Holiday Kitchen Accessories That Make You Go Gotta Have It for the Holiday Decorating Season

Holiday kitchen accessories that make you go gotta have it is what’s cookin’ for the holiday decorating season.

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I am the kind of decorista whose love of all things house that make a home does not take a break over the holidays.  In other words, I like what I like, and the gift of home and holiday kitchen accessories is the gift that keeps on giving, cooking and decorating.  Black Friday kitchen accessories deals are kitchen kicking as we speak, type, read and source.  How do I know this?  As luck would have it, appliance crisis has hit Places In The Home over the last two weeks.

New washing machine.

New icemaker.

New cooktop.

Oven element burned out.

Dryer motor died.

The microwave, refusing to be left out of the loop, took great pains in causing Dave the Builder great pain this morning when it refused to cook, defrost or coffee cooperate.

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You bet your sweet bibby I’m looking for Black Friday deals!

Murphy’s Law showed up and zapped the s&*! out of the holiday budget, putting a Whoa Nelly! on the deck the halls spending.  No big budget, no big deal with these big on affordable style holiday kitchen accessories to decorate the holiday kitchen.

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Spice up your holiday dishes and kitchen counter style with the Kryddig Wooden Spice Mill from Ikea.

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Kryddig Wooden Spice Mill

Copper in the kitchen is my kind of decoration.  I firmly believe you should cook and bake the holidays in good taste as well as in great style.

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San Telmo Measuring Cups

Farmhouse style mixing bowls in hobnail white because farmhouse style is a favorite kitchen element all year long. I purchased two sets of these for bridal shower gifts, and the brides-to-be loved the farmhouse chic look of these bowls.

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Tabletops Gallery® 4-pc. Mixing Bowl Set

oh-what-fun-towelOh What Fun Flour Sack Kitchen Towel

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KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Mixer

Just bought this mixer from Target this morning- taking advantage of today’s pre-Black Friday 20% off selected kitchen items sale.  $31.99 is a super price for the KitchenAid 5-speed hand mixer.  The big daddy of stand mixers is also on sale today, coming in after discount at $199.99.  If you don’t get in on this sale today, Best Buy has a good deal going, too. Anyway you mix it, the price is Black Friday right, and the color is holiday happening! *** I do not receive one cent of compensation from Target or Best Buy for promoting these items or sales promos.  I simply like to share a good deal with you all.*** 

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KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Mixer

Is it kitchen counter casual chic and holiday table finery?  The  Threshold™ Marble Salt and Pepper Shaker Set salt and pepper set is a decorative chameleon in the sense the set has a presence fit for formal-fabulous for casual chic.

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Threshold™ Marble Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

The Cooks 1.5 quart Slow Cooker is the little cooker that could and will replace the stove top method of filling Places In The Home with holiday scents for little holiday cents.

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I ordered the all year long appropriate color gold, but love the holiday patterns and new traditional holiday color choices.

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Cooks 1.5 quart Slow Cooker

kiss-dishHershey’s Kiss Crystal Kiss Candy Dish

Red and green wrapped Hershey’s Kiss candies signal sweet holiday candy tradition in our house.  My suggestion of the Hershey’s Kiss Crystal Kiss Candy Dish as a holiday kitchen accessories counter decoration holder for sweetener packets, sugar in the raw, sea salt or Hershey’s Kisses is a crystal clear reminder of holiday tradition, and that works beautifully in the holiday kitchen.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Pantry Envy

This week’s A Most Fetching Friday features kitchen or kitchen adjacent pantries of brilliant design, functionality and visual appeal worthy of pantry envy.

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Architectural Digest

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Hayburn & Co.

Steven Gambrel

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Country Living

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John Lewis of Hungerford

Pantry Envy Accessories ~

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DecorPad

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Rafterhouse

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The Very Right Of The White Kitchen

Pristine. Classic. Fresh. Timeless. Color trend with traction.  It seems the love affair between kitchen design and decorating and the very right of the white kitchen (or nearly all-white kitchen) is going stronger than ever.

white-kitchen-marble-countertopsKnock It Out of the Tuxedo Park Perfect!  Elle Decor

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply White is simply an excellent choice for your anchor, primary or accent kitchen color consideration.

The Very Right Of The White Kitchen

Choosing to go with a white or nearly all-white kitchen is by no means a color sellout.

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Modern accents such as the Tom Dixon mirror ball pendants in white hot off the presses metal finishes give good glam.

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A white kitchen is anything but boring, uninspiring or underwhelming.

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The color white in company of designer, winter, off and ivory shades and tones invariably makes a lasting color impression.  Let it capture the life and the heartbeat of the space.

evans2Birmingham Home & Garden

Immersed in natural light from floor to ceiling, the kitchen in this historic Livingston, New York, home features antique architectural elements. The kitchen cabinets are fashioned from antique windows, and the well placed pendant lights, center island lantern and black and white tile flooring only serves to further enhance the predominately white color palette. Unpretentious in design, this white hot kitchen is farmhouse fabulous on steroids.

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Highlighting the effectiveness of natural light coupled with distinctive Louisiana architectural elements, this kitchen-dining space combination becomes the design feature of this custom home from award winning St. Tammany, Louisiana Highland Homes.

New Orleans style white kitchen

The rich natural accent colors present in the decorative wood beams and flooring play well to the white countertops, striking center island chandelier, kitchen cabinetry and custom range hood.

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No natural light to be found?  Fret not. white-kitchen-lighting-fixtures

Gorgeous kitchen lighting options in white will infuse the white kitchen with light and style in white hot color palette perfection.

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When selecting kitchen materials, the color white continues to dominate the field.  Feast your eyes upon the examples below.  Gorgeous, gorgeous, and did I mention gorgeous?

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A hand-glazed white ceramic subway tile backsplash brilliantly paired with Carrara marble makes a striking decor follow-through.

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White ironstone china stands out from the  gallery wall in decorative sync with the herringbone pattern reclaimed elm hardwood floors.

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Complementing colors and accents come together to produce a stellar focal point while supplying all the contrast needed to make a bright and bold, white hot white kitchen statement.

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I’ve looked at well over sixty pictures for this post, and this one from Apartment Therapy never fails to impress.  I love the clean lines and distinctive design.  The theory of less is more applies here.

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Size does matter, but it is not always the design feature afforded the space. The kitchen in this New York studio apartment demonstrates how proper design can result in optimization of space and function.  Big or small, that is the desired design result of today’s working kitchen.  The custom cabinetry is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing.

white-kitchen-cornerElle Decor

It may only be the base on which you build your color palette, but the color white commands and keeps the attention of a space.  It is the neutral of choice.

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“White has stood the test of time because it’s clean and fresh.  And those two words — clean and fresh — are classic words for describing a great kitchen. There isn’t a better way to approach design.”

 Mick de Giulio


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The white kitchen (or nearly all-white kitchen) is still going strong.  Does the clean, fresh, crisp and pristine look of the very right of the white kitchen (or nearly all-white kitchen) continue to appeal to your design and decor taste?

The Main Ingredient: Kitchen Essentials

Layouts, lighting, placement, finishes and function top the list of kitchen essentials kitchen design considerations.  Recently I was asked my opinion on key kitchen essentials.  The first order of business is to place the stamp of you on the space.  It’s the main ingredient in the recipe of optimum kitchen design.  What works for one tastes or space will not translate to another.  Personal decor and culinary style throughout, favorite work with me kitchen wares and products, a prep playlist, and plenty of storage and work space prove to be my key kitchen essentials.

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Nordic Ware Platinum 60th Anniversary Bundt Pan

grater zesterMicroplane Grater ~ Crate & Barrel: $16.95, $14.95

Convenience, chalk and conversions create culinary 3 part kitchen harmony!  This printable kitchen conversion chart from Shanty 2 Chic is ready to print, frame and consult.

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Kitchen cabinet or cupboard availability is not always a bountiful blessing.

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Heritage Hill Glass Jars with Lids 

Enter a kitchen essentials classic storage solution.  The Heritage Hill glass jar with lid is a clear, versatile, and affordable kitchen storage choice.

Mason Chase bowlsMason Cash Mixing Bowls

Prep station solution with the ooh la la factor!

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Kitchen Safety 101:

Washing your hands with soap and water is the first defense in eliminating  the spread of bacteria.  Handling onions?  Now there’s a delicious aroma when cooking, sauteing, or caramelizing, but not so much as an unpleasant leftover on the hands. Problem solved with the clean, fresh scent of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lemon Verbena liquid hand soap.

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 Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lemon Verbena Liquid Hand Soap 

bose-sound-systemBose SoundTouch 30 Series III Wireless Speaker

Here’s my Now We’re Cooking playlist.

It’s the perfect sous chef in the Places In The Home test kitchen.

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I bought this framed masterpiece of an anonymous woman at an antiques fair years ago.  Dave the Builder thought I’d lost my mind and still thinks so today, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  There could be a bit of so ugly it’s pretty at work here, but I absolutely love this portrait.  The distressed frame, subject matter, and countertop art placement receives far more compliments than panned comments.  Expect the unexpected to garner rave reviews.

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What’s on your list of key kitchen essentials?

Pfister Faucets: To Protect And Conserve In Sustainable WaterSense Style

Happy Earth Day!  April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day, and the celebration of the environmental awareness has continued each year since. My darling mother’s father preached water conservation to her from an early age, and that conservation conversation is had on a frequent basis here at Places In The Home.  Also from reading this blog you may know that my favorite travel destination and desert oasis is Las Vegas.  Water conservation is indeed a big concern for Las Vegas, which sits in the middle of the Mojave Desert.  I distinctly remember a conversation I had with an engineer from Las Vegas on a flight out to the desert.  His firm worked on the concept, building, and installation of The Fountains of Bellagio.  He explained to me how the water recycled from a well beneath the property for conservation and earth friendly responsibility.  Kudos, Bellagio!

Bellagio – Las Vegas

As I am considering replacing the not in use at the moment dressing area sink faucet set in the master bathroom, I am taking a few things into consideration.  High on my list is water conservation, savings, reducing energy consumption, and as always- sustainable style.

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The Virtue Widespread Bath Faucet from Pfister is the stylish and logical choice, all things better for the environment considered.  With its brushed nickel finish, unique texture and elegant attention to detail, the Virtue Widespread Bath Faucet satisfies my desired function meets form meets style requirement.

 

The Virtue is WaterSense Certified, meaning it meets or exceeds EPA WaterSense Standards, which reduces water consumption by 30% and helps average households save up to $200 in their annual water bill, will satisfy my darling mother’s water conserving requirement. It’s a win-win situation for Earth Day and everyday, baby!

 

Indira™ Kitchen Faucet

The principle of Earth Day and environmental protection is something we strive to practice our daily lives and kitchen and bath decor and fixtures choices.

Kitchen design is only as beautiful as kitchen function.  Meet the Indira kitchen faucet from Pfister- a Pfister faucets focal point. Say that three times.

Indira™ Kitchen Faucet

If the need or decorating desire for a new bath or kitchen faucet is in your home improvement future, take a look at the quality faucets and accessories available from Pfister.

 

 

Kitchen Wall Display Ideas

Kitchen walls need focal point love too!  Let’s look at these eye catching kitchen wall display ideas that range from the whimsical to the vintage and every unique expression of “I love it!” in between.

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Houzz

How original and useful is this custom herb garden board display?   The talented genius of the DIY inclined never ceases to amaze me.  Utilitarian and eye catching- key ingredients in any kitchen design.

Serve up some style with decorative wall plates for a delicious deal.

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Decorative plates in various patterns, shapes, and colors and have moved from the table to the forefront of artistic kitchen and kitchen area wall display ideas.

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Home Bunch

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House & Garden ~ Alicia Taylor

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My grandmother and aunts proudly lined every square inch of their kitchen walls with souvenir plates from their travels- quality kitchen decor of the times.

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Plate displays have evolved into bone china, porcelain, English transferware and ironstone works of art.

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Mix and match saucers, salad, bread and butter, and dinner plates in patterns and position.  The more the merrier!

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Don’t let a bare wall take a tole on your kitchen wall display ideas.

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Omero Home

Vintage tole, pewter and silver trays in assorted shapes and colors are highly collectible, and although the design characteristics and sizes can be similar, no two tole trays are exactly the same.

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Domino

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Traditional Home

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Mrs. Blandings

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Copper pots and pans as well as vintage bread and cutting boards never fail to impress or bring the Ooh la la look to any kitchen decor. Dress them up, dress them down- copper is a decorative chameleon, and there is something so basically beautiful and uniquely utilitarian about bread and cutting boards.  Beauty comes in all sizes and shapes.  If these vintage boards could talk the recipes they could divulge!

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Where to begin my gush over copper?  The beauty of copper is that it is timeless, reliable, durable and with its aged to perfection patina. That’s the charm that is copper.

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Mimi ThorissonMimi Thorisson ~ One Kings Lane

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I am in vintage mold, tin and pan heaven!

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Where some may see old, beat up relics of baking times past others, like me, look past the wear to the beauty of the past.

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This spice rack  idea is a fine example of an “eye”dea of DIY genius from Nita at Mod Vintage Life!

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As silver serving pieces housing casserole dishes in another home decor life, these repurposed spice racks create a display that nails unique to the kitchen wall.

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Vintage enamelware salt boxes, match safes, and house number signs, architectural corbels, and wood cheese boards make ideal and practical kitchen wall display options.

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Antique, vintage and decorative collections come in as excellent kitchen wall displays ideas.

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Cup Pulls & Camellias

Like most everyone at the first of a new year,  I’m recharged and ready to embrace new projects like updating cabinet hardware.  January starts things fresh, new, and in this case, blooming with color.  With major rain and the potential for flooding forecasted for the rest of the week, it was time to trek to the backyard to retrieve a bouquet of color.

A spring color tease beautifully overshadows this week’s dreary, rainy, and wintery color palette.

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Listening to the all Beatles, all Rolling Stones station on iHeart radio reminds me time is on my side for only a few weeks until taxman time rolls around. I will be knee deep in paperwork which means the office, kitchen, man cave and possibly the dining room will temporarily be out of photo/staging commission.  In the meantime, I’m going to see how many small projects team Places In The Home can meet and master.

Dave the Builder handles the installation of things like handles, pulls, and decorative hardware on cabinetry.  He penciled this installation in on his schedule and here we are.  Small edits, updates, and accent additions breathe new life into the look of a space.  Updating cabinet hardware gives instant and decorative gratification.  The idea was to add cup drawer pulls to this high use, high traffic section of drawers, complementing the existing cabinet knobs and keeping the integrity of the finish and the look.

With juxtaposition being the goal, the small drawer and liquor cabinet door hardware were purposely not changed.  Dave measured the center for the pull placement and new holes, drilled two new holes in each drawer front, and from the backside of the drawer screwed the cup pulls into place with a Phillips head screwdriver.  The pewter hammered cup pull handles were purchased from ebay for $1.25 each.  Arts and Crafts~Mission accomplished! It’s on to the next project- the lantern light fixture redo.

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When The Pear Begins To Rot: A Kitchen Repaint Project

Our  kitchen repaint is nearing the final stages however, my accessorizing vision is not quite at 20/20.  When we started the initial remodel of our house, the color choices I selected really made an impression on me.  My tastes change, lighting becomes unflattering, and I begin to question my past decor choices.  Do you do that?  I have the luxury of not being on a time clock when selecting  the color, design, and decor of my own home. The process is slow, thorough, and one I try to make right the first go round.  Do I get it right the first time every time?  Of course not.  “Re” is a big part of my design and decor vocabulary.

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The color selecting process has purposely been at a snail’s pace. I wanted a rich color to complement the countertops and backsplash.  The space is blessed with natural light, white cabinets and molding, and tile flooring that is a decorative chameleon.  With all that going for the space one big issue went against it.  The previous kitchen paint color, Anjou Pear by Sherwin-Williams, was beginning to rot.  Anjou Pear is a beautiful color, but it was time for a change.

Dave the Builder was surprised to find out the kitchen was the redo target. This all came about with me thinking I wanted to change the color of the dining room.  The more I studied the space, sketched out the ideas, and walked by the dining room 900 times a day, the more I realized I did not want to change the color.  The second I came to the realization it was in fact the kitchen in need of a change, the master plan decoratively began to come together.

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Hello, Curio Gray by Sherwin-Williams.  Ours was not an instant attraction, but my how you have grown on me.

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I fought the good fight against a television in the kitchen, but as you can see I lost.  The electrical and cable outlets are leftovers from my parent’s kitchen-office combo design.  Dave did not move them when he remodeled the kitchen because he wasn’t sure what we would do with the space.  Instead of moving the outlets he has suggested we simply buy a bigger television.  A master problem solver, that Dave the Builder.  The eyesores outlets will be relocated sooner than later.  The point of the image is to show the new home of the architectural pediment and the new lamp.  I have an antique iron fence piece in mind to complete the look.

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An Italian iron lantern in storage is the light fixture I’m leaning toward to replace the current alabaster chandelier in the breakfast area.  Paint colors choices for the perfect lantern patina are narrowed to three~

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Better Homes & Gardens

Decorative decisions, decorative decisions.  Stay tuned.