When I saw this play kitchen in Sue & Graeme's Eclectic Victorian Townhouse it reminded me the one I had as a kid — a simple, classically styled set where I could get lost in a world of pretend cooking. I think I owe much of my love of all things nesting to that first pretend kitchen. Inspired by nostalgia, I found the source for this little kitchen and also rounded up a few others.
DUKTIG Play Kitchen from IKEA
As a boy of five years old, the only item on my Christmas list was a play kitchen. If memory serves me correctly, there was a play kitchen in my kindergarten classroom and I always enjoyed playing in it but it was often overcrowded with girls ... and the boys would make fun of me for hanging out with the girls. The solution? Get a play kitchen of my own! Of course, little boys don't have money or the freedom to shop so I couldn't just go out and buy one. So I did what any boy would do and put it on my Christmas list. To make the point crystal clear to my parents, I made sure it was the only thing on my list.
I got my play kitchen that year - a simple, unisex sink/range/cabinet combo where I spent hours and hours playing house or whipping up dishes for my pretend diner, which I patterned after Mel's Diner from a popular TV show at the time, Alice. I'm sure that early pretend time was key to my becoming the home-design-blog-editing, DIYing man I am today.
• Red Vintage Kitchen from Kidcraft This is the kitchen in Sue & Graeme's home. Available at various retailers for around $135.
• 4-in-1 Play House Kitchen from Toys-R-Us $419.99
• DUKTIG Play Kitchen from IKEA $79.99
• What's Cookin' Kitchen Appliances from Land of Nod $229 - $249
• Red Retro Kitchen Collection from Pottery Barn Kids $249 - $699
(Images: 1. Sue & Graeme's Eclectic Victorian Townhouse. All others: As credited above.)