Huette Monin Kitchen Accessories June 11, 2017 06:43:06
“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.
Cookbooks or stacked hardcover books are a great option to keep out on your countertops. In this bright white kitchen by designer Kerrie Kelly she uses a combination of the two. You could even use bookends if you want to amp up the look.
“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.“
Forget about the “vertical metal handles versus wooden knobs“ decision of decades past. Designers today are vying to create innovative kitchen drawer and cabinet pulls and consumers looking for an affordable kitchen update are the beneficiaries. Adrienne Morea for example translated America s fascination with leather furnishings into Paradigm pulls in black leather black crocodile leather and cocoa brown washable suede with polished chrome and brushed nickel accents.
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.
Microwave. I don t have a fancy one don t need a fancy one. Forget the word “oven“ — this is a substitute for the top of the range. I cook vegetables in it melt butter and chocolate and yes I ve saved a zillion dollars reheating coffee rather than making a whole new pot. Just the time saved not washing dishes more than pays for this handy albeit mundane convenience.