A few weeks ago we took a tour of the vintage-filled 1880s Amsterdam home of stylist, cook, and cookbook author Helma Bongenaar (see A Collector’s Vintage-Filled Home in a Former Tavern in Amsterdam). What first captured my attention on Instagram, though, was the kitchen, formerly a tavern frequented by the city’s dockworkers, now fitted with Helma’s trademark found, thrifted, and collected finds. Even the cabinets were salvaged.
The space is awash in two shades of palest blue—traditional in Dutch interiors for making the most of the light. Plus, Helma adds, “flies don’t like this color.”
Join us for a closer look at this unique and layered cook space.
Photography by Helma Bongenaar (@helmabongenaar).
For a look at the rest of Helma’s house, see Dutch Light: A Collector’s Vintage-Filled Home in a Former Tavern in Amsterdam.
And for more lived-in kitchens we love, take a look at:
- Kitchen of the Week: Shaker in the City
- Kitchen of the Week: “Preserving the Spirit of the Old” in Reims, France
- Kitchen of the Week: A New Kitchen Designed to Harmonize with a Vintage Pantry
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