If I had to categorize where I fall on the design style spectrum, I’d say somewhere between eclectic collector and modern glam (though I love a little modern farmhouse thrown into the mix for good measure). So to declare that this kitchen—located in Valencia, Spain, and owned by interior designer/furniture store owner Adela—makes me incredibly happy comes as a bit of a personal surprise.
Maybe it’s the fact that it reminds me a bit of my grandmother’s kitchen in Puerto Rico that I spent nearly every summer of my childhood in, or perhaps it’s all the little practical yet pretty moments it shares. Either way, it’s such a great space, and I’m going to break down three reasons why it works.
The Whisper of Wallpaper
The kitchen isn’t usually the first spot you think to put up decorative wallcoverings, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be. Even just a hint of pattern, like the vintage-looking floral over Adela’s cabinetry, adds instant charm (and looks like it could have been there for decades…in fact, I’m not entirely sure it hasn’t been!).
Everything Is Easily Accessible (But Attractive)
From prep tools to ingredients to cookbooks, it’s all at a arms reach. But what could look cluttered and overwhelming instead comes off warm, lived-in and smart. Plates on a rack right near the range? Great idea (as long as the plates match). Flour, sugar, etc. ready to go on the counter? When kept in clear canisters, they blend into the environment. Also, I just love that the traditional pot rack isn’t used for Adela’s pots and pans at all, but rather a smattering of baskets and vintage jugs.
It Doesn’t Follow Any Trends
“We respected the old structure and elements, giving them a new life and I have to say it’s definitely my favorite element of the house,” noted Adela in her original House Tour interview. With an insanely unique stone sink like this, it would have been a veritable crime to rip it out for a more up-to-date farmhouse sink. And overall, nothing in this kitchen, besides maybe a few modern appliances, dates it in any way. This kitchen could have existed decades ago just as much as it has a place in today’s decor realm. Sleek and simple subway tiles? Nope, not here.