I could style this kitchen a billion different ways (and likely will) because I LOVE pretty kitchen accessories and I love styling 🙂 A good kitchen accessory and some thoughtful styling can make any simple kitchen look soulful and warm. In fact, it’s my thesis today that I think that all of these are an excellent gift for anyone who loves to cook and loves good design. Full Stop. So today I’ll talk about my favorite pretty yet practical (for the most part) kitchen accessories and link up a lot of current options out there in case you are in the market (or have someone on your list). Now many of my favorite pieces I’ve had for years and truly tried not to buy too much new (did you see my prop storage closet?) but that doesn’t mean I didn’t window shop and see what is out there. So here, friends, are my favorites that are available for you.
I once longed to be the kind of person who decanted things into other things, and now look at me. While I do love some labels of pretty oils we try to buy more in bulk so decanting (and then staring at these oil cruets) makes me so happy. Win/win.
Salt and Pepper Grinders
Salt and Pepper Grinders | Salt and Pepper Shaker (unavailable)
I bought these which work great and are super pretty, but after we shot I kinda wish I had bought some with more of an interesting shape. Of course, they are near the bottles that are very shapely so I think the photos turned out well, but there are such pretty ones on the market.
Black Bud Vase (unavailable)
It’s the shape. I just love the classic round shape of a pitcher, with a handle that makes me smile. I have SO MANY. I use them for vases and sculptures more than actual pitchers, honestly. But there is this old-world magic to a pretty ceramic/pottery shape with a handle.
Now the key here is making sure that there is something to hold the pages down. I am not a tablet recipe person, I like dirtying the books, making notes, and reading off real pages. A cookbook stand and your favorite cookbook (might I suggest Clean Soup? Sarah Adler’s book?) is a great gift for a budding cook.
Left: Round Cutting Board (unavailable) | Right: Maple Cutting Board with Groove
We have our practical ones that we love, but in this kitchen, I use this huge one all day every day almost like a countertop. It’s not too heavy (some butcher blocks are so heavy and make washing in the sink very cumbersome). We gave our babysitter two years ago a “soup starters kit” which included a dutch oven, a cutting board, a cookbook, and a really good knife. It was a big hit. 🙂
1. European Cutting Boards (Set of 3) | 2. Butcher Block Cutting Board | 3. Round Bread Board | 4. John Boos Maple End-Grain Rectangular Chopping Block | 5. Walnut Cutting Board | 6. Wood Cutting & Serve Board
Kitchen Towels (unavailable)
We have our gross dishtowels, of course, but for the ones that hang out on the range or dishwasher you want one that is a bit prettier, less terrycloth, and more linen or cotton (bonus points for fringe or tassels).
Left: MaryAnn Puls Abstract | Right: Seascape (vintage)
You all know I love decorative elements in the kitchen that maybe don’t make as much practical sense, but goodness they add soul. I have vintage seascape and MaryAnn Puls abstracts. If you have the wall space (even on tile or on a shelf) don’t miss the opportunity for good art.
Pretty (a good) glassware can add so much personality to a kitchen if they can be displayed. I really love the look of mixing everyday glasses with special glassware and new with vintage. And don’t be afraid of a little color. It gives the overall look more dimension and they are more fun to drink out of:)
There’s just something so special about a ceramic colander but they aren’t necessarily on everyone’s “kitchen need list.” That’s why they are such a great gift. They’re perfect for displaying but also are totally functional. Another win/win!
Living room elements, like lamps and mirrors, give an unexpected quirk to a kitchen (especially if you have the counter space). They need to be small obviously and ideally vintage, but we rounded up a few newer ones that we love. We leave these on as nightlights (we don’t have undercabinet lights since we don’t have upper cabinets) so something small and sweet is best.
1. Accent Lamp | 2. Edie Table Lamp | 3. Bibelot Wavy Black Metal Mini Table Lamp with Rattan Shade | 4. &Tradition Verner Panton Flowerpot Table Portable Lamp | 5. Sullivan Table Lamp | 6. Muse Table Lamp
Mirrors are like really quiet art that adds a bit of unexpected magic and are easy to collect. I hoard them and have started hanging or leaning them around the house. They add almost zero busyness while making a space feel more special.
So those are some of my top kitchen styling accessories and I truly can’t wait to continue playing around in my kitchen. Hopefully, this inspired you too and maybe crossed a person or two off of your holiday gift list. xx
Cabinetry: Unique Kitchens & Baths
Countertops: Bedrosians Tile & Stone
White Oak Windows and Doors: Sierra Pacific Windows
Tile: Pratt + Larson
Appliances (sans Fridge and Freezer): Build with Ferguson
Fridge and Freezer: BlueStar
Flooring: Zena Forest Products(Oregon grown and milled)
Lighting, Switches, Outlets, and Sink: Rejuvenation
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams, “Extra White” .
Faucets: deVOL Kitchens
Vintage Island: Aurora Mills
Counter Stools: Fernweh Woodworking
Rug: District Loom
Brass Gallery Rods: Pepe and Carols