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.

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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

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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

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