Shop Like a Decorator for Your Kitchen
When a kitchen designer wants to create a chic, modern space for herself or for clients, what’s on her shopping list? Interior designer Laura Medicus shares her top picks and decorating advice for a functional but beautiful kitchen.
All-Purpose Stools: Flash Furniture Backless Indoor-Outdoor Stool
Practical seating with a stylish touch? That’s a no-brainer. “I love these colorful, backless stools,” says Medicus. “I would line up a rainbow of these along an island in a white kitchen.” These family-friendly stools can take the wear and tear of everyday use, plus they’re great for outdoor use.
Flexible Workspace: Seville Classics Bakers Rack Workstation with Rubber Wood Top
Is your kitchen space-starved? A piece like this helps with storage and increases your work surface. “This is perfect for a kitchen that doesn’t quite have enough room for a stationary island,” Medicus says. It mixes industrial chic (stainless steel) with farmhouse contemporary (butcher-block rubber wood top)—plus it’s mobile, so you can easily move it where you need it. “I think it would also look really cute next to the stove,” she says.
Statement Seating: Baxton Studio Wishbone Wood Y Chair
Choose furniture pieces that offer a little bit of visual heft, like the wood-and-hemp mix in this seating option. “These timeless Scandinavian Wishbone Wood Y Chairs are so stylish,” says Medicus. Be bold and pair them with whatever table you like—from chunky wood farmhouse to a more streamlined glass-top option. Add these chairs to your dining table and you’ve got instant chic,” she says.
Table with Personality: Zuo® Modern Wilco Dining Table
Mid-century modern classics are still as useful and beautiful as they were when they were first created. Take the Zuo table: It’s reminiscent of the 1950s Saarinin Pedestal Table, updated for everyday kitchen use with hardworking and eye-catching shiny fiberglass in bold colors. “Pair the Zuo table with some colorful chairs or with the Wishbone Wood Y Chair [above]—it goes great with the table” says Medicus.
Simple Pendant: Mix & Match Pendant Lighting with Mini Pendant Fitter in Brushed Nickel
This brushed-nickel pendant adds sophisticated texture and shine to any kitchen, says Medicus. “What I really like about this pendant light fixture is that you can easily switch up the look in your kitchen without spending a lot of money, just by changing the shade,” she says.
Bold Lighting: George Kovacs® Grid™ 3-Light Drum Pendant in Brushed Nickel with Steel Shade
The perforated drum shade of this pendant stays true to its minimalist roots but has a playful, modern feel. “If you want a little industrial vibe in your kitchen, this would look great over a breakfast table,” Medicus says. Group a few of these over a long island for plenty of illumination.
Versatile Shades: Real Simple® Cordless Top-Down Bottom-Up Light Filtering Cellular 72-Inch Shade
“For blinds with the top-down bottom-up function, they’re a great price,” says Medicus. “They’re perfect if you need privacy. Lower the top to let sunshine into your space while still enjoying privacy with the lower portion of the window covered.” Bonus: They’re cordless, so you don’t have to worry about kids or pets messing with them.