Item: Renovated Toddler Kitchens
Price: It doesn’t matter. It’s the principle of the thing.

A co-worker recently accused me of just wanting everything to be pretty. Guilty as charged. But even I draw the line at a new trend I’m observing. (New York Times Sunday Styles section rules: It happens once, it’s an isolated incident. It happens twice, it’s a trend.) That trend is people preemptively renovating their kids’ play kitchens for aesthetic reasons.

We learn from that the renovator of the kitchen at right, “approached getting a play kitchen the way one might evaluate a kitchen in a prospective home – does it have good bones?” So she repainted most of its surfaces, added wallpaper, etc. Another renovator says on Flickr that she swapped in new hardware and added a backsplash, apparently forgetting that her child won’t actually be cooking food in it.

Santa brought our daughter a play kitchen this Christmas. And yes, we requested that he get one that was somewhat understated as it would be in our own dining room for a few years. But at no point did weSanta look at it as a vexing interior design matter. Someone should call HGTV and tell them they’ve got a new demographic to mine — 3-year-olds whose kitchens are simply dreadful.