I love the vintage, homey look of wire and antiqued metals. I’m not talking about foodservice-style chrome wire shelving (though that’s great for a utilitarian look, and I have a little unit in my dining room that’s currently holding an impressive array of pans and appliances). Today, I'm talking about the farmhouse-y , oxidized metal wall grids, egg baskets, shelves and racks that instantly give a lived-in feel to any kitchen.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to incorporate this old-fashioned look to help organize modern spaces.
Lucky you if you’re in the U.K. — home goods store Cox & Cox has tons of swoon-worthy wire items I wish were available stateside! The tiered storage rack above caught my eye, as it’s a beautiful way to store produce, houseplants and herb gardens, or jars of pasta and grains.
→ Find it: Wirework Tiered Kitchen Storage Baskets, £75.00 at Cox & Cox
In the U.S., most of us tend to store our eggs in the refrigerator. However, if fridge space is at a premium and you use up your eggs within a week or so, you may want to consider storing them out on the counter instead. An antique-style wire egg basket is perfectly at home on an open shelf or counter.
→ Find it: Antique Style Wire Egg Basket, $13 at Amazon.com
If you’re able to install a pot rack in your kitchen, consider these custom-made beauties from Ann Morris Antiques. Available in oxidized nickel, they do double-duty, combining lighting fixtures and storage in one piece. Hung over a kitchen island, they are as striking as they are useful.
→ More info: Custom Pot Racks, Anne Morris Antiques
Finally, here's a cute little organizer from Pottery Barn. This unit is equally at home in the kitchen or a gardening shed. The hanging bar at the bottom is perfect for hand towels or an apron, too.
→ Find it: Kellan Wall-Mount Storage Organizer, $129 at Pottery Barn