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.

williams-sonoma-mini-copper-cocottes-set-of-4-oWilliams Sonoma Mini Copper Cocottes

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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Keystone Millworks, Inc.

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.

copper brutalist pendant-style chandelierExquisite Spiraling Copper Brutalist Pendant-Style Chandelier

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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Harp Gallery 

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

19th century french architectural flame finial in copper19th Century French Architectural Flame Copper Finial 

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.

A Pig In The Kitchen: Pig Kitchen Decor

A pig in the kitchen is taking on a new meaning of late. Don’t you love this chalk pig butcher diagram?  I love it almost enough to consider a chalkboard wall in the grand scheme of pig kitchen decor at Places In The Home.

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With all the fabulous chalk paint colors on the market and the popularity of this look still going strong, a wall of chalk could become a decorative reality.

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My drawing, tracing and sketching skills don’t exactly excel beyond stick people simple. Enter the Places In The Home resident van Gogh, Dave the Builder.  He is the house plans, spec drawings, space tracings and le cochon chalkboard artist extraordinaire.

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Lifesize Carved Wood Carousel Pig Sculpture

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I dig pig kitchen decor done farmhouse chic right.

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Sheila Bridges Design

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Kaldun-and-Bogle-Bistro-Couchon-Chef-Pig-Figurine Kaldun & Bogle Bistro Couchon Chef Pig

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Meet Wilbur, the Standing Pig Accent Garden Statue

pig-head-wall-mount_1Antique Farm House

pig-paper-towel-holderCreative Co-Op Pig Paper Towel Holder

vintage pig soup tureenItalian Bassano Pig Tureen & Ladle

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Antique Majolica Pig Mustard Pot

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Ci. Pig Bookends.  Great for recipe books!

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Casual Country Decorative Bottle

Copper serving tray?  Yes, please!

Copper-pig-serving-trayMaialino Serving Tray

My Christmas wishlist is proof positive I tend to go against the grain of conformity.  This Cuts of Pork illustration from a French domestic science manual by H. de Puytorac from Fine Art America is on this year’s Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista  list.

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What a unique gift idea for cooks and bbq masters.  Pork Pig Meat Cuts Chef Butcher Cook Cooking postage stamp by Zazzle Stamps.

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Love your kitchen decor style and love le cochon.

Love your style!

Places In The Home For The Holidays Decorating Ideas: Decorative Kitchen Accents And Accessories

Kitchens need holiday love, too!  Not exactly a bumper sticker slogan, but a reminder nonetheless.  Today’s kitchen is the hub of the home, an all points lead to here family, meeting, situation, media, board  and dining room. Long gone are the days when the kitchen was a merely a utilitarian space built strictly for the purpose of churning out meals. Decorative kitchen accents and accessories factor into today’s kitchen decor as much as the design and placement of appliances and work stations.

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Many moons ago The Places In The Home house was holiday cocktail party central. Real estate agents, bankers and trade folk love to gather together at the holidays for cocktails served with a side of networking.  It always amazed me how the kitchen was the one room with the heaviest guest traffic. The time I invested in meticulously cleaning and styling the main company’s coming rooms was never wasted, but at party’s end those rooms remained almost as perfect as they were pre-party. And the kitchen?  That’s the room that verified how good the party actually was.

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Decorating for the holidays goes beyond tinsel and trimmings.  What better time of year than at the holidays to update with accents and color or to make your gifts for the holiday decorista wishes known.  Taking there’s no place like home for the Holidays to heart, I ran with an inspired theme close to heart and Louisiana home, the French flavor of New Orleans.


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With that out of the way,  let’s take a stylish look at decorative kitchen accents and accessories for the holidays as well as throughout the year.

hutchWinfrey Hutch Cabinet

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Metropolitan Island Light French Black w/Gold Highlights Montparnasse French Black

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ArtVeuve Amiot by Leonetto Cappiello

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Harlequin Wallpaper 

Pulaski-Furniture-Accent-Chest (2)Pulaski Harlequin Motif Accent Chest

Louisiana Lagniappe is well represented through decorative accents with a French and New Orleans flair.  Harlequin patterns are closely associated with the New Orleans , and my kitchen can at times be closely associated with a jovial, lively and delicious carnival atmosphere.

harlequinbookendSelectives Harlequin Bookends for end to end cookbook and culinary magazine display. 

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Christian Lacroix  Miss Harlequin Dessert Plate

For the flow and the French of it all may I present these ooh la la accessories to accent the look.

french-kitchen-tableCrate and Barrel

bar-stoolNot truly considered French, but oh so ooh la la lovely!   Ridged Leg Nailhead-trim Counter Stool

French-Country-Style-Vinyl-Memo-BoardCountry French Memo Board

French-Roast-TapestryFrench Roast Tapestry

 

Holiday Lagniappe-

 that little something extra

french-mustard-jarFrench Mustard Jar

fox-fireback  Fox Fire Back

french-match-strikeFrench Cafe Match Striker

mastering-the-art-of-french-cookingMastering The Art of French Cooking- Julia Child

lemon-juicerDecorative Lemon Juicer

golden-rabbit-4-qt-carbon-steel-round-dutch-oven-cb31-rd31Golden Rabbit Spatter Dutch Oven

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French Bulldog Cookie Jar

 Love your style!