DIY + crafting

max's kitchen. by emily starr alfano

max's kitchen. established 2018. 

max's kitchen. established 2018. 

i've spent much of the past 3 months organizing/throwing out/selling/donating/repurposing/designing/styling/shopping to transform my little home office into a little playroom/office combo. our house is fairly small and with a fast growing, tornado of a toddler ruling all, we realized it was time for more space for her. we initially thought about removing the rarely used wood burning stove in the living room to give more space in there but it would be a lot of trouble and money to do so...and we'd still have all of max's toys in the living room. not ideal! bill suggested freeing up the space known as my existing office/studio and i'm so glad he pushed me because it's already a perfect space for her!

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i'm still working out some final details in the room including artwork, a new desk chair for myself, updating my mood boards, and perhaps another rug underneath the lulu & georgia you see here {like a soft sisal or jute}. with where the shelves are, the kitchen is, her little table and chairs and then of course accounting for the door to open, the size of rug that makes the most sense also seems a bit too small. you can see a sneak of the shelving side of the room here

BUT in the meantime, thought i'd share some details on our favorite addition to the room...her kitchen! we knew it was something she'd start to really use around this age so when bill's parents asked for holiday gift ideas, it was perfect timing. i researched a lot of options and lusted after this gorgeous one from milton & goose but ultimately i wasn't comfortable with a play kitchen that costs $500, no matter who paid for it nor how special it is. 

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we settled on this one from teamson kids in the oak color, purchased on amazon, and swapped out the handles for these matte black ones {you want 5" spacing} since we had them leftover from our kitchen island. you could also just spray paint the existing handles. i was contemplating doing gold and having the handles match the knobs and faucet but ultimately i kinda liked the mix of {faux} silver and black. 

the kitchen was suprisingly easy to put together! bill and i started it together while max was napping and he finished it up about an hour or so after that. the fridge is separate from the stove/sink piece which is nice if we want to switch up the layout. the best is the little doll highchair from pottery barn kids so max can feed all her babies. 

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i've put together how you can achieve a similar look and you can shop via the links or below! 

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i'm anxious to finish up the entire space and photograph it, so keep an eye out for that and don't miss more sneak peeks on insta. oh and next up i'm going to be sharing our favorite play foods, appliances, and accessories! 

have a great weekend!

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lindsay + mat's {shoppable!} tablescape by emily starr alfano

this past november, we had the pleasure of designing the most beautiful + special wedding to date...our very own lindsay's wedding! lindsay has worked with me for several years and she's the logistical queen behind this creative operation. i can't wait to share the entire wedding {our overall vision was stormy chic and coastal minimalism}, photographed to absolute perfection by my friends henry + mac, but in the meantime...

...SO many of you have asked on instagram for resources for the items used in the tablescape design so i thought i'd link them here for you to shop! whether for a wedding, your home, or a party, you can't go wrong with this elegant, streamlined look.

C A N D L E S /

what you see are actually 3 different components...open ended hurricane shades, taper holders, and of course the candles themselves. we used shades that are 14" high x 2.5" wide but there are other widths + heights as well. the original taper holders we used don't seem to be available anywhere right now but these are similar and for something kinda different, a square optionblack was the perfect accent color for our design but any color will work of course. we recommend dripless tapers {although truth be told, all candles drip.} and we used a mix of 10" and 12" tall. just be sure that the height of the candle is shorter than the height of the hurricane shade. 

it's very important that the candles are firmly secured in the holders {if they're uneven, the heat from the flame can cause the hurricane shade to crack}. i prefer this wax but this is also a good choice! 

G E O D E  D E C O R /

we accented our tablescapes with a variety of geodes + agate slices to add some texture and depth. they can be clustered in piles and nestled amongst other items on the table. jenny sanders calligraphed our table numbers but they can be easily recreated with these agate slices {we used black} and hand writing the numbers, tracing them, or using stickers {herehere}. you could also customize stickers or decals with the numbers written out. you can apply the same concept to smaller placecards like we used below and use smaller round agate slices. just be sure all the agate slices you get don't have holes! 

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minted to the rescue for our menu cards! side note, did you know that you can customize minted products with your own calligraphy files or artwork? we used their agate design in smokey grey and incorporated jenny's calligraphy. if you don't need or want menu cards however, you could do placecards or tags. 

T A B L E T O P /

our napkins, plates, glassware + flatware were all rentals from borrowed blu, but just for fun...here are some similar resources! flatware options 1 + 2 + 3. napkin options 1 + 2 + 3. plate options 1 + 2 + 3. goblet options 1 + 2 + 3.

so there you have it! this really is a look that can be recreated for large gatherings or for intimate dinner parties. 

follow on instagram for more inspiration!

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PS those whimsical arrangements and lunaria garlands were crafted by my girl caroline at Wild Folk Studio.