The Element of Stove and Style: Copper Cookware and Decorative Accents

Copper cookware and decorative accents continue to be a favored choice of kitchen ware.  Exquisite in composition and artistic in execution, culinary preparation is performance art at its delicious best.  Celebrated chefs and accomplished cooks know the advantages of using copper cookware in food preparation.

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The stove to table taste of home ritual most of us engage in on a daily basis far better serves the sizzle, sauté, sauce and simmer when the cookware used results in superior performance and quality taste. Temperature uniformity is essential in the cooking process.  Too much heat scorches and burns while too little heat deters the notes of taste and flavor.  Copper is an excellent heat conductor- the maestro of materials.

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Copper cookware distributes a precise and even heat which is the essential element for proper temperature control.  Gorgeous is as gorgeous works, and copper cookware plates a gorgeous taste.  It’s Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious!

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Cooking and decorating share similar attributes.

Balance.

Proportion.

Taste.

Visual appeal.

It is said that we eat with your eyes.

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Decorative accents and embellishments should enhance the design rather than overpower it.  Less proves to be so much more in many design and decorating instances, visually speaking.  Take this white French kitchen hood accented with copper trim as an example.  The copper trim really pops against the white, and draws the eye to the contrast between the exposed brick backsplash/back wall and rustic wood truss with focal point precision.

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Timeless style translates to the modern kitchen.

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Copper lends a distinctive presence to accents and home decor accessories for unique, sumptuous, whimsical and eclectic kitchen decorating consideration.

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I have kept this style spotted copper milk can or creamer or whatever it is from the 2011 Kitchen of the Year created by chef Tyler Florence in my thoughts over the years.  It made that big of an impression on me.  In the presence of dark cabinetry, high-tech appliances and farm to modern rustic, yet refined kitchen design and accessories stands this most impressive copper accent piece.  The look created when mixing and mingling traditional and modern design and decorating styles with an antique or vintage piece is thinking outside of the box of standard decor rules focal point perfection.

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2011 Kitchen of the Year created by celebrity chef Tyler Florence

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Argentine Copper Creamer Jug with Chained Lid ~ Eron Johnson Antiques

Lighting fixtures, artwork, architectural pieces, decorative objects- copper has got you covered.

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This fabulous 1900s antique copper fireplace screen would make a fantastic decorative backsplash piece à la fireback.

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Patina and pit marks come with age.  I consider these perfect imperfections.  Patina is the greenish brown film that covers the surface of bronze, copper and similar metals brought on by the natural process of oxidation.

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I purchase vintage copper cookware with an extremely careful eye.  Buying vintage copper cookware pieces for decorating purposes differs from buying copper cookware pieces to actually prepare food in.  Vintage copper cookware pieces tend to be made of unlined copper.  Unlined copper is categorized as a reactive metal, and may interact with foods. Safety in cooking is of the utmost importance.

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Vintage Lidded Copper Milk Jug

Consider opting for copper pots and pans lined in tin or stainless steel which creates a nonreactive lining.  When cleaning copper cookware and decorative accents, avoid using an abrasive cleaner to eliminate the risk of scratching the copper.  Allow your copper cookware to cool down after use. The sudden temperature change from stove burner to dishwater can promote warping.

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De Buyer Copper Sauce Pans

Be it copper, copper over tin or copper over stainless steel- the point is the look, performance and decorative effect.  The availability of copper cookware and interior and exterior decor items with a wide range of price points is in our favor.  Copper cookware and decorative accents remain an elegant element and traditional choice of material to complement taste, space, and of course, to compliment the chef.

Fireside Style: Decorative Ideas For Firewood Storage

Baby, it’s gonna be getting cold outside.  Sooner for some and later for others, anticipated by some and dreaded by others.

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Here in Louisiana the weather tends to go like this: nine months of unbearable heat and humidity, two months of sweater weather, and one month of true winter.  That is twelve isn’t it?   Math has never been my strong suit!  A warm fire in the fireplace does a chilly body good.  In spring we may clean, but in fall we spruce up and prepare our homes for the season by being cold weather proactive.

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As I was checking things out last week and getting prepared to decorate the fireplace mantle for fall, I had a “that has got to go” moment.  The eyesore I reference is an antiquated firewood holder sitting ugly on the hearth.  It is the same firewood holder filled with the same Birch logs I have looked at for the last thirty five years.

A moment of decorative clarity gave me an idea and Dave the Builder a reason to stop by the antiques warehouse to decrease the present inventory by one.

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Coming up with unique and decorative options to house and hold firewood is not a huge challenge.  Interior firewood storage is both a necessity and a convenience.  It can exist “out of the box” and in decorative harmony with the rest of your decor.

 

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Love this!

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and this lovely as well!

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Hearth Nile Footed Square Log Holder

Baskets. Enough said.

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Pretty is as pretty stores.

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Saddle Bucket with Iron Handles

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I have had a few of these in inventory in the past. The colors and details of this Berks Blanket Chest from Andersen & Stauffer Furniture  are wonderful. Painted or vintage trunks rank high on the list decorative ideas for firewood storage.

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Fitting in well with the weave, warmth and wearing patterns of your most comfortable winter sweater will be no problem. These impressive winter white foldover baskets designed by Robert Ogden for Lostin baskets will coordinate function and purpose with beauty.

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I feel a fall/winter DIY project idea coming on.  Vintage crates would make a great firewood holder.  I usually find them in a true brown wood finish which I can live with.  Not your first choice?  No problemo.  With one can of spray paint in your favorite designer color, a transfer or a stencil a masterpiece will appear. I realize this Maple Syrup painted milk crate may not be a practical choice based on the small size, but it depicts the perfect winter scene.  It would be fun to decorate with during the holidays when having company over for hot chocolate or hot toddies.

 

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Why not bring the outdoors inside by using a decorative outdoor planter as a firewood holder?  Firewood vertically placed in a planter makes a stylish display.

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I would love to read what you use for decorative winter displays.  Remember, no matter how you stack it those chilly days and nights are on the way.  ?