Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Accessories June 14, 2017 06:51:59
Built-in grills whether custom-designed or pre-assembled are a great way to make the most of your outdoor kitchen space. The extra surface area can be used for prep work sinks or burners while the base can be decorative (think stone brick or rock).
Most kitchens have dish soap and hand soap at the sink so you might as well keep them in pretty bottles. In this black-and-white kitchen by designer Christopher Grubb the soap is showcased in two pretty glass bottles and on a metal tray. If you don t have glass pump bottles you can also simply choose a soap that comes in pretty bottles.
“Fabric shades are like great art: They transform a space and its inhabitants“ says Kara Roberts Director of Merchandising for Smith & Noble the manufacturer of the Moroccan-style shades shown here. Flat Roman shades fold up at the top when fully raised and lie flat when lowered creating a low profile look that works with a wide range of fabrics and prints.
“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.“
Professional baker Peggy Hambright recently purchased a house replete with pro-quality appliances including a Viking range and Bosch dishwasher — but that didn t significantly improve her ability to cook chef-style meals for her husband and friends at home she says. “Even when we lived in an apartment with a 35-year-old stove and fridge I already had the equipment that s important to me like a good knife and my KitchenAid mixers“ says Hambright who is also a wedding cake designer and owner of Mag-Pies in Knoxville Tenn.
In the battle between style and function function usually wins out when it comes to your kitchen counters. But just because there are some things that you have to keep out that doesn t mean you can t devote some additional space to stylish items that truly help your kitchen feel pulled together and well designed. And just like styling your coffee table styling your kitchen counters is a bit of an art.