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Silke Bonde house tour

What kind of art do you have in your kitchen? We have mostly family photos, but the other day I came across the home tour of Danish designer Silke Bonde, and how lovely is her knife and fork print? It’s such a low-key print to hang in a dining area. Sometimes the simplest things are the most eye-catching.

Silke Bonde house tour

A few other simple artworks: mothers, books, kiss and linocuts.

P.S. Our Brooklyn apartment tour, and where to find affordable art.

(Photo by Laura Muthesius for Our Food Stories. Mothers via Miss Moss.)

  1. Joanna L says...

    Our kitchen is tiny and we love to cook so we have our pizza peels and cast iron skillets hanging around our kitchen and dining space. They look great and it’s a functional way to store everything!

  2. I’m pretty excited you are posting about Silke Bonde!
    I just love her work. It is all so wonderful! I opened an online Scandinavian concept boutique in Toronto 3 years ago and she was one of the first artists I brought in. She is certainly one of my favourites in the shop.

  3. I took an old calendar from Anthropologie and framed 8 of the pages of fruits and vegetables. The whole thing cost about $250 with professional framing, far less than a lot of the framed stuff I see online. People comment on them all the time.

  4. Kay says...

    I definitely seek out food art for my kitchen, it’s full of it and vintage tea towels. Love this.

  5. Abby says...

    Unrelated to this post, and maybe you’ve talked about this before, but I noticed you took Columbus Day off posting. I’m sure you were actually celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, but it would have been great to see an acknowledgement if that was the case. It’s still a pretty small and not nationally recognized holiday. Without any acknowledgement, it seems like you’re participating in a pretty awful holiday?? I get that a day off is a day off and also that there is a lot of mountain-out-of-molehill-making happening these days, but blerg, I’m still disappointed.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your note, abby. we actually decided to take the day off in large part because of a family situation that’s going on with me — i hadn’t been thinking of columbus day in any way, only the fact that i needed to spend extra time focusing on this personal situation when my children had the day off school. thank you so much for your note about columbus day, though, i appreciate your thoughtfulness and care, especially in this political climate.

    • Abby says...

      Thanks for your kind reply! It really didn’t seem like y’all! I’m glad you’re taking good care.

  6. Danielle says...

    Most of our kitchen artwork is food related. We have some woodblock prints of vegetables, This Nikki McClure print that I love: https://buyolympia.com/Item/nikki-poster-process along with a band poster featuring a fly swatter.

    • Sarah says...

      I love that you had that print! I’ve had several of her prints rotate through my kitchen over the years. They are just perfect

  7. Cecelia says...

    I don’t have much open wall space in my kitchen, upper cabinets and windows fill the space. But I hung a framed cross-stitch made by my mother above the sink and have another piece by my great grandmother on a shelf.

  8. Eloise says...

    I don’t have anything hanging in my kitchen, yet (a broken water pipe took out a chunk of it four days after we moved in — it functions, thank goodness, but is UGLY and barren) but when it’s rennovated, something from here is going somewhere: https://lovemenuart.com/ They have a popup shop in NYC a few times a year and the prints are great!

  9. Brooke says...

    I found extra wallpaper from my great-god parents kitchen growing up in my mom’s attic and had it framed for my and my sisters kitchens. It is repeating kitchen images with french words for them (chef, eggs, bread, etc…). Very 60s. Makes me smile and think back on very fond memories of thier kitchen growing up every time I see it.

  10. Annelies says...

    I have a small kitchen (apartment) so I have only two fun quotes hanging up. One says “I kiss better than I cook”, the other one “A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands”.

  11. jane says...

    Prefer the pitcher print, it is perfect, though I really enjoy incongruous art in the kitchen – saw a pinterest somewhere of a small 8×10 oil landscape in a super extravagant gold frame leaning on the counter wall and somehow it was great.

  12. Reba says...

    So fun to visit every else’s kitchen! I have a tiny (3 in. square) watercolor bought from the artist at an outdoor market in Florence because the painted tomatoes look ripe enough to eat. Also the framed cover of the Betty Crocker Boys and Girls Cookbook (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31556422-betty-crocker-s-new-boys-and-girls-cook-book?ac=1&from_search=true). The rest of the 1960s-era book has disintegrated, but I like how the primary colors warm up my minimalist white/grey/stainless kitchen and the boy in the chef’s hat reminds me of my brother and his many kitchen experiments.

  13. deanna says...

    My kitchen and living room are more or less one room, so I try to keep the aesthetic pretty similar. I’m a big fan of charts and maps for decor. (My living room has a large vintage school biology chart on one wall and a map of my beloved Queens, NY on another.) I also like the prints from Pop Chart Lab (https://popcart.co/). In my kitchen I have their “Cartography of Kitchenware” print that makes the transition nicely, and I have a Great Gatsby one in my bedroom. Charts might not be everyone’s aesthetic, but they’re definitely conversation starters.

  14. Madeleine says...

    We have a large, bright orange 1952 original Robert Gage “New York Is Eating It Up! Levy’s Real Jewish Rye” adverting poster in our kitchen. It was an Etsy score, which we found out is in the MOMA collection. https://www.moma.org/collection/works/5171

  15. Angela Z. says...

    I have a GREAT rec for this: the Etsy shop Anek! (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/anek) Gorgeous, colourful, affordable prints of all sorts of kitchen-y stuff. My husband gave me the plums one for Christmas one year and it is the pride of my gallery wall.

  16. Meg says...

    Oooo! I find this kitchen to be so peaceful. The art, the colors, the big window, the hanging light are all lovely.

    In our kitchen, we have a letterpress of “Food Rules” from Holstee, which they don’t seem to have at the moment. It is a reproduction of a World War I poster and the “rules” still work today. I’m pretty sure I saw it for the first time on this blog, maybe on a house tour.

  17. We have a giant, black original Todd Clark painting. Google him.

  18. Andrea Young Griffith says...

    Do a post about bathroom art?? That’s where my head is right now!

  19. Mims says...

    AT the moment, I have a signed print by Harry Fonseca from his native California series. It was a wedding gift from a dear friend, and likely the most valuable piece of art we own, but I never think about that; but rather my generous, lovely friend who gave it to us, and our wedding day. It is 4 stylized maidu women holding baskets of acorns. Across from it is an abstract painting in greens, peach, lavender and orange I found at a thrift store for ten dollars. I do like to rotate my art seasonally, and soon I should exchange with a still life of persimmons bought at local open studio and a woodcut of Pt Reyes seashore. I find I need to move art around or I stop “seeing” it out of complacency.

  20. Julie says...

    I have a framed quote from Julia Child (“People who love to eat are always the best people”) and a framed alphabet made entirely of cereal mascots.

    Yes, I am 38.

    • Sara says...

      I have that quote framed, too!! ❤️❤️

  21. Natalie says...

    I love reading what everyone has in thheir kitchen! ❤️ I live in North Carolina and have a copy of the Great BBQ Map framed in my kitchen- a giant map of the state with the location of many bbq joints of note along with an explanation of the different types of bbq sauce styles found in the Carolinas. My husband and I have had a great time visiting them and crossing each off as we visit them and noting our favorites!

  22. Laura C. says...

    Do my girls’ drawings hanging on the fridge’s door with some magnets count?

    • Susan Y. says...

      Absolutely!

  23. Sasha L says...

    I don’t have any but I love all of the works from this shop, The Far Woods, just so beautiful.
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFarWoods
    In my own kitchen/dining room I have a small Native American print of a couple, a kind of work called ledger art, bought a long time ago at a pow wow, a framed photo of my husband and I on vacation, and the poster from the hometown festival we attended on our first date, in 1992. We have a little blue pottery trivet hanging up too, from our first land lady, a very talented potter. I’d love to say goodbye to my upper cupboards and have more wall space for art and maybe another window.

  24. CG says...

    A vintage Guiness poster, which originally hung in my family’s bar (est 1847). It would not feel like my kitchen without it.

  25. Claire says...

    We have an oil painting of a head of garlic, a color photo of my husbands oven-mitten hands holding a cassoulet, and a couple of Japanese water color prints. Also we have a hanging faceted crystal in the window, which throws rainbows when the sun hits it. I think crystals are way under-appreciated as decorating options. I know that is not what you asked about but I am trying to avoid packing for a trip tomorrow and so here I am..

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “I know that is not what you asked about but I am trying to avoid packing for a trip tomorrow and so here I am.” = hahaha love it. :)

    • Sasha L says...

      I love crystals in windows too!

    • Laura C. says...

      Now, I’d love to see your kitchen.
      Have a nice trip Claire, wherever you’re going! :)

  26. Traci says...

    I’ve managed to acquire quite a few pieces of art over the years – I’m not *that* discriminatory; if I like it, it’s coming home, and I’ve paid anywhere from $3 to $350 for the pieces currently hanging in my home. Maybe it’s my laissez-fare attitude in general, but I have no rules about in which room certain pieces should be hung, and I often circulate them, coming up with new vignettes every few months or so. I think every room is made better with beautiful art, whether or on-theme or not, and my kitchen, currently packed with 8?9? pieces, feels so happy and exciting to me. Food is for the belly of the soul, art is for its eye!

  27. Cynthia says...

    I have the famous Willy Ronis boy with a baguette b & w photo hanging in my kitchen…also a hand-painted barracuda from an artist in Florence (he took our picture for his album of where his pieces end up!), and in our breakfast nook, a vintage piece of piano music enlarged for the classroom that has these words and their melody: early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. I love each piece! It’s always a bonus when the piece reminds you of a happy time or travel adventure!

  28. Audie says...

    Growing up my Spanish godmother had a large print of an egg being cracked over pasta noodles. I would always look at it when we visited and it would make me so hungry for pasta. I always thought it was a funny picture but now as an adult I think about how much I would love it for my own kitchen. If she hadn’t moved back to Spain years ago I probably would have asked her for it.

  29. jen says...

    i’m an artist and i hang my own artwork in our kitchen. We don’t have much wall space at all – so i make & hang sample size pieces of ideas I’d like to make in a larger size. the samples stick around for a few months so I can see how i like them. The favorites end up being made into larger, more elaborate pieces that I sell. Truth be told, the samples and rough drafts usually end up being my favorites anyway!

    • Molly K says...

      I’d be interested in browsing your work. Do you have an online shop?

  30. Caitlin says...

    Oh! This seems like a good space to ask: Does anyone have a recommendation for a quality wall clock for the kitchen? I am concerned that I’ll buy a pretty one and it won’t last more than a year :-/

    (Also, we have a letterpress print of each month’s seasonal produce in the kitchen; beautiful and useful!)

    • Kim says...

      Ha ha one of my all time favorite episodes! Frank was clueless.

  31. Annie says...

    We have some wonderfully sentimental “art” in our kitchen and breakfast nook. My favorite is a cross-stitched piece my mom made for my dad when they were dating that says “Fresh From [my dad’s name]’s Garden” with veggies all over it and her maiden name signed in the corner. We also have framed over the stovetop an enchilada recipe that I scribbled on a piece of paper the first time I went to my husband’s apartment to cook dinner when we were dating. I didn’t know he’d saved it until we moved in together and I found it tucked into a cookbook, but now we make it on our anniversary every year! We also have posters from seafood festivals from my husband’s hometown, because he comes from a family of fishermen and they take their seafood very seriously. It’s definitely not our most curated room aesthetically speaking, but it’s so full of family traditions and memories that it always makes me smile when I stop and think about it.

  32. B says...

    I had my husband’s grandmother’s WW2 ration card framed. A daily reminder of just how good we have it

    • Annie A O'Brien says...

      I love this!!

    • Lisa says...

      Perfect. What an important reminder and what an amazing memento.

  33. Colleen S says...

    My kitchen has zero wall space for art. It’s also like nine feet wide, so there’s nothing but cabinets and appliances. Apartment living.

  34. Paroma says...

    Once again, another timely post! I just hung up piece purchased last week from a local art fair. Our kitchen artwork is rather literal – the woodcut print is called ‘The Small Kitchen’ and looks like an illustration of ours! Next to the coffeemaker is a Hatch Show coffee print (like a previous poster) from a visit to Nashville a few years ago. We also hung a charming vintage windmill cookie mould. It was a fun Ebay find, and is a new family tradition to make our own every winter! As an amateur printmaker myself, thank you for linking to handmade pieces – original artwork doesn’t always cost a fortune.

  35. Mariana says...

    I have a cute print of 2 oreo halfs where the one with no cream says to the other: “you’re my better half” :)

  36. Nicole A. says...

    I’m 25, and I have a grandmother-aged mentor named Freeda. I went to her house for brunch one day to see that she had a food handler’s permit framed in her kitchen. Haha. “So my guests know that I’m qualified to be cooking for them!” She said. I got quite the chuckle out of it.

    I have been meaning to frame some favorite handwritten family recipes for my own kitchen.

    My mother has an embroidered piece that says “No matter where I serve my guests, they seem to like my kitchen best.” It reminds me of Thanksgiving and Christmas suppers when I see it!

    • Sarah says...

      Haha! Nicole, I LOVE that! What a cheeky thing to do.

    • Amy says...

      Haha! I’ve had to take the Food Safe course a couple times in the past and this would be hilarious to frame in the kitchen. Maybe I’ll update my certification ;)

  37. I just LOVE those linocuts. Right now we have some woven baskets and bowls on the wall, which we’ve amassed from various travels. They face outward so we can see the designs inside. And while I love them, cause there’s lotsa memories there, I’ve always wanted to frame some still lifes by Laura Letinsky… simple and beautifully melancholy. See some here: http://lauraletinsky.com/photographs/fall/

  38. Bethany R says...

    We have a couple retro-looking posters from The Victory Garden of Tomorrow. The website describes the series as “original, collectible new work that’s committed to civic innovation and social progress in the 21st Century.” Perfect for a kitchen!

  39. I’m an artist (ramblingsketcher.com) and have some of my own work in my apartment, but all that’s in my kitchen are two Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars concept art prints. In my living room I have a few of Libby Vanderploeg’s series of famous women with quotes prints that I love. Also the page of my passport with all my stamps from when I studied abroad is hanging up!

    I have a gallery wall and some of the other things I have up/am about to hang are a Tina Berning print, two Ron Nicole fossils, a drawing by Paul Heaston, and a portrait my friend Anne Watkins did of me.

  40. Molly says...

    My husband is an artist in the SF Bay Area and works at a major museum in the city. He creates and is surrounded by incredible work by creators all day everyday. And he is also very nostalgic and so our home, while it has beautiful pieces done by him and others that we both deeply love, is more a display of the things he has hung on his walls for years. This includes his Wolverine and Gambit X-men posters he had framed when he was 12 years old. He loves them more than anything else and they have been in every kitchen we have had together, since we started living together 10 years ago. There will always be decor disagreements a couple must compromise on and ours is Wolverine and Gambit, who I affectionately call our housemates. At this point, everyone who comes over gets a kick out of them and it always starts a fun conversation. While at one point I thought they would eventually come off the wall, I realize now they probably never will and that is ok. They’ve grown on me.

  41. I have a wall of Marion Bolognesi’s watercolors that were painted as illustrations in Cara Nicoletti’s book, Voracious. Starlight mints, shrimp, lemons, challah, and a few more deck our kitchen wall. Nicoletti, by the way, would make for an amazing feature/interview/week of fashion on Cup of Jo.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that, kristin!

  42. Rachael says...

    Oh my goodness those mama days prints. My heart. I’ve been looking for a little something to mark one whole year of breastfeeding my daughter (not that we plan to stop soon but it feels like a milestone) and this is just perfect, thank you

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad, rachael xo

    • Sasha L says...

      An accomplishment for sure!! I’ve jokingly wondered if it could go on my resume. But seriously… It should.

    • Ah glad you like them Rachael! And congratulations for one year and still going strong! Kirsty x

  43. Beth says...

    We bought our house three years ago, and in the kitchen, the original owner left us a watercolour painting of a basket of vegetables she had painted and framed years before; she said it belonged in that space and that we could keep it there if we wanted. I was so honoured. It hangs above the stove and it brings joy every day. It feels like an important part of the history of the house and the previous owners (who lived there for 40+ years and did much of the work on the home themselves).

  44. Chelly says...

    My kitchen is the only place that I do ‘themed’ art – everything is food related, but not necessarily traditional ‘art’!

    Among the things hanging in my kitchen is a framed bag from Burger King and a produce bag from a grocery store.

  45. Marie says...

    My stylish grandma had this all white kitchen nook and then this big Matisse print, lots of pink in it, it was such a great room, I’d like to do that….

  46. Ellie says...

    We only have space for one big frame…it’s a big Ribba from Ikea. I bought a piece of mat (without the cutout) and add business cards from restaurants that are either special to my husband and me or we had a memorable meal there. Not all restaurants are “frame worthy” but it’s a fun way to keep track :)
    (Idea from Victoria McGinley: https://victoriamcginley.com/2014/03/20/diy-the-business-card-scrapbook/)

    • This is such a neat idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  47. Kira says...

    This really caught my eye! The poster on the right is by a Danish painter called Wilhelm Lundstrøm. I work as an educator in an art museum in Denmark and recently had the pleasure of exhibiting this original piece :D

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, so cool to hear! xo

  48. I actually like the pitcher and bowl print even more than the fork and knife pair!

    We have Ork Poster’s Brooklyn Neighborhood Map with a black background in a black frame. Bought this when they were first popular maybe about 8 years ago? It’s now in it’s first Manhattan kitchen.

  49. Andrea says...

    any suggestions for where to find BIG frames that aren’t too expensive? I’d love some larger scale artwork but am struggling with the framing part!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we get frames from ikea a lot — do you need bigger ones than that? xoxo

    • Sarah says...

      I second this, and came to the comment section to say the same! I’m on the market for something with more standard dimensions than IKEA, but a little more visually interesting, like good for a gallery wall. Price-wise, somewhere between IKEA and frame bridge. I feel like I need a Cup of Jo shopping-style roundup (or also just a tutorial in how to attempt the feat that is a gallery wall)

    • Jen says...

      If you have a Michael’s near you, they always have different frames on sale — like buy one, get one 50%; all frames 55% off, etc. You can combine those with a 20% your total purchase and frames suddenly become quite affordable! I’ve done this for years and I like the cohesion my frames have (all standard gallery-style, black with white mats) so my art can really show off. I actually will buy several frames in different sizes when they go on sale like this and just store them in my attic. Then when I get a new piece of art, or when I create art that I’d like to give as a gift, I pop it in a frame and it’s good to go!

    • Andrea says...

      Ikea is great sometimes but I’m trying to figure out how to reduce Ikea in my house :)

      Agree with Sarah’s response! seconding her suggestion for a) frame roundup and, b) gallery wall help!

    • Carly says...

      My favorite frames come from Jerry’s Artarama — if you have a store local, they do frame sales a few times a year (usually 40-50% off). I’ve also had good luck with American Frame.

    • Thuy says...

      Years ago a bought simple custom frames for prints with odd dimensions at Frame Destination online – I did a lot of research and found them to be most cost effective and I was happy with the quality. I’m not sure about their prices these days but worth checking out! I still get emails from them with sales fairly often.

  50. Alexandra says...

    My kitchen art used to be Nathalie Lete plates on the wall, now it’s a collection of vintage German kitchen tools and utensils (hard to describe, but I have a modern kitchen, and it looks really cool, I think) plus some mini paintings of fruits and vegetables.

  51. Such a cool post! I love kitchen art with cooking themes. I’m a print artist (and painter) and I’ve made several prints that hang in the kitchens of friends. A favorite is a print of a teapot that belonged to my grandmother. Love the knife and fork you featured here!

  52. WAH. You shared my mother drawings. Thanks Joanna + team. I’ve been reading your words for years + years. Kirsty (Mama Days) xxx

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, we love your work! xoxo

    • Marnie says...

      “Hold On” melted my heart. In midnight blue, it feels like carrying a sleeping child to bed. My kids are *almost* too bit to carry, so I ordered this print – I hope it helps to me hang onto that feeling!

    • Thank you Joanna, so kind of you to say (and to share!). Recently started selling my drawings earlier this year (after not being able to go back to work) and incredibly, lovely mamas are buying them. It is an incredible feeling to start to be able to provide for my family (and to show my daughter that it’s never too later to do something you love). Xx

    • Ah Marnie! Thanks for your order and and what sweet words. Kirsty x

  53. edie says...

    just popping in to say that I’ve been listening to podcasts while I cook in the kitchen and….Trader Joe’s has a podcast and it’s just great! xo

  54. Eva says...

    My parents, who notoriously take years to decades to frame/hang art, framed and hung a piece I got them right away and it made me so happy. I had gone to Sri Lanka for several months, and returned with an enormous hand-made batik by an artist I had met and befriended. The fact that they framed it (which probably cost more than I paid for it–big and not a standard size) and hung it so quickly was an amazing gift to me. It now hangs proudly in their kitchen, and I smile every time I see it.

  55. lesley says...

    lovely! her home tour is very pretty too.

  56. Libbynan says...

    I have the poppy watercolor my daughter painted during her first art lesson from her mother-in-law. Afterward, they mounted and framed it for me. It’s in its third kitchen. Also a rooster paint-by-number that I picked up at an estate sale 20 years ago….

  57. Denise says...

    I like these. In my kitchen I currently have a framed photo of a dandelion puff but I’ve always been drawn to colorful art of fruit & veg in kitchens also. Maybe it’s time to change it up.