We've been noticing a lot of fresh, pretty tea towels by independent designers. They're an inexpensive and often colorful way to spruce up your kitchen. We have started thinking of them as calling cards or entry points for good designers; if you can't afford a pair of pillows or a full-on art print, you can probably still get a tea towel! You can use them to decorate, even in a rented kitchen; or do as we do and cover your television with that great "Do the Dishes" towel from Showpony.
Here's a gallery of ten favorite tea towels for decorating, gifting, or spreading across your holiday tea tray.
We may have finished our week of highlighting local apples, but that doesn't mean we'll stop eating them for many months to come. We love these little cozies that are designed to cushion your apple (or pear) in a purse or lunch bag, so it doesn't end up bruised. See another of our favorites from this Etsy seller, below...
We aren't so great about replacing or tossing our old kitchen towels, even when they've seen better days. They are just so useful, and if it's laundry day, there's a good chance we'll reach for one while doing dishes and find an empty cupboard (even though we counted more than a dozen last time we checked).
Like we said the other day, IKEA is best used in moderation. But there are some good buys there and we have a few favorites that have done very well for us. Here's another IKEA pick: the all-cotton TEKLA towel! Now, these don't actually come in napkin form, but...
We don't write about a lot of purely decorative accessories here at The Kitchn; we try to stay rooted in the more practical side of cooking and eating. But cooking does involve presentation, and since we're planning on buying a few items from this line of textiles, we wanted to show you too.
One of our favorite ways to make serving a cake or cookies slightly more special is to put a paper doily on a plate. It's an old-fashioned touch; it feels sweet and a little extra special. So we love these new modern doilies from Modern-Twist, especially since they're reusable!
Here's another colorful kitchen question to go along with this morning's paint color advice. This one is from reader Marina, and she's looking for some colorful kitchen tea towels.
My teensy kitchen recently got all new stainless steel appliances. I don't consider "steel" a color and, as you can see, I love color. I've searched all over for some one-of-a-kind, bold, bright, op art, mod, retro, over the top dish towels (also known as tea towels). The options I've found are bleak. Either solid colors, dated stripes, or chickens (no way in heck).
Read on for our answer and a photo of her kitchen.