The kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s where you feed your soul, whether with green juice in the morning or a family feast at night. It’s literally the warmest room in the apartment, thanks to the stove and oven, a place to rejuvenate, find solace, and even be creative. Whether you’re a novice home cook or expert vlogger, it’s the place to be.
The kitchens at 1133 Hope are a highlight in every apartment, each outfitted with high-end finishes and special touches. And since it flows right into the rest of the space, it’s a focal point that deserves attention. To create the most vibrant and bangin’ DTLA kitchen, make sure you have everything you need with these essentials that combine high-design and functionality.
Keep the Countertops Clean
With proper storage, like these lidded containers from Hawkins New York, there’s more room for a vase of flowers or other countertop accents. One visit to the Row DTLA store and you can outfit the entire space with gorgeous larder crocks, solid oak wooden bowls, utensil holders, and woven baskets, table linens and more that are as useful as beautiful.
Cutlery Is key
Every kitchen needs at least one very good knife, and to get the best Japanese chef knives, a visit to Anzen Hardware is the best call. The tiny, crammed Little Tokyo space is filled to the ceiling with utensils, drawer spacers, pots, pans and so much more. Just starting out? Hawkins also has an easy-breezy starter kit that has everything in one bag.
Cooking With Style
There are now pots and pans so chic, you never want to put them away. Think: Sage green ceramic non-toxic, non-stick sets from Caraway, baking lines from Great Jones, and seasonal colors from the classic Le Creuset.
West Elm, located super close to 1133 Hope, has an enormous array of glassware and barware that fits every style. Even if your bar is the counter, should you need a brass bar set, this shiny number will make you swoon.
Make It Fun
Surfas is like the Target of the culinary world: You go for a baking pan and leave with a cart-full of cheeses, jams, olive oils, cooking utensils, and a million other things. Fondue set? Yep. Mustache cookie cutters? In droves. Scales, bread baskets; heck, there’s probably even sourdough starter if you really look hard enough. If you need it or not, it’s most likely there at the Mid-City mecca.
Look the Part
It’s not always about the space, but how you look in it. Aprons created by DTLA’s own Hedley & Bennett are the accessory du jour for professional (and celebrity!) chefs. But they’re also available to home cooks everywhere. There are hundreds of bold colors and patterns to choose from, any of which will make a splash when you’re entertaining (even if you never actually cook).