How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

This Fall Nesting post is in partnership with Old World Kitchen

I adore a cozy collected kitchen. I just wouldn’t feel “at home” in a kitchen that was sterile, lifeless or completely uncluttered. That’s not to say I like overly cluttered or messy kitchens, I don’t. :) I like a clean look, but I also love being surrounded by treasured collections and special things that tell our story.

I don’t necessarily think of myself as a “collector” but I do have a few collections or cherished pieces. If you were to look at my kitchen, you might not even realize that I am surrounded by things that are “collected” or memorable to me.

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

Even though my kitchen is newly remodeled I consider it to be “collected” because in it I have special pieces I have gathered over time. They are things I love, use regularly and will enjoy for years (and even a lifetime). These “collectibles” are often the elements I use and decorate with, so they become a part of my style.

I feel a kitchen is a backdrop for the memories we make, so I love when the quality, craftsmanship, beauty or functionality of pieces in it enhance the experiences we will always remember.

My cherished pieces stay with me. They are brought with me from house to house so they have become a part of our family’s history. I am not likely to part with them!

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

While it isn’t “a collection”, my trusty 30 year old KitchenAid stand mixer is memorable. It has been sitting on my counter almost continually since my girls were little enough to ask to lick the beaters (CUE ALL THE TEARS!). It’s a little beat up, but it is still beautiful to me because of what it represents–a lifetime of baking and caring for the people I love.

I’ll keep that mixer as long as it still works! There is something so special about collecting and keeping things that will stand the test of time. They may not be on the latest trends list, but that’s OK. They will outlast them all and bring their stories along with them.

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

One of my favorite kitchen pieces is my collection of beautiful wood spoons. The day we moved into our very first home as a young married couple, I set a crock on my counter to hold my wood spoons. I just sensed those wood spoons would add so much coziness and comfort to our kitchen. And so they have, every day since!

At first I just had a few spoons, but you have to start a collection somewhere, right? My current crock is filled with the most gorgeous hand-carved wood utensils gathered and gifted to me over the years. They are not just beautiful to look at, we love to use them!

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

Many of the utensils in my collection came from an online friend I met years ago. Her family actually hand carves wood utensils (spoons, spatulas, and more!) right on their farm in Virginia. It has become their family business, Polder’s Old World Market (and Polder’s Old World Kitchen).

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

Each of their pieces is a work of exquisite art, signed and dated by the craftsperson. Their beauty and quality adds to the experience. You can’t help but enjoy something someone made with such care!

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

This set is from their Dreamware collection, the beauty of the smooth wood and the hand-carved details on each piece is really stunning. Plus I’m obsessed with that gorgeous vintage inspired rolling pin!

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

So take it from me, if you ever want to give someone you love an heirloom quality gift or start a collection for yourself, one of Polder’s hand carved spoons, the vintage inspired rolling pin, knives, spatulas or the entire Ultimate 10-piece Dreamware set would offer a lifetime of joy.

They are wonderful pieces to give, receive and collect because you know they will be treasured. Imagine what a memorable gift one of these would be for a wedding, a special anniversary, Christmas or housewarming?

And if you are in a hurry for a gift and don’t have time to wait for it to be custom made, you’ll find a growing collection of ready to ship items here.

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

Hand turned solid maple honey dipper

Best news for my buddies here today, the Polder’s are offering The Inspired Room readers a 25% off discount store wide on orders through 9/23! Just use the code INSPIRED25.

I definitely recommend placing holiday orders early, not only because of the discount but because many of their products sell out as they get closer to Christmas.

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

While my collection of wood spoons add so much warmth to my kitchen, my vintage copper pots add another gorgeous cozy patina! I’ve had them for years and would never part with them.

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

I don’t have a lot of copper pots (yet!), but it is fun to have a collection in process. :)

Polder’s Old World Kitchen is also always on the hunt for vintage copper pieces to add to their shop for their customers.

They have such beautiful collection of fine antique copper pieces, I swoon a little in my heart when I see them. Some of them are from the year 1850!

How to Create a Cozy Collected KitchenVintage copper

Polder’s will notify their email list when they add new copper pieces as they sell out quickly. Also they send out $25 product credit to all of their subscribers for Christmas, so it’s definitely worth being on their mailing list. You can sign up here.

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

And these cutters! Oh my goodness, how darling are these? I have a small collection of copper cookie cutters that I used to use to cut my kids’ toast into shapes! So many memories.

How to Create a Cozy Collected Kitchen

Do you have treasured collections or pieces in your kitchen?

  • Be sure to sign up for Polder’s Old World Kitchen’s email list here (they’ll send you a $25 product credit as it gets closer to the holidays).
  • Use INSPIRED25 on your order site wide for 25% off until September 23!
  • Follow Polder’s on Instagram and Facebook for gorgeous images of their craftsmanship and products.

Follow along with our Fall Nesting series! Start here for the 20 Little Things to Love About Fall video and to catch up with all of the new post links!

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Come on in! We can all squeeze in my kitchen, right? Sure we can, just squish on in :). We’re all friends here.

This is my very first fall season in my kitchen. I’ve been SO looking forward to experiencing what it feels like in here this time of year.

Yes, I do ponder things like that. Perhaps more than I should.

Speaking of the start of the season, I don’t know what it is about the week of Labor Day, but it’s always a crazy week for our family. Skipping Monday sounds like such a great idea (who needs Mondays?) until you realize you also lost 24 hours somewhere, ha. I’ve had a zillion deadlines lately so I need allllll the hours I can get.

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Wall Light // Buffalo Check Towel // Black Knobs // Black Bar

My son headed back to school today so I definitely will be on a fall schedule now! That first morning back is always a bit of a shock to the system, isn’t it? No more sleeping in or lazy mornings. And I realized this morning that I should have gone grocery shopping so we have lunches on hand and easy to grab breakfasts in the house. Whoops!

Gratefully his school serves a welcome back lunch to students the first day. I think they must figure that mamas would need a grace day. :)

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Wood Tablet Holder (similar) // Copper French Press

Anyway, I am so glad you came by today, welcome to my kitchen!

If you are new around here or missed our kitchen remodel posts, you can catch up on all the details in the reveal here.

As I mentioned, this is our first fall in our kitchen so it will be very special to me!

I love fall.

And I love kitchens!

We actually began our remodel around the beginning of October last year and it was finished just after the start of the year. We were able to prepare our first meal in our oven on Christmas! Awww, memories. Light the corners of my mind. Misty water colored memories. (ANYONE KNOW WHAT THAT IS FROM? Dated myself, I’m sure. In all fairness, it was my parents’ music, not mine.).

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Brass Faucet // Water Faucet //  Farmhouse Sink // Runner // Wall Light // Refrigerator

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Black Knobs // Cutting Board

I thought lot about how this space would feel in ALL the seasons when I was designing my kitchen (because that’s just how I roll).

Evolving my home through each season brings me a lot of joy. You might have noticed that I’m not really into buying a lot of the latest seasonal accessories or crafty decor. It’s just not my thing, but it is for sure one fun way to add fall decor to your home.

We don’t have real pumpkins around here until mid-October, but there are lots of other ways I bring the season to my home.

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Evolving the Kitchen for FallCrock // Wood Spoons

Tomorrow I’ll share about the gorgeous wood spoons from Polders’ Old World Market (use code INSPIRED25 for 25% off sitewide!), and some of the other lovely things I collect to use year round or to enjoy in certain seasons.

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Oh, I picked up a cozy new fall runner recently. You can find it here.

The colors are so pretty in person and the forgiving pattern is perfect for messy cooks :).

I just knew I’d have a lot of fun changing out runners in here for the seasons!

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall

Shop my kitchen sources with the thumbnails and arrows below!

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall


See all my kitchen sources, FAQ and details here.

Shiplap Walls Behind Stove & Sink

Where we got the Dutch Doors

Kitchen Remodel: Four Design Tips

How we choose our kitchen appliances

How we mixed and matched our kitchen hardware

Tomorrow we’ll still be in my kitchen (I mean, you can go home in between or just stay here, either way, ha!). I’ll be sharing more about things I love to collect for the kitchen and tips for bringing a warm fall ambience to yours! UPDATE: Check out part two of this kitchen post here

I’m just so excited to chat about all these fun nesting things :).

Be sure to catch up and follow all of the fall nesting posts here!

Evolving the Kitchen for Fall