Apartment Tour: in my kitchen

I found this mid-century sideboard in my family’s storage unit and immediately grabbed it! ¬†It makes for easy stowage of my Dansk enamel cookware, antique stoneware mixing bowls and cast iron pans, all of which get near daily use and need to be accessible. ¬†I try to keep the top clear, but it invariably becomes a work/storage/serving surface as needed. ¬†Right now it’s home to my mom’s old 3-band Panasonic radio, which she used in her days as a rock and roll DJ to monitor her broadcast, and still works like a charm! ¬†It stays tuned to the classical station while I write. ¬†On days when I’m working late, I reach that point in the night when the station goes off air and the music is suddenly replaced with a soft crackle, and I know that the world has gone to bed and it’s time for me to go, too.

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The candlesticks came from Salvation Army, but I believe you can get them at Michael’s; I painted them to match the windsor chair at my kitchen table, which I fished out of a dumpster in Providence. ¬†I get the natural beeswax candles from my friends on Block Island at Littlefield Bee Farm, and they smell so lovely that I’ll never go back to paraffin again. ¬†One of them had a little accident (I knocked it over), but I was able to melt it back together and give it a little bit of drippy, messy charm. ¬†That’s how precious they are!

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On the walls, I hang ornaments and momentos of friends and travel, a tradition that my friend¬†Monique¬†inspired, and Greek Orthodox icons to remind me of my time on Paros and the island’s incredible spirituality.

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