IKEA is a functional focal point that makes many of our most-used items accessible, while putting some of my favorite finds on display.
4. Calming Color Palette
I cannot stop singing the praises of our new navy walls. Paired with lots of white and pops of blue and green, I've softened the dark hue to create what I consider a serene culinary oasis.
5. Farm-To-Table Chic
This egg crate from Anthropologie ($14) is one of the only non-antique accessories in our kitchen. I couldn't resist the pop of color and farm-fresh chic-ness of this stoneware piece.