Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Accessories September 28, 2017 06:35:26
To create a tailored look in a simple monochromatic kitchen designer Teri Thomas chose a valance and Roman shade in the same fabric. She used a custom-printed fabric from Galbraith and Paul for both the shade and its box-pleated topper says contractor Duane Johns of Advanced Renovations.
Grapefruit knife. OK this is the height of decadence. But in this two-ended knife the parallel blades on one end allow me to slice on both sides of the membrane at once. Then the other end which is serrated deftly cuts around the outside edge of the grapefruit. (Don t reverse the process though because it s not as effective.) When the Texas ruby reds come in I m a happy slurper.
Mega mixer. I thought I could stand over a bowl with my hand mixer until the cows came home. Then my husband Ace bought me the fabulous big boy of mixers. Egg whites beaten in seconds. Cream whipped so fast I have to watch carefully or I ll have butter. Cookies cakes cheesecakes go together so quickly the oven hardly has time to preheat. If only it d clean up its own splatters.
Fruit in a beautiful dish always looks great on a kitchen counter or on an island. The marble backsplash in this kitchen by Kapito Muller Interiors is the perfect backdrop to show off the bright yellow of the lemons. You could create a similar look with oranges or limes.
Wax paper. This oldie but goodie the ugly stepsister to plastic wrap is back in my drawer after an absence of many years. But wax paper lies flat on the counter to sift flour onto and it minds its own chemicals when microwaving dishes. Some plastic wrap fits so tightly over the bowl that it holds in big gusts of steam — an open invitation to a burn when opening.
“I like the whimsical pulls used as a detail put here and there to personalize the kitchen. They say I like grapes or I love antique cars and they ll always have a place“ says Morea. “That kind of whimsy works really well at a second home or a vacation home. I have one client in Florida for example who used 125 hardware pieces in one beach house kitchen all starfish and it looked great. Pulls shaped like twigs and leaves work in a mountain retreat kitchen.“ In an ordinary kitchen pulls in fun shapes and colors strike a nice note when used sparingly. “For a personal touch I might use a few on a wine drawer or the doors of a wet bar or maybe one or two on overhead cabinets that aren t real close to the main cabinets.“