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My Favorite Pretty And Practical Kitchen Accessories From Our Farmhouse (That Would Make Excellent Gifts For Anyone Who Loves Cooking + Design)

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.

Oil Decanters

Left: Glass Vinegar + Oil Cruet | Glass and Brass Cruet | Right: Simple Oil & Vinegar Cruets

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.

1. Felipe Glass Cruet | 2. Oil Decanter | 3. Cilindro Colored Glass Cruet | 4. Oil Bottle | 5. Nuevo Oil Cruet | 6. Dine Oil + Vinegar Set

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.

1. Orb Grinder | 2. Earthenware Salt and Pepper Set | 3. Hammer Grinder | 4. Atlas Brass Mill | 5. Modern Salt Pepper Grinders (Set of 2) | 6. Spice Mill

Bud Vase

Black Bud Vase (unavailable)

Get a bud vase and some dried flowers (Ecovibe and Bloomist have great ones) and put them anywhere for an instant dose of happiness.

1. Gohobi Handmade Ceramic Zen Vase | 2. Kaya Striped Ceramic Cup | 3. Melanie Abrantes Hardwood Bud Vase | 4. Seminyak Vase | 5. Lab Vase | 6. Modern Arched Ceramic Channa Vase

Pitchers

Pitcher

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.

1. Black Novah Pitcher | 2. Glass Pitcher | 3. Porcelain Pitcher | 4. Amisha Pitcher | 5. Stoneware Pitcher | 6. Stoneware Pitcher

Cookbook Holder

Cookbook Stand

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.

1. Adjustable Book Tablet Stand Holder | 2. Finlay Cookbook Holder | 3. Bamboo Book Stand

Cutting Boards

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

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).

1. Striped Japanese Linen Kitchen Towel | 2. Fog Linen Tea Towel | 3. Turkish Hand Towels (Set of 2) | 4. Stripe Dishtowel | 5. Tea Towel | 6. Essential Kitchen Towel (Set of 2)

Kitchen Art

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.

1. Seascape Original Oil Painting | 2. Drop the Ball by Keren Toledano | 3. Grapefruit in a Glass Bowl | 4. LEMON #8 Art Print | 5. Stick of Butter Still Life Print | 6. Squiggles by Camille Pietrow

Good Glassware

Middle Self: Pink Coups (vintage – similar) | Flute Glasses | Tall Coups | Wine Glasses
Bottom Shelf: Copper Mugs | Tall Glasses | Short Glasses | Blue Glasses | Beer Glasses

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:)

1. Night + Day Glasses | 2. Red Striped Holiday Glass | 3. Miguel Glasses | 4. Estelle Colored Glass Rocks Glass (Set of 6) | 5. Aldo Short Stem Wine Glass | 6. Esme Fluted Wine Glass

Ceramic Colanders

Colander

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!

1. Berry Garcia Colander | 2. Small Brown Reactive Glaze Berry Basket Colander | 3. Glazed Colander | 4. Ceramic Colander | 5. Ceramic Handmade Stoneware Colander | 6. Ceramic Colander

Kitchen Lamps

Lamp (vintage)

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

Mirror (vintage)

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.

1. Small Mid-Century Modern Italian Mirror | 2. Arched Metal Frame Mirror | 3. Vintage Bamboo Mirror | 4. Victorian Bamboo-Framed Wall Mirror | 5. Antique Wood Mirror | 6. Arch Rattan Wrapped Mirror

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

Kitchen Resources:
Cabinetry: Unique Kitchens & Baths
Countertops: Bedrosians Tile & Stone
White Oak Windows and Doors: Sierra Pacific Windows
Skylights: Velux
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

*Design by Emily Henderson and ARCIFORM
**Styled by Emily Henderson
***Photos by Kaitlin Green

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Rhealyn
11 days ago

Can you tell me the approx distance between countertop and the bottom of the 4” shelves? Considering something similar, but my tile goes all the way up to the range hood…

Jen
11 days ago

Local vintage shops can be a treasure trove of vintage glasses, stemware, and may have ‘the’ small vintage lamp! This offers the added bonus of the thrill of the hunt, the benefits of re-use, and I’d suggest grab yourself a coffee or tea while you peruse… we can all use a little ‘me’ time.

11 days ago

The “soup starters kit” you curated for your babysitter is such a generous, lovely gift!

Diane
11 days ago

Would love to know name of tile used. It’s just a lovely blueish grey.

Kj
11 days ago
Reply to  Diane

It is by Pratt & Larson in the P146 color/glaze (linked in the kitchen reveal here: https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/the-farmhouse-kitchen-makeover). I haven’t seen the tile size listed anywhere but would guess it is possibly the 2×8 rectangle? Anyone else know?

Kj
11 days ago
Reply to  Diane

Diane, looks like I am wrong about the 2×8 because I found the tile size! “It’s #P146 from the Pratt + Larson Parchment line, Portland finish in a 2×6 staggered pattern.” Linked from this post: https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/the-farmhouse-kitchen-design-plan

Lulu
11 days ago

Could you tell me more about the two very tall vases? I recall from Monday’s post that they’re now unavailable, but perhaps the artist has something similar. tx

Kj
11 days ago
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Lulu
11 days ago
Reply to  Kj

Thx!

Deborah
11 days ago
Reply to  Kj

You are amazing Kj, so helpful! 🙂 Thank you for looking for and posting answers!! 🙂

🥰 Rusty
10 days ago
Reply to  Deborah

I agree! The Yoda of EHD!!!

Liz
11 days ago

Could you please share the link or description for the tray under the liquor bottles? It seems so cute.

Kj
11 days ago
Reply to  Liz

It is linked under one of the bar area photos here: https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/the-farmhouse-kitchen-makeover

Admin
11 days ago
Reply to  Liz

Its Rejuvenation!

Kiana
11 days ago

I’m on the hunt for new knives. Ideally pretty but more important that they’re comfortable to use and sharp. Any recommendations?

🥰 Rusty
11 days ago
Reply to  Kiana

I have Wusthof (German). They’ll be used long after I’m gone!
The quality is so high! I cannot recommend enough!
Life changing.

Paula
10 days ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Make sure you get the “better” Wusthof with the steel continuing down into the handle. I had one for a while that I had to give away…if I cut something unexpectedly hard, it’d slip and I’d cut myself.

Irene Lindeman
11 days ago
Reply to  Kiana

Agree w Wusthof knives being very high quality. Also maybe take a look at Shun (Japanese) – super sharp and very light and also beautiful! Maybe a bit more fragile than German cutlery because their edges are so fine/sharp. Sold at Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, and other stores. Williams Sonoma has a large selection of cutlery and they are frequently on sale: Shun, Zwilling, Wusthof, Miyabi, Global… It is a good place to look and get educated (lol) even if you end up buying them elsewhere. I also own and love Zwilling/JA Henckels knives that I have had for decades! I happened to see this knife review of Shun and Wusthof which may be educational too.
https://deliciouslyplated.com/reviews/knife-review-shun-wusthof/

Nicolettte
9 days ago
Reply to  Kiana

Forever Cutco. My step dad has had a set for over 30 years and its still going strong. When my mom and him first got together she sent them in to be sharpened and they ended up replacing a large number of knifes for free because the tips were broken off. My in laws have also had a set since the beginning of time and I was gifted a set as a wedding gift. Their customer service is unmatched.

Hadilly
11 days ago

For cutting boards, I recommend Epicurean. Wood fiber, dishwasher safe, lots of sizes.

DIsh towels, I splurged after we put in new countertops, and bought a lot of towels from the Victoria and Albert museum store. Good price and absolutely lovely colors and designs. The shipping is astronomical but certainly cheaper than another trip back to London. Highly recommend!

Katie
11 days ago

Love this! Could you share the step stool Birdie used in the reveal photos? I didn’t see a link on the reveal, but thought it might land here with accessories. Alternately, maybe there’s a separate post there? Nice looking accommodations for kids—not toys, but step stools, kitchen towers, booster seats, junior chairs, etc.

Katie
11 days ago
Reply to  Katie

Oh, I just saw Kj found a Target step stool that might be the one! Thanks, Kj! https://www.target.com/p/wood-kitchen-step-stool-natural-hearth-38-hand-8482-with-magnolia/-/A-84826262

Admin
11 days ago
Reply to  Katie

Hey KJ! do you need a job. this is amazing. thank you so much for commenting to commenters and leading them to product. so nice. xx

Deborah
11 days ago
Reply to  Emily

Lol, Emily, I have been thinking along those lines, Kj, does a terrific job! 🙂 Blogging is a conversation, especially when questions are asked! 🙂

Kj
11 days ago
Reply to  Emily

Aw, thanks. I’m glad you aren’t too annoyed by my constant comments. I even tell myself: Don’t comment…don’t do it…let someone else answer! But I can’t help myself.

Deborah
10 days ago
Reply to  Kj

I’m glad you comment Kj, I’m sure many others are too, especially when you answer their question!! 🙂

🥰 Rusty
10 days ago
Reply to  Emily

She DOES need a job!!👍

Deborah
11 days ago

Love these accessories, they add so much depth, warmth and character! Your pretty, new vintage blue bowl, it wasn’t listed but, I hope you plan on having it out too. 🙂
I have ALL those elements in my kitchen (mirror, lamp, art etc,) plus more, clearly I’m a maximalist! 🙂 Seeing many of my favorite things always makes me happy!
What a great gift idea, your soup starter set!

Karen
9 days ago

I love all your suggestions and pretty things for the kitchen. We just downsized and had to get rid of so many pretty glasses, I’m envious of that glass collection!! I wish I could have all those on display!! Your kitchen is beautiful and so inspiring!!

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