Our Editorial Director's 10 Favorite Things in Her Newly Renovated Kitchen

White kitchen with skylight and island
credit: Stephen Paul

I recently renovated my kitchen, and now it's that place that brings me daily joy. When my family and I are all home together, it's the epicenter that we all gravitate toward. So, of course, I love that. I also love the pieces we've chosen that make the room feel just right. Below, take a look at 10 of my favorite kitchen items.

Ceramic saltcellar, utensil holder, and spoon rest
credit: Stephen Paul

If there is one must-have for me in the kitchen, it's salt. (Salt, lemons, and olive oil are my holy kitchen trifecta.) And there is something about saltcellars that I just adore. This one is earthy and artisan. Place it right by your stove for when you need a pinch of salt … in a pinch.

Also featured: The teardrop plate, which I use as a spoon rest, is by Kiyomi Koide, and the speckled stoneware pot is by RachaelPots.

IKEA Gradvis Plant pot and wood cutting boards
credit: Stephen Paul

It looks way more expensive than it actually is. And the pink color is just delightful and complements a green plant perfectly. I also bought the larger size (a whopping $5.99) in the gray color that I've placed on a higher shelf.

Also featured: You can find the geometric Caribe wood tray and the black marble serving board at The Citizenry, and the Asymmetric cutting board is by Campover.

Room & Board Orikata Acorn Pendant Lights
credit: Stephen Paul

The organic quality to these origami-inspired pendants is what drew me to them. Throughout the shade are little stitches and folds, which allow the light to glow through. And the brass base is a nice metallic addition in the kitchen, no matter if your other hardware is chrome or black or brass. I say, mix it up!

Chilewich Striped Shag Indoor & Outdoor Mat
credit: Stephen Paul

I bought the utility mat and ended up placing it in front of my kitchen sink almost by accident (I originally intended it for another spot in my home). But, it's a happy accident because my family loves to stand on it while (not loving) doing the dishes. Plus, it protects our floor from wear and tear in that oft-used spot.

Ceramic mugs on open shelf
credit: Stephen Paul

No kitchen is complete without some beautiful, handcrafted mugs. These cacao cups (as seen stacked upon each other in this photo) are slightly heavy with a black matte finish and feel like a dream in my hands. Crafted in Mexico, they are perfect for coffee, tea, or hot cocoa — but I also serve up ice cream or yogurt with berries in these for my kids. They totally appreciate the presentation.

Also featured: Plates are from the Dansk Kallan dinnerware collection, and the speckled Hokkori mugs are by Kiyomi Koide.

Lazy Susan with saltcellars and olive oil
credit: Stephen Paul

Even before my kitchen was finished being renovated, I knew one of the first things I wanted to purchase was this Lazy Susan. I keep it next to my stove, holding my beloved salts and olive oils — and a quick spin gets me exactly what I need while cooking.

Also featured: Love those saltcellars? Me too. The black ceramic cellar is by Ryan Mckerley, and the blue/green holder is by Studio Arhoj.

Breville Nespresso Creatista Espresso Machine
credit: Stephen Paul

According to some people (my accountant), I spend a lot of money on coffee. So, when we redid our kitchen, I made a commitment to curb my coffee/latte/cappuccino buying, if I could get a nice coffee/espresso machine. Enter this little beauty, and now I feel like I have my own barista bar. It's totally worth it.

Also featured: Stackable bodega glasses by Bormioli Rocco — I recommend the full set! — and the 4-slice toaster is by Cuisinart.

Lazy Susan with olive oils and pepper mill
credit: Stephen Paul

I spy with my little eye ... a brass pepper grinder that I can't live without. (Look closely. He's right there in the middle. Small, but oh-so-mighty.)

Also featured: Eleton's Planet Glass oil decanter and cruet and similar wood pepper mill.

Natural woven baskets holding coffee beans in cabinet
credit: Stephen Paul

These simple baskets play a big role in my cabinets as they keep everything neat and organized. I use one for all my coffee needs (beans, filters, measuring spoons), one for spices, one for vitamins, and one for miscellaneous cooking items. When I open my cabinets, everything just looks nice.

10. Cookbooks

Cookbooks on an open shelf
credit: Stephen Paul

I'm obsessed with cookbooks as just basic reading material — the recipes! The photos! Just heaven. Some of my current faves getting prime real estate on my shelf:

The products we write about are recommended by our editorial team. Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.


Laurie Gunning Grossman

Laurie Gunning Grossman

Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.