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barryg Mar 9, 2010 05:10 PM

I am finally ready to spruce up the bachelor pad and put something on my bare walls.

I'm trying to figure out what I should put up... what do you have hanging in your kitchen?

  1. weewah Sep 23, 2010 07:26 PM

    This used to be on the wall, above the kitchen table in my grandparents house. I was so glad to find a copy for my kitchen.

     
    1. Barbara76137 Sep 19, 2010 08:05 PM

      A spoon rest and plate I found in Italy, another spoon rest I've had for about 25 years, a painting on porcelein of two kitties. I have a lot of other stuff in my kitchen that is cat related, a cat cookie jar, tea kettle, toothpick holder, a little stuffed cat in chef's garb. I have a shelf above my cabinets and I have two very old cookie jars and plates from my great uncle's house, a rooster pitcher that was a gift from a friend in Italy, and more "cat stuff".

      1. HillJ Apr 4, 2010 08:10 AM

        Our only clear wall is glass; a Nano wall system that leads to the yard, garden, water feature. We opted for a kitchen wall of glass during the remodel. We have a collection of cactus at the sink window though that I love.

        Those of you with homey country kitchens with loads of kitch makes me smile though.

        1. greedygirl Apr 3, 2010 11:00 PM

          A large clock, a blackboard, a wooden shelf with many compartments that holds a lot of jars/vinegars/mustards/oils etc, a spice rack, a vintage rusting tin Pernod sign that I found in a French junk shop, a tin La Vache Qui Rit sign that I bought in Morocco. Too much stuff, basically.

          1. rabaja Mar 31, 2010 05:58 PM

            A lot of copper and a ton of books.

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              southern_expat Mar 31, 2010 05:08 PM

              Three cool prints of chefs on bicycles. Got one as a christmas gift a few years ago, and happened to run across two more when I wasn't even looking for them.

              Peace! Pam

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                lgss Mar 30, 2010 03:43 PM

                A framed copy of the Great Chile poster
                http://www.postercheckout.com/PictureFull.asp?PrintID=44602
                a 24 hour clock, a garden club calendar, abstract art my husband did at age 6,
                a framed museum poster
                http://www.mfa.com/osborne_pages_mfa/...
                and a photograph my mother-in-law made of a design made with karo syrup (we don't buy or use the product, just have artwork of it on the wall).

                We had a framed Georgia O'Keeffe poster of Red Tree, Yellow Sky but had to move it to another room when we renovated and that wall space got smaller.

                Interestingly, my husband chose all the artwork before we met or married.

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                  lexpatti Mar 30, 2010 05:59 PM

                  OMG, I need that poster. I have a nice print of chili peppers by Andrea Brooks but I do love yours too. I'm soo intrigued by chili peppers - their diversity just amuses me:
                  http://www.andreabrooks.com/html/Desi...

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                    lgss Mar 31, 2010 03:45 PM

                    I like the Brooks print, too! Have you read Peppers: A Story of Hot Pursuit by Amal Naj? It's not new, but I just read it after seeing a reference to it on another thread. Quite interesting. I made a couple chili pepper shirts for myself and one for my husband and a chili pepper lunch bag for him. http://www.chow.com/photos/353424

                     
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                      lexpatti Mar 31, 2010 04:58 PM

                      very cool, I'll have to check out that book. thanks

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                        BobB Apr 1, 2010 06:34 AM

                        Great book! I love the chapter on Tabasco and the nefarious history of the McIlhenny company.

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                        lgss Apr 1, 2010 06:18 PM

                        Not on the wall, but in a frame by the sink:
                        http://housemouseantics.com/php/famSM...

                    2. decolady Mar 30, 2010 02:49 PM

                      Original art featuring either Fiesta dinnerware or eggs or both. An Ansel Adams still life with eggs. Fresh Paint - a print with eggs where the three yolks shown in the front are three different colours, an herb calendar. An art deco mirrored medicine cabinet (for vitamins, first aid stuff, etc.). Vintage framed menus and cooking booklet covers are around my kitchen desk, along with an art deco butler shaped bulletin board. A vintage red wall phone.

                       
                       
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                        mmclaud Sep 12, 2010 08:24 PM

                        I have been looking everywhere for this Ansel Adams print - any suggestions?

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                          decolady Sep 12, 2010 11:31 PM

                          I'm sorry, but the print was a gift some years ago and I do not know where it was purchased.

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                            mmclaud Sep 19, 2010 06:43 PM

                            Thanks for your reply!

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                            susancinsf Sep 19, 2010 09:48 PM

                            Have you tried contacting the Ansel Adams gallery and asking them? They have an extensive online presence as well as the actual gallery in Yosemite.

                            http://www.anseladams.com/

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                          mpjmph Mar 26, 2010 12:30 PM

                          A vintage Coca-Cola tray from the 1950's (it used to hang in my grandfather's restaurant, then in my parents' kitchen) and a hand painted San Pasqual tile from Santa Fe. It's a small kitchen, and that's all I really have space for...

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                            rednails Mar 25, 2010 04:09 PM

                            In my present kitchen, only cabinets. The entire room is cabinets all the way around the appliances. I don't have anything on the small amount of wall space in between the counter and upper cabinets. The family room adjacent has a lot of wall space but nothing on it that is kitchen related (other than a bookcase with all my cookbooks).

                            On a very narrow wall adjacent to the entry, I just put up some antique pie tins that I found in my mom's kitchen--from Mrs. Wagner's Pies!!!*--and an antique colander that I found in my late grandma's kitchen. Tho I don't remember seeing either my mom or grandma using them, they now have great sentimental value to me.

                            The best use I ever had of kitchen wallspace was a huge (over 6 feet high) peg board that I had custom made. I painted it white, and hung all my pots and pans and anything else I could find. It was both functional and and a great piece of art at the same time, not to mention a solution to very limited storage space. I almost wish I had an empty wall so I could do that again. I like to keep things very accessible and easy to reach and that was a great solution.

                            *"America"

                            "Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together,
                            I've got some real estate here in my bag.
                            So I bought a pack of cigarettes, and Mrs Wagner's Pies,
                            And walked off to look for America...."

                            by Paul Simon

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                              coney with everything Mar 26, 2010 06:05 AM

                              Awesome S&G reference, rednails!

                              Someone had painted the line "Michigan seems like a dream to me now" on the wall of a classroom when I was at the University of Michigan, quite apropo.

                              Love that you have something from your grandma on the walls, too!

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                                rednails Mar 26, 2010 09:46 AM

                                Nice reference it is indeed! But here's the twist: I was visiting my mom last summer and my sister came for a few days. Mom has health issues, and is a bit of a s%#t saver, so we're slowly cleaning our her apt. When my sister saw the pie tins she was ready to toss them out (she said they were junk, didn't know the song) but once I saw "Mrs. Wagner's" I grabbed them. She thought I was crazy to want them, but it's not her thing obviously. I'm much more sentimental that way.

                                Oh, and I forgot to say before, I remember going with my mom to the Mrs. Wagner's bakery outlet in Brooklyn. I must have been no older than 8-9 years old. So if she bought the pies then, the tins must be over 40 years old.

                                I think it's great that someone painted the line in a classroom that you were in. It makes me wonder if that happened anywhere else and if it was meaningful to those who saw the words painted on a wall.

                            2. CindyJ Mar 24, 2010 07:33 AM

                              A framed, hand-written recipe for "Love Cake" that was a Valentine's Day card, given to me by my son when he was 7 years old.

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                                flourgirl Mar 24, 2010 11:23 AM

                                OK, are you TRYING to make me cry? :)

                                That is so great.

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                                beachmouse Mar 18, 2010 11:40 AM

                                I'm also in the limited wall space group. In the small area that isn't cabinets, picture window, or open pass through area to the living room, we've got a Ralph Steadman print signed by both him and Hunter S. Thompson.

                                1. cuccubear Mar 18, 2010 11:20 AM

                                  I have a few “antique” looking, framed, food related lithograph art prints, and a clock, all centered over the table. Scattered about I have a real antique sun shaped gelatin mold, a local commemorative plate, and a hand painted Urkranian plate; by the back door and framed photo print of a glorious lightning strike over Seattle.

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                                    lexpatti Mar 17, 2010 10:23 PM

                                    taking down walls but I did have my own stencil of chili peppers about 3 inches from ceiling, and above the cabinets were my collection of hot sauces. Also had a framed print of chili peppers.

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                                      juliewong Mar 17, 2010 02:00 PM

                                      I too have tall ceilings but limited wall space. I have a small oil painting of 4 german shepards in a row boat out in a gale. I make use of my large window sill with sea glass from the beach, shells, a glass insulator from old knob and tube wiring and interesting rocks I have picked up along the way. Yes my SO thinks I am strange.

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                                        sparkareno Mar 16, 2010 11:06 AM

                                        A framed card that someone sent me that reads "Good cooks never lack friends"

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                                          Gail Mar 16, 2010 03:06 PM

                                          LeRoy Neiman prints depicting chefs, dining, etc.

                                        2. chef chicklet Mar 15, 2010 10:44 PM

                                          Since I have very tall ceilings, the cabinets go up quite far, but I still have decor and a mish mash of props that run the perimeter of the room on top. Baskets, porcelain dishes, pocelain rabbit casserole dish, a collection of tall jars of pickled fruits and vegetables.
                                          I'd say my style is very eclectic and I am partial to the colors yellow and dark red/ or claret.
                                          On a small space that is between the bottom of one side of counter space I have to make use of the underside of the cabinet with a clear colored wine rack that holds dark red martini glasses by their stems. Then as your eye carries across that side, there is a small strip of wall where I've spaced out 3 small pictures of different beautiful hand drawn or painted Italian or French pastries that are on a yellow background, with a dark red and yellow border that sort of mimicks a frame. There's a chocolate cupcake, crostatiina with kiwi and blackberry, and a strawberry tart. On the wall on the side, is another small strip of wall under the cabinets and the first thing on the wall above the knife rack are my favorite scissors, then a framed tile of a French resaurant with the name, Antoinette's Cafe and next to that is a very darkish reddish burgundy boudoir looking lampshade that is really a nightlight, with little crystal beads that dangle down. On the wall behind the stove is a porcelain placque that looks like a bottle of burgundy wine, vin something er other. over the doorways there's a little deeper space since there are no cabinets there. I have several fun chef pictures, I bought them about 10 years ago I'm sure everyone's seen these as they were pretty popular then, time to change them out. I've tired to have different colors in my kitchen over the years and I always go back to this dark reddish burgundy, with black rod iron and yellow. Totally a sucker for those colors in my kitchen, and for me its a very cozy place.

                                          1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 15, 2010 04:13 PM

                                            A photo of Julia Child doing prep work in her studio kitchen (with Sara Moulton just visible over her shoulder), taken by my wife's father on assignment.

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                                              MrsT Mar 15, 2010 04:12 PM

                                              I'm stealing this idea from a little housewares shop in Brooklyn. They had inexpensive, framed photographs (not autographed) of famous chefs. I remember they had pictures of Eric Ripert, Martin Yan, Julia Child, Anthony Bourdain, and the Swedish Chef. I thought it was so cool, that I am doing that when I redecorate my kitchen this spring.

                                              1. boyzoma Mar 15, 2010 01:44 PM

                                                A clock, a shelf my son made me years ago that holds my shot-glass collection and my key holder! Simple, but efficient (oh - by the way - did I mention that I need a complete kitchen remodel? :-)

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                                                  roux42 Mar 14, 2010 05:06 PM

                                                  I have the James Beard Award 1992 poster, the one with the food shaped as bow ties! I love it but I am re-doing my kitchen and the poster will soon lose it's spot! Waaa.. I also have a Quimper fish shaped plate and another very old plate I bought at a yard sale with a swan on it (just looked it up on ebay - worth a few pennies!).

                                                  1. meatn3 Mar 13, 2010 06:00 PM

                                                    Every time I see this:

                                                    http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxful...

                                                    on my kitchen wall I just want to dress in gingham, bake pies madly and save the world from evil...

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                                                      BobB Mar 14, 2010 07:25 AM

                                                      Mmmm..evil! ;-)

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                                                        meatn3 Mar 14, 2010 07:44 AM

                                                        Coming right up..........

                                                        Some days my SO thinks I do that better than pie!

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                                                        flourgirl Mar 15, 2010 06:17 AM

                                                        ahahahhahahaaahaa!!! That's so great!

                                                      3. free sample addict aka Tracy L Mar 13, 2010 03:14 PM

                                                        On one wall I have a poster in Spanish from a slow cook movement. Next to it I want to put a van Gogh print of apples. Above my range I have an acrylic painting of lemons on a blue background that I picked up from the canned food outlet. It adds a nice punch of color and it makes me laugh when I think of where I purchased it. Not only can you get food from the canned food outlet, but you can pictures of food as well.

                                                        1. steve h. Mar 13, 2010 02:36 PM

                                                          A poster of Rainbow ll, a stunning wooden boat, under full sail. The photo was taken in 1898. It's a Beken of Cowes print.

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                                                            Mer_Made Mar 13, 2010 02:11 PM

                                                            I have a tiny 1940s galley kitchen. Space to put it mildly, is tight. So, I have a pot rack and a lid rack on one wall, because omigod, I need storage.

                                                            For art, I have a framed a professional framed Defender tomato can label.that I spent a lot on. I also have two prints from Tina Sweep (http://www.tinasweep.com) I bought this one http://www.tinasweep.com/images/portfolio/tea.jpg and another called 'A Lid for Every Pot' that I can't find listed. I gave a friend Tea & NPR (http://tinasweep.com/images/portfolio...) when she bought a house. Prices on the prints I bought were really reasonable, and I framed them with mats and frames from the local craft store. Someday, I'll put them in frames and mats they deserve. If you like the art, contact her and ask if she still has prints.

                                                            I hope my html works...

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                                                              LindaWhit Mar 15, 2010 12:38 PM

                                                              Umm, Mer_Made, tinasweep's page says "A colossal squid has eaten this page.
                                                              Please try again at tinasweep.com" :-D But I think the first one is the first little square on her site.

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                                                                Mer_Made Mar 15, 2010 05:35 PM

                                                                *facepalm* It is obvious, I don't understand how to use html on chow at all. I will never try again.

                                                                Tea is indeed the first little square. Tea & NPR is the seventh little square. http://www.tinasweep.com/images/portf...

                                                                The www was important. Who knew?

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                                                                  LindaWhit Mar 16, 2010 09:47 AM

                                                                  I just liked saying "a colossal squid has eaten this page." :-) Especially with your online name - it just fits! LOL

                                                            2. BobB Mar 13, 2010 04:14 AM

                                                              The same painting I use as my avatar on Chowhound. It's a little hard to see when shrunk that small so here's a larger peek (click it to enlarge). The actual painting is about 30" square, entitled "Oysters," by the Ukrainian artist Andrei Protsouk. Though they look more like mussels to me.

                                                              I also have a framed menu from a wonderful restaurant I ate at in the Trastevere section of Rome, and an old German woodcut illustrating common forms of poisonous mushrooms (given to us by friends who don't read German and didn't realize they were all poisonous varieties).

                                                               
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                                                                CindyJ Mar 25, 2010 01:39 PM

                                                                Love the painting!!!!

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                                                                  BobB Mar 26, 2010 12:25 PM

                                                                  My wife and I are big fans of this artist. We first saw his work in a Manhattan gallery, then later discovered he has a studio in Pennsylvania and sells on line at http://andreiart.com/.

                                                              2. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 12, 2010 01:11 PM

                                                                One wall are Bullfight posters from the bull ring in Nogales, Sonora. another wall are old hoky State plates with tourist attractions. On a small wall by the door is a 8x10 glossy of my youngest son's graduating class from culinary school. I got a couple of small chile ristras hanging also.

                                                                1. corneygirl Mar 12, 2010 08:36 AM

                                                                  Plate with faces made from vegetables: eggplant nose, green bean eye. They are all different and hilarious. On top of the cabinets I store my La Cruset and neat looking bottles.

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                                                                    millygirl Mar 12, 2010 10:31 AM

                                                                    I showcase my depression glass collection of water pitchers, cake plates and compote dishes on top of my kitchen cabinets. They look so beautiful up there with the pot lites shining on them. They bring me great joy!

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                                                                      flourgirl Mar 12, 2010 10:43 AM

                                                                      That sounds beautiful!!! I love glass.

                                                                  2. grnidkjun Mar 12, 2010 06:51 AM

                                                                    I wish my ceilings were high enough to have a hanging pot rack.
                                                                    My kitchen/dining area are all one big open room.
                                                                    I've got a big rock fireplace that takes up a portion of one wall.. I have considered taking down the picture and candles from the face and putting a pot bar rack across the front of it instead.

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                                                                      danna Mar 18, 2010 05:47 AM

                                                                      I love my hanging pot rack. My kitchen ceiling is only 8 feet, but I have an island. I hung the rack directly over it. If I were standing under the pans they would hit me in the head, but since I'm standing beside the island and just working with my hands under the pots, it works fine. Granted, I'm 5'2", but my husband who's a foot taller uses it too, although he complains occasionally ;-)

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                                                                        BobB Mar 18, 2010 08:39 AM

                                                                        We use metal grids on the wall with hooks. Three well-spaced 18' x 30' grids can hold a LOT of pots & pans!

                                                                    2. LA Buckeye Fan Mar 11, 2010 04:12 PM

                                                                      I have a vintage advertisement for indigestion powder.

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                                                                        Beckyleach Mar 11, 2010 09:41 PM

                                                                        LOL!

                                                                      2. Cookiefiend Mar 11, 2010 03:02 PM

                                                                        There isn't much wall space because of the cabinets, windows and a door - but I have:
                                                                        2 framed botanical prints - one with fruits, the other with vegetables
                                                                        A pewter plate that says "A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and Thou". I've had this for 30 years - a gift from Mr CF
                                                                        A small plate with a menu from Cafe The - it has a little monkey wearing a chef's coat
                                                                        A framed card showing a bear saying to a startled hiker "I don't care if you're a member of the Sierra Club, the Sequoia Club or Daniel Boone himself - fork over the Oreos"

                                                                        mamacita - that is the sweetest thing ever. I love it.

                                                                        1. mamaciita Mar 11, 2010 02:01 PM

                                                                          We don't have much kitchen wall space, but the favorite (of mine and guests) is a floating frame with a handwritten, much-used, barely legible recipe that my husband wrote down while on the phone with his mother.

                                                                          1. linguafood Mar 11, 2010 09:13 AM

                                                                            Stains & splatters from whatever I've been cooking. Before I clean them '-P

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                                                                              Whats_For_Dinner Mar 11, 2010 07:04 AM

                                                                              I have rails on the wall adjacent to my stove, from which hang my various skillets and saucepans, as well as commonly-used stuff like tongs. It's functional more than it is decorative, but if you ask me, it's appealing to the eye (I am anal enough to line them all up sequentially by size...)

                                                                              Not quite the kitchen -- although it's close enough, given the small size of my apartment -- but I have a five-foot poster of the primal and subprimal cuts of beef on my living room wall.
                                                                              Is that weird? Maybe to normal people, but I'm perfectly happy with my carcass-related livingroom decor.
                                                                              I really wanted to get one of those big fake cow-skin rugs they have at Ikea to go with it. ;)

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                                                                                Sherri Mar 10, 2010 03:14 PM

                                                                                barryg, what do you like and collect? I love spaces that reflect the owner's interests and quirks. If you don't have a collection of ????, surely there is something that tweaks your interest.

                                                                                I have collected kitchenware for many years and much of it is on a very large potrack. Each piece has a place memory attached and often a special person and/or event as well. I have a wall covered in wine corks than makes me smile in remembrance of some great meals. Ditto framed menus from both fancy and unfancy places with a special memories attached. Just around the corner from my open kitchen is a large cookbook library filled, floor-to-ceiling with books, photos, wine bottles, antique canning jars, baskets, momentos and God knows what else. Sometimes I envy those with uncluttered, spare kitchens but know, from life experience, that each time I begin with clear space, I fill it.

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                                                                                  flourgirl Mar 11, 2010 03:36 AM

                                                                                  Yes, I too wil never have one of those spare, uncluttered kitchens. Where would I put the functional pottery collection? The gorgeous glass cake stand? The vintage kitchen towels? The rolling pin collection.....

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                                                                                    Sherri Mar 11, 2010 05:58 AM

                                                                                    "The rolling pin collection....." Flo Braker, baker extraordinaire, has a wonderful way to contain her extensive collection of rolling pins. The inside of a tall-wide cabinet door is lined with cupped, shallow shelves. Her collection is snugly housed here. All she need do to access any one of them is open this over-sized door and they're all displayed - practically floor to ceiling. It's a great plan.

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                                                                                      flourgirl Mar 11, 2010 06:27 AM

                                                                                      I love it! (I love Flo Braker's books as well.)

                                                                                      I currently have mine stored in one of those slotted pantry organizers. It works pretty well because I only have about 6 pins. I also saw this pretty cool stainless steel organization system from momelife.com that has cupped shelving that I have a spot for on one wall. It's pretty expensive though and it's not a necessity at the moment.

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                                                                                        soupkitten Mar 11, 2010 06:40 AM

                                                                                        i've got mine on the top shelf of an open-front wine rack/cabinet and the long french pin goes across the top of the hanging pot rack.

                                                                                        small kitchen crammed with cabinets. i had space to hang (high up) two large-ish matching original charcoals of common fruits, and a wall-mounted retro stainless steel bread box (yes i do use it for bread and sundries), the kind that also has drawers above the main compartment labeled "coffee, tea, flour, sugar."

                                                                                        across from the main kitchen area are the 4 tall bookcases with most of the cookbooks, and my grandmother's armchair tucked into a little nook. handy.

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                                                                                          Beckyleach Mar 11, 2010 08:57 AM

                                                                                          My rolling pins--about six or so, so far--are in a fairly large ( 2 gallon? 3?) old stoneware crock (the kind with the cobalt blue designs) found in the attic of hubby's grandma's house in Ann Arbor. They look great but as they're on the floor the cats and dogs hairify them too much. I need a better solution.

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                                                                                            flourgirl Mar 11, 2010 12:59 PM

                                                                                            What a great storage solution (except for the "harification" - that's hilarious. I have the cat and dog "hairify" problem in my house as well!)

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                                                                                            aggiecat Mar 12, 2010 01:23 PM

                                                                                            I've used inexpensive curtain rod holders for my Rolling Pins. the only tricky part is to make sure the curvey parts are wide enough for the handles and that you get the two sides perfectly level so that a. the pins don't slide off and b. they don't look perpetually wonky. You can co as up or downscale as you like on these and coordinate them to your hearts content.

                                                                                            That said, i don't have much actual bare wall space so In my kitchen I've got a calendar, white board and cork board, metal bread plate and the atomic clock/remote thermometer display and 3 decorative metal trivets that are also used daily. But they are pretty too; Southing Living at home. I've hung them up vertically with cup hooks that I clipped the inner curve off with wire nippers. The curve of the cup hook went too far around to easily get the trivet over the hooks. This holds more securely than a nail or simple screw would have done AND if you look you can find wall anchors that are the same size as the screw portion of the cup hook. Those guys aren't falling off my wall! My motto: Make it work people!

                                                                                            But that's it. I like practical since I have soo little room for purty. But that's not to say form can't follow function.

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                                                                                        jeanmarieok Mar 10, 2010 01:39 PM

                                                                                        I have a couple of diplomas in plain black frames from different culinary programs I completed. I have a black and white drawing of my kids. I have some antique tin squares hung in a pattern, and a colored pencil drawing of my college chapel.

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                                                                                          LJBTampa Mar 10, 2010 12:25 PM

                                                                                          A couple framed watercolors of fruit -- mango and pomegranate -- that we bought at a local art fair. A metal sculpture called Timber from Crate & Barrel perfectly fills the wall that transitions from the kitchen to the dining room.

                                                                                          1. buttertart Mar 10, 2010 10:19 AM

                                                                                            Un Bar aux Folies-Bergeres (Manet) and a Chinese lansdcape scroll in a Wen Zhengming-ish style, the former bought as a poster about a million years ago and the latter acquired about ten years after that.

                                                                                            1. JerryMe Mar 10, 2010 10:12 AM

                                                                                              I have a floor shelving unit that I hung to clear of floor space. Painted to match the walls. I have a 3' gecko and a retro painting that I got from a favorite restaurant that went out of business and auctioned off all of their stuff. It's about 3 1/2' X 5' brownie delight with ice cream.

                                                                                              The rest of the walls are multi-colored cabinets and a huge window.

                                                                                              1. Sam Fujisaka Mar 10, 2010 09:49 AM

                                                                                                A large oil by a hopefully by-now famous northern Vietnamese painter: Three hanging thin bamboo strands each holding nine small dried, salted fish in even rows (each fish horizontal). Below: some random chopsticks and a small red tea cup; dark background.

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                                                                                                  Beckyleach Mar 10, 2010 07:58 AM

                                                                                                  It's pretty cluttered and "retro" but that's me. :-)

                                                                                                  I have two large, original advertising posters from the 30's or 40's (for "Butter-nut Bread" and "Revel Ice Cream")....Two smaller posters from the American Dairy Assoc., from the 1920's, showing Patsy and her dog, Tippy, and cat, Molly, enjoying milk.

                                                                                                  A large Marc Chagall poster of a blue couple embracing behind a red-checked tablecloth and a vase of yellow flowers...a yellow and green Italian serving platter featuring a strutting rooster (reminds me of French Quimper)...SIX different old fruit/vegetable crate labels--all framed in white, so as to lessen the cognitive dissonance a wee bit--in homage to my Grandpa, who was fruit inspector for the FDA during the Depression, down in the Rio Grande Valley....six cobalt and white Danish "anniversary" plates from the 1960's and '70's....a few copper molds...two Delft tiles....a red Singing Bird clock....

                                                                                                  Nearly all of this joyful clutter is in shades of primary red, blue, yellow and Depression/jadite green. My kitchen walls are bright yellow. Then entire effect is...uhm..."vibrant."

                                                                                                  (And I might mention that, as it is a sadly inadequate 1940's farmhouse kitchen, its woefully short of cabinets, which is why I have all this available wall space in the first place)

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                                                                                                  1. re: Beckyleach
                                                                                                    flourgirl Mar 10, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                                                                    Becky, you reminded me about the wall I have decorated with reproduction vintage tin advertisements/diner art for things like bread, coffee, pies, hot pretzels, etc. They're all on one wall I can't do anything else with because two different doors open directly onto it with no room whatsoever for shelves etc.

                                                                                                    Your kitchen sounds really fun! My house is a little over 40 yrs old and we renovated the kitchen about 10 years ago - but we were on a fairly tight budget. I love my kitchen, but it doesn't look much like the kitchens in the magazines. It is definitely very personal, and a little quirky.

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                                                                                                      LindaWhit Mar 15, 2010 12:31 PM

                                                                                                      Like you, my walls are cluttered, but I like the mix of stuff.

                                                                                                      One wall above the pie safe I use as a pantry has a variety of vintage Christmas-related cake pans - Santa heads, triangular Santa head pan, a full-body Santa pan, several Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer pans of varying size, and one that's a Christmas tree. That wall also has two Christmas candy molds as well.

                                                                                                      On another wall there are two vintage vegetable crate labels that I had framed awhile back, along with an old hat rack on which I've hung old kitchen tools: a small sifter, a potato masher, another wooden masher that I've used to crack nuts, a tin funnel and a tin scoop, a small 3x5 cutting board, a vintage wood-handled corkscrew with a brush on one end, and a few other things not kitchen related (a large old funky lock that I liked). Also a small side wall next to this one has several small prints from the local Boston area that are kitchen/bathroom related prints.

                                                                                                      On another small entry wall, I have a few blue and white plates -- some flow blue, some not -- and a blue wall key rack and a cobalt blue cast iron heart-shaped baking pan. Also on a "chimney pipe wall" I hung several framed postcards I got in Ireland that have a kitchen theme, and below them is a vintage child's chalkboard on which I've written "Milk, Bread, Eggs".

                                                                                                      The rest of the walls are taken up by doorways, cabinets, counter space and a big window over the sink.

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                                                                                                      beevod Mar 10, 2010 07:21 AM

                                                                                                      Alot of spaghetti

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                                                                                                        OCEllen Mar 17, 2010 01:31 PM

                                                                                                        LOL!!!

                                                                                                      2. danna Mar 10, 2010 06:50 AM

                                                                                                        I have memorabilia from great restaurants! I have signed menus from Le Bernardin, Charlie Trotter and Vong and an unsigned tasting menu card from Babbo. Chopsticks in their paper wrapper from Nobu. Postcards from Daniel, 21 Club (i know, but it was my first ever meal in NYC and the design is cool) and Balthazar.

                                                                                                        I've run out of wall space, but I'm dying to put up an antique Peach Box Label from my great grandfather's packing shed.

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                                                                                                          BubblyOne Mar 10, 2010 08:10 AM

                                                                                                          Me too, except mine are from CA institutions that I collected (mostly when I was a kid) from places like Perinos, Chasens, Ma Maison, the original Spago, Lawrys, etc. It's a riot to see some of the old prices too- prime rib was $5.95 at Lawrys in the early 70s!
                                                                                                          Soon to add The French Laundry:)

                                                                                                        2. flourgirl Mar 10, 2010 06:16 AM

                                                                                                          My kitchen walls are mostly filled with cabinets, shelving units of various types and windows. (I actually just replaced some art work that was ahnging in my kitchen with three stainless steel shelves - needed the storage more than I needed the art - and it actually looks a lot nicer now.)

                                                                                                          But I have a really great, framed black and white photo - quite large - which I found on etsy.com of a woman's hands forming a pie crust.

                                                                                                          I also have a collection of Karen Hurd's antique-inspired flat-backed cookie cutters hanging on the wall. And this really great collection of vintage cast aluminum(?) chocolate molds in various seashell shapes that I put together from ebay auctions. They have a kind of funky industrial edge to them that I really like.

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                                                                                                            barryg Mar 10, 2010 09:34 AM

                                                                                                            That photo sounds cool -- do you remember who the etsy artist was? How did you find it?

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                                                                                                              flourgirl Mar 10, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                                                                              the etsy site is "madeinmississippi" but she doesn't currently have any listings in her store. The photo is called "pie crust for pino".

                                                                                                              PIE CRUST FOR PINO
                                                                                                              Gelatin silver print
                                                                                                              printed on Ilford RC paper/pearl surface
                                                                                                              Paper size: 14 in. x 11 in.
                                                                                                              Image size: 12 in. x 8 in.

                                                                                                              The artist, whose name is Amy Evans, also has a website: http://www.amycevans.com/index.html.

                                                                                                              I'm sure you could contact her about selling you a print of this photo.

                                                                                                               
                                                                                                          2. coney with everything Mar 10, 2010 05:52 AM

                                                                                                            A vintage kitchen plaque that I inherited from my grandma.

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                                                                                                              coney with everything Mar 11, 2010 04:58 AM

                                                                                                              and bizarrely enough, here is the exact same plate on Etsy:
                                                                                                              http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?...

                                                                                                              Obviously I won't be able to sell it and retire :)

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                                                                                                              k_d Mar 9, 2010 05:41 PM

                                                                                                              A pretty little whiteboard in a frame that I got at Target, I think. And I write whatever I just ran out of on it. Also a Georgia O'Keeffe calendar... but that's mainly cuz I LUV LUV LUV Georgia O'Keeffe. Otherwise, it's all cabinets and shelves.

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