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Very rarely is a kitchen perfect when you move in. Perhaps you’re missing the island you always hoped for, or the backsplash is majorly in need of an update. While a complete overhaul likely requires saving up (and saving a lot), there are ways to make your space more functional in the short-term—it just requires investing in the right pieces.
From the practical (floating shelves) to the so pretty (a sleek aged-brass faucet), five Domino editors share the Rejuvenation items that will help get them one step closer to the kitchen of their dreams.
Sophie Miura, Commerce Content Director
I’m in house-hunting mode at the moment, which means I’ve already mentally skipped ahead and designed my dream kitchen. It has a Calacatta Paonazzo marble island with statement lighting suspended overhead—something striking and sculptural like the Ormandy pendant lamp. I love the mid-century, Danish-inspired design, and that the lacquered and polished brass catches the light at any angle.
Few accessories upgrade a tired kitchen quite like new hardware—and boy, does my little rental need some TLC. I’m eyeing the Blair cabinet knobs in an oil-rubbed bronze finish (perfect for hiding sticky fingerprints).
Kate Berry, Chief Content Officer
This clay lamp adds such a cozy touch to my kitchen. Overhead lights can sometimes be too bright; a table lamp on the countertop gives off a low, inviting light.
The arch of this faucet is the ideal clean, graphic shape, but the tone of the metal is still warm enough to mix with all of my kitchen accessories.
Lindsey Mather, Editorial Director, Home
You know you’ve made it when your kitchen has a pot filler next to the stove and lugging heavy saucepans of pasta water to and from the sink is a distant memory. This one has a cross handle that’s just the slightest bit nautical.
A narrow galley kitchen like mine calls for a slim runner, especially crucial when chilly mornings mean cold tile underfoot. Plus this jute-wool combination will stand up to years of dish washing and trips to the fridge.
Brit Ashcraft, Design Director
I live in a 130-year-old house with a kitchen that is short on storage. These white oak floating shelves would add a little extra space, while keeping the things I use most handy.
I’d style my new ledges with art, florals, and pantry essentials (I always have chocolates on hand) in these beautiful yet functional larder crocks.
Faith Brown, Editorial Intern, Creative Studio
I just moved into my first apartment postgrad, so maximizing my small space is top priority. With just five cabinets in my kitchen, this swivel hook is a must for extra storage.
I’m obsessed with a butcher block on wheels—I can roll it out when I need to meal prep for the week ahead, and tuck it back into a corner when I’m done with it.
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