Inspired by the Diesel Social Kitchen

Diesel Social Kitchen

Diesel Social Kitchen

What you are seeing in the picture above is the Diesel Social Kitchen. If you click the image it will take you to Scavolini’s website where you can drag and zoom to get a better look. (This is image number six in the slide show!)  What you don’t see in this photo is the beautiful antique (-style?) rotary pay-phone hanging on the wall off the left of the picture. Note, however, the bottles on the countertop, the metal kitchen cart and the steel and glass cabinets.

This design is inspiring, and not only did I want to find some of the items that decorated this kitchen, I also wanted to find some pieces that I would add to my own kitchen if I had this one.

Since I saw a picture of this kitchen with the antique phone, I had to find one myself. Here is a pay-phone you can incorporate into a black theme. This one is from Nostalgia Factory Outlet for $69.95 and other colors are pink, red and chrome!

Crosley 1950's Pay Phone - Black

There are also authentic antique pay-phones out there if you know where to look. Some are listed on eBay.

There are numerous antique bottles that would look good in your kitchen at antique shops, flea markets, and online. (My parents once had a pretty big collection of vintage bottles – many collected at estate auctions.) I found this awesome vinegar bottle on Etsy.

Antique Bottle-c1910s-1920s Embossed White House Vinegar Jug with Glass Stopper

If you need your bottles to function as well as looking pretty and you just aren’t all that comfortable with reusing, there are plenty of fresh-from-the-factory kitchen accessories that would fit this theme.

(And while we’re talking about bottles, don’t forget about the Enlightening Bottles that can be used as lamps!)

Do you know what else I think might look nice in this awesome modern kitchen? Answer: A wrought iron or hammered steel pot rack like the one below. Imagine it with shiny copper and stainless steel pots hanging from it!

Pot Rack

I also found this beautiful Cuisine Paper Towel Holder from Pottery Barn for $49.50.

CUISINE PAPER TOWEL HOLDER

Another lovely piece that would fit well here is this $1,799.00 Crate and Barrel Exclusive Crockery Cabinet. Picture it filled with your best china, stoneware, and/or drinkware, or filled with your favorite accent pieces. I can just imagine a refurbished ice box or pie safe setting next to something like this.

Crockery Cabinet

How cool is this Adjustable Iron Table that I happened to come across at West Elm’s website? It is on sale for $764 and supposedly fits 4-5 people though it is hard to get a perspective from the picture.

ADJUSTABLE IRON TABLE

Now if you look really close on the left side of the kitchen counter at the top of this post you will notice a bronze/gold robot. The only other place I could even find a mention of it was on the Penny Street Interiors blog where they mention finding it at a shop called A Trip To The Moon.

However, with some help pinning down the era this robot came from, I figured out that the metallic robot pictured is just a decorative replica of a “Smoking Robot” from the toy company Yonezawa in the 1950s. There are reproductions of the original toy out there that come in blue, green, grey and silver. Apparently, even the reproductions of these toys are hard to find in great working order, but TinToyArcade.com has this Grey Smoking Robot for $79.98.

R14032-B

I don’t know if they did this on purpose, but having a robot in the kitchen is a bit of a modern-day joke with restaurant owners and chefs, as there have actually been real robots developed to cook and help with cooking.

Some other ideas I had to go along with this kitchen were an antique, galvanized bucket, a black barrel, or a shiny new metal egg basket — preferably a square or rectangular one that could be used for any number of things.

Another thing I love for this kitchen is an Aviator Style Kraken Alarm Clock from The Kraken Supply Shop ($49.99) — yes, you have to be 21 to look since this is on a rum website — but I love the retro modern style. Note the little Spirit of St. Louis on the right of the clock.

Aviator Style Kraken Clock

And finally, what well-decorated kitchen would be finished without wall art? Here are some city and country ideas that I found appropriate for my dream Diesel Social Kitchen. I hope you’ve enjoyed and been inspired by it as much as I have! Leave a comment below with your own ideas!

Black and White Windmill Photography by Erin Johnson Photography/eireanneilis on Etsy

Hollywood Blvd (Academy Awards 1956) Photo Print Poster by Poster Revolution on Amazon

Hollywood Blvd (Academy Awards 1956) Photo Print Poster by Poster Revolution on Amazon

Farm Architecture No. 2 Metallic Print by The Gallivanting Girl on Etsy

Manhattan By Richard Berenholtz on AllPosters.com

Manhattan By Richard Berenholtz on AllPosters.com

Rustic Farm Table No. 1 by Keith Dotson on Etsy

Subway Art Sign New York Destinations Typography Print by Paper Bleu Studio on Etsy

En-Light-ening Bottles

Pottery Barn has bottle lamps that a lot of people are falling in love with. I spotted the first bottle lamp I saw at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

… Well, maybe not the first bottle lamp I ever saw in my life, as this is an old DIY idea that often utilizes antique jugs or wine bottles … but the first really pretty, appealing one!

The lamp and shade are just basically sitting on the bottle — at least with the Cracker Barrel version — as the light itself is attached to a cork that pulls out of the top of the bottle. It occurred to me when I saw this that you could actually fill the bottle with something like layers of colored sand, marbles, seashells, glass beads, dried flowers — anything! and just dump it all back out when you got tired of it or if you decided to change your decorating theme.

As I wandered the Internet and the halls of Pinterest, I happened to run across pictures of people making these bottle/jug lamps themselves.

This is a thing now!

I especially liked reading this blog post (< click the link) on The Concrete Cottage about how they made their lamp.

Seriously though, I feel like if you know enough about electricity to unplug an appliance before you try to fix it, and you have a Cork Stopper Lamp Kit (apparently these are available everywhere, including online!) then you can make a bottle lamp. The DIY blogs don’t even really have to spell it out.

If you would rather just buy a pretty bottle lamp and a lampshade, you have some options.

These are an example famed Pottery Barn “jug lamps.” The “Clift Glass Table Lamp Base – Clear” ranges from $120 – $170 and also comes in a green glass version.

CLIFT GLASS TABLE LAMP BASE - CLEAR

Pottery Barn actually has a variety of these “glass lamps” so be sure to browse and search if you check them out.

Here is ClarkBetty.com’s “HGTV Clear Glass Bottle Table Lamp with Cork Neck” for $138.00.

HGTV Clear Glass Bottle Table Lamp with Cork Neck

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s version (shown below) is considerably lower priced at $39.99, though not yet available on their online store. If you want to order it you can call 1-800-333-9566 and tell them you want the Glass Jug Lamp from the theme “Red.” The SKU number is 428845.

Cracker Barrel Glass Jug Lamp

Whether you buy it or make it yourself, a bottle lamp can be a subtle addition to your home or a stand-out accent piece. Use your imagination and let us know how it turns out.

Now if you can put together a ship-in-a-bottle lamp, then I’ll really be impressed!

Amazing Antlers

I saw a designer ad for a cream and blue-colored dining room with two tall, slender lucite lamps on the buffet and in the middle of the table there were two tall cylindrical flower vases and an even taller deer antler piece. The antler was fitted to a white base and was a sort-of antiqued silver/grey or at least bleached color.

There are a lot of people who take a lot of pride in their antlers. The more points, the better.

(Not all antlers are the result of hunting — some are simply scavenged. Deer do shed their antlers and deer are also prey to larger predators so sometimes a simple walk in the woods will lead to the discovery of amazing antlers.)

Outdoorsmen and hunters love to display their antlers, which they collect like trophies. The idea of a leather man-cave comes to mind, with mounts hanging on the wall or treasured finds placed strategically across a natural stone and wood mantle.

But this designer ad got me thinking — in what ways can the natural beauty of a deer antler fit into a less bachelor-esque/bear-cave setting? How can we incorporate them into a modern theme or even other styles?

I love the idea of this Deer Antler Jewelry Stand & Display from leonasheffield. Imagine if you surrounded it with pretty jars or bottles with fresh cut flowers in them?

Deer Antler Display | leonasheffield

NEW MEXICO RUSTIC STYLE WEDDING By Maggie Lord  on  Rustic Wedding Chicfrom Lisa and Cody, Part 2 by  The Cutting Garden at Flora Grubb Gardens

Speaking of fresh cut flowers … here’s a do-it-yourself Antler Flower Display via A Subtle Revelry. (Click here for the How-To.)

DIY Antler Flower Display | A Subtle Revelry

Okay, enough with the flowers, right? (And I promise this blog isn’t all about combining antlers with plants.) I just had to show you this totally awesome Tillandsia Antler Garden (air plants!) from FalconandFinch. If you don’t like it, I’ll be amazed and dismayed!

Antler Air Garden | FalconandFinch

Another nice idea is displaying your antlers under a glass dome, as seen at this DIY wedding by Wednesday Inc. on Ruffled. (Photographed by EE Photography.)

Antlers Under Glass Dome | Wednesday | Ruffled

You can buy glass domes on Amazon.com, at Hobby Lobby, or at similar stores.

How about if you just want a pop of quirky color in your room? Think paint. Check out these awesome antlers!

Aqua Resin Antlers | 2CountryChics Dressing Room w/ Antlers

Okay, so the antlers on the left are actually resin but they are meant to inspire you! They come in a variety of colors from 2CountryChics on Etsy.  I found the picture of the dressing room with the antler chandelier on Houzz but I have no idea where it originally came from.

Another use for many-pointed antlers — whether real or faux, painted or natural — is a jewelry holder, key hook, or even coat rack (assuming you have a strong way to mount them to your wall).

Here are Shed Hunting Wall Hooks from Huset.

Shed Hunting Wall Hooks | Huset

LucyHaus suggests using the colored deer antlers to hang jewelry, scarves or mugs.

Faux Deer Antler Rack Mint | LucyHaus Faux Deer Antler Rack White | LucyHaus Faux Deer Antler Rack Black | LucyHaus

A Beautiful Mess posted a DIY guide to making this Floral Antlers Necklace Display. (Click here to see how they did it.)

Floral Antlers Necklace Display | A Beautiful Mess

I also loved these curtain tie-backs that were a good, practical, subtle use for antlers, especially in (but not limited to) a country setting.

Antler Tie Backs Antler Curtain Tie Back | UpscaleDownhome

The antler on the left was posted by Shelter. The one on the right is from UpscaleDownhome. These are mounted to the wall and if you would like to see how that works you can view this item on the shop by clicking here.

They would actually look great with an antler basket. This one is available from McGregorCustomInlay but you could also make one with a basket that did not have a handle — which you could probably find at a craft supply store or from your local basket-makers.

Antler Hen Basket | McGregorCustomInlay

Of course another option if you love the rustic look of antlers but don’t want them actually hanging out in your house is … wall art! If you are a friend or family to an outdoorsman and you have an artistic flair, take a well-composed picture of the antlers and frame it for posterity.

If you are interested in the fine art of antlers but would rather just buy some amazing photographs to hang on your wall, Kari Herer has some beautiful photos and illustrations. These pictures feature Antler and Magnolia No. 6935.

Antler and Magnolia No. 6935 | kariherer

Antler and Magnolia No. 6935 | kariherer

Here is a more plainspoken antler photograph from gullylux:

8x10 Fine Art Photograph - Antler Print | gullylux

Whether you plan to have actual antlers incorporated into your decor or not, this print from frenchprints would look whimsical and colorful in any room. I saw a similar print with butterflies around the antlers in a picture of a nursery. If you plant to paint some antlers or buy some colored resin antlers, you could coordinate them with the colors of these birds.

DEER ART Print With SPRING Birds On An Antique Dictionary Book Page | frenchprints

Do you have any more ideas for antlers? How have you used them? Leave a comment below to keep us inspired!

Folk Art Animals for Your Home

Fat farm animals.

What?

Why are these so appealing? Maybe because they are artistic? Or just whimsical? Because they are quirky and quaint and can be one eye-catching accent to a room or a whole theme when put together?

Check out this Warren Kimble™ Hand Hooked Rug Pillow found in the Farm to Table theme for $24.99 at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. It is also available online.

Warren Kimball™ Hand Hooked Rug Pillow

I found this Cat Nap Rug for $59.95 at Acorn Online and thought it would go well with the pig pillow before I even stopped to realize that it, too, was designed by Warren Kimble.

Cat Nap Rug

Realizing the pattern to my train of thought, I decided to take a closer look at folk artist Warren Kimble’s designs.

If you want to put your Cat Nap Rug in the kitchen, you could add a matching Boston Warehouse Warren Kimble Fat Cat Spoonrest to your stove or countertop; or if you can picture it in your bathroom, there is an eye-catching Framed Cat In A Hot Tin Tub Warren Kimble Picture Print.

I also found these other great prints from Framed Art by Tilliams on Amazon.

Warren Kimble isn’t the only folk artist with what I am now affectionately calling “fat farm animals.”

This ABC Sheep Sampler by Aleta Blackstone would look adorable on the wall of a bedroom or nursery.

Or how about these intriguing works by artist Laurie Meseroll that I found on Amazon? (You might love her blog, by the way.)

I especially like that last one — “Bunny Brew.”

As mentioned above, you don’t necessarily have to change your whole theme if you like any of these folksy decorations. They can stand alone and would make excellent conversation pieces if you have a way to tie them into another theme or match them with a style you already have going.

I especially like the idea of tying them in with some vintage prints or “French Provincial” designs. Here are a few ideas to get your mind working in that direction:

Scatter Cushion in a 'French Country' Design by PollysPillows on Etsy

Scatter Cushion in a ‘French Country’ Design by PollysPillows on Etsy

Courting Toile Wallpaper from Fabrics & Papers

Courting Toile Wallpaper from Fabrics & Papers

White Hen By Parlane

White Hen By Parlane

(Found decorating idea with no attribute.)

(Found decorating idea with no attribute.)

A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit on the Rocks

Mug Style Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

I’ve seen a lot of these “drinking jars” lately. People have been seeking them for outdoor wedding centerpieces and quirky al fresco parties. They are sometimes labeled as “redneck” or “country” glassware and advertised as something to add “hillbilly fun” to your table or party. There is even a “country stemware” version in which a jar is glued to what basically looks like a glass taper candle holder to make a “redneck wine glass.” Despite their labeling, people everywhere are using them as quaint, quirky and simple, down-to-earth additions to their parties. The key to using them in a sophisticated way is to put something pretty in them!

Out in the wholesome country it might be all sweet iced tea and lemonade but add a bit of creativity and you can have some of the most très jolie (and fun) drinks on the block!

Of course iced tea and lemonade is always a touch prettier with lemon slices thrown into the pitcher or glass, but think about adding other fruits, frozen fruit, or colorful ice cubes! This works in water too — and the bonus is that fresh fruit always gives plain old water a little something special. Slide berries or pieces of fruit onto cocktail skewers and freeze them to serve double duty as flavor and chillers — or throw some fruit into your ice-cube tray to make these!

You absolutely have to check out these wildflower/floral ice cubes suggested by A Cup of Jo. You’ll find the How-To here.

Let’s not discount (a pun?) the frugal way out — add just a drop of liquid food coloring or use any “powdered soft drink” to add color to your ice cubes, water, or other beverage. Or, as Martha Stewart suggests, freeze some of the drink you plan to enjoy ahead of time, so that your cubes don’t water down your beverage.

But this post was supposed to have a bit more kick….

mitt-rumney-mojitoIn my opinion, Mojitos and Mint Juleps are gorgeous drinks and part of that is because they look so simple and refreshing!

Traditionally, Mojitos use pure cane sugar. You can easily find raw sugar cane swizzle sticks to garnish your drink (and I’m told they’re delicious) and if you want to give your drink a little twist and a little color, try making Black Cherry Mojitos!

Here’s an authentic Kentucky recipe for a Mint Julep from a well-known Louisville (home of the Kentucky Derby) restaurant. (If you are serving your Mint Juleps from traditional silver or pewter Mint Julep cups, it is customary to hold them at the very top or very bottom of the glass!)

Here is another of the most beautiful drinks I’ve ever seen. It has been circulated on Pinterest as “Paradise” but the Paradise is actually a “martini” that looks nothing like this.

Paradise?

This is actually layers of light rum, Malibu rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice and grenadine.

And here’s one that is perfect for outdoor parties or weddings — High Street Market shared a recipe they found in Country Living in 2009 for a simple, homemade sangria. Basically, you use a bottle of white wine for every three cans of Fresca and add fresh fruit! Gorgeous!

Or how about a beautiful and fruity Frenchy? (Does it make you want to reach out and kiss someone?)

Of course something you can never go wrong with when you’re trying to make drinks pretty is bubbles! Champagne in itself is captivating but turn it into a Mimosa for the color factor. Bellinis are pretty cocktails that are traditionally made with peach puree and sparkling wine (but I’m partial to strawberry)!  Here’s a recipe for an Orange Blossom Gin Fizz, which I’ve never tried but it looks delicious! There’s also the “Cherry Moon” or “Dirty Shirley” — cherry vodka with lemon-lime soda and a bit of grenadine. And here’s an article of 10 Perfect Champagne Cocktails from Saveur. Add a slice of fruit, a sprig of mint, or a skewer of frozen fruit (as mentioned above) to any of these to make them look magnificent!

If you’re interest is piqued, there are more absolutely beautiful drinks pinned on Pinterest.

So where can you get the perfect jar to serve these lovely drinks in? Considering how popular they’ve become — even if only as conversation pieces — it won’t be hard. You could even just go buy regular canning jars from the supermarket or cooking supply store. However, if you’d rather have the “real deal” complete with a “handle,” here are some links:

6 Piece Country Folk Drinking Jar Set from Kitchen Kapers – $19.99

Personalized Glass Drinking Jars (Set of 4) from Nordstrom – $36.00

Jar Glasses on Etsy –  price varies depending on seller