I've been taking some baby steps, starting with purchasing this West Elm island from someone off Craigslist. It originally listed for $1,400 retail, and I scored it for only $350
Seriously, my attempt at bargaining was pitiful. I asked the seller, "Would you consider taking more?" He paused a moment, as both of us considered my novel approach to haggling, and said, "Sure, I'd take more." I started laughing, and so did he. I confessed that my confused question demonstrated the full extent of my bargaining skills. He offered to take $50 off the price. I blushingly agreed. Embarrassing.
Embarrassing moments aside, it is a really pretty piece, and it nicely stores all my baking stuff, as well as providing a little space for displaying some fun things.
This recipe book, "Joys of Jello" was my husband's Grandmother's from the 1960's. There are all sorts of scary recipes in there! But it helps me stay true to my time in Utah. Go green jello!
A few of my favorite aprons.
Clock from IKEA.
Here's a closer view of the shelves underneath, with my favorite pretty cookbooks (my cookbook folders are in the right-hand cupboard), some tea towels I use to line bread baskets and cover rising dough with, vintage rolling pins and a pitcher in my favorite blue.
It's a happy spot in my kitchen visually, and has helped things function better, too. That's fundamentals and fripperies in a nutshell, right there :).
Have any of you found something lately that improves your kitchen's form and function? I'd love to hear about it.
Linking up to: Not Just a Housewife and Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Feature Friday