I have a bowl a little bit like this that I bought several years ago, wincing then at the cost but loving its organic shape and artfully faded color. Since then I've used it probably hundreds of times, enjoying how well it sets off the food. This bowl strikes me as very similar - a beautiful handmade piece to anchor the table.
These little guys were the stars of the Thanksgiving table I shared with you this week. Lake Champlain sent a whole box of their milk and dark chocolate turkeys, and I loved how fierce they looked at each place-setting. And the chocolate is high-quality and delicious, too (I tasted both kinds, just to, you know, make sure).
These understated linen runners from Serena & Lily are really lovely for entertaining. A runner is so much less fussy (and less work) than a tablecloth, and these come in dark colors and neutrals that make a great backdrop to flashier holiday decor.
Emile Henry makes some of my favorite ceramics. It can be hard to appreciate their loveliness if you only look at them online; in person the colors are lustrous and tasteful, and the sizes and proportions of their ceramic pieces, like these pitchers, are just right. I use these for water and for hot drinks like punch. They also do double-duty as vases.
I am sort of obsessed with this kettle. I have an electric kettle so I have no need for this, but I keep going back to look at it. If you leave your tea kettle out on the stove and want something really beautiful, check it out.
I've been enjoying these squeezable tubes of yogurt that Siggi's sent me to try. We've talked about Siggi's extra-thick Icelandic-style yogurt before, and these tubes are a smart product extension on their part. The tubes are bendable plastic, and easy to open. With 50-60 calories and not too much sugar, they make an easy and yummy snack. I'm not going to go so far as to say they would make trick-or-treaters happier than Reese's cups, but I wouldn't mind finding one in my own treat bag!
I love cast iron as a material but often find the shapes of everyday cookware to be clunky and a little ungraceful. This new line of cast iron goods by Jasper Morrison for Japanese brand Oigen has beautifully sleek lines, with all the practicality of classic cast iron.
Gorgeous black walnut platters like these are the sort of table accessory that feel like a splurge in the moment, but then become indispensable. The bright stripe of red, blue, or yellow makes these feel a little more updated and poppy.
While preparing to roast a 15-pound turkey for our big Thanksgiving feature, I realized I had made an amateur mistake: I didn't have a pan big enough for the turkey! (Seriously. What was I thinking?) My husband picked up the first one he could find, and it turned out to be great.
This is a sensibly-priced pan with a very handy rack. I absolutely loved the raised and cushy handles on the pan, which made it so easy to maneuver. The whole shebang is easy to clean, too.
I just bought another of these spatulas, after its predecessor melted and died, tragically, in a pan of scrambled eggs. (My husband was very sorry.) Good thing this awesome oversized scraper is less than 5 bucks; I really can't go without it. It's a commercial product, made to stand up to heavy thick doughs and to scrape a bowl clean with one swipe. One of my favorite heavy-duty yet inexpensive kitchen tools.
I've been storing all my utensils in drawers, trying to keep them off the countertop, but I think I've finally admitted defeat. I want them out where I can see them! On the lookout for a clean, classic, handmade utensil holder like this one - isn't it perfect?
This trivet is the sort of thing I would glance over online and move on. But when I saw it in a shop it captivated me - heavy, solid, and handsome. I think it could hold my heaviest Dutch oven and I still wouldn't worry about scratching my nice wood table. Expensive, but feels like it would last.
I've been living with this coffee maker for over a year, and it is a serious contender for morning convenience. It has a built-in grinder and lots (lots and lots!) of custom settings to help you get a brew to your liking. We used this extensively while in the process of renovating and moving homes, when the idea of making French press in the morning was just too much. This machine is very large (you need some counter space) and it takes some trial and error to find just the right settings. But once you do, it's a very convenient way to make a good cup of coffee in the morning with freshly ground beans. It does all the work for you, which sometimes is exactly what you need.
Halloween tchotchkes usually creep me out, but this skull ice cube mold has the advantage of being very good for your Scotch or fancy cocktail, giving you a big bulbous block of ice, and it's impressionistic enough to give me gentle spooks instead of the nasty willies.
I love my hardy, utilitarian measuring cups, and pretty ones usually don't tempt me, but this handmade set is special. I adore the shape of the cups, with their shallow depth and pouring lips, and the color is just so gorgeous. Available in blue, purple, and neon shades as well.
The pressure cooker has been enjoying a renaissance of popularity (see our guide to pressure cooking here). This is the first pressure cooker to add some color into the mix - I like this hot cinnamon red; it dresses up an otherwise plain yet amazingly useful appliance.