Kitchen Accessories

As my kitchen slowly but surely comes together I have been thinking that I cannot just clutter it up with all my old, crusty kitchen accessories! Heavens, no! It would be offensive to all the money and time we’ve spent planning, designing and crafting this new beauty, right?  Not that I have any money left to buy fun new kitchen items, but if I could these would be on my list:

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1. I have knives from my wedding registry, and they are still great but this block from West Elm would be SO pretty on my counter!

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2. Considering how many striped shirts I have, you can see why I was drawn to this pitcher– perfect for ice water, lemonade or sangria!

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3. My favorite soap for the sink.

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4. A new whistling tea kettle to brew while I prepare to watch my new addiction, Downton Abbey!

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5. Canisters for flour, sugar and Splenda (because we buy that stuff by the case!)

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6. Some new monogrammed kitchen towels- proper and crisp, not from a discount store.

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7. New cooking tools– I have black plastic ones and they depress me.

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8. I DIE DIE DIE for this matte gold flatware for my new dining table (coming in two weeks!)

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9. My mom has her mother’s seasoned cast iron skillets and I tell you- cooking with those puts all other pans to shame.  This one is not seasoned with decades of cooking, but it would do.

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10. I still need a couple of these bottle stoppers– they are just SO GOOD.

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11. A pretty walnut cutting board that would look nice with my new floor color!

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12. A simple, but pretty, paper towel holder.

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13. I never ever need kitchen string, but this little thing would just be too cute on the shelf!

14. Gorgeous champagne glasses to toast our new kitchen with!!!!

15. I know the VItamix is best, but I cannot fathom spending $600 on a blender. I just can’t.  I like my Breville juicer a lot, so I think they probably make a good blender too. :)

Counters go in tomorrow! They are my favorite thing in the kitchen and I can’t wait to show you!

Now I just have to learn how to be a good cook.

Sponsor Welcome: Quality Bath

A great looking bathroom is SO important in a home, as it can serve as a spa-like sanctuary for those of us not lucky enough to frequent Bliss or the like on a weekly basis.  I love helping people pick out fixtures for their renovated bathrooms and so am really thrilled to have Quality Bath be a sponsor of EOS!  They have so fantastic products that would certainly increase the value (and pleasure of use) of anyone bathroom- big or small.  Here are some of my favorites!

Bathtubs:

A deep soaker:

A classic claw foot:

A modern marvel:

A country beauty:

Vanities:

Sleek and simple:

Antiqued and awesome:

Classic and bright:

Faucets:

Modern single hole:

Gorgeous bridge:

Classic and modern widespread:

Lighting:

A GREAT Empire chandelier:

Turned wood and iron beauty:

Retro glam:

Kitchen sinks:

Classic farmhouse:

Copper farmhouse:

Obsessed with this Kitchen!

I was perusing the delightful new issue of Canadian House & Home and nearly dropped dead over this kitchen. Such a wonderful combination of colors, textures and modern and traditional elements! Simply giddy over the brass hardware and faucet and those lower cabinets in darkest navy (or perhaps it’s black) are oh-so redonk. I typically am not a fan of patterned tile, but in this case I am obsessed! This one is going on the inspiration wall!

Hot Stuff

As I ponder homes I also have been pondering kitchen appliances.  To be honest, most of the time when I design kitchens I work with certified kitchen designers or an architect to lay out and pick these pieces (or the homeowner already knows what they want- 99% of the time it’s Subzero/Viking).  Even though for me “cooking” usually consists of whipping up an Old El Paso taco kit for my husband and myself, I still dream of a sexy oven/range to stare at.  They tend to be the showpiece of the kitchen and there are so many great looking ones at different price points. Granted, the best looking ones are the price of a vacation to Paris or a small Honda, but a smaller budget does not mean an ugly oven!

La Cornue is the creme de la creme in my book- such a thing of beauty, even though I have NO IDEA how you bake in there. Do you open the doors to check on your goods? Doesn’t matter, they are SO gorgeous (better looking than the famous AGA in my humble opinion) That chrome and brass trim just SLAYS me.

Bertazzoni is a close second with it’s bold color choices, compact design and option for that sexy trim style I mentioned above. Swoon.

Fratelli Onofri has such a classic, old school look with it’s knobs and hardware details, but you CAN see inside through cute curved windows! And I love how you can get the hardware in brass (because brass is back, baby)

GAH! This thing is a piece of art!

Viking is the go to for high end ranges, but I prefer their colorful small styles.  Although the big momma looks pretty sweet in Windsor Smith’s kitchen!

Smeg, of the cute old refrigerators, has one heck of a sleek looking model for a more modern kitchen.

Going the Sears route, Bosch and Fridgidaire have GREAT design for reasonable price (and we have had a Bosch for a year and have had NO issues!)

And I LOVE the high end look of this KitchenAid range! There is something “Viking” looking about the label too!

Fridgidaire and Electrolux also have some really handsome ranges!

Now if I could just learn to love cooking (baking, I adore, cooking not as much…)

Ikea Kitchens

Yesterday I was looking at a condo that was in need of some serious redesigning but was a pretty darn good buy… as I started thinking about how I could renovate on a VERY tight budget I got to thinking about Ikea kitchens. I’ve really heard nothing but great things about them but have not actually used one in a client project.  As is the case with most clients, I cannot afford 99% of what I source for them so I have to find a more affordable way to get high end looks and save my splurges for smaller touches.  Here are some IKEA kitchens that pretty much blew my mind.

Look at this kitchen from Sunset– who would ever guess a lot of the components are from IKEA?

Designer and blogger Carol Creed did a post about her love for IKEA kitchens– here are a couple of her installations.

Some more kitchens that look a hell of a lot more expensive than they are! It’s all about picking great tile (again, does NOT have to be expensive) and maybe splurging on a stone counter top!

The stone walls kinda make this one. It’s kind of cheating.

Sarah Richardson even uses them!

So have any of you installed one? Your experience and opinion?

Images via Style at Home, Living Etc, Pinterest, HGTV, Ikea.