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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tabletops Gallery® 4-pc. Mixing Bowl Set

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


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.*** 


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.


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.


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


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.



Architectural Digest

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Hayburn & Co.


Country Living


John Lewis of Hungerford

Pantry Envy Accessories ~


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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.

stunning white kitchenTraditional Home

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

54c1a7c66e427_-_devera-edc-04-14-5-xln-xlnElle Decor

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.

white-kitchens-01Architectural Digest

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.  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.

New Orleans style white kitchen

Louisiana-kitchenHighland Homes, Inc.

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.

white-kitchen-colorsStyle at Home

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?


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


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

upscale-kitchen-top-tipsStyle at Home

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.


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.

a96483fa5bf0Molly Frey Design ~ DecorPad

“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


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.


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.

measurement conversion chart

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


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!

French kitchen tableFrench Kitchen Table 

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.

framed art

What’s on your list of key kitchen essentials?

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.



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.


Home Bunch

kitchen-wall-displaysNell Hill’s 

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.

plates-blue-white-wall-displayTraditional Home

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

blue-white-transferwareEnglish Transferware

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

ironstone plates on wallOne Kings Lane

large plates on blue wallNew England Home

plate displayBetter Homes and Gardens

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


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.



Charles Faudree kitchen

Traditional Home

christopher-k-coffin-design-portfolio-interiors-stylesChristopher K. Coffin Design

Mrs. Blandings


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!

bread-board-wall-displayMark D. Sikes Inc. 

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.



Mimi ThorissonMimi Thorisson ~ One Kings Lane

copper pots and pansBetter Homes and Gardens

I am in vintage mold, tin and pan heaven!

vintage-moldsHouse Beautiful

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.

vintage moldsApartment Therapy

bakeware-cast-ironCountry Living

openshelving-gridley-graves-s2House Beautiful

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

spice rackMod Vintage Life

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.

Mod Vintage Life

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

kitchen accessoriesBetter Homes and Gardens

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.


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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Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious! Copper Home Decor Accessories

Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious! That’s one way to sum up the beauty of the copper home decor accessories.  The patina, richness and versatility of copper lends a distinctive presence and truly unique color palette choice to interior design accents and home decor accessories.  Copper is not only a timeless trend choice, but a gorgeous heavy metal of ever current never outdated mass appeal.

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 A bold neutrality (isn’t that a design oxymoron?) accurately describes the pop of color copper kitchen accessories.

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The KitchenAid® Metallic Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer in satin copper blends style and quality with kitchen must have.


Currently Coveting Copper!

kichler-42909aco-505Kichler Antique Copper Ryegate Indoor Pendant 

copper sinkTraditional Home

A stroke of antique treasure hunting afforded me the perfect opportunity to own a large double handled solid copper serving bowl.  As soon as I unpack it (gotta find it first) from storage it will again grace the kitchen gallery wall.

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When it came down to countertop selections for our kitchen remodel I knew the direction I was going in, but how much of my choice to incorporate into the scheme was the question I struggled with. Dave the Builder and I drove to Home Depot and soon the question was answered. We selected copper half round rope metal molding wall tile trim to enhance the tile back splash.  


From the kitchen to the front exterior of the house, copper accessories make their presence known. When we moved into our home I accessorized the exterior with copper and copper inspired treated items. I chose treated items for their resistance to weather and time.  The copper mailbox, copper address plaque and wall mounted copper garden fountain look as new today as they did when purchased.

copper-mailboxSignature Hardware


copper garden fountainSignature Hardware


 I was so tempted to go with copper gutters!  Copper items left to nature’s patina process only get better with age.

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copper gutters


A copper boiling pot makes a perfect decorative accessory.

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The point of new, vintage or antique copper is copper style, copper patina and the Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious decorative effect.

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The wide range of availability and price points of copper interior and exterior decor items is in our favor.  Copper remains an elegant and traditional choice of color and material to enhance any space and complement any taste.