05 March 2013

Apartment Tour: The Kitchen

Since Luke and I have moved to New Jersey, I've had many people ask me to post about our apartment. I've wanted to, but with my crazy work/travel schedule and just never feeling like my apartment was as decorated or put together as well as I'd like, I just haven't. But Sunday afternoon, Luke and I were washing the dishes, I thought to myself, "Why not now? At least the kitchen it clean." Ha!

So, here begins my first installment of the "The Hinton's New (And Significantly Smaller) Home in NJ Tour," starting with: the kitchen.


Here is our little dining area. Being that we live in a pre-war apartment building, there are a lot of quirky characteristics about our apartment. The first being the built-in cabinets that you see behind the kitchen table {which I happen to love!}. 


I love my little "coffee bar" that I've set up on one of the kitchen windowsills. It's just the right size and I steal a few minutes in the morning, sitting at the table, acting as my own barista. {Side note: See the unpainted part of the wall behind the heater? It was like that when we moved in. I plan on painting it, but ya know...}


An opposite view of the dining area. I love the old window screen I have hanging on the wall, but I'm not sure what I'm doing with it. I might try to hang a free kitchen printable from Pinterest on it, but I haven't decided. Suggestions?


Quirky characteristic #2: Look at this tiny stove! Seriously, none of my cooking sheets that I was gifted from our wedding fit inside that thing. It actually came with a baking sheet that fits inside, thank goodness! And notice all the white? It drives me nuts! But I haven't decided whether or not I want to paint a wall or if we'll be in this apartment long enough for it to matter. Think I should?


Quirky characteristic #3: This sink. I've just never seen anything like it, except maybe in an old county home. The cabinets are metal painted, what else but, white. And the sink is like ceramic or something. But one think I love about this sink is the detachable sprayer thing. The water pressure is strong and makes doing the dishes a lot easier, especially since you don't see a dish washer anywhere.


We don't have a pantry, so we bought this big ol' guy at Target when we first moved in and I'm so glad we did! We normally put extra paper towels and laundry soap on the bottom shelf. Just ignore that third shelf. That is where all of Luke's work papers and other crap go to get forgotten about, ha!


And last, but certainly not least, my little family in the kitchen. I told Luke, "Babe, move out of my shot. I'm blogging about the kitchen and I need to get some pics," and he said, "Take our picture!" He's such a blogger's husband. :)

So, there it is. The Hinton's tiny kitchen. I know I keep saying tiny like it's a bad thing, but you know, I'll never forget this kitchen. So much character; such a fun little place to sit, drink coffee and blog. I will try to do a few more posts about out apartment, but don't hold me to any type of schedule. I have a few more things I'd like to do to both the living room and our bedroom before I share.

Have a blessed Tuesday!

17 comments:

  1. One of the first places my hubby and I ever lived in together was also very quirky. We had what we called a secret staircase that led to a ceiling! Seriously! We lived in an old house that had what I can only imagine as the maid's quarters. Our kitchen was in the basement and that staircase housed my shoe collection.

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    1. OMG, I would LOVE a secret staircase that housed my shoe collection! Although, Luke would probably still pick them up and put them in the closet, ha!

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  2. this is an adorable apartment, I agree...love the quirkiness of it and especially the hardwood floors.

    -wHiT

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    1. Me too Whit!! They were definitely one of these reasons I feel in love with this place. :)

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  3. funny about the stove....our first place a few years ago had that too! It was so hard to cook multiple things on the stove up top! and yep...none of my sheets fit in the oven

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    1. Glad to know someone else has been through this too! It's so difficult, ha! But I'm adjusting.

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  4. I have learned to embrace apartment life, since I have lived in one for alteast 5 years. Maybe instead of painting, could you add some art work, to take away some of the white. Love it!

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    1. Great idea Jess! I've been looking for ideas on Pinterest.

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  5. I LOVE the cabinets!! I was just looking at our tiny place thinking about how awesome they would be to create a division of space. And I hear ya, it's hard to invest money and time into a place you don't know how long you've been living in. We know we are moving in June; it's a matter of dealing with the quirkiness at this point :)

    Also, I'm so glad I have Blogger now so I can follow you easily!

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    1. Thank Caroline! I feel the same way. Excited to keep up with your blog too!! :)

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  6. Absolutely love your coffee bar set up! I am a huge coffee addict, so I understand the need to sit and relax for a bit in the morning.

    xoxo

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    1. I know right? It's my favorite spot. :) Thanks Bex!!

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  7. I love it! It is so different from a Texas place, but that is just a special part of the Hinton adventures! Happy you are both doing so well.

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  8. You should totally paint it! Even if you're only there for 6 months, every time you walk into the kitchen it will be a happier 6 months! I'm all about making a place feel homey, no matter how long you stay!

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