A children's book illustrator creates a modern farmhouse kitchen full of charming do-it-yourself ideas.
Photo: Deborah Jaffe
For cabinet hardware, Melanie took a whimsical approach, rejecting plain, practical knobs and pulls for a "theme" of letters and numbers. Via Etsy, she found VintageSkye, a source for custom, stamped-clay hardware. The upshot of choosing fun over function? "It's actually helped me get organized," she says. "The symbols don't strictly relate to what's inside, but they serve as memory cues." Cabinet 2? Plates, pitchers, and bowls. Drawer L? Skillets, along with other pots and pans.
Also, installing cabinet and drawer pulls yourself is an easy money-saving project.