Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Accessories July 04, 2017 06:46:10
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.
Designer Robin Baron gave this elegant country kitchen the perfect finishing touch with an ornate scalloped valance above the sink. “I always say “great design is in the details“ and this beautiful valance is a perfect example” says Baron. “I used the detail of iron hooks to create the dramatic pleating in lieu of a traditional pole and embellished the classic linen floral fabric with tassel trim and matching tape giving weight and importance to this country-inspired valance.”
Quality design elements like a kitchen island or bar area equipped with choice stainless steel appliances can greatly improve the functionality and appearance of your outdoor kitchen. Start by considering the equipment you ll use the most. Grills sinks and refrigerators are natural choices. Extras like pizza ovens rotisseries and side burners may sound like must-have add-ons but don t lose sight of what s most important to the outdoor cook.
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.
When choosing your kitchen gadgets pick more stylish items that you won t be embarrassed to keep out on the counter. Opt for a bright KitchenAid mixer to display or choose a retro-inspired toaster like in this loft kitchen by Caitlin McCarthy Designs.
Here s a great example by designer Tiffany Brooks which how you can display family photos in your kitchen. If you d like to display photos keep them corralled in one area of your space to avoid creating a cluttered feeling on your countertops.