Let me start by saying that I have the best daddy in the world. Yes, I said “daddy.” I’m a Southerner through-and-through and that’s what we call our fathers — especially the doting, do-anything-for-their-kids type. There’s no home-improvement project he can’t conquer and I’m proud to say that I inherited my can-do gene from him.
My 1950′s kitchen has seen quite a few upgrades in the five years I’ve owned my home but the backsplash has always seemed lacking. So this summer, I decided the time had finally come to install a tile backsplash. Because I like to go big, I chose marble subway tile — fragile, costly, moisture-sensitive Carrara marble. Probably not the best choice for my first tiling project, but that’s how I roll.
My parents made the drive from North Carolina so my Dad could teach me the ways of the force while I did my research and sourced all the materials we’d need so we could knock it out in a long weekend.
Before: Not bad but it could be better. The paint color is Valspar Jekyll Club Pulitzer Blue, if you’re wondering:
See The After Shots
This chop knife by Normann Copenhagen makes dicing herbs, vegetables and even chocolate a little easier. The rubber covering provides a comfortable and safe grip, while its round shape makes it simple to use with one hand.
Check back next Wednesday to guess at a new item.
Growing up, my mother, grandmother, aunt — everyone in the family had matching dinnerware in their kitchen cupboards. Everything was super matchy-matchy and super boring-boring.
I’ll admit — I’ve regrettably fallen into the same ho-hum pattern. Those all-in-one dinnerware boxes are so darn convenient! But, I’ve been on a mission to break my family’s tradition of boring. It’s time.
I’m determined to buy all sorts of vintage plates to add variety in the kitchen. The varying colors are stunning, the looks are so different from anything in today’s mass market and let’s face it — they’re just plain pretty. The juxtaposition of styles takes me to a happy place.
This display of plates found at houzz.com is the exact look I’m shooting for. Come on, even if you’re not an antique/vintage-style lover, you have to admit that there’s something appealing about this colorful presentation.
What’s your take? Do you prefer dinnerware that matches, or are you interested in going rogue like me?
This week’s mystery item reminded me of a pepper grinder, but the only thing it has in common with a grinder is that it belongs in the kitchen. Can you guess what the object is? Give us your best answer, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow.
I’m having major editor envy over here. I’ve been seeing this gorgeous kitchen making the rounds on Pinterest, and found out it’s in the Toronto home of Suzanne Dimma, the Editor-in-chief of Canadian House & Home magazine.
Photo: Rob Fiocca
I love how this feels both chic and very personal. Yes, there is the requisite marble, but where most kitchens I see take that in a sterile direction, here it’s warmed up by rich wood and a colorful rug. And the chandelier is a fun, girly touch. Not enough chandeliers in kitchens, if you ask me. But, like every editor, Dimma feels like her work is never done. She’s talking about renovating on her blog, and wants to “redesign the fridge and counter area (not pictured) and update the sink, counters and cabinetry finish.” I’m sure her finished kitchen will be lovely, but I think it looks enchanting the way it is. (Although perhaps I’d add this sleek black SMEG fridge with the gold handles and logo to pump up the glam factor even more. Argh, see? Never done!)
Chalkboard walls are all the rage, but I knew I wanted something different in our kitchen. And yet, I can’t fight the notion that a message wall is just so darn convenient when tracking schedules, making grocery lists, leaving welcome messages (or, as you’ll see in a few images, professing your never-ending love to your favorite TV network).
The giant before.
As far as I’m concerned, my dog Chauncey is like Mary Poppins: Practically perfect in every way. Except his constant habit of getting under foot while I’m cooking. (Okay, that and a stinky breath thing, but we’re working on that with some poultry-flavored enzymatic toothpaste.) It’s actually endearing, but considering that he’s a mini dachshund and we own some serious chef’s knives, I’m always worried that one of us is going to get hurt. If only we had this kitchen island dog bed by Cook Architectural Design Studio, as featured on Houzz!
Look at these two pooches, basking in the kitchen without causing any casualties. That’s the power of ingenious space-saving design. Now, if we could just address that breath…
“Could you be/the most beautiful colander in the world?” is what Prince would sing if he saw the Ziva Colander, I am pretty sure. Frankly, the colander is such an overlooked workhorse in the kitchen that I’m glad designer Anna Rabinowicz gave it an inspired makeover.
The look was influenced by sea fan corals, which gives the strainer a lovely organic feel, even as the shiny finish of the stainless steel glams it up. It’s pricier than all the plain colanders out there, to be sure, but thinking about also using it as a fruit bowl on the counter or serving bowl for bread at dinner parties does make such a splurge tempting…
Here’s how I know this delight is pretty delightful: When my boyfriend saw it, he said, “That’s a cool stove! I would totally put that in my awesome future country house.” And I might be biased because he’s my boyfriend, but I think his assessment of this La Cornue CornuFé Stove is spot on.
With five gas burners and two electric convection ovens that open with French side-swing doors in a comely Provence Blue…I really hope he meant “our awesome future country house.”
Have a messy little eater or two on your hands? While it’s tempting to just throw a tarp over the table at mealtimes, I think this DIY oilcloth placemat I spied on Wren Handmade is a much more elegant and ingenious solution.
The oilcloth will wipe up easily, and the pattern is pretty enough to leave on the table even when it’s not in use. Bon Appétit!