Hi Everyone! Today I’m sharing a tour of my 1980s kitchen (the house was built in ’81). Truth: the space has been remodeled since the 1980s, but there are still plenty of ’80s elements, like the garden window above the sink and the pairing of cream and black! When we moved in two years ago, this room became my very favorite in the house. We had a limited budget, so we decided to “just go with it” and embrace the essence of the ’80s vibe. Keep reading for details, and of course, more photos…
I’ve always wanted a garden window! This was the second feature of the home that I noticed with delight while house hunting (the first was the slanted wood of the fireplace).
While I was very tempted to pack this window with plants and other treasures, there’s a nearby shelf that I’ve packed with stainless steel and glass. When the window is full as well, the look is very cluttered. And I’m going for more of a minimalist vibe in here.
So the answer for me was to go with small yet powerful statements, like the succulent and stainless steel planter (from IKEA) above and the agate paperweight below (a birthday gift my hubby purchased for me at Z Gallerie).
Here’s the open shelving I was talking about! I’ve collected a series of metal and glass pieces over the years, including this stainless steel coffee pot and a vintage scale I picked up at my local antique mall. The geo tile art and marble tile art are DIY projects I featured right here on Mirror80!
The area under the shelf holds a stainless steel planter filled with greenery, as well as details such as a retro spice rack, which I enjoy displaying without the spices. It makes a sculptural statement, don’t you think?! Remember the piece from this post on hunting for treasures at antique malls?
I purchased the wall art online. The posters are from the 1980s, and they feature citrus fruit. Since the colors are so dark, it’s a bit hard to photograph these framed pieces without seeing the rest of the kitchen reflected in the glass. But I figured it was better to try snapping a pic rather than admitting defeat! The lemon poster is from Edward Weston Graphics and the lime selection is by Rick Davis Photography:
During the process of decorating this room, I enjoyed browsing photos of other ’80s kitchens for ideas. I noticed a prevalence of cream and beige coupled with black. Which is why we decided to embrace the black appliances and add even more black details to the space, like the octagonal Arcoroc bowl below:
The stainless steel tea kettle was a wedding gift from a dear friend. I love the way it pops on that black stove top!
And speaking of black appliances, we decided to go with a black microwave for the space, because…why not?! It was on sale (in a major way) at Target, and we figured we’d have it for a few months before needing to replace it. More than two years later, it’s still going strong.
Thanks for letting me share my kitchen with you today! I’ll be sharing a tour of my living room later this fall. Until then, check out tours of my dining room, home office and bedroom for more retro-modern style.