Get the Look isn’t just about real homes; it can also be pure fantasy. This week, guest writer Gabriella Cetrulo curates a set of rooms inspired by the seasons.
While I was still in college, I lived in a studio apartment in the East Village. Some of my friends claimed it was the smallest apartment they’d ever seen, but I loved my tiny room: it was cozy and close to a lot of great places to eat. But there was one major flaw: it didn’t have a kitchen.
I managed to create a totem of appliances by stacking a toaster oven on top of a microwave, on top of a mini-fridge. Canned soup and takeout were my best friends for about three years.
Now that I’m living in a much larger apartment in Brooklyn, my favorite room is the kitchen, obviously. It isn’t because I’m a great cook (I can barely make a pancake), but because it gives me an excuse to stock up on pretty vintage and handmade kitchenwares. Drying the dishes with a well-designed tea towel always manages to make the chore feel bearable.
Throughout winter, I collected a few classic white mugs and tea cups. But as the season transitions from winter to spring, I find myself seeking out colorful accents and floral patterns. I realize this is no coincidence, so I thought it would be interesting to decorate a kitchen influenced by each of the seasons.
[1. Birch tree dinner napkins by Ohlittlerabbit 2. Sleeping deer plate by Jimboart 3. Metal chalkboard tray from Thevintageparlor 4. Salt and pepper cellars by Raedunn 5. Vintage tea pot from Hindsvik 6. Tea mug by Ohleandershop]
The bold contrast of stark white and rich black reminds me of dark, leafless trees standing in a blanket of snow. A vintage tea kettle and clever mug are all you need to stay warm in December.
[1. Retro multicolor measuring spoon set from Uvaboutique 2. Pink floral dishtowel by Lisaruppdesign 3. Daisy chain lampshade by Nice 4. Atomic plate by Ninainvorm 5. "Secret Garden" serving plate by Youngalexander 6. Vintage rose tea pot from Ruedeslouves 7. Vintage rolling pin from Lovebutlervintage]
Bright floral patterns instantly bring the warmth of spring to even the dullest space. A pastel color palette was common f0r kitchens of the 1950s; I’d love to revive that aesthetic.
[1. Vintage pitcher from Hootandeye 2. Triangle magnets by Citoyennes 3. Vintage measuring spoons from Hindsvik 4. Sailboat plates from Bingobox 5. Hello sunshine mug by OhLeandershop 6. Hand-printed tea towels by Jonnasaarinen 7. Vintage juicer from Lovebutlervintage]
A mixture of bright colors and bold patterns reminds me of a visit to the beach in July. Lots of bright oranges and yellows mimic the heat of the summer sun.
[1. Walnut cutting board by Grayworksdesign 2. Vintage kettle from Catherinelou 3. Chipmunk salt and pepper shakers from Losttreasures2u 4. Four seasons towel by Baileydoesntbark 5. Spice rack by Pegandawl 6. Pie dishes by Twosisterscottage]
The warm, muted tones of autumn can be recreated with natural materials, like a dark wooden spice rack. A vintage pie plate evokes the aroma of spicy baked desserts, family dinners, and the holidays to come.
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Gabriella Cetrulo is a freelance illustrator with a BFA in illustration from Parsons the New School for Design. She is also the shop owner of vintage oasis Tomorrow Is Forever. She is in the process of opening a second online shop featuring her illustration work.