April 28, 2007

Build your recycled, retro kitchen

As you green your nest, start with the kitchen. There is nothing cozier than a retro, recycled, clean kitchen.

PYREX is the new tupperware...

Recycled, vintage, durable, practical, nearly-klutz-proof, and fantastically retro kitsch, PYREX mixing bowls, storage containers and serving dishes are great finds for your kitchen. Start collecting these now, because it's catching on and prices are starting to go up.

Here are a few more inspiration pieces for you while you build your retro, recycled kitchen.

For useful items you need anyway, why not spice it up a bit with a cute owl tea bag holder, or bright and fun fire engine red polka dot measuring cups. These weird, fun finds make cooking (or ordering out and putting your food on great dishware) a lot more fun.

What is better than a nice homage to the state where your grandmother was born, or where your mom went to elementary school? Being given a kitchy and cute vintage set of South Dakota salt & pepper shakers made my sister, Lauren's week. Lauren's mom Wanda, is from the Dakota (not to be mistaken with John Lennon's posh Upper West Side home), and the fun, unique salt and pepper shakers are a fun and sweet throw-back to that side of her family.

There's nothing better than shabby-chic recycled vintage linens for your tables. I purchased the vintage bird tablecloth from My Crafty Corner and found the below pink linens on Etsy.

And then we have aprons....

Be sure to include Enderby reversible retro aprons in your green nest. Enderby is a green company and is always using recycled, reused, vintage fabrics and materials to create new spins on old things.

It's a tough world out there, but building a lovely nest to come home to at the end of a busy, multi-tasking, juggling-too-many-balls-at-once day, can make all the difference. Especially if that nest has a stocked bar of JD...

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