This week we're sharing with you something we've picked up on our travels. It's been a while since I've been able to take to the road but it didn't take me long to decide that this set of three café au lait bowls would be my choice.
I made a new friend in Paris this week, Jane Bertch, the proprietor of La Cuisine Paris, a lovely little cooking school with a view of the Seine. She gave me a tour of the school (I'll give you a peek next week) and on our way out to get a glass of wine, she showed me the collection of porcelain serving pieces that's she's semi-obsessed with. Do you know what these are?
Q: My dad is giving me a set of brass flatware he bought in Thailand in the 1970s. I'm wondering about how to care for it: I don't have a dishwasher so that's not an issue, but will it require constant polishing? Would it be appropriate for daily use, or does this sound like an upkeep nightmare?
Looking for a pretty way to serve drinks at your parties this summer? Try this glass stacked beverage server. Three different sections means you can serve three different drinks without taking up a ton of space. (Plus, all those drinks together just looks so pretty!)
If you've ever wistfully eyed the table linens at Anthropologie, but cringed a little at the price, here's something that may perk you up: a do-it-yourself version! Inspired by some block-printed napkins she saw at Anthropologie, Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day decided to make her own. And all it took was a $15 tablecloth and some potatoes!
If you've ever felt befuddled at the variety of glassware available, or wondered about the proper vessel in which to serve a Weizen wheat beer, or a bit of sherry, then you'll enjoy this Glassware poster from The Boys Club 101 Mixology series. It's a quick visual guide to the major types of glasses and the drinks they're typically used for — in poster form!
A beautiful wooden tray or platter is an entertaining staple. You can use one to serve appetizers, display glasses alongside a pitcher of cool iced tea, or serve breakfast in bed! I love the look of walnut, too — even more so when it's rimmed in a bright, neon color, like these WUD trays and platters by David Rasmussen.
I absolutely love the smooth chicness of anything matte black, particularly in the kitchen. With so much that's already bright and shiny in that room — stainless steel appliances! Shimmering tile! Glossy ceramic plates! — I find matte textures a welcome diversion. They're understated yet still glamorous. Here are a few matte black kitchen and dining things I've had my eye on lately, from a simple faceted vase to a mind-blowing Bertazzoni range. (Guess which one I will not be purchasing anytime soon.)
I'm married to a scientist, so that fact that I haven't thought of this until now is kind of embarrassing. I currently have a 1000ml Pyrex beaker (well, technically a flask) that I brought home from a wedding. (The bride and groom — also scientists — used them as flower vases at the reception.) I'd been using it as a vase, too, when suddenly it dawned on me. These are actually perfect prep tools for cooking! They're non-porous, heat-, cold-, and crack-resistant, have easy-to-read measurements on the side, and a spout for pouring. So why aren't more people using them in the kitchen? Here are 3 reasons why we should all start:
How do you take your water? Straight up? With a lemon twist? Maybe strawberries are your thing. Yes, water is always refreshing on its own, but it enters ahhhh-inducing territory when you throw in some fruit or herbs. These pitchers make it easy. They all have a special compartment to hold the fruit, which means you just lift it up and out when you're done infusing. Say hello to summer sipping on the porch!