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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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:
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