The baskets, not the bread. Soft cloth baskets for holding bread have a casual look to them. They keep the focus on the bread inside while still looking charming on the tabletop. Here are a few of my favorites:
We're heading into Valentine's Day and soon everything will be awash with red and white and pink. We thought we'd give our eyes a rest today and focus on the pretty patterns created from blue and white stripes. Ah, so cool and refreshing!
We've always felt annoyed by cheesecloth. All those gauzy layers and then the stuff isn't even really reusable. And then we found flour sacks. They're not really thick enough to be dish towels...but they're definitely not cheesecloth. They're perfect.
We've been focusing a lot on special holiday tablesettings lately. But even during this season, everyday life goes on. Wipe-clean placemats are convenient for daily use, and there are lots of stylish options out there:
It's usually pretty easy to find things for a cook's holiday stocking. The culinary world is full of little bits of kitchen gadgetry and smartly packaged foodstuffs. But if you're searching for something beyond a clutch of vegetable peelers and Trader Joe's Gift Cards*, then take a look at this roundup of fun and unusual little gifts for the cook.
The tea towel calendar has been a kitschy kitchen collectible for several decades. You can find lots of vintage ones online and in thrift shops, as well as brand new editions that use classic motifs like lighthouses, puppies, and kitchen prayers. We love it that artists and crafters have picked up the tea towel calendar idea and have applied fresh, contemporary designs to this classic item.
Placemats and linens are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add color to your kitchen. Being that they're relatively inexpensive, it's easy to change up the colors depending on your mood and the season.
Many of us lean toward white or neutral kitchens instead of choosing a specific color. This means we can change accent colors seasonally — a very fun thing. Here are some fall-colored kitchen accessories to add some seasonal color to your neutral kitchen.